Complexity, leadership, scanning & experiments

In this interview with Shane Parrish, the leadership expert Jennifer Garvey-Berger addresses the connections between four areas that many governance teams fail to grasp: complexity, leadership, scanning, and experimentation.

About fifty minutes into the interview she notes:

โ€œIn complexity we want to play really close attention to whatโ€™s going on right now in the system, because right now in this moment is where the seeds of whatever is going to happen next liveโ€ฆ

Leaders that I think are really outstanding leaders โ€“ those leaders are able to pay attention to this system in such a way that they can hear whispers of things โ€“ the whispers of things today are really important to pay attention to.ย 

So in complexity youโ€™re trying to find out how can I get a good sense of whatโ€™s going on right now, and then figure out which of those things I want to amplify and which of those things I want less of, I want to dampen down and move the system away from altogether.ย 

Because you canโ€™t know exactly whatโ€™s going to happen next, you devise a series of what (Dave) Snowden calls Safe to Fail experiments.ย  These are experiments that you donโ€™t know whatโ€™s going to happen, but they will help you learn.โ€

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