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Issue #11: "Why do you have to make things so complicated?"

"Is it complex or is it complicated?" This question posed by my Swiss Professor Schüpbach rocked my b

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July 24 · Issue #11 · View online
Feeding the Passion for Transformation: Be it Talent, Culture, Work or HR

“Is it complex or is it complicated?” This question posed by my Swiss Professor Schüpbach rocked my brain because so often we confuse the two. The world and the challenges posed to organizations and individuals are complex, multifaceted, and there is not a simple hack or one best way to navigate the waters. It doesn’t mean that we do not try: this is where complicated comes into play.
Organizations are infamous for creating complicated workflows (anyone who has tried purchase anything via the official channels in an org can tell you this is true) to try to manage complex, possible outcomes.
What happens?
Organizations get bogged down in a quagmire of administrative approval processes in an attempt to assure compliance. The flip-side of an overly complicated “safety-net for the safety-net” approach is a loss in ownership, initiative (“it is just not worth it”) and understanding of who at the end of the day is responsible.
What wins at the end of the day?
Often times unfortunately the complicated - to our own detriment.
This week we focus on making sense of the complex and simplifying our approach to the challenges we face. We used to say use the “KIS principle (Keep It Simple)” to make it better.

Organizations: Coming back to Simple
Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify | TED Talk
Emergence in Organizations - Learning Innovation Lab (LILA) -
Setting the stage as a leader
A leader’s word is not the word of god — here’s how to make sure your team knows that.
How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together
What is holding you back? Addressing Fears head on.
PopcornFlow: Continuous Evolution Through Ultra-Rapid Experimentation
Fail Fast and Take the Heat Out of Failure | TLNT
Question of the Week
In creating a culture of learning and experimentation: what works well by you?

A special thanks out to Tara Powers and Kim Heffernan on their insights as to how the articles posted have helped them in their work. Appreciate it!
Have a great week everyone!
All my best regards,
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Elizabeth Lembke, Transforming Talent Consulting: and