Inspired by Kurt Richardson’s work exploring the parallels between systems thinking and complexity thinking I couldn’t help myself but to take a few of his gems and add my own angle.
The complementary law: A complex system is a system that has two or more potentially contradictory descriptions.
There is no right person, right answer, right perspective, right description.
System holism principle: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
You’re not going to be able to get an outcome you want through control.
Incompressibility (Darkness principle): The best representation of a complex system is the system itself
When organisational issues and problems arise, it is a common mindset to want to dive into analysis mode. More and more analysis. Lets strive towards a description and understanding of this problem. The only problem is that it won’t happen. As this principle suggests, we will always be in the shadow the whole, and of course, the whole is greater than the parts. Couple this with the first principle and what do you do with all those contradictory descriptions and findings anyway?!
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