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The Organization as a Complex Adaptive System

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment


Following is an image of the workings of a Complex Adaptive System – developed for a presentation about applying Complexity Science to Knowledge Management at the KMWorld 2011 Conference last week in Washington DC.

The basics:

  • When looking through the lens of Complexity Science, a company (organization) can be viewed as a Complex Adaptive System (just like an ecosystem).
  • It is made up of a diverse set of agents that interact with each other (people, budget, tools, etc.).
  • These agents interact within existing boundaries (geography, teams, business units, processes, etc.).
  • Patterns emerge from these interactions.
  • The agents respond to feedback from the emergent patterns and continually adapt to the feedback.





Click to view the prezi presentation from the conference presentation.

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The Perfect Storm for Happiness at Work


Are you happy at work?  Do your clients speak of their own happiness?  Do your clients increasingly express interest in finding meaning and happiness in their work?

We may just be in the fortunate position to witness and thrive in a Happiness at Work Perfect Storm; a set of conditions that makes workplace happiness possible in partnership with organizational productivity and outcomes.

At the Fall 2010 Colorado Career Development Association conference, Mark Guterman shared about the Changing Paradigm of Work.  He spoke of how work in the late 20th to 21st century is all about mind and heart coordination compared to emphasis on eye & mind coordination or hand and eye coordination from earlier in the 20th century.  Several conditions contributing to this new paradigm can be observed.

A more foundational condition relates to how the chasm between traditional science and spiritually opposing perspectives is shrinking.

Recent scientific explanations about how the brain works speaks to many of the same concepts as spirituality and holistic human views have long demonstrated.  For example, the 2004 award-winning documentary, What the BLEEP Do We Know draws from quantum physics to demonstrate the power of the brain to understand and even influence reality (scientific perspective).  In comparison, the best-selling book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne describes the law of attraction, the power of the mind to attract wealth, health, and happiness (spirituality perspective).

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