Navigating Straight to High-Impact Solutions
In Complex and Constantly Changing Environments | For Businesses and SDGs
On the one hand, pressing business needs
On the other hand, a crippling bureaucracy, high project failure rates and declining competitiveness
Then came Corona: A Complication and a New Possibility!
Through Corona, Mother Nature has provided us a glimpse of what is going to happen if we continue to ignore her ground rules. Even before Corona the damage was huge already.
With climate change, growing hate and the like, the question has become this: Are we really going to continue ignoring the ground rules until Mother Nature’s takes over and makes the decisions for us?
Amazingly, Mother Nature also showed us a way out!
All of a sudden, phenomena were at the center of decision making. This way, Mother Nature showed us some of her ground rules. As these ground rules and their practices were known, they could be applied right away.
In countries like Germany and the Netherlands, lost trust was re-established in no time.
The virus came under control.
The same phenomena occurred and continue to occur in organizations, at system levels and, with complex matters, in science as well. Yet, they were overlooked or neglected. The exponential growth has happened. Attempts to restore lost trust had to fail.
Consequences became bureaucracy, productive people losing their jobs, BREXIT and facts not seen as facts anymore. The further consequences became seemingly insurmountable obstacles for innovative solutions, such as those trying to solve bureaucracy, hate, climate change and the like.
We can still apply phenomena practices to get this problem solved!
A Way Out
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” (Albert Einstein)
But how do we know what works well in today’s complex and constantly changing world?
From lost practices like:
Applying phenomena knowledge
Using common sense
Identifying hidden root causes of highest damage
Listening to lessons learned and results seen in the field
A few guidelines enabling us to navigate straight to the high-impact solutions in today's world
Prevent communications, decisions and projects telling target audiences “something is not right here!”
Symptoms are treated.
but they are overlooked or neglected.
We look up to Einstein, Newton and Darwin, their out-of-the-box thinking and the simple rules they identified this way.
Even when out-of-the-box innovations are called for, they must still be processed and implemented with in-the-box practices.
See also the Einstein quote above
Complex matters are split into supposedly manageable parts.
Nobody feels responsible for the root causes located outside these parts.
Nobody feels responsible for ensuring the whole works.
Definitions, numbers, and linear processes are required for making decisions.
In complex environments, countless situations cannot be defined nor expressed through numbers or linear processes.
With the requirement at the left, critical information is overlooked or neglected. Making the wrong decisions has become a structural matter.
Apply practices having shown their value in the field
Solving the most damaging root causes in the wider environment first.
Phenomena are recognized. Their practices are applied.
When the challenge is complex: integral solutions
Is there another solution providing a better value at a fraction of the costs and risks?
Applying the enhanced Goal Oriented Project Planning (eGOPP) method
Using Patterns, information, experiences, and natural process flows where definitions, numbers, and linear processes (must) fail.
Bridge the gap between the groups involved: by co-creation
Those suffering – experts by experience – experts by education – decision makers and their advisors
Integrate the guidelines above into the daily decision making
This enabling agile yet reliable decision making at all levels.