Cracking Complexity: This is how you solve your toughest problems with David Komlos & David Benjamin
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- What is complexity? Why is it so important to be able to handle complexity in today’s world?
- How is complex different than complicated?
- Experts can help solve complicated challenges, but not necessarily complex challenges
- Complex challenges are multi-dimensional and human.
- What are some basic mental models for sorting complex challenges vs complicated challenges?
- Ask yourself:
- Has this been solved before? And how was it solved?
- Would this problem have been the same 5 years ago or 5 years from now?
- Complex challenges don’t have a recipe or a discreet playbook to be solved
- Planning a wedding is complicated, having a happy marriage is complex
- Building a fence is complicated, being a good neighbor is complex
- The Law of Requisite Variety / Ashby’s Law
- "Only variety can destroy variety"
- You can only solve complex challenges by bringing an equal amount of variety to a challenge
- When we are facing tough complex challenges - we need a variety of experience and expertise
- “A Lion In Your Office"
- Often a BIG chunk of the challenge is just SEEING the problem in its entirety
- An ounce of information is worth a pound of data. An ounce of knowledge is worth a pound of information. An ounce of understanding is worth a pound of knowledge. An ounce of wisdom is worth a pound of understanding.
- Shared understanding is essential - but we often rush to action before we get there
- We need FAST Wisdom and CREATIVE Judgement to solve our biggest challenges in today’s world - but wisdom takes a lifetime
- How do you accelerate the quest for wisdom and solve the world’s toughest and most complex challenges?
- Complexity is the defining challenge we face in todays’ world
- How do you engineer Fast Wisdom?
- The framework you can use to engineer “fast wisdom” and solve tough, complex challenges
- N*N-1 Mental Model and how to create “collaborative collisions”
- The ideal number of a group of people to work in a group is 5-8 people - you can have very creative and effective collisions
- How you can create groups to crunch through tough, complex challenges - by using this specific formula
- How do you ask good questions when looking to solve tough challenges?
- Homework: Think about a dinner party. What question will guide the conversation in the right way? Who would you invite to create variety?
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