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It’s true that organizations are confronting unprecedented and accelerating complexity.
Have you ever thought about why humankind has successfully traveled to the moon, but companies still have a hard time figuring out how to grow faster than the competition?
We live in a world that in many ways is growing more challenging by the day. Solving complex problems is no longer only about brainpower. It’s also about orchestrating high-speed, high-quality decisions between and among people so they can sense, absorb and think—in real time—as a group.
In their book Cracking Complexity, David Komlos and David Benjamin share the steps to working through any complex business problem—both quickly and using existing talent, not consultants.
Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast by David Komlos and David Benjamin
Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century poet and philosopher, offered a pithy observation that’s relevant to 21st century problem-solvers. He said, “for every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.”
New and often asymmetrical competition is reshaping the market. Disruption is the new normal, the pace of innovation is accelerating, and data more important than ever.
The last two hundred years saw economies and businesses grow from small and local into global and interconnected. The challenges those organizations faced along the way were predominantly “complicated” ones, mostly solved through research, analysis, and subject matter expertise. And, once solved, the solutions were repeatable.
n(n-1) // In 1905, Albert Einstein introduced the world to e=mc2. It was a watershed moment. This devastatingly simple equation unlocked answers to the universe’s complexities, allowing us to do incredible things. n(n-1) is, similarly, simple and yet powerful: It is the key to quickly unlocking the answers to our largest and most complex challenges within all industries—creative, business, public, or non-profit.
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