Cracking Complexity

Our founders’ book contains the formula for making rapid course corrections on organizations’ top challenges.

Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith, #1 NY Times bestselling author, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the World!

About the Book

Today, organizations are grappling with ambiguity, volatility and paradox surrounding the challenges they face. This is complexity. But too many leaders approach complexity the wrong way – they push their people harder and harder and tackle problems one-at-a-time over months, sometimes even years and nearly always in a linear fashion. It’s like setting a pot of water on “low” and waiting for it to boil. To solve the seemingly intractable challenges that leaders bang their heads against for months – to get the metaphorical water to boil – you must generate a high amount of heat very quickly. In this book, the authors share their proven formula for dramatically shortening the process and solving an organization’s toughest challenges in mere days.


Praise for The Book

“The formula is a very fascinating, unique format – which as of today – is easily the best return on time and money I have ever experienced.”

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Mike Crichton

Mike Crichton, Senior Vice President, GSK

“Komlos and Benjamin provide a compelling case for how organizations can tackle a future where the ability to simplify and manage complexity will be the crucible of success. Required reading for every CEO!”

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Tom Koulopoulos

Chairman, Delphi Group

“The formula is truly a breakthrough for engaging the organization in solving big challenges with speed and agility.”

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Cathy Nash

CEO, Woodforest National Bank

“The formula created an inflection point for our company. We quickly won our people’s hearts and minds for new levels of growth and performance.”

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Bob Guillocheau

Chairman and CEO, Ascensus

“Really?! Yes, REALLY! This formula has been used for some very complex issues by some very large companies. I think there will be a lot more of that now.”

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Dr. Mark Goulston

The World’s #1 Authority on Deep Listening, Radical Empathy & Real Influence

“Working with the Davids and using the techniques described in this book we transformed two of our businesses, one in Canada, the other in Europe, with outstanding results to our revenues and margins. Anyone addressing complex business issues will find this book of immense value.”

Mark Jones

former Company President and CEO of AstraZeneca Canada; President AstraZeneca UK and Global Vice President Southern Europe

“When you’re confronted with the paradox that more data, more info, more knowledge doesn’t lead to better decision making, where can you look for the answer? Cracking Complexity lights the path to clarity. It’s not just a book, it’s a toolbox, effective in simplifying the many complex aspects of life, not just business. So much so, I can hear myself think again.”

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Kristi Faulkner

President, Womenkind

“I loved the way the authors used three avatars, with real-life problems, to explain steps as they proceeded through the book. If you want to understand a formula for solving complex issues, you need that kind of story-telling to have it sink in.”

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Dr. Ivan Misner

NY Times bestselling author and Founder of BNI

“I’m a huge fan of elegant ways to ‘construct really good questions, localizing the solvers, and putting people on a collision course;’ just a few of the gems in this book. Kudos to Komlos and Benjamin. Well done!”

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David Nour

the best-selling author of Relationship Economics, Return on Impact and Co-Create

“David Benjamin and David Komlos’ approach to complexity has had a unique impact on our work transforming and advancing Canada’s national blood system, allowing us not only to deliver life-saving products and services effectively but importantly to drive deep value into the health systems in which we operate.”

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Dr. Graham Sher

CEO, Canadian Blood Services

“Every once in a while, a really great idea comes along. Cracking Complexity is one of those points of brilliance! While the idea, or formula, has been around for quite some time, codifying it is going to make it accessible and I believe that will have global, positive ramifications.”

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Chip Conley

New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations, Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy

“I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I first read the title of this book. I mean, a formula for solving just about anything fast certainly seemed too good to be true. After seeing the process laid out, I’m a believer.”

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Keith Ferrazzi

author of the #1 NY Times Bestsellers Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone

Cracking Complexity is a road map for finding innovation by solving your toughest problems in a consistent and repeatable process.”

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David Burkus

author of  Under New Management

“When it comes to creating solutions to complex challenges, the Davids’ Formula is leading edge and incredibly efficient. You will find not only solutions through innovative thinking but also your team will be aligned and engaged.”

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Mike Kaufmann

CEO, Cardinal Health

“My goal for any book that I read is to glean at least one good idea. Cracking Complexity delivers that one idea, and it is a big one. The authors break down their Complexity Formula, teaching how to gain clarity from the complicated and complex. The result is confident decision making that will take you and your organization to the next level.”

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Shep Hyken

New York Times bestselling author of  The Amazement Revolution

“There are much faster ways to achieve greater impact on the big challenges than what many of us are familiar with. This book shows the way.”

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Guy Jarvis

Executive Vice President, Enbridge

“What if chaos can be a source of your competitive advantage? This groundbreaking book provides a proven formula for leveraging complexity to drive unpredictable yet sustainable results.”

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Stephen Shapiro

Author, Best Practices are Stupid

About The Authors

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CEO of Syntegrity, an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and speaker who has helped change the way many global leaders approach their top challenges. From Fortune 100 transformation to international aid, content creation in sports and entertainment to improving access to life-saving products, David advises top leaders and enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate solutions and execution on their defining challenges. He frequently speaks on topics related to complexity, fast problem-solving and mobilization, and scaling talent. He lives with his family in Toronto.

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Co-founder of Syntegrity and the Chief Architect behind the implementation of the Complexity Formula, David regularly guides leaders and their teams through their application of the formula, helping them get to decisions and action in days, no matter the industry, type of challenge, or nature of the organization. In this capacity, David has become a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies and government leaders on how to organize for complexity and find traction in the face of the intractable. He frequently speaks on a wide range of topics related to complexity, effective and efficient problem-solving, and human dynamics in systems. David spends most of the rest of his time and energy on writing, family, long-distance running and cracking cryptic crosswords. David and his wife, Angie, live near Toronto and have three incredibly talented daughters whom he loves equally.

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