Navigating Uncertainty : How You Succeed When You Don 't Know About It?

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Navigating Uncertainty: How to succeed when you don’t know where to start It’s no secret that we are living and working in complex, unpredictable times. Accepting that is one thing, but what we all want to know is how to deal with it. By definition there are no longer any “best practices” that can guarantee success for an organization; there are only good practices that we can stumble upon through experimentation. Add to that the fact that success in itself is a continuously evolving state, and you have to wonder, “How do I lead in an environment like this?” Experts like Brian Robertson, founder of Holacracy, and Stan McChrystal, author of Team of Teams, are pointing to radical transparency and information sharing, more fluid organizational structures and roles, and decentralization of authority as key components to success in this new world. But if prediction is impossible, best practices are fleeting, and authority is distributed, it can start to feel like decisions are being made at random. And that’s not an idea that we are naturally comfortable with. Before panic sets in, let’s try to look at this in a positive light. To quote John Mayfield in The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation,“Randomness is the [only] source of anything truly new.” From this point of view, randomness should be a great thing for your organization! In a world that is constantly changing, new ideas are a critical component of success. So the real question isn’t “How do I remove

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