How can we shorten the time between our intention and our action in a complex environment? Today, systems are interconnected and interdependent, behaviours are unpredictable and seem most of the time “irrational” to “the other”.
Faced with the unknown, man instinctively seeks to control what is going on and the consequences of his actions… Pure illusion of the ego. What about in management? The industrial revolution brought along with it a top-down approach to organisational structure, managers were to keep up the pace, control, disseminate resources and conquer new territories. Lower levels were there to execute and make do.
Procedures, systems, KPI and structures were imposed upon employees so they would align with – and meet – the constant demand for profitability. Market requirements… But the 20th century’s linear business plans have imploded with the increased complexity of business environments. The technology revolution has turned structure and managerial culture upside down. Trust in institutions has been replaced by trust in individuals; the management pyramid has become obsolete. In this video, As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify, Yves Morieux defines interaction as being “the nervous system of adaptiveness and intelligence”.
An approach that promotes simplicity and collective intelligence at the expense of the complications of power and processes is the key to this cultural shift… In a world of increasing complexity it is possible to do more with less. Focusing on a global perspective, delegating responsibilities, encouraging empowerment, cooperation and co-construction… In this video, Yves Morieux offers solutions that only fear of losing control could prevent you from using.
And as Albert Einstein said, but wasn’t heard: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”