The Complexity Trap
Why we need a new management approach
Complexity has shaped our times and has changed our modern business world – and we all know this. The number of tasks is increasing, change cycles are getting shorter, and everything is growing more interconnected. Complexity crops up in many different contexts nowadays – sometimes meaningfully, and sometimes just as a buzzword.
But one thing is clear:
We still have no idea what complexity is really about – much less how we can master it. At the same time, there are countless things that people get wrong when it comes to dealing with complexity, such as calling for simplification, for more data, or for better planning.
This book sheds light on these misconceptions around the issue of complexity, delivers relevant background knowledge, and always remains practice-oriented.
What makes this book special:
- The first book that addressed common misconceptions about complexity
- Features countless real-world examples
- Enables readers to broaden their leadership skills and learn how to deal with complexity
- Contains extensive glossary
- Complexity: Myth or reality
- Misconception 1: Simplicity leads to success
- Misconception 2: Complex is the same as complicated
- Misconception 3: The experts will figure everything out
- Misconception 4: We can´t afford to make any mistakes
- Misconception 5. Good planning is everything
- Misconception 6: The more data you have, the better you will understand
- Misconception 7: Trust is good, control is better
- Misconception 8: Competition is good for business
- Misconception 9: there needs to be a clear, formal hierarchy
- Mastering Complexity
About the Author:
Stephanie Borgert – Speaker, Author, Consultant and Further thinker
“I am a child of the Ruhr region – direct, honest, and enthusiastic.” the author says about herself.
»Warm and straightforward« – the image associated with the people of Germany’s Ruhr region holds very much true in Stephanie Borgert’s case. She gets right to the point. She makes clear that control is an illusion – and calls for a new management approach. She ensures »aha« moments and eye-opening insights for her clients and listeners – always with respect, humor, and a twinkle in her eye. Complexity has always been part of her work as an IT executive and as a manager and consultant on large projects. She doesn’t believe in simplification. Rather, driven by the high degree of interconnectedness and dynamic in our complex world, Stephanie Borgert is advancing the long-overdue paradigm shift towards a holistic management approach.