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Organize for Complexity: How to Get Life Back Into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization

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A book about complexity and work - and about how to deal productively with both. A condensed introduction to the theory and practice of organizational high performance. A manifesto for contemporary leadership and profound transformation in organizations of all kinds. 3rd eidition.

"Boldly, Pflaeging dissects classic management theory and in a well-humored manner, offers
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 19th 2014 by Betacodex Publishing
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Robson Castilho
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Great book about modern leadership and management with ideas guided by Theory Y and globalization. A must-read for all who wants to build high-performance organizations free of bureaucracy and command-and-control culture.
It's written to explain its ideias in a simple way, full of illustrations.
If you want to read a more complete book about the subject, I do recommend reading 'Beyond Budgeting' from the same author. If you've already done this, 'Organize for Complexity' won't tell you much more
Paulo Peres
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: management
Is a Good book. Soft, Fast and inspirate. Not has intending to be deep, but to plant a seed of unconformity. Have very friendly graphics, and Insights generous. I recommend it Yes. I don't give five star, because i wanna more, including tools and tips.
Henri Hämäläinen
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library
I got book Organize for Complexity when I was at Dare Festival in Belgium about a month ago. Author Niels Pflaeging did also give a speech at the conference. The contents of the speech and the book (or perhaps booklet) were mainly the same, so this review is a bit about both of those.

Topic of the book interests me a lot. I've recently had many thoughts, writings and discussions about how organizations should be organized in the future, to be able to suit the markets of the future and the needs
Agile Kindergarten
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The author had me at "behavior shaping context." This slim and engaging volume puts the emphasis on creating the process space that creates success. It's about creating the circumstances that allow people to interact in productive manners. Well researched and with a systems-thinking approach that includes human psychology, 'Organize for Complexity' includes many useful golden nuggets that the corporate guerrilla can use to encourage culture change, such as "Profit maximization and ...more
Jelena Barinova
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is a must read for those, who feel that hierarchies, bonuses, command and control management – is not the right approach for modern organizations to follow and needs to be changed for better performance. You will enrich this list of “things to change” with even more principles and approaches after reading the book.
This book covers many topics but not too deeply, that’s why it leaves you with more questions than answers after reading it. It will definitely make you think, explore and seek for
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Things I will remember:
Problem solving in a living system is about communication

Centralized coordination is a luxury organizations in complex markets cannot afford.

Learning chained interviews in stead of performance development reviews

p 108-109 is interesting: influence speedometer.
Mike Gunderloy
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pflaeging presents his core ideas in this graphic-heavy book (suitable for both right-brained and left-brained readers): that "management" is a problem rather than a solution, that leadership is distinct from management, and that there is a difference between "alpha" (managed) and "beta" (led) organizations. Lots of connections here with things like agile, though mostly implied rather than spelled out. Radical decentralization of decision-making is one of his key themes, and he argues that this ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read the illustrated edition. Like every illustrated business book, it’s easy to get in, fun to read and a very approachable point of entrance to the theory. I love the current tendency in creating them.

By counterpart, it only scratch the surface of many interesting topics. Enough for managers or business people looking for an general answer or putting some order in their change needs and ideas, a good book to give to them. On the other hand, interesting reading for change agents that know
Katarzyna Sikora-Smets
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: learning
A quick read, nicely packed, to the point. If you saw Niels talk, the book reminds you a lot of it, which makes it much more entertaining. Not many new things in there afterwards, but it makes for a good reference. The strongest point, in my opinion, is that the entire content remains very straightforward, no softening the blow, no dressing things up, just very factual and direct.
Miguel Ángel Ocaña Silva
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: agile
Libro super sencillo, corto porque está muy condensado. Muy interesante porque ss muy visual. Si conoces sobre el tema puede que no te aporte mucho más que algunas comparaciones entre modelos, si no, puede ser un buen punto de inicio
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter Van
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super nice book about beta organizations.
Of course I don't agree with everything, but the direction of organizations towards beta just to survive I agree on and anticipate very much.
Great book.
Siarhei Vasilyeu
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite simple book with general ideas, as usual most complex questions have been avoided. Could be read for general ideas about network organizations.
Jan Höglund
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a small book on work and complexity. The book is intended to be a "textbook for thinking about organizations," a "source of inspiration," a "dictionary," and a "workbook" (p.x). Niels Pflaeging argues that "we must create and sustain organizations that are … robust for complexity, as well as fit for human beings" (p.xii).

Niels Pflaeging calls "control through bosses" Alpha, and "self-regulation within the team" Beta (p.26). Frederick W. Taylor introduced Alpha, the idea of "consistently
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book usefully challenges conventional thinking and helps leaders think more expansively about adaptive change in business. The author has a financial background, which lends credence to his philosophy to challenge leaders to move beyond budgeting (his earlier publication) and beyond the traditional view of hierarchy and "us and them" when interacting with clients and community.

The superb, clear graphics include what he calls the bathtub model and describe why we need to move beyond
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: stephbe
Good book with lots of interesting concepts. Certainly made me think about organisational design very differently and will influence how I design teams and structures going forwards. However with my HR hat on, I struggle to see how I can manage risk and underperformance as part of the Beta model. Also I would have loved some more practical examples of how this works in the real world.
Francoise Hontoy
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The ideas presented in the book are quite interesting and presented in a simple and accessible manner. The ways to work as described make a lot of sense, nevertheless the book will mainly state them and will not explain how these conclusions have been reached. But this would also go beyond the scope of the book.
Keith Swenson
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
A very clever book. Love the illustrations. I teaching is perfect for an agile organization. Reject the reductionist attempts to reduce the working of an organization to be a machine. Instead, embrace the organic quality of an organization .. and this book shows you how.
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great and laconic book, which explains new principles of organizations forming
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
definitely worth the read, interesting ideas.

open to interpretation.
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