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Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders

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When faced with complex challenges or uncertain outcomes, many leaders believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, or turn to the best management tools, they will be able to find the right answer, predict and plan for the future, and break down tasks to produce controllable results. But what are leaders to do when this isn't the case?

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Stanford Business Books
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May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Told through a fictionalized account of a business and an nonprofit learning the principles in the book, and through real life examples and evidence from research. The authors make a case that in these complex times, we need to ask different questions, get multiple perspectives, and think systems rather than linear solutions. All of that fits nicely with the work I do, so obviously I thought they were spot on :)
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this job did a more effective job than her previous book (Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World) in providing concrete advice. I especially appreciated the delineation between complicated and complex situations. Also valuable was her suggestions to tie future actions to past efforts, both successful and unsuccessful. I reiterate the outline in the summary because it provides the core of what is helpful. In complex times, leaders need to:

take multiple perspectives,
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A practical guide for acting as a leader in increasingly complex environments. Effective storytelling, and tactics that connect very well to what I see day-to-day in my organizational development work.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
A really good choice if you're eager to get bored.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for thinking about organizational complexity. I found the narrative story that runs through it cheesy, but effective.
Rebecca Scott
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This insightful and very readable book is a must-read for modern leaders.
Sean Goh
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Feels like recommended reading for REAL, what with the constant references to VUCA.
Got to stop picking up business and leadership books for the immediate future, they are really boring ._.

Leadership, is by definition, about taking people and ideas to new places.

Identify your current mindset and its suitability by asking two questions:
-Am I opening to explore or narrowing to decide?
-Am I dealing with a threat or an opportunity?

In a complex system, paying attention to the inclinations of the
Brad Herbert
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear Framework For Leading In Complexity

I am an Executive Coach focused on adult development with deep interest in organizational adaptability and neuroscience. The book does a great job framing the difference between complicated and complex environments and the crucial differences required of leaders. It also nicely maps how higher stages of adult development would help make this much easier and perhaps even enjoyable, and I intend to share these tips with my clients. I believe the shift to t
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“In a simpler world, perhaps unilateral power held by a single, smart, capable leader could rule the day. In a complex world, as we’ll explore together, it takes a collective sharing of power, creativity, and perspectives to become agile and nuanced enough to lead into the uncertain future.” 1 likes
“The point isn’t to be the hero and solve things; the point of the leader in a complex world is to enable and unleash as many heroes and as many solutions as possible.” 1 likes
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