Systems Thinking: Thrive in Complexity
“In complex environments, resilience often spells success, while even the most brilliantly engineered fixed solutions are often insufficient or counter-productive” - General Stanley McChrystal, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
Complexity is the inescapable new reality within which leaders and organizations from every domain – corporate, government, social - must operate. Those that can understand and adapt to this reality will thrive and be successful. Those that do not will under-perform and ultimately fail. Thriving in Complexity synthesizes the most important and practical maps and tools for navigating and leading successfully in complex environments. It may be the single most important investment you or your organization ever make.
In the past three years, learning to lead effectively in complex environments has been one of our most requested custom leadership programs as organizations struggle to catch up in the face of rapidly changing external circumstances.
Julian Norris, PhD
Julian Norris teaches topics in leadership and directed study in management studies (Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development) at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Originally hailing from the British Isles, Julian is based in the Canadian Rockies. A well-regarded facilitator and mentor, his work has explored depth-based leadership, the application of living systems theory, working across cultures, strategic planning, nature and place-based learning, and mindfulness practices. A seasoned guide of adventurous journeys through the mysteries of nature and psyche, Julian has worked with at-risk youth and existentially-challenged adults, with senior leaders from the government, corporate and non-profit sectors, with numerous Aboriginal communities and in various international development contexts. Building on his PhD research around personal transformation and systems change, much of his work centers on supporting leaders to discover and develop their own deeper capacities and working with complex systems to address thorny challenges. He has a particular solidarity with those who find themselves living, working and asking themselves profound questions in the space where these two domains overlap.
In complex environments, resilience often spells success, while even the most brilliantly engineered fixed solutions are often insufficient or counter-productive.
General Stanley McChrystal
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World