Leading through Complexity and Chaos

Complexity-informed Leadership has never been as relevant as it is today. There is no comparative case on a similar scale or scope that we can look to for guidance. At no other time in human history has there been a mandated containment of over 4 billion people to their homes, with accompanying, and still playing out, socio-economic, political, psychological and other unknown implications

Traditional management approaches which have focused on case studies and best practice are no longer relevant as they have been built with a bias towards well-polished analysis that, by its nature, can only ensue after something has happened. We need to harness complexity’s promise of working with inherent uncertainty to identify the evolutionary potential of the present. We need new maps and different frameworks to guide our responses.

This webinar features Dave Snowden, inventor of the Cynefin framework, who will discuss how to lead effectively in complexity. Dave will give us a sneak peak into the field guide he’s developing with the European Commission on Leading and Managing in Crisis, and offer practical steps for leading in increasingly complex times.

Our Speaker: Dave Snowden

Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; during that period he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign. Prior to that he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.

About Cynefin

The Cynefin Framework offers a sense-making framework to guide your decision-making. The use of the framework by senior decision-makers under different contexts was described and published in the HBR in 2007. Titled “A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making”, the article has been republished and re-read multiple times , and has been awarded “Outstanding Practitioner-Oriented Publication in Organisational Behaviour” by the Academy of Management.

Cynefin has been adopted by the European Commission’s Policy Department as the main strategic framework, and a field guide on Leading and Managing in Crisis is currently being co-developed by Dave and the EU.

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