For every complex problem there is always an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken
These are unprecedented times. It has simply never been this way before.
Our world had never been more interconnected and interdependent.
In order to understand and function successfully, we need to deal with high levels of complexity, and situations loaded with abstraction, diversity, ambiguity and paradox. Our familiar mental models do not equip us for this.
It is hard to see beyond the horizons of the short time spans with which we usually work. Next month, next quarter are less important that next year, next generation.
Few people are trained to recognize and work in high levels of complexity. Our mental models are based on short-term, straight-line ideas of cause and effect. Before we can recognize high levels of complexity, we have understand what it is. We can’t see it until we believe in it.
This blog is about how to function and flourish in this complex, interconnected world.