Tag Archives: wicked problems

Drucker’s Intent and Why MBO Fails

Last week I blogged about mission command – auftragstaktik – a philosophy of command-and-collaboration developed by the German General Staff over a period of about eighty years, beginning in the 19th Century. Today its elements can be found in the … Continue reading

Posted in Change, General, Leadership, Strategy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Complexity and the Plexus Institute: The Critical Role of Intuition in Action and Thought

Last Friday I took part in an online discussion of The New Ecology of Leadership arranged by The Plexus Institute. The institute describes itself as “an intertwined community of diverse people–scientists, business executives, nurses, artists, teachers, journalists, researchers, physicians, college … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Complexity and the Plexus Institute: The Critical Role of Intuition in Action and Thought

When Metrics Become Targets Part II: Wicked Problems

Last week I wrote about the cheating scandal in the Atlanta schools and the charging of 35 teachers and administrators with racketeering. The incident has created a furor in Atlanta over the charges themselves and the amount of bail initially … Continue reading

Posted in Change, General, Leadership | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on When Metrics Become Targets Part II: Wicked Problems

The Ecology of Health Care: in Sickness and in Health

Health care in America is in a horrible mess, the lair of what complexity theorists call “wicked problems”. A recent article in Wired magazine described it as “a morass, a quagmire, a slough of policy despond”. As every one knows, … Continue reading

Posted in Change, General, Leadership, Strategy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments