I have been watching for 2 weeks as various people assume that something is VERY simple, when it is complex. It’s a bit like watching a village of the blind meet an elephant. One describes the huge solid legs, one the wispy tail, one the flexible trunk, one the flapping ears, one the smooth curved tusks. Each is right, but alone they are incomplete.
Each sees what they are comfortable with, sometimes just seeing their own area, but some (quite worrying really) don’t lift their heads above the water to see what else is there. No wonder changes in big places can be so painful, everyone pulling in a different direction, no one conducting the WHOLE orchestra.
No wonder smaller organisations are so much better at changing, and big ones at doing the same thing over and over again.
This week my burning issue is: in a world of complexity how does one simplify?