From Margaret Wheatley in Leader to Leader Journal: When complex systems fail, prevailing models of leadership offer little help. What we learn now with Y2K can prepare us for a future where more and more failures of complex systems will confront us. It can also help us look beyond the confines of in-house systems and structures, and to see new, more effective ways to lead our business and social institutions.
From FastCompany: As the water crisis documentary Last Call at the Oasis opens, Participant Media executives Christopher Gebhardt and Chad Boettcher explain how they use social media to turn complex, overwhelming issues into hope and action.
From On Being: Astronaut Ron Garan did an AMA on reddit. This photo was his reply when asked, “Have you seen anything when looking down on earth or into space that has you completely awed that is captured in your memory for the rest of your life?” It’s the illuminated border between India and Pakistan, as seen from the International Space Station.
From FastCompany: The quiet, workman-like atmosphere of your office is actually not making your brain work as hard as it could. A little noise can go a long way toward getting you better ideas.
From ChangeThis: Proponents of entrepreneurship love to celebrate the freedom and adventure of owning and running a company. Established business owners put on a smile, perfect their elevator speech about “being their own boss,” and proceed to sell you their product or service. The media tells us story after story about the multi-million dollar opportunities grown out of a garage or dorm room.
But few people tell the true story of entrepreneurship—the story of long hours, sleepless nights, endless worry, mental and physical stress, strained family relationships and non-existent social life.
Instead, would-be entrepreneurs buy into a dream that few will ever achieve. Believing in a promise of more money, more time, and freedom from the corporate world, entrepreneurs ignore the less-than-encouraging small business statistics and take the plunge into ownership. That’s when chaos moves in.
From Cris Wildermuth: Listen as Meg Wheatley discusses what happened since she published Leadership and the New Science. The role of "walk outs walk ons" in creating change, the type of leader who is really needed in today's world, the dangers of "hope."
From BigThink: What happens when the complexity and magnitude of the problems facing our civilization "simply exceed our biological capabilities"? Sociobiologist Rebecca Costa argues this has triggered the demise "of every advanced civilization. But we now possess the cognitive tools to survive.
From TEDx Brussels: Dance your PhD founder John Bohannon & Black Label Movement demonstrate that dance can make science and even complex problems easier to understand.