Embrace complexity and lead your business to greater success

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Grainne McCurry
Invest NI
Apr 12, 2017

At our recent Leadership event in Belfast world renowned leadership speaker Ben Bryant from IMD, Geneva delivered a masterclass on embracing the complexity in business.

In the conference one of the questions Ben posed was: Why do things get complicated as soon as we have to collaborate with other people?

Business leaders across the world ask themselves this question all the time. The basic answer is that other people are unpredictable to us. They are not like us. They become anxious. And they need to protect themselves from the uncertainty of other people’s thoughts, feelings and actions (which, by the way, are usually no more unpredictable than their own behaviours toward other people).

Senior executive roles lend themselves to over-defensiveness, and this often leads to irrational behaviour and extra complexity in an organisation – it appears to be madness at times.

There is no miracle cure for this madness. The most effective option involves embracing complexity and resisting the human instinct to simplify everything. This approach is called mindfulness, and it might seem counter-intuitive at first. But mindfulness is a form of awareness and sense making that allows executives to make better decisions and stay in tune with others in the organisation. And the good news is that it can be learnt.

So how do we get from madness to mindfulness?
Ben outlined in his presentation methods and techniques to embrace this complexity and find a cure to the madness. You can view his presentation here

The reaction from the attendees was, that the content was challenging but very rewarding. The conference reinforced the message that your skills as a leader can maximise the potential of your workforce, drive through greater business innovation and enhance business performance all through embracing the complexity.

Invest NI leadership team can help you do this and you can contact them here. But do not take our word for it watch and listen to some of the leaders of local companies who have gone through the programme.

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