It’s tricky, this being-human business, isn’t it?
Perhaps that’s why, when we go to work, we try to create a haven from complexity, breathing a sigh of relief in an environment where we know who’s in charge, and just how to do things.
The fact is, though, that this isn’t serving us well, in an age that moves at the speed of the internet. People are doing more all the time, aquiring more rules.. and we’re burning out at work, struggling with all of yesterday’s rules while waiting for sensible new instructions from those “in charge” (who are, by the way, equally overwhelmed).
As we say in the StoosNetwork:
“there has to be a better way”.
Last week a few of us spent some time talking about this better way as it relates to the Network itself, on our LinkedIn group. Being a network, rather than a heirarchy, how, for example, shall we communicate our experiences and results? How do we want to govern things like member conduct? If you like, you can putter around the group looking at threads like “How will you pass the baton?” and “How do we take Stoos to the next level?“. You’ll notice that our desire to find simplicity tends not to be easy :-). Yes, it’s complex.
One thing’s for sure: when things get chaotic, habit has us looking around for the traffic cop. But in a “complex adaptive system” like the StoosNetwork (or the world!), only a madman would try to regulate the detailed flow of our interactions!
Who do you suppose co-ordinates the feeding of the 9 million souls who wake up hungry every morning in New York City? Of course, no one person, group or authority does; but it gets done, again and again, in a mind-boggling dance of night shifts and morning shifts, transportation logistics, cultural preferences and the limited shelf-life of thousands of products. This is how real life works. Some of us think this is how work needs to work, too.
give rise to complex and intelligent behavior.
Complex rules and regulations give rise to
simple and stupid behavior.”
If you like it too, you can download it here:
- The Simple Rules poster in European A4 format
- The Simple Rules poster in North American Letter format.
Life is complex, that’s just a fact. Let it be complex… and make things easier yourself: adopt some simple rules to navigate by!
Of course, navigation will be smoother once we all do similarly.
Perhaps that’s what the StoosNetwork is about :-)
(Still curious? You can read more about Simple Rules at simplerulesfoundation.org . And Jurgen Appelo, one of the StoosNetwork instigators, wrote about Complex Adaptive Systems in laymen’s terms here).