Complexity Archives – Self Determined Life

Understanding complexity: the Cynefin framework

I write and talk a lot about complexity and working and leading in complex environments. And in doing so, I invariably refer to Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework. Cynefin (pronounced Ku-nev-in) is a Welsh word meaning something like ‘habitat’, but which also implies multiple unknowable factors in our environment and our experience. Snowden first introduced Cynefin … Read more

Managing complexity: 4 techniques for complex problems

How can leaders deal with increasing uncertainty in organisations? This post provides a framework to help you with managing complexity in increasingly volatile times. Even before recent large scale political upheavals, the pace and scale of the change taking place all around us was increasingly disruptive for economies, businesses, leaders and individuals alike. We can … Read more