THESE ARE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES. It has simply never been this way before.
Our world had never been more interconnected and interdependent.
It is hard to see beyond the horizons of the short time spans with which we usually work. Next month, next quarter are less important that next year, next generation.
Few people are trained to recognize and work in high levels of complexity. Our mental models are based on short-term, straight-line ideas of cause and effect.
Before we can recognize high levels of complexity, we have understand what it is. We can’t see it until we believe in it.
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When the levels of complexity in the issues we are working with are high, it becomes critical for us to be able to use models that offer new possibilities to:
• succeed in new contexts,
• make learning an integral activity, and
• ultimately to achieve new results.
As we focus on lasting change in groups, organizations and the community, success only comes through using processes that:
• focus on working with all the parts as a single system,
• accept that solutions emerge as situations unfold, and
• involve the people concerned in developing the solutions.
High complexity demands new ways of solving problems.
Leaders today grapple with seemingly insoluble problems—wicked problems—problems that, by the very nature of our world today, don’t respond to traditional solutions.
Leaders need to be able to tap the potential for innovation and action in any group or team and to shift recurring group patterns that block productivity and creativity. As executives, managers, consultants and teachers, we need to facilitate rapid growth in the collaborative capacity and collective wisdom of our teams.
New Possibilities Associates knows what it takes for teams of people to successfully lead in the face of this complex, diverse and rapidly changing reality.
We offer planning, training, facilitating, ongoing consulting, and coaching for leaders.
We specialize in sustainable solutions to tough problems in environments of rapid change.