Organize for Complexity

How to Get Life Back Into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization

Niels Pfläging, 142 p., BetaCodex Press (2012)


  • Sinn und Werte
  • Haltung und Selbstorganisation
  • Innovation und Veränderung

Responding to complex challenges with complicated formal solutions is insufficient in the long run. While complexity arises from a lack of knowledge, complexity inevitably results from interwoven dynamics. According to the authors Niels Pfläging and Silke Hermann, in order to react successfully to this, it is above all people who are needed as creative experts. In their book, they provide the necessary tools for this: "Complexity modes".

All ideas and concepts (=complexithodes) are summarized on one or two pages and mostly illustrated. The design of the book is thus very dense and yet maintains a loose, playful character. The 33 methods developed by the authors can be implemented in any company. They offer specific suggestions for action in the areas of performance and value creation, agility, growth and development. The concretely named approaches are accompanied by concise, descriptive introductions to the respective company context. These clarify the relevance of the topic, justify the need for action and open up perspectives.

The overarching goal of the methods is the revitalization and further development of companies in a dynamic market context. The focus is on ideas of structures, teams, performance and leadership that are both appropriate to today's complexity and suited to the nature of human beings. Since the authors deliberately did not want to produce instruction manuals and checklists, the book is not suitable as a so-called "method kit". Rather, Niels Pfläging and Silke Hermann try to offer inspiration, explain contexts, and whet the appetite for action.

Constructive engagement with the complexity prevalent in today's companies and markets is necessary for long-term success. A company that responds competently to the current challenges creates capacity to make a positive contribution to all stakeholders and the organization as a whole.

Tripl3Leader recommends "Complexity Modes" because the book offers valuable suggestions and possibilities for constructive communication, especially in change processes.

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