"In our past three global CEO studies, CEOs consistently said that coping with change was their most pressing challenge. In 2010, our conversations identified a new primary challenge: complexity. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Many shared the view that incremental changes are no longer sufficient in a world that is operating in fundamentally different ways.”
IBM’s 2010 study, Capitalizing on Complexity (pdf), reports that dealing with complexity was the number one challenge facing leaders.
Here are key findings based on face-to-face conversations with more than 1500 CEOs worldwide:
1) The world’s private and public sector leaders believe that a rapid escalation of "complexity” is the biggest challenge confronting them. They expect it to continue — indeed, to accelerate — in the coming years.
2) They are equally clear that their enterprises today are not equipped to cope effectively with this complexity in the global environment.
3) Finally, they identify "creativity” as the single most important leadership competency for enterprises seeking a path through this complexity.
Services and learning opportunities for Plexus Partners:
Participate in Plexus’ partnership program to introduce strategies, methodologies, and understandings about complex change and innovation to everyone in your organization. Partnerships include:
via a custom-designed workshop on site in your organization for your leadership
team, your entire staff, or even your stakeholders
to explore applications of key ideas about change and complex systems to a
challenge important to your organization
for your team to Plexus’ resources for a year. Ideas and resources introduced on calls and in publications
can be great catalysts for your learning community.
with leading edge scientists, scholars and practitioners who know complexity and have experience with how its
scientific concepts can impact our lives as individuals and members of
Participating in Plexus sponsored
research or co-developing proposals to support innovative initiatives. For example, several Partners are now
involved in a grant funded effort to use Positive Deviance to improve
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