What got you here won’t get you there

What got you here won’t get you there. Watch all the old-school companies flailing: Boeing, Marks&Spencer, Rio Tinto…

Alpha management (dominated by masculine behaviour, command and control, power, force, fear, people and systems as machines) simply doesn’t work any more. It depends on stability to be able to codify, measure, and optimise (CMM). The world declines to co-operate.

Simple linear models worked once as a first approximation. No more. The rate of change makes it impossible to ignore the real VUCA nature of people, work, economy, and organisations. They’re all complex adaptive systems.

Adapatality is the essential survival skill going forward not efficiency (McChrystal, Hamel, Denning…). Adapatability comes from agility and resilience. Alpha management destroys both.