Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast

Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast

by David Komlos, David Benjamin


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For the first time, David Benjamin and David Komlos of Syntegrity share their cutting-edge, highly engaging step-by-step formula for cracking incredibly knotty and important challenges in mere days, while mobilizing those who must execute.

Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith, #1 NY Times bestselling author, Thinkers50 - #1 Executive Coach and the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

Complexity has met its match! Today, organizations are grappling with ambiguity, volatility and paradox surrounding the challenges they face. This is complexity. But too many leaders approach complexity the wrong way - they push their people harder and harder and tackle problems one at a time over months, sometimes even years, and nearly always in a linear fashion. It's like setting a pot of water on "low" and waiting for it to boil. To solve the seemingly intractable challenges that leaders bang their heads against for months - to get the metaphorical water to boil - you must generate a high amount of heat very quickly.

In this book, the authors share their proven formula for dramatically shortening the process and solving an organization's toughest challenges in mere days.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473685642
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 574,851
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Komlos, CEO of Syntegrity, is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and speaker who has helped change the way many global leaders approach their top challenges. From Fortune 100 transformation to international aid, content creation in sports and entertainment to improving access to life-saving products, David advises top leaders and enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate solutions and execution on their defining challenges. He frequently speaks on topics related to complexity, fast problem-solving and mobilization, and scaling talent. He lives with his family in Toronto.

David Benjamin is the co-founder of Syntegrity and the chief architect behind its implementation of the Complexity Formula as laid out in his book, Cracking Complexity. David regularly guides leaders and their teams through their application of the formula, helping them get to decisions and action in days, no matter the industry, type of challenge, or nature of the organization. In this capacity, David has become a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies and government leaders on how to organize for complexity and find traction in the face of the intractable. He frequently speaks on a wide range of topics related to complexity, effective and efficient problem-solving, and human dynamics in systems. David spends most of the rest of his time and energy on writing, family, long-distance running and cracking cryptic crosswords. David and his wife, Angie, live near Toronto and have three incredibly talented daughters whom he loves equally.

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Chapter 1 Journey into the Unknown 1

Chapter 2 Getting Started 23

Chapter 3 A Picture Worth 418 Words 37

Chapter 4 Step 1. Acknowledge the Complexity 40

Chapter 5 Step 2. Construct a Really, Really Good Question 50

Chapter 6 Step 3. Target a Requisite Variety of Solvers 70

Chapter 7 Step 4. Localize the Solvers 91

Chapter 8 Step 5. Eliminate the Noise 99

Chapter 9 Step 6. Agree on the Right Agenda 112

Chapter 10 Step 7. Put People on a Collision Course 128

Chapter 11 Step 8. Advance Iteratively and Emergently 147

Chapter 12 Step 9. Change How People Interact 166

Chapter 13 Step 10. Translate Clarity and Insights into Action 177

Chapter 14 The Payoff 190

Appendix A Where Else? 199

Appendix B Troubleshooting 209

Endnotes 225

Index 229

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