Leading a business is increasingly complex. It’s a constant challenge to keep up with the accelerated advancement of digital technologies in our organizations and our ways of doing business.

In pace with this exponential change and complexity is a growing desire for simplicity. Shortcuts that help us understand and implement what needs to be done. At the same time, experience and common sense tell us that there are no easy answers.

Leadership has never been easy. There’s never been a one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter solution for moving businesses forward. It’s always been a flexible balancing act with an ever-changing set of parameters. The difference now is that it’s all happening faster than ever before.

The format’s easy to take in, but the content is full of hard truths. The simple fact is there are no quick fixes to the problems of complexity. But there are proven leadership tools, methods, and perspectives to help you keep your eyes on the prize.

Schedule

10-week series of online master classes, starting September 2023. Attend each 90-minute class live or view the recording afterward. See the schedule

Who Should Attend?

This program is for C-suite, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, and everyone who likes to glimpse the future way of leading a company to thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.

Register

Please visit leadingcomplexity.com to register. If you sign up now you get access to last year’s recorded sessions. NB! The current price of 599 EUR is only valid until August 28.

Speakers

Join us each week for 90 minutes of inspiration and insight with:

Jennifer Garvey BergerJennifer Garvey Berger – Unleash Your Complexity Genius
Thu Sep. 28, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

With humans naturally adept at managing ambiguity and change, our inherent complexity genius is crucial in today’s rapidly evolving world. However, increased complexity can overwhelm this genius. In this session, we’ll explore strategies to unleash this innate skill, fostering intentional evolution within ourselves and influencing those around us.

Jennifer is a co-founder and CEO of Cultivating Leadership. She has a doctorate from Harvard University. Formerly an associate professor at George Mason University.
Annika Steiber – Management for Innovation and Exponential Growth
Thu Oct. 5, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

In this session, we’ll foster a futurist mindset, teaching participants to harness key capabilities for radical innovation and adaptability, essential for seizing opportunities and thriving in a complex business environment.

Dr. Steiber has a Ph.D. in Management of Technology and has worked as an executive in high-growth companies for almost 20 years and in parallel conducted leading-edge research in the field of management of technology and innovations. 
Simon Wardley – Situational Normal, Everything Must Change
Thu Oct. 12, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

In a world where change is driven by relentless competition, our ability to navigate this complex landscape depends on our understanding of the evolving economic context and situational awareness. This talk will delve into these critical aspects.

Simon is a former CEO, former advisory board member of startups (all now acquired), a fellow of Open Europe, an inventor of Wardley Mapping, a regular conference speaker, and a researcher for the DXC’s Leading Edge.
Peter SengePeter Senge
Thu Oct. 19, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

PhD, Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Founding Chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global network of people and institutions working together for systemic change.  His work centers on promoting a shared understanding of complex issues and shared leadership for creating healthier human systems. 
Matthew SkeltonMatthew Skelton
Thu Oct. 26, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

Matthew is co-author of Team Topologies: organizing business and technology teams for fast flow. Recognized by TechBeacon in 2018, 2019, and 2020 as one of the top 100 people to follow in DevOps, Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at devopstopologies.com.

He is Head of Consulting at Conflux and specializes in Continuous Deliveryoperability, and organization dynamics for modern software systems.
Doug KirkpatrickDoug Kirkpatrick – Manage complexity by simplicity
Thu Nov. 2, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

The accelerating complexity of business can overwhelm executives, often resulting in leadership anxiety. Yet, simplicity, as evidenced by Visa founder Dee Hock’s quote, can lead to intelligent behavior. This session explores how adopting clear, simple principles through organizational self-management can alleviate leadership stress and promote smarter behavior.

Doug is an organizational change consultant, TEDx speaker, executive coach, author, and educator. He recently released his third book, The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management in the New World of Work.
Teresa TorresTeresa Torres – The What & Why of Continuous Discovery
Mon Nov. 6, 2023 at 18:00 – 19:30 CET/CEST

Product teams are increasingly embracing discovery practices but often remain tied to a project-based mindset. This talk will explore the transition from project-based to continuous discovery, providing teams a benchmark to aim for. It’s an extended edition of Teresa’s renowned talk.

Teresa Torres is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach. She teaches a structured and sustainable approach to continuous discovery that helps product teams infuse their daily product decisions with customer input. She’s the author of the book Continuous Discovery Habits and blogs at ProductTalk.org.
Kent BeckKent Beck – The 4 factors model
Thu Nov. 16, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

Kent Beck is an influential figure in the field of software development, renowned for his significant contributions to the agile software development movement. With a background in computer science and experience at renowned tech companies, Beck has revolutionized the way software projects are approached and executed.

Kent has written several influential books that have shaped the software development industry. Some of his notable works include:
“Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change” (1999),
“Test-Driven Development: By Example” (2002), and
“Implementation Patterns” (2007).
Lyssa AdkinsLyssa Adkins – The Agilists’ Emerging Superpower and Our Planetary Challenge
Tue Nov. 21, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

In today’s fast-changing world, Agile practitioners excel at adapting to challenges. Lyssa Adkins’ keynote will address overlooked discussions, communication barriers, and provide strategies for crucial conversations. The talk will also explore Agile’s role in tackling global sustainability.

Lyssa Adkins is an internationally-recognized thought leader in the Agile community. She is the author of Coaching Agile Teams which is still a Top 10 book ten years after publication. 
John CutlerJohn Cutler – Navigating the Everyday (Beautiful) Mess
Thu Nov. 30, 2023 at 17:00 – 18:30 CET/CEST

This session explores methods for integrating complexity awareness into everyday tasks, presenting frameworks to simplify these concepts. We’ll also discuss personal biases towards systems or individual perspectives within a complex adaptive system.

John works as a Senior Director, Product Enablement at Toast. He is a prolific (or some might say obsessive) writer, with almost a thousand posts spread across various newsletters, blogs, and Medium

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