After reading This is Generation Flux , Fast Company’s special report on a new breed of pioneers, my first thought was “welcome to the wagon train.”
The excitement of heading out toward unknown terrorities is why I am a card carrying member of Generation Flux. “What defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates–and even enjoys–recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.” From This is Generation Flux
For the past three years, Larry and I have been working with clients farther and farther into the business frontier, where the terrain is bumpy and often treacherous, and success comes from courage, agility and persistence.
This frontier is what we call the complexity space – the contextual system in which most organizations operate. We have developed the “Complexity Space Framework™ (CSF) to provide a conceptual roadmap and practical tools to address change through the lens of complexity. Complementing traditional change and improvement tools, the CSF is one way to help Generation Flux pioneers move more confidently into the unknown future.
The organizations we work with can be viewed either through the traditional lens of the linear and predictive, or through the kaleidoscope lens of complexity that shifts angles and colors and dimensions. Our work is all about the Flux and we are helping leaders become “chief fluxanators” by letting them see the value and power in recognizing complexity in their workplaces.
DJ Patil, Data Scientist, Greylock Partners offers a powerful observation in the article. ”Most big organizations are good at solving clear but complicated problems. They’re absolutely horrible at solving ambiguous problems–when you don’t know what you don’t know. Faced with ambiguity, their gears grind to a halt.” Organizational change conversations need to shift away from the “business as a well-oiled machine” metaphor to a garden metaphor; away from fixing to fitting; away from solutions to possibilities; away from an end-game to an emerging process that is adaptive and sensitive to conditions.
“Our institutions are out of date; the long career is dead; any quest for solid rules is pointless, since we will be constantly rethinking them; you can’t rely on an established business model or a corporate ladder to point your way; silos between industries are breaking down; anything settled is vulnerable.” From This is Generation Flux
For us it is precisely this “state of messiness” that drives our work. We know we are succeeding when the disruption generates new options for action.
Here is another quote for us GenFlux Pioneers, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” From Alvin Toffler