Leading Complexity

Continue reading: Interview with Peter Block – Leader as Convener

Interview with Peter Block – Leader as Convener

You have been missing out on whether you are a consultant, coach, or leader and have yet to become familiar with Peter Block. We are fortunate to have Peter in this year’s leading complexity program for the fall. He is mainly known for his books on Flawless Consulting and Stewardship. However, his latest writing on

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Esther Derby

Interview with Esther Derby – A Leader in Navigating Complexity

In the interview, Esther Derby discusses complexity in organizations, contrasting it with a mechanistic approach. She likens it to creating conditions for a forest to emerge rather than controlling a factory’s output. Derby emphasizes different leadership skills required for various roles within an organization: setting macro-level conditions for senior leaders, enhancing conditions for enabling roles,

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Erin Meyer

Interview with Erin Meyer: Insights on Netflix and Organizational Culture

In the interview, Erin Meyer discussed her collaboration with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on “No Rules Rules,” a book exploring Netflix’s innovative organizational culture. She described the extensive research and interviews undertaken to understand and systematize Netflix’s unique culture into a model that other organizations could learn from. Erin emphasized that successful companies like Netflix,

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Continue reading: Peter Block – Leader as Convener

Peter Block – Leader as Convener

Peter Block might not be the most well-known thought leader in the Agile community, but he’s one of the thought leaders who have had the most influence on our success as consultants, coaches, and leaders.  We are excited to have him in this year’s leading complexity program for the fall. We have long wished to

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Esther Derby

Introducing Esther Derby: A Leader in Navigating Complexity

In the dynamic world of Agile leadership and organizational development, few names command as much respect as Esther Derby. With a career spanning decades, Esther has earned her place as a luminary in guiding teams and organizations through the labyrinth of complexity. For us, she is an obvious choice as a speaker in the Leading

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Continue reading: Mob Programming / Software Teaming is more relevant than ever!

Mob Programming / Software Teaming is more relevant than ever!

We have never been in a faster-changing environment than we are today. In product development, you must create a product that your customers love but also works for the business (ref Marty Cagan). To do that, you need to be innovative and a leader in your domain. If you don’t, you risk being disrupted and

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Continue reading: Jennifer Garvey Berger – Complexity Genius summary

Jennifer Garvey Berger – Complexity Genius summary

First out in our second season of the Leading Complexity Program was the fantastic Jennifer Garvey Berger. She did an amazing job of framing the whole program and connecting the participants with each other. Jennifer explained how we all experience complexity in our daily lives. She started with a question: How do you experience complex

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Interview with Simon Wardley

We proudly present Simon Wardley, one of this year’s teachers, in our Leading Complexity Program starting September 2023. Here is a summary of the interview below. M: Hi, Simon. It’s great to have you on the program this year. Could you briefly say who you are for those who don’t know you? S: I am

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Continue reading: Bill Fischer and the Dynamics of Haier’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Bill Fischer and the Dynamics of Haier’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In a session for the Leading Complexity Program 2022, Bill Fischer shared his knowledge about Haier’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and RenDanHeYi, the culture behind it. Here is a summary of the session. If you want to see the recording of the session, please sign up for this year’s program. Here are some insights: In this session,

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Continue reading: Interview with John Cutler on Navigating the Everyday (Beautiful) Mess

Interview with John Cutler on Navigating the Everyday (Beautiful) Mess

We talked to John Cutler, one of our master class teachers in this year’s leading complexity program. John has a background in product management and UX, and is a Senior Director of Product Enablement at Toast.  We discussed  “complexity,” What it is, what the implications are for leaders today, and the topics of his talk:

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Interview with Matthew Skelton co-author of “Team Topologies”

I had the great pleasure of meeting Matthew Skelton for an interview about his view on complexity. In this interview, Matthew discusses the different types of complexity and how leaders can maneuver in complex environments. He also talks about the Team Topologies framework, which is a tool that can help organizations become more adaptable to

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Interview with Lyssa Adkins

Hear Lyssa Adkins, author of the legendary book “Coaching Agile Teams”, talk about complexity and the importance for leaders to upgrade, downgrade and expand. A short summary of the interview Lyssa Adkins, an experienced Agile coach, has shifted her focus to leadership development and effective leadership team functioning. In the interview, she discusses adapting to

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Continue reading: Sonja Blignaut – Leading in Complexity by Curating Context

Sonja Blignaut – Leading in Complexity by Curating Context

Throughout the Leading Complexity program, we have had the opportunity to learn from the best thinkers in leadership and complexity. One of them Sonja Blignaut. As a meteorologist, she has a fascinating natural sciences background, giving her a unique perspective on human systems. In her session, she shared some of her latest thinking, which she

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Marty Cagan and Leading with Context not Control

Summary of Marty Cagan’s session in the Leading Complexity Program 2022. Marty Cagan, a renowned product management expert, and author, is another eye-opener Leading Complexity keynote speaker. In his session, he shares his insights on the importance of first principles, thinking, talking, and coaching in the product development process.  Drawing from examples of successful companies,

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Interview with Kent Beck

In this year’s edition of the Leading Complexity program, we are privileged to welcome Kent Beck, the mastermind behind eXtreme Programming and a distinguished signatory of the Agile Manifesto. Dive into our interview with Kent as he shares insights on navigating complexity and offers invaluable guidance on addressing it. Summary of the video below The

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Continue reading: Stephen Bungay and the Art of Leadership

Stephen Bungay and the Art of Leadership

Summary of Stephen Bungay’s session in the Leading Complexity Program 2022. Leadership and direction setting are essential components of any successful business strategy. One of the very best thought leaders on business strategy that is well familiar to Crisp is one of last year’s Leading Complexity keynote speakers Stephen Bungay. Not only is he an

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Interview with Dr. Annika Steiber about complexity

In our upcoming Leading Complexity program this fall, we are honored to host Dr. Annika Steiber as a speaker. With years of dedicated research into the success stories of Silicon Valley companies, Annika has delved deep into the common managerial models that drive their achievements. I recently had an enlightening conversation with Annika, gaining insights

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Continue reading: Summary of Lisa Gill’s session in the Leading Complexity Program 2022

Summary of Lisa Gill’s session in the Leading Complexity Program 2022

The Transformative Power of Conscious Leadership Lisa Gill, renowned coach, and organizational consultant, is the next keynote speaker of the Leading Complexity series. In her intervention, she provides a deep dive into the challenges of contemporary leadership and the inner shifts needed for new ways of working to work. Drawing from her wealth of experience,

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Continue reading: Teresa Torres about complexity and her session

Teresa Torres about complexity and her session

We are fortunate to be able to present Teresa Torres as one of the speakers in this years program. Here is a short video of her talking about complexity and her upcoming session. Hi everyone, I am Teresa Torres. I work as a product Discovery coach. That means that I help digital product teams make

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Interview with Peter Senge about complexity

We had the privilege of getting a short chat with the number one system thinker in the world, Peter Senge. Sorry for the background noise. If you want to hear more of him, please join the Leading Complexity program. Hello Peter. For those that don’t know you, who are you? Seems like a simple question

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Continue reading: Summary of Johanna Rothman’s session, about the Modern Management Principles, in the Leading Complexity program 2022

Summary of Johanna Rothman’s session, about the Modern Management Principles, in the Leading Complexity program 2022

Modern management is about positioning yourself to take advantage of complexity. Managers deal with complexity all the time, and management complexity is different from what the teams encounter. In this keynote, our speaker, Johanna Rothman, explores 4 big ideas to adopt modern management practices: define “why” for the organization, create management teams, shorten feedback loops,

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Continue reading: Summary of Dave Snowden’s session in the Leading Complexity program 2022

Summary of Dave Snowden’s session in the Leading Complexity program 2022

Dave Snowden, a prominent speaker, delivered a captivating presentation during the 2022 edition of the Leading Complexity program. Here, we present a concise summary of his insightful discourse. To witness his exceptional performance firsthand, we encourage you to participate in this year’s program, granting you access to a wealth of videos from the remarkable 2022

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Interview with Doug Kirkpatrick

M: Hi, Doug. Great to have you in the Leading Complexity program for the fall. You have been a guest with Crisp before, but for those who don´t know you, who are you? D: Thanks, Michael. I am Doug Kirkpatrick. I helped start Morningstar over 30 years ago here in Northern California. Morningstar organized around

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Continue reading: Interview with Jennifer Garvey Berger

Interview with Jennifer Garvey Berger

Michael: Hello Jennifer, we are so happy to have you in the second season of Leading Complexity! So for those who don’t know you, can you just briefly tell us who you are? Jennifer: Sure, Michael, I’m delighted to be with you for this program. Yeah, so I’m Jennifer Garvey Berger, and I have spent

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Summary of Joe Justice’s session, about Tesla’s “Agile DNA”, in the Leading Complexity program 2022

Tesla. We’ve all heard of this innovative brand changing the automotive industry in the last decade. But how can one run a company that’s at the forefront of technological progress?  To help us understand this and more, we asked Joe Justice to be part of the Leading Complexity program. In short, this is what he

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Summary of Henrik Kniberg’s session, about his thoughts On The Spotify Model, in the Leading Complexity program 2022

The Spotify Model. You have probably heard the term. But how did it come to life? How did it become a “thing”? What are the principles behind it? What happens when companies copy it? Should you copy it? To kick off this series of summaries of the Leading Complexity program, we focus on Henrik Kniberg’s

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