"Just" is a seductive word. We just need to hire a new leader. We just need a solid strategy. We just need a consistent process. Imagine you are a CEO. You face a seemingly intractable problem, and the board keeps harassing you for updates. Pressure mounts. "What's the problem? How will you fix it? When will you fix it?" Meanwhile, the executive team is caught in a cycle of finger-pointing and alliance-building—all trying to fill the void caused by The Problem.
This post was a great way to illustrate something I've been aware of my at organization for years but was not able to pinpoint and define. THANK YOU! I'd love to hear/read additional thoughts on the topic of "just"ing from you.
Thanks for writing this. I’ve observed “just”ing in myself and others so many times. Well said and great reminder
Thanks for writing this. Getting people comfortable with complexity and uncertainty is incredibly hard, especially when our management and reward models are all based on the fallacy that you can and should be able to predict outcomes, instead of embracing the fact we’re dealing with complex systems where it’s impossible to predict the implications of any one action on the overall system, so love how you’ve laid this out.
Also you should check out Cynefine framework and complexity theory as they provide conceptual frameworks to help people understand why and how to tackle messy problems.
Nicely put. Clearly you've met a few humans.