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Over the last few years, my colleagues and I have develop a new set of tools and insights designed to help leaders and their organizations to be more agile and adaptive. Like any start-up, in the early days, we were looking for business anywhere. We had a hammer and everything looked a whole lot like…

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man holding out business card

Picture this scene. There’s a wicked problem that needs addressing and you’ve been invited to a meeting to consider a set of responses. As everyone gets settled, the organizer requests, “If you’ve brought business cards with you today, could you please get one out.” You reach for yours, noticing the sturdy feel of the cardstock…

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We’ve been reading about the Extended Mind Theory, first introduced by philosopher Andy Clark and cognitive scientist David Chalmers. According to the theory, a person’s mind, and cognitive processing, are not limited to their head or even their body. The Extended Mind extends into the person’s world. For instance, Clark and Chalmer suggest the mind extends to objects.…

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Yo-Yo Ma

At the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab we are working with virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma; and doing so is helping us better understand agility. In fact, Yo-Yo has written the forward to our new book, Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership (Wiley) available May 7, 2019. Part of what makes a great musician a…well…great musician, is their brain’s…

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Complex or complicated? Which term better describes what you and your community or organization is facing? Rocket science is complicated. Addressing the opioid crisis is complex. Reducing vehicle emissions by 10% is complicated. Addressing climate change is complex. Complex challenges demand new approaches to strategy and the science of collaboration becomes extremely important. That’s where…

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One of the theories embedded within our approach to strategy at the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab is the Law of Requisite Variety introduced by W. Ross Ashby. The idea is that a complex challenge (one with a lot of variety) requires a solution that is equally complex, a solution with a lot of variety. That’s why we focus on…

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