Complexity is Here and it’s Time to Get on Board Efficiency is the bugbear of modern organizations. Our culture—particularly our business culture is steeped in industrial-age metaphors of assembly lines, and economies of scale. We are continually looking for how to do things faster and cheaper, with the assumption that what follows is a better—read “more profitable”—organization. We work hard to simplify and hone our human systems to a machine-like efficiency, so we can be the envy of neighbors and the crusher of competition. In the industrial age the focus on eking every last bit of productivity from humans usually had a heartbreaking cost to the people doing the work—but was beneficial to the bottom line.
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