One of the main ways that complexity impacts all of us is the continuous change that we face.
We all experience the discomfort of facing an uncertain and unpredictable future. But in that uncertainty lies possibility; we need to reclaim a sense of agency and befriend change to capitalise on these opportunities.
Whether you are a CEO, a parent, a teacher, a student, or a call center agent ... we need to reframe how we think about change and become "fit" for it.
If so, you are not alone. Join us, and other explorers from all over the world as we explore how we can befriend uncertainty and reclaim a sense of agency as we become more fit for this ever-changing world.
We created these offerings to enable ANYONE to become FIT to navigate continuous change and uncertainty. We believe it starts with becoming fit for complexity, so in a way, we seek to democratize complex thinking ... because we believe the world needs people who are comfortable being uncomfortable and able to move from feeling future fatigue to having the agency to co-create a better future. That is the only way we will thrive in this beautiful, messy, discombobulating world.
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Our fast-moving world invites us into a state of continuous learning, unlearning, and reinventing ourselves. This is true whether you are a mother, a CEO, an entrepreneur, or an artist.
It is also true for teams, organizations, and even societies.
The COOL meta-skills, help us assume a learning posture. On this you "learn how to learn", you learn to make sense and distinguish signal from noise. And perhaps most important, others get the opportunity to learn from you.
Complexity is unpredictable, we simply cannot know what will happen next. What we can do is to prepare ourselves with the skills and practices we need to deal with whatever comes.
Nassim Taleb coined the phrase "anti-fragile". It describes a person or system that becomes stronger when it goes through adversity. The plant pictured here is South African fynbos. Every time it burns, the plant multiplies and comes back stronger. This journey will reconnect you with skills you already have, and enable you to acquire new ones that will enable you to thrive whereever you are planted.
Being in perpetual uncertainty, the overwhelming amount of information clamoring for our attention, the pressure to do more with less ... all of this can start to wear us down.
Professional athletes don't have to continually perform at their peak like most of us have to, and yet they understand the important of rest and recovery time. Wellbeing and performance are not separate, they are two sides of the same coin. When we understand that we are in complexity, that we cannot control everything, that change is normal (and healthy), we can let go. The COOL meta-skills enable us to work and live smarter, and more in tune with natural rythms.
Sometimes when we find ourselves in uncertain and unpredictable places, facing challenges that seem to messy for us to comprehend, we can lose our sense of agency.
The skills and meta-skills of complexity fitness give us back that agency. We learn that we have a choice to contribute and to co-create. Understanding the patterns of complexity, can help us to shift from feeling future-fatigued, to being future-ready.
In designing and facilitating our learning journeys, we too commit to being über COOL:
“A purposeful pause is a mini-break in the momentum and speed of our mind and our days. Purposeful Pauses give us the space to reset and re-centre, and when we do, we’re more likely to make conscious choices about our work and our activities that are productive, creative, and compassionate. A purposeful pause interrupts the fog that gathers when we’re on autopilot, pushing our way through the day. It’s not all that hard to bring about a break in the clouds and when we do, we can gain a new perspective on each moment.” - Forbes Magazine
The exponential rate of change and information overload lead to lives of ‘continuous partial attention’. In a world with ever-increasing demands of deadlines, budgets, projects, diary-juggling, family, and school, it’s a miracle we’re not all batsh*t-crazy. We might not be entirely certifiable (yet), but we’re certainly not operating optimally.
Our sustainable performance is dependent on our ability to pause, to find time to reflect and observe our world. When we become the observer, we develop an increased ability to RESPOND rather than REACT to the demands of the external environment. Not only are we cleverer, but we also have a positive impact on burnout and resilience.
This ability to pause and observe is a skill, not an attitude, and needs practice. And we should practice it as often as possible. It is a fantasy that the long weekend and or the upcoming holiday could be our time to recover and rest. We must find that recovery time every day. Yes, there can be a small holiday in every day.
Hopefully you noticed the purposeful pause when you entered this website the first time. Maybe you just closed the pop-up. Next time, embrace the power of the break. ;)