More on traditional and modern management

Traditional management often strive to explain and predict with the aim to anticipate the future.

Modern management often strive also to interpret the present and react to events with the aim to adapt and invent the future.

The paradox here is that the effort to predict the future make it harder to control the future. While the effort to recognize and interpret the present reality and adapt to it can enable to control the future inventing it :

We can't control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them. - Donella H. Meadows

Other curios paradoxes that are meaningful for complex systems follows here,
- How can we give direction without giving directives?
- How can we lead by serving?
- How can we maintain authority without having control?
- How can we set direction when we don’t know the future?
- How can we oppose change by accepting it? How can we accept change by opposing it?
- How can a large organization be small? How can a small one be large?
- How can we be both a system and many independent parts?

See also:
- Traditional/Modern Management
- Characteristics of Agile and Traditional Organizations
- Modern Leadership

Update 23-June-2011:

A predictable organisation does not guess about the future and call it a plan; it develops the capacity to rapidly respond to the future as it unfolds.” - Mary Poppendieck

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