Living in the present

Harold Jarche pulled this chunk from Ekso Kilpis’ post on Complexity. The new world between chance and choice. Kilpis is looking at complexity science and the light it casts on how we should manage in a networked world where change is not linear.

The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. Perhaps as a result we should especially in management, focus more attention on what we are doing than what we should be doing. Following the thinking presented by the most advanced scientific researchers, the important question to answer is not what should happen in the future, but what is happening now?

This complexity stuff can be heavy science, but this makes human sense to me. For instance, I often find the conversation about what’s happening now, in the moment, is much more engaging than intellectual struggles over ideas about the future. For instance, tortuous conversations about how to run some future meeting only become really engaging when the speakers fess up to the feelings of stress and frustration they feel now.

Kilpis continues:

Our focus should be on the communicative interaction creating the continuously developing pattern that is our life

Dense language but I think it means living more in the present, with greater awareness of what’s happening now, what all our senses are telling us, and less fantasising about unmanageable things and people outside our control.

4 thoughts on “Living in the present

  1. Geoff Brown

    Again you point out the “Dilbert” conflict b/w the world of ‘what we want’ and the present moment of what we can do. The frustration of staff at the edges of a large government agency I work with is really clear. These people are connected to the moment x moment world and know we need to engage with what is happening now. A few levels above them, people appear stuck on trying to plan for and control the future risks.

    It takes those from outside their world to shine a light on this difference.

  2. Dermot Casey

    It sound akin to a lot of what Maturana and Varela were saying twenty years ago. Must dig into it a little deeper


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