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A different way of working

Proposing a new work method that attempts to tackle our current complexities and ambiguities

 

Working while overwhelmed by uncertainty, yet doing so well and effectively. Production, no matter what. This is the challenge faced by virtually all those working in enterprises (not only private ones) and, more in general, in production organisations that deal with real life or, rather, with the complexities of real life, as well as its changeable nature and ambiguities, features that seem to increasingly define the environment in which we operate.

This is the context from which La cultura dell’incertezza (The culture of uncertainty), written by Andrea Guida, unravels, and its subtitle immediately clarifies its main goal: to provide readers with some advice on how to “govern organisations in a complex world”. The author, who spent years facilitating corporate collaborative activities, harnessed his own experience to devise a method that could prove useful in steering companies even through the most complex spells.  This is called ‘systems leadership’ and it is based on the awareness of needing new tools to tackle the complexities, ambiguities and uncertainties that riddle organisations and their surrounding world. For Andrea Guida, the key point is to look at issues in a different way and work together in a more effective manner (by applying a strategy identified as ‘co-design’), to act more speedily and in a more controlled manner in everyday life and when crises arise.

All this is explained in just under 200 pages and four chapters, starting with the mistakes we currently make in the workplace, moving on to a list of “ingredients to perform well” and a more in-depth exploration of the systems leadership method, and ending with a number of insights on single operational aspects.

Guida’s work certainly requires careful reading and should be put to the test in real life, in order to fully appraise its potential in yielding results. Results that cannot really be taken for granted, though a concrete application of this method could actually determine its worth as a tool for the creation of a better working environment in production organisations currently struggling with the dramatic changes occurring within their structures and cultures.

La cultura dell’incertezza (The culture of uncertainty)

Andrea Guida

Guerini Next, 2022

Proposing a new work method that attempts to tackle our current complexities and ambiguities

 

Working while overwhelmed by uncertainty, yet doing so well and effectively. Production, no matter what. This is the challenge faced by virtually all those working in enterprises (not only private ones) and, more in general, in production organisations that deal with real life or, rather, with the complexities of real life, as well as its changeable nature and ambiguities, features that seem to increasingly define the environment in which we operate.

This is the context from which La cultura dell’incertezza (The culture of uncertainty), written by Andrea Guida, unravels, and its subtitle immediately clarifies its main goal: to provide readers with some advice on how to “govern organisations in a complex world”. The author, who spent years facilitating corporate collaborative activities, harnessed his own experience to devise a method that could prove useful in steering companies even through the most complex spells.  This is called ‘systems leadership’ and it is based on the awareness of needing new tools to tackle the complexities, ambiguities and uncertainties that riddle organisations and their surrounding world. For Andrea Guida, the key point is to look at issues in a different way and work together in a more effective manner (by applying a strategy identified as ‘co-design’), to act more speedily and in a more controlled manner in everyday life and when crises arise.

All this is explained in just under 200 pages and four chapters, starting with the mistakes we currently make in the workplace, moving on to a list of “ingredients to perform well” and a more in-depth exploration of the systems leadership method, and ending with a number of insights on single operational aspects.

Guida’s work certainly requires careful reading and should be put to the test in real life, in order to fully appraise its potential in yielding results. Results that cannot really be taken for granted, though a concrete application of this method could actually determine its worth as a tool for the creation of a better working environment in production organisations currently struggling with the dramatic changes occurring within their structures and cultures.

La cultura dell’incertezza (The culture of uncertainty)

Andrea Guida

Guerini Next, 2022