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2020-02-11 - #088

Capability to Handle the Complexity of Strong Sustainability

This month our speaker is Mark Krasnohorsky, VP Strategic Relationships and Josh Fowke, CEO & Founder at Tuzzle Consulting in Toronto who will be introducing the practice and theory of Capability to Handle Complexity (CHC) - developed with, and applied by the US Army, since 1978.

A big thank-you to our long time and very pro-active member Randy Sa'd (as leader of this group's REFOCUS initiative and as Acting Executive Director Flourishing Enterprise Institute), who introduced Mark and Josh to our community late in 2019. 

Mark and Josh recently joined our group bringing deep expertise in the practice and theory of CHC, a topic many of us have been very curious to learn more about: how complexity occurs in organizations and how we match people's capabilities to that complexity.  This topic is of great importance to our work in this group since strongly sustainable / flourishing enterprise designs are, necessarily, more complex than over-simplified 'profit-first' business models. 

And this leads to the question: can we assess which enterprise leaders and entrepreneurs are capable of handing the necessary level of complexity? The good news, and the short answer to this question is yes. 

Josh and Mark's will begin to unpack CHC at this month's meeting, which is built directly from the work of Dr. Elliot Jaques (1917-2003) [pronounced 'Jacks'], a Canadian psychoanalyst, social scientist and management consultant known as originator of concepts such as ‘corporate culture’, ‘mid-life crisis’, ‘fair pay’, ‘maturation curves’, ‘time span of discretion’ and 'requisite organization'.

Josh and Mark will conclude their talk with an invitation for group members interested in CHC to join them in co-creating a new initiative of members of this group: How might we most usefully apply CHC thinking directly to any and all aspects our work with strongly sustainable business models.

As usual, we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 
  • Time: 90 minutes starting  13h30 PST (UTC-7) / 16h30 EST (UTC-4) / 21h30 BST (UTC+1) / 22h30 CEST (UTC+2) / 06h30 JST (UTC+8 +1 day) / 07h30 AEST (UTC+9 +1 day)

To join the meeting please see the face-to-face and virtual logistics posted to our LinkedIn Group in this post (join the group to access).

The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meeting has been made available via our GoogleDrive in the folder for this months meeting. 

Anyone who joins the LinkedIn forum is considered a member of this group and is welcome to join at the meeting.  Members are welcome to bring guests.

To introduce their talk Josh and Mark wrote:

Capability to Handle Complexity (CHC) is often missing from conversations about development and human work. This presentation on CHC and Levels of Work will provide a new lens from which to make sense of the world. CHC is based on decades of scientific research and professional application. It can add nuance to why corporations have failed to take into account their impact on sustainability; how best to augment and design sustainability initiatives to diffuse through the corporate world; and how to align humans to work to encourage a flourishing working environment.

You will be introduced to levels of work and capability to handle complexity (CHC), and how it could be applied to context of creating sustainability.

This will be a general audience session - not technical in nature.

Speaker Bios:

Josh Fowke

Josh is an entrepreneur and an expert in adult development. He specializes in Capability to Handle Complexity (CHC), and is certified in both the Enneagram Personality Framework and Jungian Personality from the Breckenridge institute. He also has interests in Spiral Dynamics, Gestalt Psychology and meditation. Josh has worked in consulting both as an independent and as part of of the 1-Degree Shift firm, working on cultural transformations, leadership development, organization design and more. Josh is currently the CEO of Tuzzle, where he is leading the charge to make their powerful psychological technology accessible to the world.

Mark Krasnohorsky

For the past 20 years Mark has worked on optimizing organizations through the lenses of digital transformation, business process re-engineering, and organizational design. In this time he has helped dozens of companies across the manufacturing, distribution, logistics, financial services, and automotive sectors. He specializes in the practical application of academic theories and has been able to operationalize and integrate many such theories into his practice. He is an innate systems thinker with a deep understanding of people, technology, and business. He is currently working as Tuzzle’s VP of Strategic Relationships & Systems to help bring their powerful psychological technology to the world

At the Meeting & Afterwards:

The link to the recording of the meeting and the slides has been posted as a comment to the Linkedin Post about this meeting, along with on-going discussion about the meeting by our members.  The recording and presentation is stored in the GoogleDrive folder for this months meeting.

Attendance list (if a location is not provided participant was F2F in Toronto)
  • Mark Krasnohorsky, VP Strategic Relationships at Tuzzle
  • Josh Fowke, CEO & Founder at Tuzzle
  • Antony Upward, SSBMG Co-founder, Flourishing Enterprise Institute Co-Founder, Convener Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit ProjectAdjunct Prof. OCAD University Faculty of Design, Visiting Prof. Halmstad University Department of Innovation Management
  • Lori Farley, SSBMG Community Animator and Founder, INTONOVUS Canada and Impact Calgary (Calgary AB, Canada)
  • Dr. Tim Posselt, SSBMG Community Animator and Desklight Research and Consulting 
  • Vlad Toma, Conestoga College
  • Debra Scott, Masters Student, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Andrew Simpson, Ecotone Software
  • Panos Panagiotakopoulos, Better My Business, Seneca College
  • Josh Harrower, Toronto
  • Anitta Toma, Green Story, Toronto
  • Randy Sa’d, Executive Director, REFOCUS - Cambridge, ON, CA
  • Douglas Worts, WorldViews Consulting, Toronto
  • Morris Fedeli, THRIVE, University of South Queensland, Australia
  • Ondine Hogeboom, Co-Founder Lean for Flourishing Startups, Montreal, Quebec