Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

“Organizations do not and cannot manage chaos, or complexity. Saying that is like claiming that crash test dummies manage impact.” This is a quote from Niels Pflaeging one of our Keynotes. Niels is an acclaimed public speaker and combines two roles in his client work. On one hand, he is a world-class speaker. On the other hand, he helps organizations internationally with triggering, mapping and leading profound and robust change initiatives as a highly effective advisor. Therefore, Niels will speak about “Organize for Complexity: How our organizations will become agile, radically decentralized and networked. Sooner than you think.” Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I started being part of the Beyond Budgeting movement in 2003, when I became a director of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table. Since then, my work has been completely focused on supporting organizational transformation – acting as an influencer, speaker, advisor and consultant. I wrote two books on Beyond Budgeting, and then three more on leadership and organizational transformation. My passion is helping organizations of all kinds, and internationally, to leave “management”, or the command-and-control model of the industrial age behind, and move towards an organizational model that is fit for complexity and also fit for human beings. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My last book is called “Organize for Complexity – and that is also the title of my keynote session at the Agile Summit. I believe the main reason why so few companies have ultimately overcome the social technology that we call “management“ is that most of us actually don´t know the alternative...