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Observation: Chaotic organizations often exercise crowd intelligence

By on December 11, 2013

Observation: Chaotic organizations often exercise crowd intelligence

This may be one explanation why some seemingly chaotic companies can be very successful. Also may explain, why some teams succeed ‘against all odds’.

Crowd intelligence may be bigger that we assume.

Good news – crowd intelligence means that organizations in some way ‘lead themselves’ – and therefore that they can be lead!

As many has experienced chaotic organizations can be very difficult to manage and control – and many ‘modellists’ and ‘methodists’ have experiences that adding some form of ‘bureaucracy’ or ‘rigid structure’ to a chaotic organization just create more messiness and lack of transparency – and often ends with the ‘new something’ failing or being ejected more explicitly.

You cannot fight chaos with bureaucracy!   But, chaos can be lead – that’s the good news.