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It’s no secret that the complexity of today’s business environment has leaders frazzled.
A recent survey by Eller Executive Education at the University of Arizona found that many business leaders are challenged by the wave of political, technological and cultural forces reshaping our society and, in turn, the nature of work.
Against this backdrop is another survey we gave to a cross-section of Fortune 500 global executives. It found that more than half are satisfied with their work. What they didn’t like, however, was the increased level of complexity seemingly getting in their way.
The conflicting feelings of executives expressed in both the surveys inspired me to ask the question: How can leaders come to terms with a love-hate relationship with complexity? I reached out to the respondents to our survey and asked them to share things that they love about complexity and things that they hate about it.