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From Complexity Fitness to Complexity Genius

In these times of rapid and chaotic change, how can we help leaders understand, embrace and even flourish in complexity?

In this conversation with executive coach Carolyn Coughlin we explore how we respond to complexity, what “complexity fitness” is, how adult development relates to complexity, arriving in context and fostering fluidity, testing patterns and moving towards “complexity genius”.

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In this podcast we talk about:

03:10 How we respond to complexity
08:45 What is “Complexity Fitness”
13:00 Identity and change
16:40 The most important tool
23:30 Looking beneath limiting beliefs
29:50 Arriving in context
33:30 How to foster fluidity
39:15 The relational space
44:00 Experimenting as complexity genius
48:20 Testing patterns
54:00 Embracing lightness
1:00:00 From complexity fitness to complexity genius

Resources Mentioned:
Robert Kegan
Jennifer Garvey Berger 
Cynefin Model
Dave Snowden
Dan Siegel

About Carolyn

Carolyn Coughlin
Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn Coughlin has been an executive coach, facilitator, and leadership development specialist for over 15 years. With her fellow Cultivating Leadership partner Jennifer, Carolyn co-designed and runs the Growth Edge Certification series. She writes and talks about developmental coaching, why and how it can be such a powerful support to growth, and how, in particular, she thinks it might hold promise for shifting the gender imbalance in our leadership ranks. Carolyn is a Certified Somatic Coach and a certified user of the Global Leadership Profile, the Leadership Circle, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.


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