Why Chaos is Imperative to Your Success

Why would Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ask a peace and conflicts studies grad from UC Berkley to help him improve the Army’s adaptability?

When General Dempsey asked Ori Brafman how they could change the army to make it more adaptive, his answer was a breath of fresh air. Ori told the general, “I don’t really know – and neither do you because of the stars on your uniform. You’re too far removed from the edge of the network to actually know how the army needs to change. You need to empower the people at the edge of the network, bring them in to add some chaos to the system to let them help you determine how the army needs to change.”

This is just one sliver of an absolutely fascinating talk with one of the most compelling authors I’ve ever read – or spoken to. Over the course of our interview, you’ll learn how the horrors and misery of the Black Death led almost inevitably to the Renaissance that followed – and how that same principle can lead to your company’s success! You’ll also learn how hospitals dramatically lowered the rate of deadly MRSA staph infections by including “unusual suspects” as they sought solutions to this serious health risk.

White space, unusual suspects, and controlled chaos – these are just some of the essential ingredients to your organization’s success. You don’t want to miss this must-see episode of Switch and Shift TV!

After watching our show, you can reach this brilliant consultant at http://oribrafman.com

By the way…

  • Ori and I are both big proponents of what he calls “unusual suspects,” which I call “misfits.”
  • We also both believe in the essential nature of “white space,” which is taking the time to process our thoughts in order to increase our productivity and innovation.
  • And we’re both passionate advocates of introducing a healthy dose of chaos in any organization.

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s episode with Ted Rubin!

And, listen to Shawn Murphy’s top-ranked podcast, Work That Matters, as he interviews the co-author of The Chaos Imperative, Judah Pollack.

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Ted Coiné is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership put him in a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, which he co-authored with Mark Babbitt. An inspirational speaker and popular blogger, Ted is a pioneer of the Human Side of Business (#humanbiz) movement. He is also a serial business founder and three-time CEO. When not speaking at conferences and corporate functions, Ted advises CEOs on how to become Truly Social Leaders, or “Blue Unicorns” as they put it in A World Gone Social, in order to bring their companies into the Social Age. Ted’s advice: “Change is only scary if it’s happening to you. Instead, bring the change your competitors dread. That is something only a Social Age business leader can accomplish.”

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