It’s no secret that I love my work as a podcast co-host and an organizational change consultant. As a co-host of The HumanCurrent, there are two questions that I am frequently asked: how do we (my co-host and I) practice what we talk about in our podcast and how do we live out our Twitter handle @Letsworkhappy. I love these questions so much that I’ve written this blog to share some of our practices.
My hope is that everyone can experience happiness at work and perhaps by me sharing these favorite practices, you can apply at least one of them at your work. Cheers to working happy!
The co-hosts of The HumanCurrent are very excited to announce they are collaborating with Complexity Labs for a series of live streaming video conversations about all things complexity.
We are calling this video discussion series "Complexity Live" and it will be a once a month event hosted on Google Hangouts (YouTube Live) at Complexity Labs Youtube Channel .
Our very first Complexity Live will take place Friday, June 8th at 6PM GMT and anyone with a curious mind can listen in and ask questions while the conversation unfolds.
We recently had the privilege to talk with physicist, complexity scientist, and MIT professor, Cesar Hidalgo, on our podcast. Hidalgo is also the author of Why Information Grows, The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies, a wonderfully insightful book which explores “what information is, where it comes from, and why it grows”…
Bringing our whole self to work is essential for us to thrive as humans and companies to survive in today’s environment. I was thrilled (and relieved) to learn that there are thousands, perhaps even millions, of people who also believe that our whole selves cannot be separated into parts and that this was increasingly being practiced in companies around the world.
Are chaos and creativity synonyms? Is creativity an emergent property of chaos and complexity?
We've recently been discussing creativity on our podcast. The concept of creativity has resurfaced often on our show. Complexity and "flow" was one of our first episodes and we continue to explore the different realms of creativity and the creative process, which are very useful in dealing with complex adaptive systems.
We have learned that creativity requires trust and freedom. It also requires stepping outside of established patterns, while embracing uncertainty, vulnerability & chaos. It can help us make unexpected connections and push boundaries into the unknown.
We can work towards expanding our creative abilities by leaning in to our imaginations. We can let go a little, experiment often, quiet our minds, and seek childlike wonder and curiosity.
Learn more with some of our favorite quotes, which we believe capture the complexity and chaos of the creative process:
Angie and I recently attended the WorkHuman Conference in our home town of Austin, Texas. The event is pioneered by Globoforce, a leading provider for social recognition solutions, who is dedicated to creating more human-centered workplaces.
We were eager to attend WorkHuman for many reasons. Their speaker lineup was definitely a major draw, for it included well-known leaders Brene Brown, Shawn Achor, Salma Hayek, Simon Sinek, and Amal Clooney, among others. However, there were more compelling reasons for our excitement. We desired to learn more about this movement, to be a part of their mission and play witness, and to contribute to the conversation with our testimony about how complex system science can help transform workplaces for the better.
As a systems thinker, I don’t ever recall a time that I couldn’t see systems. However, as I was learning about the various complexity terms and aspects, light bulb after light bulb went off, and having the words that explained what I understood gave me more confidence. What I learned from my MA was rich and invaluable, and while it did not result in me being fluent in "complexity speak", the following are some of the terms that have especially resonated with me and continually show up in my work, life, and all the things I do.
We are currently in a podcast series on the complexity of artificial intelligence and we recently shared our interview with AI researcher, leading Complex Systems Scientist, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell.
Mitchell’s background originally stems from Mathematics and Physics. She became curious about how intelligence emerges from a complex system after reading Douglas Hofstadter’s book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Hofstadter later became her Phd advisor after she sought him out at the University of Michigan. Mitchell attributes her professional journey to his guidance, as well as, Professor John Holland, who was a pioneer in the field of genetic algorithms. Holland was also an early founder of the Santa Fe Institute and encouraged Mitchell’s involvement with the Institute.