This site is about my passion - trojanmice - which is a concept dedicated to helping organisations understand the concept of complex adaptive systems and their application to organisational form. And more importantly how they can use this understanding to improve their bottom line benefits however they measure them. I have recently retired but am leaving this site active as a resource to anyone who might find it valuable.
The Home Page describes what is on the site, gives an introduction to the concept and explains what trojanmice are. It also provides links to two important articles, the first describes what complex adaptive systems are and the second describing their relevance to organizations.
The About Us Page gives a brief history of our involvement in complexity theory and gives you a flavour of where we are coming from. The page also describes what services we offer and how we can help you.
The Articles Page contains a number of articles, some written by me, which give a number of very different insights into the concepts of complexity at work in organisations.
The Slides Page contains copies of the slides I most frequently use in my presentations and workshops.
The Other Resources Page lists a number of web sites which have relevance to complexity in organisations. It also lists my favourite books, and gives contact details for people referred to on this site, and has sections on Stories, Newsletters, Conversation Cafes and some examples of Complexity in Practice.
The Contact Us page describes how to get in touch and it also asks you to give us a bit of information about yourself so we can better prepare ourselves to help you.
The Complexity Club is the part of the site that I hope will be the most used. Anyone who is interested in complexity and organizations can join the club free of charge. It will be a place where we can exchange information, resources and ideas.
A picture of trojan, a wooden model which was given to me by the Executive Board of Humberside TEC when I left. It was beautifully made by Laurence Hunter.
Trojan Mice is one of many concepts which arise from the study of complexity theory and its application to the way organisations function.
Traditionally organisations are structured on the old scientific approach of simple cause and effect and the belief that we can break everything down into small units and build them up again. But science has moved on and scientists have now developed a model which has turned many of the old assumptions on their heads, for example how small changes can have a huge impact, and large changes often have little impact. These models also show that by breaking something down into its parts the essence of the whole is lost. These new models are called complex adaptive systems and many organisations are exploring what this new understanding of our world means for them.
Many people in organisations are frustrated that no matter how hard we try and control our workforce and their actions, that no matter how many rules, procedures and structures we impose, and no matter how many plans we draw up, things still do not happen as we intend. But if we are able to view our organisations as complex evolving systems we can see them for what they really are - vibrant communities and we can set about releasing a powerful force - the imagination and ingenuity of our people which is our true competitive advantage.
The concept of complex evolving systems is not some new management fad, which requires a big change programme and expensive consultants, but it is a way of enabling you to take a fresh look at your organisation. And when you see things differently you can start to act differently and you will be able to consider
Reducing time to market by turning the organisation
And much, much more.
For a fuller
description of complex
adaptive systems and their relevance to organisations click
concepts apply to all organisations whether they are businesses - large
and small, public bodies or voluntary organisations. So if you are a large
multinational or a small village school trojanmice
has something for you, as you will see when you explore my site.
Much change is of the 'Trojan horse' variety. At the top of the organisation a decision is taken to introduce a strategic change programme and consultants or an internal team are commissioned to plan it down to the very last detail. The planned changes are then presented at a grand event (the Trojan Horse) amid much loud music, bright lights and dry ice. More often than not, however, a few weeks later the organisation will have settled back into its usual ways and rejected much of the change. This is usually because the change was too great to be properly understood and owned by the workforce.
trojanmice, on the other hand, are small, well focused changes, which are introduced on an ongoing basis in an inconspicuous way. They are small enough to be understood and owned by all concerned but their effects can be far-reaching. Collectively a few trojanmice will change more than one Trojan horse ever could.
There is an art to spotting a Trojan mouse - you need to develop a critically trained eye. Seeing things differently, and seeing different things, is a powerful experience. And once you do, you can set your trojanmice free to create the results your business needs.