Cracking Complexity (Hardcover)

The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast

By David Komlos, David Benjamin

Nicholas Brealey, 9781473685642, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

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Description

For the first time, David Benjamin and David Komlos of Syntegrity share their cutting-edge, highly engaging step-by-step formula for cracking incredibly knotty and important challenges in mere days, while mobilizing those who must execute.

Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith, #1 NY Times bestselling author, Thinkers50 - #1 Executive Coach and the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the World


Complexity has met its match!
Today, organizations are grappling with ambiguity, volatility and paradox surrounding the challenges they face. This is complexity. But too many leaders approach complexity the wrong way - they push their people harder and harder and tackle problems one at a time over months, sometimes even years, and nearly always in a linear fashion. It's like setting a pot of water on "low" and waiting for it to boil. To solve the seemingly intractable challenges that leaders bang their heads against for months - to get the metaphorical water to boil - you must generate a high amount of heat very quickly.

In this book, the authors share their proven formula for dramatically shortening the process and solving an organization's toughest challenges in mere days.



About the Author

David Komlos, CEO of Syntegrity, is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and speaker who has helped change the way many global leaders approach their top challenges. From Fortune 100 transformation to international aid, content creation in sports and entertainment to improving access to life-saving products, David advises top leaders and enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate solutions and execution on their defining challenges. He frequently speaks on topics related to complexity, fast problem-solving and mobilization, and scaling talent. He lives with his family in Toronto.


David Benjamin
is the co-founder of Syntegrity and the chief architect behind its implementation of the Complexity Formula as laid out in his book, Cracking Complexity. David regularly guides leaders and their teams through their application of the formula, helping them get to decisions and action in days, no matter the industry, type of challenge, or nature of the organization. In this capacity, David has become a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies and government leaders on how to organize for complexity and find traction in the face of the intractable. He frequently speaks on a wide range of topics related to complexity, effective and efficient problem-solving, and human dynamics in systems. David spends most of the rest of his time and energy on writing, family, long-distance running and cracking cryptic crosswords. David and his wife, Angie, live near Toronto and have three incredibly talented daughters whom he loves equally.


Praise For Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast

"The formula is a very fascinating, unique format - which as of today - is easily the best return on time and money I have ever experienced."—Mike Crichton, Head of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Sandoz

"Komlos and Benjamin provide a compelling case for how organizations can tackle a future where the ability to simplify and manage complexity will be the crucible of success. Required reading for every CEO!"—Tom Koulopoulos, Chairman, Delphi Group

"The formula is truly a breakthrough for engaging the organization in solving big challenges with speed and agility."—Cathy Nash, CEO, Woodforest National Bank

"The formula created an inflection point for our company. We quickly won our people's hearts and minds for new levels of growth and performance."—Bob Guillocheau, Chairman and CEO, Ascensus

"Really?! Yes, REALLY! This formula has been used for some very complex issues by some very large companies. I think there will be a lot more of that now."—Dr. Mark Goulston, The World's #1 Authority on Deep Listening, Radical Empathy & Real Influence

"Working with the Davids and using the techniques described in this book we transformed two of our businesses, one in Canada, the other in Europe, with outstanding results to our revenues and margins. Anyone addressing complex business issues will find this book of immense value."—Mark Jones, former Company President and CEO of AstraZeneca Canada; President AstraZeneca UK and Global Vice President Southern Europe

Cracking Complexity lights the path to clarity. It's not just a book, it's a toolbox, effective in simplifying the many complex aspects of life, not just business. So much so, I can hear myself think again."—Kristi Faulkner, President, Womenkind

"I loved the way the authors used three avatars, with real life problems, to explain steps as they proceeded through the book. If you want to understand a formula for solving complex issues, you need that kind of story-telling to have it sink in."—Dr. Ivan Misner, NY Times bestselling author and Founder of BNI

"I'm a huge fan of elegant ways to 'construct really good questions, localizing the solvers, and putting people on a collision course;' just a few of the gems in this book. Kudos to Komlos and Benjamin. Well done!"—David Nour, best-selling author of Relationship Economics, Return on Impact and Co-Create

David Benjamin and David Komlos' approach to complexity has had a unique impact on our work transforming and advancing Canada's national blood
system, allowing us not only to deliver life-saving products and services effectively, but importantly to drive deep value into the health systems in which we operate."—Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services

"My goal for any book that I read is to glean at least one good idea. Cracking Complexity delivers that one idea, and it is a big one. The result is confident decision making that will take you and your organization to the next level."—Shep Hyken, New York Times bestselling author of The Amazement Revolution


"What if chaos can be a source of your competitive advantage? This groundbreaking book provides a proven formula for leveraging complexity to drive unpredictable yet sustainable results."—Stephen Shapiro, author, Best Practices are Stupid

"There are much faster ways to achieve greater impact on the big challenges than what many of us are familiar with. This book shows the way."—Guy Jarvis, Executive Vice President, Enbridge, Inc.