I was watching a program on volatility in the financial markets and the links to complexity theory (something I have been interested in for years – see my recent post on “a connected company is a complex company” at our Life in the Matrix blog.)

One of the scientists used the visual of a double pendulum to show how two seemingly simple things connected can become very complex

I found this video on YouTube: it reflects this effect very clearly – the double pendulum

As systems grow more complex and connected the effects can look very chaotic as you can see clearly in this second video – triple pendulums

So how much we connect people in our organizations has a big impact on complexity. Interdependence may be necessary but it is likely to cause “noise” and cost. Unnecessary cooperation and communication can cause these effects for little or no reward.

Check out our Speed Lead approach to simplifying complex companies.

Note: this video has now been removed

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Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

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