Troy University Thriving on Chaos Discussion Response

I’m studying for my Management class and need an explanation.

All the bold content is what i turned in but i need you to reply to my teacher comment (Diane Bandow) and make sure it cooralates with what i said above.

Thriving on Chaos

The Change in business life can be chaotic especially when one is dealing with complex ideas of organizations that can create chaos or uncertainties. Change is inevitable implying it is a natural course but accepting it, is never natural and it is what bring the complexities which needs to be managed for one to adapt or succeed in some areas of management. In most cases change is accompanied by pain due to uncertainties and these pain have to be managed for the benefits of everyone and every situation, thus it involves various factors and it is ingrained so deeply in our minds, thus gradual transformations is imperative (Weinberger, 2019).

Thriving in chaos requires mental toughness as it revolves around cognitive dissonance in various steps, some of which include emotional tolerance, mental toughness, body’s threshold for pain caused by change, and teamwork among others. Any change can include all this information and it is always difficulty to embrace the change. For instance, to navigate or thrive through the chaos, we need to forget the achievements we made yesterday and tackle today’s like a completely new situation, or anticipate tomorrow to be worse than today and yesterday. This helps to overcome the stress inherent that is accompanied by the change, since tackling a new problem with different approaches or anticipations creates mental toughness and preparation.

A simple strategy to thriving in chaos is mental preparations, which translates to mental toughness. Thus, training your mind eliminates the butterfly effect which most people would refer to as the dramatic effects of small changes on sensitive systems. This implies that however small the system of the matter is, change is inevitable and must be dealt with in accordance. Thus, one way to prepare your mind for change is to refrain your negative thoughts and embrace the positive ones, this is because most actions or emotional activities are a result of cognitive thinking (Chamberlain & McCOWN, 2016). Exercise and challenge yourself; anticipate the change and a number of ways to deal with it, or how to solve if it comes as a problem. This can be mental boosting, that is, setting small and manageable goals for yourself as practice.

Managing Complexity

Nowadays businesses have become more complex than ever, and this in most part is caused by advances in technology. The complexity is accompanied by great challenges that needs to be solved by leaders in businesses. Thus according to business strategists and behaviourists, the best way to manage the business complexity is to solve the simple fundamentals than re-engineering the whole situation. This would involve breaking the complex business, or problem into small but manageable units which can be resolved, and hence solving the large issue in the process.

People are different, and therefore, when one is faced with chaos or a complex theory, they would freeze due to unclear uncertainties or ambiguities of the complex roles. On the other hand, others would just solve it without experiencing the butterfly effect. Leadership requires both of these people, but most importantly, acceptance of the complex problem and dealing with it. This is because emergence of complexities, which in most cases are unintended, disrupt the orderly plans in any business.

Basically, human mind is built for complexity, as it affects the way we perceive and think to reduce the complexity. It categorizes the situation and decides the best course of action based on selective perception because the complexity is unnoticeable sometimes (Fehlmann, 2017). Business leaders are meant for complexity that is, being in control due to anxiety and stresses created by complex situations. They need to establish the source and making sense of the problem, and the unintended consequences that comes with it.


Chamberlain, L., & McCOWN, W. (2016). Systems theory and chaos Dynamics. Clinical Chaos: A Therapist’s Guide To Non-Linear Dynamics And Therapeutic Change, 54.

Fehlmann, T. M. (2017). Managing Complexity: Uncover the Mysteries with Six Sigma Transfer Functions. Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH.

Weinberger, D. (2019). Everyday chaos: Technology, complexity, and how we’re thriving in a new world of possibility. Harvard Business Press.

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  • Diane Bandow

    Gerald,People are different, we always have to remember this and thank you for bringing this up. Personality differences demonstrate that we view things differently and we take different approaches, and we will take different approaches to complexity, chaos, and systems. It also depends on our past experiences and where our careers are taking us.You made another good point about the complexity caused by technology. There is a line of research in this area called sociotechnical theory that talks about the integrations of humans with technology as well as issues and concerns. We don’t have time to even begin talking about this but it can be interesting. One important thing for us to remember is that we should never assume a system only means an IT system. Human systems have to interact with IT systems so we have to remember that each one is different, they cannot be conflated, and they may have different issues – which adds to the complexity. Any thoughts?

Prof. Angela


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