Are you overwhelmed by work?

Do you feel like being constantly under time pressure?

As I’m talking with colleagues in nearly all organizations, there seems to be an overall increase in workload, shorter timelines, a reduced number of people to help, and also an increase in complexity of the projects. 

This leads to the breakdown of the system.

There’s some interesting research by a German mathematician, who wanted to understand why the German railway system sometimes completely breaks down and delays accumulate quickly over the day.

The answer comes with the buffer in the system. We always have disturbances in terms of unplanned events in complex systems – like the German trains. If there isn’t enough buffer built in, these minor problems lead to a breakdown as the system cannot adjust. Consecutive problems eat up the little buffer and delays accumulate.

Listen to this episode to learn about ways to build in buffer!

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