Complexity of Thought and Planning Time Span

There are multiple dimensions of talent including personality traits, IQ, EQ, desire, knowledge and experience.

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All roles within the organization require a different mix.  Leaders must design their organizational structures to support their strategies, be able to evaluate people effectively then provide the training and coaching required to make them successful in their roles. 

Leadership Tools: Complexity of Thinking and Planning Capability Levels.

One of the critical dimensions is what Elliott Jaques called “Time Span of Discretion” which is essentially a combination of:  

  • Thought Complexity:  How many variables can a person comfortably work with?  At the simplest level are simple “this OR that” logic or statements such as 2 + 2 = 4.  At the higher end is complex “IF...THEN” thinking with multiple variables and unknowns.  
  • Comfortable Planning Time Horizon:  Over what period of time can a person comfortably create a plan when there are a lot of variables and unknowns?  In the field we might consider certain crafts people in terms of how many hours they can work on their own without direction - this is the lower end of time span.

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