Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Calculating Interagency Complexity

Here is an initial draft of a leadership concept I've been working on over the last week. It relates specifically to an interagency setting. The idea is to capture the complexity of leading an organization inherently comprised of competing interests. Within the interagency, individual organizational interests compete. A leader will need to juggle a compounded set of expectations calculated by the following formula: P3n + A4n = C. P is the Beryl Radin concept of juggling policy, politics, process expectation; A is the Barbara Romzek & Melvin Dubnick concept of internal and external expectations; n is the total number of organizations represented within the interagency; C is the measure of competing interests. This sum represents the nature of complexity the leader will need to understand in order to apply guidance and direct policies. The greater C is, the more complicated leading the interagency will be. This is what it might look like: