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Beyond Bureaucracy 2024

Pragmatic Leadership in a Complex World

This is not a course, it’s an experience. – Ash Sheikh, Robot says culture

I look at situations in a different way now. – Xavier René-Corail, Semmle

The complex Human Being is the focus of my daily work. the understanding and tools help me deal with it routinely and create orientation. – Stefanie Schenk, Swisscom

It was mind-extending – once I understood it, I got more clarity and understanding in most situations. it has become a constant companion in the back of my head. – Anna Klainguti, Consultant

Our experience with the exponentiality, interdependency and uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath have taught the last of us that we cannot solve problems by throwing more bureaucracy at them. We realise that today’s complexity needs to be tackled in a fundamentally different way – but how? Are we sure that all-encompassing super-solutions like Agile and Teal aren’t already on the way of becoming the new bureaucracies, and sometimes almost the new sects? So when we want to avoid such traps, what can we actually DO next week?

This 3-day workshop is for people who produce results with an organisation: line and project managers, Agile coaches, organisational developers. We explore the complexity of your own business environment with methods and tools that you can replicate at work. But beyond methods and tools, we want you to expand your mindset. Based on the Amber Compass, we deep dive into ways to develop the complexity savvyness of yourself and your organisation.


Your take-aways:

  • Understand what is fundamentally different in the complex part of your environment, and why that is so.
  • Map your own system to the Cynefin Framework, visualise it in various ways, and understand where and how to adapt your management practices.
  • Scan the evolutionary potential of the present, instead of planning from an ideal future.
  • Improve the practice of aligned autonomy, in order to de-centralise decision-making, and harmonise the common understanding of your purpose and context.
  • Learn to manage by heuristics and rules of thumb where objectives and fixed outcomes are not appropriate.
  • Learn to treat organisational structure as a phenomenon emerging from the connection of activities and contributions.
  • Explore the complexity of organisational culture and structural handrails to treat it appropriately.
  • Explore oblique strategies and how to use them to facilitate emerging behaviour.
  • Explore a number of learning and facilitation methods that you can replicate with your own team.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Palladio reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule the training. Should a lockdown prevent the seminar from taking place, or registered participants from attending, Palladio will try to re-schedule in agreement with all registered participants. In the event of cancellation a full refund of the fees will be processed within 10 business days of notice. Registrants may cancel up until 3 weeks before the event, in the case of which a 10% processing fee will be detracted from the refund.

  • 2024 Training
     June 4, 2024 - June 6, 2024
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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1104 Chemin du Malvan, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, 06570, France


The seminar takes place in a private villa in Saint-Paul de Vence, about 15 Min. from Nice Airport and well connected to Europan cities with Easy Jet. We believe it helps create an atmosphere of relaxed concentration, away from the buzz of office blocks and large hotels. For the same reason, we keep the seminar limited to 12 participants.


Three rooms in the villa itself can be booked together with the course application. There are several bed and breakfast and small hotels within 10-20 minutes walking distance. They can be found on, and similar pages. We specially recommend the following:


Orion Tree Houses  (very special, but unfortunately only arrival/departure on Saturdays)


La Toile Blanche     


Les Bastides Saint-Paul  

  • What We Do

    Palladio Trusted Advisers are a small group of professionals dedicated to developing organisations and their leaders in complex and dynamic environments.


  • Contact

    Trusted Advisers
    Bachlettenstrasse 66
    4054 Basel

    +41 78 783 72 44

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