Living and working with complexity: thinking clearly, acting wisely and staying healthy

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The uncertainty and anxiety that come with the experience of complexity can be overwhelming. It can be hard to think clearly and act wisely, and our wellbeing can easily suffer. The Covid-19 pandemic has made these experiences an everyday occurrence for many people, and the need for us to work clearly, wisely and healthily has never been more pressing.

These organisational development workshops will lift the lid on complexity. Together, we’ll explore how encouraging ourselves and others to understand and acknowledge the loss of control when faced with complexity can help us, our teams and our wider organisational systems survive and even thrive in conditions of uncertainty. 

The workshops will help you:

  • make sense of the messy reality of complexity, accurately categorise different aspects of that reality and be able to choose appropriate, measured, responses
  • understand your own preferences and strengths in relation to the complexity around you and develop strategies to stretch beyond them
  • help yourself and others be their best during uncertain times.

Join just one or two sessions, or the whole series.

These workshops are now sold out.

What can I expect?

Hosted by Dr Simon Newitt and guest contributors offering specific OD insights in complexity, each session will offer a balance of context-relevant insight and frameworks alongside live case studies that ensure real-world relevance and application. Peer-based group discussion will support you to reflect and identify the on-the-ground action you can take. 

Workshop 1

Thinking clearly in complexity

25 February 2021 | 09.30am – 12.30pm

Facilitated by Dr Simon Newitt and Dr Kiran Chauhan

In this session we will explore ways to identify complexity in our work and how clear thinking can be hijacked by the psychological and emotional impact of complexity. We will share methods and approaches for surfacing and categorising tensions, challenges and problems in our work and professional relationships. And using live examples we will identify some strategies and approaches to help you thoughtfully frame and negotiate complex challenges.

Workshop 2

Acting wisely in complexity

23 March 2021 | 09.30am – 12.30pm 

Facilitated by Dr Simon Newitt and Sally Hulks

This workshop will explore the features of a complex environment and focus on how to ensure that our actions in these contexts are informed, intentional and appropriate.  We will share models to prompt reflection and discussion on what influences behaviours that help and hinder wise action, and we will consider the forces that get in the way and how to temper them. Live examples will illustrate how a balance of enquiry, advocacy and planning is needed to leverage the insight needed to act wisely in complexity.

Workshop 3

Staying healthy in complexity 

27 April 2021 | 09.30am – 12.30pm 

Facilitated by Dr Simon Newitt and Cindy Cox

Chaotic workplaces, relentless and competing demands, shifting priorities and excessive workloads lead to people feeling overwhelmed and experiencing burnout. This workshop will consider the specific stresses and strains that today’s complex operational and strategic environment places on us and others. We will consider how complexity and uncertainty raise anxiety, trigger ‘unhelpful’ behaviours, and impact trust, focus and overall wellbeing. Finally, we will work together to develop our understanding of those practical actions that will build resilience, trust, and a climate of performance and support.

Meet the team


Dr Simon Newitt

Senior Consultant, Leadership and organisational development, The King's Fund


Dr Kiran Chauhan

Senior Consultant, Leadership and organisational development, The King's Fund


Sally Hulks

Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

Ticket types and prices

Please note, there is a £20 surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is an addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

Ticket types

When selecting the ticket, please ensure you have selected the ticket type that corresponds to the workshop you'd like to attend. 

The discounted 'Workshop package' has now sold out. However, you can still purchase standard tickets for each of the sessions. 

Ticket prices 

Standard ticket: £175 + VAT

If you have a booking enquiry, please contact Karolina Kaczmarek

These workshops are now sold out.

What will you need to access these workshops?

In order to join these workshops online you will need access to a laptop or computer, microphone, webcam and a good quality broadband connection. Workshops will be delivered using MS Teams or Zoom so you will need to ensure you can access these on your computer. We also strongly recommend that you join the workshop in a quiet environment.