Mediocrity vs Greatness in Complex Systems

It is 12:27AM and I didn’t write anything today. Better late than never.

These days I am thinking about complex systems. I am interested the most in what makes some teams, companies, or countries produce mediocre vs great results.

I am starting more and more to believe that the structure of the system matters more than the inputs. As long as the people pass a minimum qualifications threshold, their outcome is highly dependent on the structure they are in.

The problem is it is easy in retrospect to understand what made a system work or not work. It is hard to deliberately design a complex system in a way that makes it produce great results. You kinda need to control its evolution without intervening too much.

I think we will never find the answer to the why question. But the thing to keep in mind is that structures matter, and the outcomes are based on them.