…solve your

“Impossible” problem

by Harnessing Chaos & Complexity

to Heal Business, Society,

or the Earth

Harnessing Chaos & Complexity 

…stop struggling with reality.

Let’s not be naive – accomplishing anything of true value requires effort. But you’ve got enough to struggle with without adding fighting with reality to your challenges.

You simply can’t continue working harder and harder, expecting a “better” result – especially in the face of increasing challenge. Something fundamental must shift.

The key to Harnessing Chaos & Complexity emerges naturally when you work with (vs. against) reality – the reality of what it means to be Fully Human working in Complex Systems.

Emergent Impact…

…who says we can’t heal Business, Society, & the Earth?

Those who have changed reality (Ford, Gandhi, Einstein, Steve Jobs, Rosa Parks) did so by challenging and changing the fundamental assumptions holding us back. 

Continuing to apply the typical approaches to solving the kinds of complex, multi-stakeholder problems arising today not only won’t help, it hurts.

Solutions to the challenges/opportunities now confronting us emerge when we thoughtfully, rigorously engage with the Business, Social, or Natural ecosystem itself. Discovering how to evoke, integrate, and act on these is essential to your success, at whatever scale.

Who will find  value here

Leaders in Business

Committed to providing products and services that ensure an increasing quality of life for individuals and communities.

Leaders in Society & the Earth

Taking on the issues & opportunities that affect us all – at scale; challenges that require satisfying multiple stakeholders simultaneously.


Who must continously add value to leaders & organizations by bringing proven, effective emerging techniques & technologies to their practice.

Network Builders

Grappling with the promise of large scale action to catalyze needed change – changes that effect what we’re FOR, not just what we’re against.

What you will learn here

Discover how we’re innately designed to collaborate and succeed as individuals and as a group – but have simply been taught not to.
Design your work to align with what it means to be human working in a complex system and a competitive world.
Target the leverage points essential to your success – that handful of critical understandings and actions that evoke a step change in performance.

Coordinate all of this through a shared view of reality – a shared, adapting, & evolving mindset across your team and your organization.

Impact to date

Leaders Served

Systems Mapped

Actors Aligned

Scott is the best strategy consultant I’ve ever met. I formerly worked at McKinsey & Company doing corporate strategy, and subsequently worked with most of the top tier consulting firms …Scott Spann stands out as a singular exception for having the ability to not only identify the core issues … and develop a clear strategy to address those issues, but also formulate that strategy within the … dimensions .. required to really make a strategy work.”

Ray Conley, Partner, Palo Alto Investors, LLC

“I worked with Scott during a time of significant and holistic transformation of a $25B high technology business. Scott’s in-depth understanding of strategy, organizational dynamics and what it takes to drive sustainable business success is outstanding. And, when you couple that with his amazing ability to put the business strategy into a context that brings the people of the organization into the center of the development and implementation of the strategy, the outcome is that it drives results quicker and more effectively than anything I’ve experienced before.”

Mary E. Peery, Senior Vice President Hewlett Packard, IPG

Scott Spann is a systems thinker and problem solver…. Scott was an incredibly positive force in Midwest energy politics and policy, helping the REAMP collaboration of NGOs and funders at its most critical juncture–the formative year. Through his efforts, REAMP players thought deeply about the system of electric industry and clean energy advocacy…. Scott [built] a dynamic systems model that every NGO player accepted as “the way things work”. He helped NGOs see how to push on the system to effect change–and since then, our influence and efficacy has dramatically increased.”

Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy

“I don’t believe more of the same will result in different outcomes… Scott Spann is a… gifted consultant who specializes in working with diverse … groups on “wicked problems”–messy, circular and aggressive issues. He has been successful in helping groups with seemingly different objectives and approaches find common ground to enable [them] to work together in new ways. Scott’s efforts created the necessary break-though … to really take off. Prior to his involvement, great well-intended folks were so wedded to their own agenda we couldn’t effectively move forward boldly to game-changing strategies.”

 Becky Erdahl, Executive Director, Carolyn Foundation

Discover what hundreds of leaders have learned about solving seemingly “impossible”, complex, even wicked Business, Social, & Earth-based  problems. 

“Extremely intelligent, strategic, and trustworthy”

– John Dukellis, Director, Product Management at Google.

“The most powerful and effective leadership offsite of my 25-year career”

– Erle Nye, CEO, TXU

“Literally, an unbelievable ability to simplify, clarify and make actionable the complexity of our business”

– David Taylor, Chief of Staff, HP Global PC Notebook Supply Chain

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