a need for empathy
OCTOBER 8, 2016
Racism and misogyny are legitimised by popularism. Syndicalism and being part of a movement is more important that to actually change things.
Things a leader can do
JULY 1, 2016
Just over a week ago I posted at the end of day one of the Helsinki think tank on Leadership. PublicServiceWales. What can we do to help. Reflections
Shooting the Sacred Cows of OD
JULY 2, 2016
Yesterday I referenced a tweet from the Welsh Academy session at which I was a keynote Thursday. frantic couple of days really. Vectors not outcome.
Freedom through constraints
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
That included the idea of enabling constraints as a key aspect of complex system. That is for a future post. Rigid. Elastic. Loose. Mutating.
APRIL 12, 2016
Berlin has always been one of my favourite cities since I used to cross under the wall back in the 70s for various WSCF meetings.
On stony ground?
MAY 11, 2016
Seed is cheap, soil surveys are expensive and you never know when the unexpected might happen. Fill out forms …. The post On stony ground? Reflection
Understand backwards; live forwards
JULY 13, 2016
My reference was to post-conflict situations but it is more generally applicable.
SAFe: the infantilism of management
MARCH 25, 2014
I gave the opening keynote at the Agile conference in Brno today. good audience in that they paid attention and were thoughtful. Now that is pathetic.
Creating a knowledge strategy
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
I'm back at KM World in Washington having keynoted at the event for well over a decade now. Decisions are best revealed through stories.
To evaluate or describe?
JULY 20, 2016
also included his reflections on Erasmus, something to which I will return next week; for the moment I want to take up the stories and anecdote idea.
Intervening in a complex domain
OCTOBER 5, 2014
More recently, based on UNDP work we've been mapping out what elements can be scaled. It's an old trick in methods and nothing wrong with it.
C01: The Strathern variation
DECEMBER 26, 2014
As I thought about this while cooking the Christmas Dinner I mellowed a little. So here goes. The reader can doubtless find other examples with ease.
Clusters in the tail
OCTOBER 27, 2014
A very satisfying first day in our Small Countries Big Ideas programme held overlooking the harbour here in Caernarfon. Musings
Fragmented, fractal and fertile
JULY 16, 2016
I argued in yesterday’s post that to resolve conflict we first of all had to change the filters through which people viewed the present.
Complex or Chaotic?
DECEMBER 14, 2014
The distinction between complexity and chaos theory can be problematic depending on who you are talking with, or what you are reading. starting point.
Design thinking & complexity pt 1
OCTOBER 3, 2013
I promised to address this yesterday following a presentation on Design Thinking at the conference here in Ohio. The heavy use of visual metaphors.
The Stepford syndrome in KM
JULY 9, 2014
I was in a bad mood this morning. Ok its not that bad but its how I felt. Shooting messengers is still a hobby for the C Suite in most organisations.
And here I stand
OCTOBER 24, 2014
I was engaged in an interesting conference call yesterday while Michael was teaching a session in our four day programme here in Rio. My response.
Please not more of the same (1 of 3)
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Last month Paul Tudor alerted me to a 2012 McKindsey report Delivering large-scale IT projects on time, on budget, and on value. Reflections
so long as I get SOMEWHERE
JULY 29, 2016
In my first post I referenced Humpty Dumpty comment about mastery through controlling language; a statement of naked power if there ever was one.
The Aggregatative error
DECEMBER 31, 2011
Everything is simpler that you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine. Goethe. An experiment has to demonstrate coherence.
Great is the power of steady misrepresentation
DECEMBER 10, 2013
I promised yesterday to clarify some aspects of Cynefin. To the best of my knowledge I have only had to get difficult with one person over many years.
OMG, its culture change time
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. Culture as an “…ideational system.
Creating an architecture for change
DECEMBER 15, 2014
Yesterday’s post was partly inspired by my reading David Chandler’s 2014 book Resilience: The Governance of Complexity. Reflections
On the dangers of transparency
JANUARY 30, 2015
In that case the Centre knew all the results before the General Manager concerned and were happily issuing instructions without context. Reflections
Patterns & significance
JANUARY 20, 2014
A series of emails and skype calls today built up a head of frustration with some people's obsession with statistics and data. An obsession that attempts a substitution for sense-making, rather than as a tool to support it. There are a few things we are missing here in particular the question of human judgement. Polemic
Scaling: of gaps and things
JULY 21, 2014
Yesterday I promised to move on the How do you scale success? The needs of users to execute that strategy and to manage on a day to day basis. etc.).
JULY 11, 2014
A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft. Musings
AUGUST 11, 2011
One of the pleasures of returning home is to catch up on the various magazines I subscribe to. Summarising Heffernan's article. So what do we do?
Then kill the messenger.
JANUARY 6, 2015
It's the twelfve day of this series and time to draw it to a close. final post needs to create some sense of completion, either by some summary statement or by building to a climax. In a sense I am taking both options by looking at the willingness of people to live with uncertainty. So, as ever context is everything. Uncertainty simply is.
The Herriot effect
DECEMBER 27, 2011
One of the benefits of this was a common language of references to the popular programmes and a considerable degree of family bonding. Reflections
Rules is rules
JANUARY 28, 2013
There are those who love the language of complexity, but fail to really think it through. Not only those some of those rules need to be enforced.
Humans are messy
JANUARY 29, 2015
It is the day that tends to go through more flux than the others as it is a growing area of both theoretical understanding and experimentation for me.
Some thinking about decisions
JANUARY 20, 2015
I'm still working through possible material for next weeks training programme in Zurich. It's all about things that we would do. Reflections
Lean or Agility?
MAY 5, 2011
So I did that, looking to advocate a natural science approach then running through a series of concepts from complexity to resilience. Articles.
The necessity of partial constraint
MAY 7, 2011
In social systems this is generally the easiest way to get people to understand. We shift from exploration to exploitation. Reflections
Scaling: the perversion of order
JULY 23, 2014
To my final post on scaling, at least for the moment as it's a big and developing subject. Are the enabling constraints which allow for emergence?
Meaning and truth
JANUARY 16, 2012
I have always rated Yiannis Gabriel's writing and the various conversations I have had with him over the years. Reflections
A typology of Foresight
OCTOBER 20, 2011
I enjoy the responsibility of summary type presentations. Brian Arthur liked it to, so I was in a very good mood in consequence. Models. Reflections
as he sowed, some fell by the wayside
MAY 5, 2011
One of the points I made in yesterday's keynote was that it is a mistake to write down your values, as the act of codification results in their loss.