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Shooting the Sacred Cows of OD

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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.

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Things a leader can do

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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

To evaluate or describe?

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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.

New partnership

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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.

Understand backwards; live forwards

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My reference was to post-conflict situations but it is more generally applicable.

SAFe: the infantilism of management

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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.

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Clusters in the tail

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A very satisfying first day in our Small Countries Big Ideas programme held overlooking the harbour here in Caernarfon. Musings

Intervening in a complex domain

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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.

Creating a knowledge strategy

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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.

Please not more of the same (1 of 3)

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Last month Paul Tudor alerted me to a 2012 McKindsey report Delivering large-scale IT projects on time, on budget, and on value. Reflections

C01: The Strathern variation

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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.

Complex or Chaotic?

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The distinction between complexity and chaos theory can be problematic depending on who you are talking with, or what you are reading. starting point.

And here I stand

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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.

The hound calls

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The call means that he must soon leave has his fate is never to see the results of his heroism least be become arrogant as a result. So why the Hound?

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation

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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.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

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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

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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.

The Aggregatative error

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Everything is simpler that you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine. Goethe. An experiment has to demonstrate coherence.

Creating an architecture for change

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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

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In that case the Centre knew all the results before the General Manager concerned and were happily issuing instructions without context. Reflections

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A memory of Peter Drucker

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I'm back in San Diego again for a series of meetings and if things work out I am going to spending a lot more time here. Reflections

OMG, its culture change time

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If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. Culture as an “…ideational system.

Scaling: the perversion of order

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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?

Scaling: of gaps and things

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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.).

Little Boxes

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7: The dangers of categorisation. The novel also includes some of the then progressive ideas of control through drugs, sleep learning and the like.

Of artisanship

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A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft. Musings

Some thinking about decisions

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I'm still working through possible material for next weeks training programme in Zurich. It's all about things that we would do. Reflections

Of ideation, power & service (1 of 2)

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I knew just over a week ago that I would have to write something or rather several things on the disaster that is Brexit. Politics

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Humans are messy

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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.

Patterns & significance

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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

Then kill the messenger.

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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.

Trust is a safe to fail exercise

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I just came off a conversation with our lawyer about contractual arrangements for the new centre. It is a bit like management really.

The physicality of thought

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For the last nine days I’ve been following this sign around the coast from St Dogmaels to Criccieth. You’ll see some of that in blog posts shortly.

Organisation by Cynefin domain

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We met on Marietjie’s house (with vineyard and olive grove) just outside Stellenbosch and mixed good conversation with business and excellent wines.

Narratives of culture: overture

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There are some basic truths about culture in organisations that are pretty self-evident to anyone prepared to engage with either theory or practice.

What is thought to be is rarely real

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Decision mapping has high utility in its own right as, done properly, it reveals the true nature of activity in an organisation. So how does it work?

Rules is rules

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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.

Of experts and expertise

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A long time ago when I first created the Cynefin framework in its five domain form my focus was on knowledge management. Musings

Initial thinking on scaling

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That meant that just after I had dozed off the lights came on to clear breakfast just in case and I had to give up on sleep altogether. Reflections

Cutting through a weave destroys it

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Last Thursday night saw a Rugby dinner sponsored by KPMG and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Mind you IBM were as bad. was a commitment.