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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.

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

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.

On stony ground?

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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

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.

Fragmented, fractal and fertile

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

so long as I get SOMEWHERE

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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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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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

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.).

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

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.

Wilful blindness

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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?

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.

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

The Herriot effect

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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

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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.

Lean or Agility?

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So I did that, looking to advocate a natural science approach then running through a series of concepts from complexity to resilience. Articles.

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?

The necessity of partial constraint

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In social systems this is generally the easiest way to get people to understand. We shift from exploration to exploitation. Reflections

Meaning and truth

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I have always rated Yiannis Gabriel's writing and the various conversations I have had with him over the years. Reflections

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A typology of Foresight

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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

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as he sowed, some fell by the wayside

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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.

Deal with the system as a whole please

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11: You can't reduce or aggregate a complex system and trying is wrong a priori. In effect you buy the right to make money. Polemic

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

"…like a horse and carriage"

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It has the status more of religious truth than scientific hypothesis.”. The facts are absolutely clear. New Scientist 9th April 2011 pp 40-43. Polemi

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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