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Understand backwards; live forwards

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Owning up to failures, resourcefulness under pressure, risk taking and loyalty all inform the narrative thread.

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?

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

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Now I know one experience should not inform me, hence the reading and conversations but none of that really changes my judgement on this.

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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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.

Patterns & significance

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So let me put forward some simple statements, just short of a round dozen: The purpose of statistics is to inform human decision making. Decision making is about a sufficiency of information and a coherence of hypothesis to determine a way (or ways) forward; we do not and cannot require certainty. Polemic

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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What is thought to be is rarely real

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Now, in a workshop with some preparation we present the decision clusters with summarised information flows and start to link and connect decisions.

Thinking simply, in context

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If you want the essence then it falls into three groups of three types of theory informed action: In its essence: In any situation, what can we change?

Reflecting on the future

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The idea there was that you elected someone you trusted to the electoral college and then they made an informed decision between the candidates.

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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Industrialisation of the craft

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5: Taking something of value, but then seeking to industrialise it. While I detest cults I have more sympathy for my fifth target in this series.

… forever blunt and merciless

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That has historically been regarded as getting the right information at the right time to the right people who also have the right training. Its not enough to manage the information system, you have to manage the ecology of knowledge flow within an organisation. So in the spirit of self-morification I publish it here. Get the picture?

The ineffable, the inexpiable & the inexpicable

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What has been interesting, if depressing is to see the cycles go round and round. Something that I covered in one of the early Cynefin articles.

Design the process, not the outcome

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Merging informal networks post merger or re-organisation. Once that change happens, it cannot be reversed and there are many examples in nature.

The resilient organisation: introduction

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In those seminars I am exploring this subject in more detail by both teaching and discussion. by the way. Reflections

this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.

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Larry Prusak's "deadman walking" was probably more apt in the interview he and I did on the subject with Patrick Lambe. I'm happy to debate that.

of Charlemagne and slime moulds

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A couple of things came together to stimulate writing this post. The italicised phrase is an important one and I'll return to tomorrow.

Storytelling & narrative

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These deal with full stories, often designed (well mostly designed) for performance, often told and retold to many audiences. A lot of teaching stories focus here along with the bulk of story telling consultants, who vary from the interesting and informed to the charlatan purveyors of snake oil! The granularity was wrong. Musings

The mantra of resilience

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It is a world of praxis , theory informed practice in which we need to engage our workforce, our customers and people in the decision making process. We've been involved in an interesting project on social resilience and I have been working tonight on the presentation for tomorrow. The basic starting point here is risk assessment.

Five years of editing Wikipedia

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Argumetns took place within formal and informal rule structures with larger numbers of people from very different backgrounds.

Causality: It works for puzzles not for mysteries

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DC via non-adaptive information control where higher level entities influence lower level to attain pre-determined goals such as a thermostat.

Context, is well contextual

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The resulting stress and focus on short term measurement had a negative impact on intrinsic motivation, customer service, innovation and so on.

The aging workforce (part 4)

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It would mean KM people starting to create long term projects rather than information management with a candy coating of communities of practice.

Complexity and Public Administration

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This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend. That has changed. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

language is the master of (wo)man

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"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man". Martin Heidegger. Reflections

Heuristics needed not booklets

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Now I knew from on line reading that had to stop but I was simply overwhelmed by the information provided, there was simply too much to absorb.

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Roots determine routes?

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More details via the diabetes category on this blog but the point is that I took an informed multi-disciplinary approach. That way lies hope

Lines in the sands of time

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Experience derived theory or theory informed practice? Yasmin is an old and loyal friend. Goal or present (not presence) orientation.

New book chapters

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Here is the list for those interested here they are: " Naturalizing Sensemaking " in Informed by Knowledge by Mosier & Fischer.

Babies should not be thrown out with bathwater

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For some years now I been distinguishing systems thinking from complexity thinking in a variety of ways. More on alternatives tomorrow.

The evolution of culture

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Now there is nothing new in the idea that the informal culture of an organisation is important. Actions speak louder that words.

Design thinking & complexity pt 2

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complexity informed theory of design on the other hand wants to prevent the premature convergence on a defined problem that the linear model of Research-Ideate-Prototype implies. In a very important sense, then, from the perspective of material engagement, cognition has no location. The active mind cannot be contained. Reflections

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

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Need to get the granularity right, both for information and for organisational structures. Introduction. Two minutes in, eight to go. etc.).

Anthropology in schools?

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By the age of 18 people could then make an informed decision about what to study. Personally I think there is a better way forward. Reflection

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The narrative papers

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published two articles in Business Information Review way back in 1999. Either way this article looks at networks and narrative. Narrative

Reading styles

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just got stuck on that supremely insulting graph in the first pages of Knowledge Assets where he said hunter-gatherers use little information.

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The “it works for me” argument

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I've encountered this argument a few times over the year. Most recently last night in respect of Net Promotor Score (NPS) and the previous work with an NLP/Spiral Dynamics advocate. Another problem with it just works arguments is that you can't really justify the approach over anything else which just works. SenseMaker® Polemic

Sense-making in a hostage situation

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As I developed a better understanding of the situation at hand, I began to analyze the information I had to determine the course of action needed. I've been meaning to share this story for a bit. They recently sent me a story by Captain Richard Alexander of the Tulsa Police Department. city]. Musings

Language is the master of man

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spend a lot of time trying to explain to knowledge management people that the term cannot be rescued from its status as a subset of IT and/or a focus on codification and information. There is an interesting phenomena at the moment in that various people are trying to define themselves either by, or against Cynefin. Cynefin