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to illuminate a small field

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A key complexity message here, we are informed by the past but we act in the present. So to the poem which I quote in full. Polemic Reflection

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The domain of disorder (iii)

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Informal networks are having to work harder and harder to make the system work despite itself. So what are the three? Cynefin Reflections

Understand backwards; live forwards

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

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.

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. I'll quote from that article. Polemic Reflections

Humans are messy

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Proximity, informal flow and the like are far more influential on individuals that some implied inner qualities. Reflections

Some thinking about decisions

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I'm still working through possible material for next weeks training programme in Zurich. Remember that no action is also a decision. Reflections

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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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.

… 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.).

Storytelling & narrative

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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! I'm finishing off my entry for the Sage Encyclopaedia of Action Research on organisational storytelling. The granularity was wrong. Musings

Reading styles

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I 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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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

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?

Humans are not ants, agents or angels

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First day of the Academy of Management today and my session with Jim Hazy, Max Boisot and Pierpaolo Andriani was one of the first up.

Language is the master of man

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I 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

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.

Design thinking & complexity pt 2

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A 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

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.

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

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.

Create contrast, enable insight

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Mapping how decisions are made within the organisation, and how information flows between those decisions together with resources used.

Working Out Loud

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In my mind, the reason to capture people's stories and gain insights is it leads to more informed actions. Regardless, I will try it out.

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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