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Things a leader can do

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The hash tag will give you some more material from that presentation and it was filmed so I will try and post the link. PublicServiceWales.

Understand backwards; live forwards

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But our own narrative work in Latin American and elsewhere shows that stories of the past and present dominant outside of that cultural context.

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.

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

Managing the situated present

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Key to it is the idea of managing the situated present. That simple phrase packs a lot of meaning and potential. As such you have more freedom.

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. Reflections

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.

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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So it follows that cultural change is an evolutionary process from the present, not an idealised future state design. Polemic Reflections

Scaling: the perversion of order

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Are they naturally present or do they need to be created. The issue is not management, but what is the focus of management. Reflections

Patterns & significance

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In SenseMaker® if we present a colour coded dot map on a triangle, humans are more than capable of seeing patterns and using the micro-narratives to glean context. Presenting real time data to decision makers which show changes (including ones which may not be statistically significant yet ) over time is far more useful. Polemic

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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Presented that contrast without evaluation an essential aspect of changing attitudes by enabling descriptive self-awareness. 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.

Perspectives on Cynefin

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Over the years I have increasingly used a picture of Cynefin which includes three dynamic movements rather than just present the basic framework.

Lean or Agility?

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That presentation includes Cynefin and S-curve material not used in the presentation. More on that tomorrow. ADDITIONAL SOURCES.

Dependency matrix

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Yes they will have long term goals but maximum impact comes from solving intractable problems in the present. Both are useful.

Wilful blindness

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Ideally ideas should be presented in their early formation period before people get too wedded to them. Summarising Heffernan's article.

Musings in the cold

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An interesting couple of days In South Africa. The workshop themes ran over into a meal with Sonja and Shani; my second visit to the Graff Estate.

The necessity of partial constraint

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In SNS constrains are provided through the rules for team formation and the intractable problems presented. More on that in future posts.

as he sowed, some fell by the wayside

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How many times does a presenter (and I am not exception) provide a quote from Lincoln, Seneca or the like. So what form could this take?

Meaning and truth

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However the use of the technique during formal presentations could be useful, especially if points lead to prizes. 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.

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The state of the Future

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Praxis is all about engagement and emergence, dealing with the present through heuristics. Part of the ever changing cityscape of Singapore.

Architecture not application: an opportunity

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What we decided to do was to create an object based architecture in four tiers, so database, business, application objects plus a presentation layer.

… forever blunt and merciless

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Whether I physically see data that is presented to me is one issue (and normally we scan out what we are not expecting to see), if I pay attention to it even if I see it is another process altogether and acting on what I see is a different level of magnitude all together. So in the spirit of self-morification I publish it here. Reflections

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.

Respect & sensitivity

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Brian Appleyard, one of my favourite journalists coined a lovely phrase Gladwellism that he defines as the hard sell of a big theme supported by dubious, incoherent but dramatically presented evidence. The first work of Philosophy I read was Plato's Symposium at the tender age of 14 and I fell in love with it. Polemic

Mind your P’s and W’s

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Combinations of two worry me less, but overall all three need to be present to scale properly. I'll continue with that tomorrow.

To be content not to know

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They use future states not as a mandated behaviour but rather to unblock obstacles in the present and have value. Reflections

Storytelling & narrative

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It is therefore a reflection or post-hoc rationalisation or explanation of an event in the light of the needs of the present. I'm finishing off my entry for the Sage Encyclopaedia of Action Research on organisational storytelling. also need to buy Bob Dick a beer or two for his patience with my tardy behaviour in getting this written.

The mantra of resilience

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We've been involved in an interesting project on social resilience and I have been working tonight on the presentation for tomorrow. Aside from the analysis, I needed to get some of the theoretical stuff around null-hypothesis/abductive research together in an easy to explain format for economists and others of that ilk. Reflections

Max Boisot 1943-2011

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He and J C Spender were respondents to my presentation on an early form of the Cynefin model at the Academy of Management in Washington; that triggered a three hour intensive conversation which overtime added the catastrophic fold to the base of Cynefin. He was admitted to hospital in July unexpectedly and diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

Scenarios: mapping the possible

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My post on resilience yesterday got extensively re-tweeted with a lot of favorable comments, so thanks for that. All well and good for the border area.

Control is key in managing a CAS

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As I have long argued complexity is about acting in the situated present, not attempting to direct outcomes towards an ideal future.

The aging workforce (part 4)

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Think of doctors, lawyers, accountants and many others where the five stages I have outlined above are all still present. Reflections

My name is sisyphus

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Four hours to record a ten minute presentation, I know how sisyphus felt. Cartoon courtesy of Gaping Void. Phone rings seven minutes in.

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Rose tinting

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I'd also recommend a quick read up on brand dilution given some of the thought-space grabs which are going on. If the situation is complex.

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Start with action, then reflect

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In a complex system that understanding can only really be achieved by taking action in the future to reflect in the present. Reflections

Lines in the sands of time

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Goal or present (not presence) orientation. Yasmin is an old and loyal friend. Dependency on models, or differences as to what can be modelled.