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Freedom through constraints

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One of the reasons I wasn’t happy with them is that they implied a hierarchy either present or absent. That is for a future post. Rigid. Loose.

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.

A return to constraints

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Complexity is all about making changes in the present with a sense of direction but not with a specific goal, other than in very limited circumstances.

to illuminate a small field

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By talking about the future it is too easy to avoid action in the present, to excuse taking responsibility on the basis of a higher goal or purpose.

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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.

Social innovation labs, initial thoughts

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Labs have become a little bit of a fashion item of recent years. As I suggest this is a common pattern over many a field. Musings

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.

Intervening in a complex domain

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Instead you have to make changes in the present and respond to emergent properties. It's an old trick in methods and nothing wrong with it.

Agency: privilege & complexity

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The problem which I started to address yesterday is that a new way of thinking cannot be achieved by using the metaphysical assumptions of the present.

Clusters in the tail

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Something that t his YouTube presentation runs through (although the slides and message need some updating when I get a chance). Musings

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.

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.

On navigating conflict

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As a part of that I finally managed to summarise a flow of actions to move forward from the present without first achiving alignment. [link].

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

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

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

Options in uncertainty

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This is the first time I have put together different capabilities within Cognitive Edge so bear with me here. More on all of that in future posts.

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.

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.

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?

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

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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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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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.

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

… 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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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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

Babies should not be thrown out with bathwater

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More accurately, the interventions appear (from how he presents them so I could be wrong) over dependent on his presence. Polemic Reflections