Things a leader can do
JULY 1, 2016
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
JULY 13, 2016
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
JULY 16, 2016
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?
MAY 11, 2016
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
JULY 30, 2014
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
OCTOBER 3, 2013
I promised to address this yesterday following a presentation on Design Thinking at the conference here in Ohio. Reflections
The Stepford syndrome in KM
JULY 9, 2014
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
DECEMBER 15, 2014
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
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
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
JULY 23, 2014
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
JANUARY 20, 2014
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
FEBRUARY 20, 2015
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
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Presented that contrast without evaluation an essential aspect of changing attitudes by enabling descriptive self-awareness. Reflections
Cutting through a weave destroys it
MARCH 25, 2013
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
DECEMBER 18, 2014
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?
MAY 5, 2011
That presentation includes Cynefin and S-curve material not used in the presentation. More on that tomorrow. ADDITIONAL SOURCES.
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Yes they will have long term goals but maximum impact comes from solving intractable problems in the present. Both are useful.
AUGUST 11, 2011
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
JULY 5, 2016
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
MAY 7, 2011
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
MAY 5, 2011
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
JANUARY 16, 2012
However the use of the technique during formal presentations could be useful, especially if points lead to prizes. Reflections
A typology of Foresight
OCTOBER 20, 2011
I enjoy the responsibility of summary type presentations. Brian Arthur liked it to, so I was in a very good mood in consequence. Models.
The state of the Future
JULY 19, 2013
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
JANUARY 18, 2012
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
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
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
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
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
DECEMBER 19, 2014
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
JUNE 21, 2014
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
OCTOBER 25, 2014
They use future states not as a mandated behaviour but rather to unblock obstacles in the present and have value. Reflections
Storytelling & narrative
JUNE 3, 2013
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
MARCH 9, 2011
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
SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
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
MARCH 10, 2011
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
MARCH 10, 2013
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)
JANUARY 22, 2011
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
APRIL 19, 2011
Four hours to record a ten minute presentation, I know how sisyphus felt. Cartoon courtesy of Gaping Void. Phone rings seven minutes in.
JANUARY 22, 2012
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.
Start with action, then reflect
JANUARY 21, 2013
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
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Goal or present (not presence) orientation. Yasmin is an old and loyal friend. Dependency on models, or differences as to what can be modelled.