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Books I Read In 2018

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Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living post, where I add as I finish. If we generously start 2018 on 12/26/2017, here’s what I’ve read so far in reverse-chron order: 4) Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [non-fiction].

Blog Post: Thaler Pekar interviews me on Conversational Leadership

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By David Gurteen Thaler Pekar recently interviewed me about my work on Conversational Leadership. She summed it up like this: "What do good leaders do in terms of influencing the world or people around them? They do it fundamentally through conversation. Hence this term Conversational Leadership.".

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Blog Post: Leadership is a practice not a position of authority

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By David Gurteen I have been thinking and reading about leadership for some years now, especially leadership in the context of Conversational Leadership but only recently learned of the work of Ronald Heifetz at Harvard and discovered that his views on leadership were remarkably similar to mine.

Blog Post: To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human

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By David Gurteen I have long been a huge fan of David Weinberger. Read more about him here and watch the video. He is such an amazing thinker. In particular, I love his insights into conversation such as the one below. To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human - acknowledging you don't have all the answers, being eager to learn from someone else and to build new ideas together. You can only have a conversation if you're not afraid of being wrong.

Blog Post: Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club led to the birth of the first US Public Library in 1731

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By David Gurteen. I was driving into town recently and switched on the car radio and caught the last few minutes of BBC Radio 4 programme called Making History and was gobsmacked at my serendipitous discovery of a so-called "Conversation Society" founded in 1727!

Why we’re taking a tech break this holiday season

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When was the last time you checked your phone? Or better yet, are you reading this on your phone right now? According to NYU professor Adam Alter , the average millennial picks up their smartphone 150 times a day – and it’s not just to text their loved ones.

Blog Post: Speech is already not as free as you might think

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By David Gurteen I have written about freedom of speech in the past see Freedom of speech is more than just a value and continue to research and develop my thoughts for my blook - particularly in the context of the current discussions on hate speech and fake news.

Blog Post: Jonathan Norman interviews me about Conversational Leadership

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By David Gurteen If you have 15 minutes and would like to learn a little about Conversational Leadership then take a look at this short video interview that Jonathan Norman of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub held with me recently. You will find my blook on Conversational Leadership here

Blog Post: Will the future economy be a knowledge economy or a human economy?

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By David Gurteen There is opinion that the Knowledge Economy does not exist or is a myth. Or that maybe it should be termed the Information or Digital Economy. People are also increasingly talking about the Human Economy or the Caring Economy.

Blog Post: The last of human freedoms

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By David Gurteen In 1989, I first read Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and he introduced me to the life and work of Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In 1946, he wrote the book Man's Search for Meaning.

Blog Post: Dubai Knowledge Summit 2017

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By David Gurteen The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation ( MBRF ) recently organized and held the fourth annual Knowledge Summit in Dubai. Here are a few videos that you may find of interest from the Summit

Blog Post: PowerPoint is still poisoning us

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By David Gurteen It's a while since I last talked about what I call conversational conferences - February 2013 to be exact. I am now starting to pull some of that old material into my blook and updating it.

Blog Post: Future Proofing the Organisation - Nadim Habib at Social Now 2018

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By David Gurteen I spoke at Social Now 2018 in Lisbon back in May and the keynote speaker at the event was Nadim Habib who talked about Future Proofing the Organisation. An excellent talk - well worth watching

Blog Post: Upcoming Henley Forum Events

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By David Gurteen. If you are based in the UK or fancy a trip to the beautiful Thames valley countryside then take a look at these upcoming events at Henley Business School. Although they are primarily for members of the Henley Forum, a few guest places are always available.

Blog Post: Zoom World Values Day Knowledge Caf?

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By David Gurteen My virtual Zoom World Values Day Café went off exceptionally well. 117 people registered from 25 countries but there is always a large drop-off and in the end I had 47 people from 16 countries - still a good turnout.

Blog Post: Zooming around

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By David Gurteen. I ran another Zoom virtual Knowledge Café a few days ago. Yet again it went exceptionally well and I had some great feedback.

Blog Post: Peter Block on small group working

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By David Gurteen In reseaching for my blook on Conversational Leadership , I came across these words of wisdom in this short 90 second video clip from Peter Block about small group working. How do I get every voice in the room? How do I get people in the room who cross social distance levels?

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Blog Post: Non-violent communication: Ed you have a big mouth!

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By David Gurteen My daughter Sally posted a short item on her blog recently about the verb "to be" and violent communication. Can we (or should we) ever say that 'something is', if it is not a permanent state of being?

Blog Post: It may sound corny but love is the answer

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By David Gurteen. It may seem corny, but love is the answer. I have long thought that to help cure many of the ills in the world that all we needed to do was "to care more." To care more about each other and to care more about our planet.

Blog Post: Conversational Spaces

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By David Gurteen. My blook on Conversational Leadership continues to grow and take shape.

Blog Post: Embedding Change: delivering value from knowledge and learning

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By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum ) is a members-only forum but some of its events are open to the public.

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Blog Post: We live in a hyperconnected, socio-technical world

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By David Gurteen As I write my blook on Conversational Leadership , I find myself capturing fragments of ideas that I know will get refined and fit in somewhere in due course. Here is one such fragment: We are not separate from the world. We are integrally connected. We are each a node of one huge global network. It is as if we are all attached by a large number of elastic bands to a multitude of other nodes: people, things, places, and history.

Blog Post: The future starts in 14 seconds.

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By David Gurteen. On May 17 it was 21 years since Leif Edvinsson inaugurated the Skandia Future Center. To celebrate the event Leif has collected some volunteering 12 voices, into a free of charge on-line booklet Forward Future Center 3.0.

Blog Post: Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (2nd Edition)

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By David Gurteen One of the books that has influenced me the most over the last few years is Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block.

Blog Post: Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies Events

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By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum) has a meeting coming up on Thursday 27 September 2018 - Absorbing complex change. It's a members' only event but there are a few guest places available at £175 + VAT.

Blog Post: Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation Video

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By David Gurteen In June, I gave a talk on “Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation” at the European Commission's Knowledge Week In Brussels. You can now watch the full talk on the home page of my blook.

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Blog Post: Resolve issues face-to-face whenever you can - not by email

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By David Gurteen Let me share a true story. A friend of mine was told by their manager never to resolve problems face-to-face but to do it by an exchange of emails and to copy him so that there was an audit trail. Then if anything went wrong, it was obvious who was to blame. Sometime later, my friend noticed that the sales manager had made an incorrect entry in the new CRM database. It was a relatively trivial mistake.

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Blog Post: Do you have the capacity to hold a good conversation?

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By David Gurteen In preparing for our Conversational Leadership workshop , Nancy Dixon , John Hovell and I keep coming back to the question " What is real conversation? " or "What makes a good conversation?" and the more we converse about it - the richer the picture that emerges.

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Blog Post: Promoting Knowledge Management activities through my website

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By David Gurteen I am always looking to help promote activities in the KM field. To this end you can: post events on my site. post jobs on my site. post news items on my site. In each case, the submission is held in a queue until I have checked it out and categorised it. This normally only takes a day or two. If the item is off-topic or I feel it is inappropriate for any other reason I reserve the right to delete it. The service is free

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: July 2019

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Without conversation, work stops [link] #KM #KMers #KnowledgeManagement #ConversationalLeadership #KnowledgeCafe #ConversationalWisdom. Adaptive Leadership, What Is It Really? The adaptive leader is one who faces complex challenges for which there are no easy answers.

Blog Post: Leadership + Conversation = Conversational Leadership

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By David Gurteen These two short videos get to the heart of Conversational Leadership. Leadership is a practice not a position of authority by Ronald Heifetz. What is the work of leadership? by Patricia Shaw. In summary using Ron's and Patricia's words: What is leadership? : "If we understand leadership as a practice, as an activity, then it becomes available to anybody, high or low, any place or position.". What is the work of leadership?:

Blog Post: Updates to my blook on Conversational Leadership July 2019

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By David Gurteen I continue to develop my blook on Conversational Leadership by the day. I have been slowly adding profiles of people who have influenced and continue to influence my work. The profiles include a short one or two line description of the person and a brief description of how I know them. They also include links to Linkedin profiles, blogs, websites etc., along with links to the posts in my blook where their work is referenced.

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Today only at Amazon, when you Buy TurboTax software , you will also get $10 Amazon Gift Card As Low As $39.86! Exclusively at Amazon, receive a FREE 1-year subscription to Quicken Starter Edition 2018 with your purchase of TurboTax. Get your taxes done right and your maximum refund.

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Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: June 2019

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. The 20th World Knowledge Forum in Seoul in September this year has an interesting theme: Knowledge Revolution 5.0: Perspicacity Towards Prosperity for All. wkforum [link]. Sustainability is not enough: we need regenerative cultures by @DrDCWahl [link].

Blog Post: The Henley Forum 2020 Awards

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By David Gurteen Just a reminder about the Henley Forum 2020 Awards. The awards recognise those who are advancing organisational practice. The Henley Forum would like to hear from people who are working to develop dynamic capability though knowledge, learning, change and innovation work. For example, by: enabling knowledge to flow. fostering organisational learning. facilitating organisational change and development. cultivating innovation. and collaborating across boundaries.

Blog Post: Calling all Oracy advocates

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By David Gurteen Calling all Oracy advocates in the UK, if you have any evidence as to the impact of oracy in your setting - written or video - please submit it to the Oracy APPG (Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group). The deadline for written evidence is 9th August 2019. Numeracy: the ability to understand and work with numbers. Literacy: the ability to read and write. Oracy: the ability to express oneself in and understand spoken language.

Blog Post: Could “Conversational Leadership” Avert Deeply Troubling Times Ahead?

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By David Gurteen As I hope you know by now. Nancy Dixon , John Hovell and I have been working closely together to develop the ideas that underpin Conversational Leadership and are running a three-day workshop on Conversational Leadership in September. I am finding this collaborative effort of enormous value, John, Nancy and I are different people, with different skill sets and a different focus on the subject of conversation.

Blog Post: The Paradox of Connection

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By David Gurteen We are becoming more connected with each other and less connected with each other at the same time. How do we turn this trend around? This is what John Hagel has to say about the paradox. We have the ability to connect with more and more people around the world, but our emotions are undermining our ability to make deeper and more fulfilling connections that can help all of us to achieve more of our potential.

Blog Post: Getting your head around the Cynefin Framework

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By David Gurteen. Some years ago,when I first started to learn about Dave Snowden's Cynefin Framework, it took me a little while to wrap my head around it as there were never any good examples given of the different types of problems associated with each domain. If you have the same problem, take a look at this excellent article The Cynefin framework: applying an understanding of complexity to medicine.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: December 2017

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By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. How can groups make good decisions? Mariano Sigman and Dan Ariely [link]. We're focusing on the wrong thing. Focusing on skills betrays a static view of the world. link]. What happens without conversation? Nothing. link]. Organizational change is not about simply "substituting" old for new.

Blog Post: Transforming decision making meetings

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By David Gurteen How many times have you taken part in a meeting to make a decision about an issue where they have been two factions in the room?

Blog Post: The Mehrabian Myth - another persistent myth

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By David Gurteen Recently, I pointed out that although the Hawthorne Effect was real - the research that it was based on was flawed - yet we still call it the Hawthorne Effect. So in some ways it is a bit of a myth. Here is another persistent myth - the Mehrabian Myth.

Blog Post: The Future of Management Is Teal

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By David Gurteen A big thanks to Silvia Bombard for telling me abut the work of Frederic Laloux. I googled him and found this article: The Future of Management Is Teal : Organizations are moving forward along an evolutionary spectrum, toward self-management, wholeness, and a deeper sense of purpose. He tells the fascinating story of the evolution of the organization (human collaboration) starting 10,000 years ago. He gives each phase of the evolution a colour: red, amber, orange, green and teal.