is a failed exercise in misdirection

Doc Searls

It was an incredible experience to think that right there in that room might be a student with a big idea that could change the world — and now they could actually make that happen through the internet. The Internet is one thing. It is comprised of everything it connects. By nature it is as neutral as gravity. It favors nothing and is not partial to anything.

Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!

Luis Suarez

No wonder I keep musing about another rather thought-provoking sentence she put together as well in that superb article: ‘ Technological change does not automatically equate with progress ’. That’s when our change and transformation journeys will begin….

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Habitual change

Dave Snowden

Then I had the Diabetes diagnosis and that triggered drastic change which allowed me to start the Round Wales Walk and return to the mountains of Snowdonia not to mention discovering the Brecon Beacons anew. Creating a habit of an hours physio exercises every day is a lot more problematic.

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change the system, not the leader

Harold Jarche

Plus ça change, plus c’est pareil. Even punishing the person in charge will change little. Changing leaders will not change the system from which they emerged.

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Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

Dave Snowden

Learn how to apply Cynefin for sense-making, change, and decision support. Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015. As 2014 closes with a full-to-capacity series of CSM courses in London, we’re delighted to announce the first Cynefin and Sense-Making courses of 2015. We start the year with courses in Zurich, Auckalnd and London. Later in the year we plan to have more on the East Coast of North America, Asia and South America. Zurich: 27 - 30 January 2015.

Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives

Luis Suarez

You can call them whatever you would want to: ambassadors, champions, advocates, evangelists, connectors, change agents, etc.

Cycles of ‘changes’

Dave Snowden

Loosing weight is not just about self-esteem, combined with exercise it has a definite cognitive impact. A couple of weeks ago I realised that I was going to run out of clothes shortly. Weight loss means that the classic trousers falling down sketch from Brian Rix et. al is becoming a cyclical experience. I am now down to 96kg over 21kg lost since May with another 14kg to go. One of the consequences of this is that I have been moving through my wardrobe.

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Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Pink is the author of four provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work. Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? This really changes the way I think about motivating my team and myself. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan.

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. Her points about leadership and change.

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

Alan Deutschman, the author of ‘ Change or Die ’ makes a pretty stark statement about people’s reluctance to change: “What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think and act?

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Change Your Behavior, Change Your Mind

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen If you change your behavior, you change your mind. This is the essence: If you change your behavior, you change your mind. We tend to think the opposite, that our beliefs must change first and then our behavior will come along later. Much of professional development is about trying to change people's attitudes by "training" them that they should think differently. Credit: Change Your Behavior.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. The Leading Change Summit was more intimate (several hundred people), participatory and interactive, intense, and stimulating.

The Happy Healthy Social Change Activist: Passion for a Cause without Burnout

Beth Kanter

Since the theme this year was “Change Making,” I taught a workshop on self-care for change makers based on my forthcoming book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman.

Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

Beth Kanter

It could also be used as a professional networking exercise at a conference or as an icebreaker for a training, especially if the training was focused on networks or professional networking skills. We learn so much about professional practice from having honest and candid conversations.

The power of habits — and the power to change them

Dan Pink

And how can we change them? In the last 15 years, as we’ve learned how habits work and how they can be changed, scientists have explained that every habit is made up of a cue, a routine and a reward. Take exercise. Habits can be ignored, changed, or replaced.

How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns. It was life changing. An interesting change. Things change on all sides.

Steven Berlin Johnson « | Main | » From the Globe and Mail : A body of research suggests that playing video games provides benefits similar to bilingualism in exercising the mind.

Steven Berlin Johnson

The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopedias, butamong 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not great. My Books The Ghost Map The latest: the story of a terrifying outbreak of cholera in 1854 London 1854 that ended up changing the world.

Peer Learning As A Prelude to Collective Action for Social Change: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Just like message consistency, storytelling, and interviewing skills, proficiency with social media like Facebook and Twitter increases their capacity to make change happen for children in their state. Source: Spitfire Twitter Feed.

SAP may be betting on the right horses, but how about the jockeys?

Martijn Linssen

Again, this was a hard human task and the beholder of beauty was me Here's the list, and the count - only the top 30: Update September 28th 12:10 CET: I redid most of the exercise (see the comment-conv between Ethan and me below) and delivered the cross-reference list as one would like to have it.

Guest Post: Adejare Amoo on an Industrialist’s Role in eLearning in Africa

Nancy White

In preparation for his part in our “fish bowl&# exercise, he drafted an outline that I really appreciated. It provides opportunities for continuous experimentations as well as controlled frequent and rapid changes.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. The lead article set the stage when it said, "Rapid and disruptive change is now happening across new and old businesses.

Pencil as Power Tool | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Pink is the author of four provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work. Pencil as Power Tool A few years ago, I took a five-day drawing class in New York City that changed my life. Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? 30 second exercise!

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Reflections on the Whistler process

Dave Snowden

So we assumed people there knew the basics and we focused on going deeped, teaching more of the underlying theory and in a series of exercises testing understanding of the application of that theory to practice; understanding the why as well as the how.

Message to the Masses

Adaptive Path

I barely get my car in for an oil change on time once every eight months or so. The “Exercise” message we ignored, since we both run, swim, cycle and compete in race events. Whatever you produce: pamphlets, web applications, toothbrushes, requirements documents … I expect the folks that do the actual work and make the approvals “get it” and change their ways. Tags: Behavior Change Communication Content Strategy Guest Blogger

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The Virtuous Cycle of Existing Theory and Big Data

Andy McAfee

In recent decades a ton of research has led to the conclusion that while some aspects of our personalities change over time, others are remarkably stable. I was expecting to see lots of the words that appear there, but not such large clusters related to sports, exercise, and getting outdoors.

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What to do?

Euen Semple

As work life becomes faster changing, less stable, more unpredictable, many managers attempt to exercise greater control. The counterintuitive answer to change and complexity is to do less, certainly for managers. There are probably two main themes to the conversations I have with people in organisations - how to deal with complexity, and what to do about staff who are increasingly disengaged. The two are inextricably linked.

Resolve To Do Your New Year's Resolutions Differently

John Hagel

The cynics say that these are useless exercises that make us feel good for a few months, but that no one really has the intention or fortitude to follow them beyond that. That’s a challenge, I know, given how rapidly the world is changing, but it becomes a catalyst to step back and reflect on what the long-term forces are that are re-shaping the world we live in and what kind of world those forces are likely to produce. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Be careful.

Innovation on the cusp: symbiosis

Dave Snowden

I gave that as an exercise to the group and they came up with several good examples of things they can do. Both methods sit on the cusp of a change in context.

the new networked norm

Harold Jarche

As a market society developed, new types of economic and financial power were exercised by the Fuggers and the Hanseatic League in Europe. Power shifts as a society’s organizing principles change. This may change how we think about leadership.

Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – Working with Complex Problems

Dave Snowden

The course equips you with tools to build healthier, more effective working environments through pragmatic methods and exercises. As we head into the Northern Summer/Southern Winter (delete as applicable), we’re announcing our timetable of new courses for the second half of 2016.

A return to constraints

Dave Snowden

Since then I have been working the ideas into a series of keynote speeches and more recently workshop exercises. 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.

Shaping Serendipity through Narrative

John Hagel

As a result, people are motivated to exercise imagination and creativity even before they connect with others to pursue the opportunity. In a world of exponential change, where the need is to learn faster throughout our lives, those of us who are “luckier,” those of us who can significantly increase the probability of unexpected encounters that lead to new insight and faster learning, will be the ones to truly thrive and create far more value for ourselves and for others.

Vanity Killed the Social Media Star

Luis Suarez

Alas, that seems to have died a rather fast and painful death on its own and we all ought to blame ourselves for that wonderful exercise of destroying social networking, on the Social Web, for the sake of our own vanity.

The Daily Routine for Happiness

Jay Cross

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Exercise for 10 minutes. Gandhi. I’m living the happiness and well-being practices I am prescribing to others. Happiness requires a routine. A couple of activities a day is all it takes to make you happier.

distributing power for the network era

Harold Jarche

A certain amount of command and control, exercised through a hierarchy is often necessary to get work done. “American managers are assertive, aggressive, goal and action oriented, confident, vigorous, optimistic, and ready for change.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

Beth Kanter

Opening Exercise. The session kicked off with a Spectragram exercise involving the full group. I learned this technique from Allen Gunn from Aspiration over ten years ago at 2007 Penguin Day. We decided to use an understanding exercise, a SWOT analysis related to the topics.

“people are for caring”

Harold Jarche

More importantly, however, was this: The exercise had taught me how to approach a contrary opinion with patience and respect, with curiosity and an intent to learn, with kindness and humanity.” — B.J. Christian Madsbjerg concludes in his book, Sensemaking : “What are people for?

What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The theory is out of step with ordinary usage: Shareholders are not owners of the corporation in any traditional sense of the term, nor do they have owners’ traditional incentives to exercise care in managing it.

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“No one gets fired for buying ….

Dave Snowden

I learnt this many years ago when, subject to one of their exercises, I managed to get my business into the top right hand box of one of the strategic matrices. After all you didn’t really want to change did you? Its much more fun to talk about how you will change ….

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