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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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.

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

I doubt whether learning can actually be managed by anyone other than the person who is developing their own skills, capability and changes in their behaviour. Learning can only be said to have occurred when behaviour has demonstrably changed.

Changing the landscape of health

Dave Snowden

To manage a complex system we need to changes the dispositions of populations and small level social interactions. People are fundamentally influenced by the micro narratives of their day to day lives, rather than grand narratives of change and admonishment.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Questions for the New Year

John Hagel

We live in a world where the learning imperative continues throughout our lives and, if that weren’t enough pressure, we’ll need to learn faster with each passing year as our world changes more rapidly. One interesting exercise is to reflect on what parts of our lives are generating the most questions. Focus instead on the questions that require you to create new knowledge through action – that’s the most powerful learning in a world that’s so rapidly changing.

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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authority plus reputation

Harold Jarche

Leadership is exercised through authority in the formal system, and through reputation in the informal one. These things create the illusion of control, but in a world that’s changing rapidly, they ironically don’t provide you with actual control.

Small moves, smartly made

John Hagel

Our context is rapidly evolving, shaped by the exponential changes of the Big Shift. Of course, we can get consumed by that exercise as well. With so much change happening so quickly, we can also get easily distracted and lost in the events that compete for our daily attention. Small moves, smartly made, can set big things in motion – that’s the sub-title of my last book, The Power of Pull. It’s been a key theme of my work for decades, but it’s coming back to bite me.

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.

It's always the small things.

Euen Semple

We need to make sure that we exercise that influence. Kicking off a grand change programme (ideally involving considerable spend on technology) is easier than facing the existential challenge of behaving differently, of relating to people differently. It is in our relationships that our real power to change our world lies.

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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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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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.

Context in narrative work

Dave Snowden

These changes are a major theme of my approach to managing complexity. This links back to the Children’s Party story ( this telling also has aspects of dispositional mapping in it) in which a series of small actions seek to catalyse change within boundaries (a type of constraint).

Early detection, fast recovery

Dave Snowden

My arrival with evidence that a partial starvation approach coupled with exercise could allow a curative pathway was ignored or in the immortal words of General Melchett pooh-poohed although it was (in the immortal worlds of Captain Blackadder) purely circumstantial.

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.

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.

Repeated small acts of disobedience

Euen Semple

Usually we are not in a position to instigate wholesale change. Maybe we have to begin to exercise a degree of artistic interpretation of what we are asked to do? Maybe we have to act dumb and slow down things that maintain the status quo and put more energy into things that will bring about change? It’s all very well knowing that how we currently work is broken. We can see how things could be better. But how do we start?

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.

What I Learned From Those We Lost in 2013

Andy McAfee

Maria Tallchief on good design : ”If anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away” Roger Ebert, on religious zealotry : “The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can’t change your mind, because God sure isn’t going to change His.”

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.

The Innovation of Loneliness

Luis Suarez

Gary Hamel calls it “ changing the way we change “ I call it growing-up , although my notion of growing-up is a completely different kind of growing-up than the one Euan Semple blogged about just recently as well.

To explain but not excuse

Dave Snowden

Life is busy at the moment anyway and my resolution to put my health first for a change impacts on time. Exercise on the other hand takes time and can't be skimped.

autonomy, competence, relevance

Harold Jarche

If we seek diverse or divergent views, will the opinions of others change our minds? 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.

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