New Leadership Model: An Exercise in Bifurcation

Dan Pontefract

Perhaps it was overly complex. My thinking, learning, and writing tends to fall into the theoretical camps that propose how technology, leadership and learning can (or should) converge to improve the health, productivity and culture of an organization.

Blogging as an Exercise of the Brain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yes, there is one other such activity in my life - physical exercise. I started exercising regularly while living in Manhattan around 1980. I then discovered that jogging on a treadmill did not bother my knees, so I was able to continue exercising. In addition, I have included weight training in my exercise regime. So, for almost thirty years now, I have been been exercising five days a week on average. Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy.

Complex actions workshop

Dave Snowden

Another sign that complexity thinking is coming into its own. There are new action forms for this, and also a whole new approach to portfolio management of complex interventions. A basic introduction to complexity theory using metaphor in the main.

Designing Learning is a Probabilistic Exercise

Clark Quinn

At the Guild’s recent mLearnCon, I was having a conversation in which I was reminded that designing performance interventions is a probabilistic exercise, and it occurred to me that we’re often not up front enough about it. We are much more complex, and consequently variable.

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

Dave Snowden

Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015. These four one-day courses are led by Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge’s Chief Scientific Officer, and are the best way to immerse yourself in the latest thinking on complexity, narrative and the application of these approaches to organisational practice. Day 1 - Understanding complexity. Learn how to put complexity theory to practice.

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

Dave Snowden

Today we’re announcing practitioner-focused courses on complexity and the Cynefin framework. Course 1: Dealing with Complex Problems. The course equips you with tools to build healthier, more effective working environments through pragmatic methods and exercises.

Leadership for Complexity

Clark Quinn

The other meme from the retreat event last weekend was the notion of leadership for complexity. We talked through how things are moving from complicated to complex (and how important it is to recognize the difference), and that organizations need to receive the wake-up call and start moving forward. What’s needed is leadership that can lead the organization to be able to leverage complexity for success.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many companies have not exercised the needed discipline in their IT operations. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels. And, one of the key lessons we all hopefully learned from the dot-com era is that complex, global initiatives take time. Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

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

Dan Pink

Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? All too often today within organisations there are misguided and overly complex ideas about getting the most out of people. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements. Video. Articles. Office Hours. Drive.

The Napoleon Complex

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We live in a complex world where a wide range of factors go into producing results. But more to the point, when we ask, “what is killing those people,” a more complex answer emerges. These are medical conditions but they have to a large degree social causes - things like diet and nutrition, exercise, smoking and pollution, stress and deprivation. I just want to capture my part of a discussion that took place on Matthew Tabor's website.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

" The relationship between a brand and its customers is a complex one indeed, full of emotional connections and chemistry. Let me illustrate this complex chemistry by discussing some of my personal experiences with brands. Immigration is a very complex subject.

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.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other.

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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. Complexity LeadershipOur societies have grown from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s take a closer look at the nature of complex adaptive systems. Why are these systems so complex? I found the most satisfying answer to this seemingly Socratic question in an excellent 2002 paper - Complexity and Robustness - by professors Jean Carlson and John Doyle.

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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.

The social imperative

Harold Jarche

” The natural world is composed of complex systems and it makes sense that the best strategies for any population are ones that take complexity into account. In summary, the complexity of the collective behavior must be smaller than the complexity of the controlling individual.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A central authority, be it a corporation or government agency, exercises editorial, financial, and (sometimes) political control over the content that reaches the consumer.

Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article discusses the key skills data scientists should have, starting with machine learning , a complex concept which Dhar explains in a particularly simple way. . Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strateg

The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lack of identity is an impediment for poor people to exercise their basic democratic and human rights. Government control: Without the proper accountability, governments can leverage digital technologies to exercise greater control over their citizens, rather than to empower them.

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What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex systems, whether natural or engineered, are composed of many parts. But it ’ s not the mere number of component that makes them complex. After all, stones are composed of huge numbers of molecules, yet we would not consider them complex.

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The Promise and Challenges of Health Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Behavioral measurements : “Behaviors such as exercise, diet, and medication adherence make significant contributions to several diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. On February 24 I attended a workshop in MIT on the Future of Health Analytics.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a fast changing marketplace, agility is more critical than long-term forecasting exercises. Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? Are they still a strategic value to business?

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Fostering connections by letting go

Harold Jarche

It is a necessary perspective in dealing with increasing complexity. ” Dealing with complexity means a focus on emergent practices, not looking back at best practices , which are already out of date. 21C_Leader complexity Wirearchy

Changing the landscape of health

Dave Snowden

It is worth a quick refresh on two of the key principles of complexity (or rather cognitive complexity as we need to look at human complex systems in a very different way from those in termites nests). Diabetes Innovation Managing Complex Systems

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Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. It suppresses complexity and information that might contradict its coherent story, unless System 2 intervenes because it realizes that something doesn’t quite feel right. By the end of the Cambrian period, the diversity and complexity of life began to resemble that of today.

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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. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

NetWorkShop Sackville

Harold Jarche

A simple exercise will reveal the diversity and reach of the participants’ personal networks and provide insight into how personal networks affect performance. Managing in Complexity. Communities complexity SocialLearning Wirearchy

Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Harold Jarche

Tweet Much of my work is in helping organizations prepare for increasingly creative and complex work because this is where the business value is, whether in offering differentiated services in a competitive market or in advancing scientific R&D. complexity

Mapping quality with VNA

Harold Jarche

We also went through a few exercises to describe some of our networks and created value network maps maps that looked much messier than this one, by Patti Anklam. Books complexity Performance Improvement

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This a complex, emotionally charged debate. . The actors involved, therefore, have valid rights and responsibilities to the data and may require different permissions to exercise those rights. In addition, the report recommends the establishment of living labs where the various stakeholders can collaborate and learn together how to best develop and test comprehensive solutions to these highly complex and important problem. .

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The Emergence of a “New Establishment”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its members do not just represent the centers of official power - though they are certainly part of it - but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. They believed that derivatives and other financial instruments were enough to distribute risks, thus lessening the need for regulating the increasingly complex financial markets. Complex societies and economies do not function efficiently without mutual trust and confidence.

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Are Decisions the Key?

Clark Quinn

Van Merriënboer, in his Four Component Instructional Design, talks about the knowledge you need and the complex decisions you apply that to. To test that learners have acquired the underpinning knowledge, you can hav them exercising the models in decisions.

What to do?

Euen Semple

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. As work life becomes faster changing, less stable, more unpredictable, many managers attempt to exercise greater control. They too can see the increased complexity and unpredictability but they are left feeling that they have less agency, even less control over their own destinies than they had before.

Context in narrative work

Dave Snowden

These changes are a major theme of my approach to managing complexity. We have an exercise called Silent Listening in which ideas are presented to silence followed by the idea creator having to listen to a discussion without any right to respond or explain.

The US Constitution: A Pantheon of (Sometimes Conflicting) Values

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A claim is made in court that the government is entitled to exercise a power, or an individual is entitled to claim the benefit of a right, that is set out in the terms of some particular provision of the Constitution. On this view, deciding constitutional cases should be a straightforward exercise of reading fairly and viewing facts objectively.”. But those are not the complex systems problems that baffle us.

Lessons from the Rescue of the Chilean Miners

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The rescue went so remarkably well that it is easy to forget how incredibly complex this undertaking was. What can we learn from the successful rescue effort as a case study in how to organize and manage such complex projects? What does that tell us about the kind of innovations needed to successfully navigate our way through a highly complex, unanticipated crisis? The rescue project can be also studied as an exercise in collaborative innovation at multiple levels.

Reflections from Another Part of the World and a Different Side of My Brain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It is well accepted that a good physical exercise plan should include different kinds of workouts, some focused on aerobics to increase cardiovascular endurance, and some anaerobic in nature to strengthen our muscles. In addition to its benefits on our physical health, a regime of exercise also improves our mental health as well as helping to reduce depression. But, advances in brain sciences have begun to show the importance of also exercising our mental faculties.

Innovation on the cusp: symbiosis

Dave Snowden

By using that synthesis to set the context its easier to understand complexity and Cynefin, in particular the fact that order and stability are legitimate in context (one of the main differentiators of Cynefin from other complexity frameworks, models and approaches).

The myopia of metrics

Dave Snowden

Now this is not a new topic, anyone with the most basic understanding of complexity will know the issues with measurement. To be clear there is nothing wrong with measurement per se, but there are massive problems when the measure becomes the main point from which judgement is exercised.

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

He lead us on a series of improvisation exercises designed to teach important skills for networked leaders: empathy, awareness, celebrating failure, being open to change and more. The Improviser Mindset knows how to take risks, react, co-create, and navigate a complex world.

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Smarter Public Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most experts agree that the only way to make progress in such a complex, grand challenge is to approach healthcare as a system of systems. In its press release , IBM said: “The IBM Research project will combine and analyze massive data sources that have never before been integrated to simulate the cause-and-effect relationships between agriculture, transportation, city planning, eating and exercise habits, socio-economic status, family life, and more.

Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He is one the best role models I know of the kind of systems oriented, market-facing engineers that we increasingly need to help us tackle the highly complex, multi-disciplinary problems we are facing in the 21st century. Each video is designed for viewing in brief segments, allowing the in-class teacher time between segments to engage the class in active, goal-oriented exercises. This iterative process continues until the exercise is over, usually lasting a full class session."