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.

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 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

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.

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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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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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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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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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

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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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.

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

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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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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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

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.

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

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

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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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).

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

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.

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.

Boundary conditions

Dave Snowden

For various complex reasons which started with a casual throw away remark at Lean Agile Scotland followed by a brief twitter storm I am spending two days in Dubai with a Kanban group. Complex-Chaotic Again a two way boundary, but each routing is different.

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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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. One of the reasons this is important is that we can manage constraints and a large part of doing something within a complex systems is understanding what you can manage and how.

Curmudgeon, cynic and contrarian

Dave Snowden

So when it came to my turn to introduce myself I decided to adopt my three C’s of personal behaviour in a Complex word: Cynicism, Curmudgeonliness and contrarianism, while trying to avoid conflict and combativeness with partial success.

“people are for caring”

Harold Jarche

How can we understand the complexity of human networks, especially when they are massaged by algorithms that drive our social media? Complex problems do not have simple solutions and require a deeper understanding of the context.

A sense of direction (2)

Dave Snowden

Carrying out the exercise also confirmed to me in the value of the liminal version of Cynefin and critically the resolution it provides for a long term issue of what to do with the Disordered domain. We are starting to encounter this with complexity at the moment.

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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.