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July 7, 2014  ·  Polemic

Today was meant to be a relaxed day, catching up with some papers and email.  I have to be in Paris for one client on Thursday and Bonn for another tomorrow and Wednesday.  So I could have done a couple of day trips but the flights are too short to work and there is all the hassle of security and getting to and from the airport.  Increasingly if I can I use trains and this should have worked well.  The Eurostar to Paris return was in business given the client so I would get around three hours to work.  Then a simple walk across...

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The a priori refutation

July 6, 2014  ·  Polemic

I've been having an interesting set of interactions  on a Linkedin discussion group with various followers of Jaques and the Requisite Organization community that continues to carry a torch for his ideas.  Well interesting in the main, the President.  I was asked to come in and comment on links between my work and that of Jaques.  Note I was invited in, I did not simply turn up.  

Now I have a general view on a whole group of theorists from Jaques generation which is that the better ones would have come up with very different...

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Pitiful and pitiless audiences

July 5, 2014  ·  Opera & Theatre

This evening I went to the opening night of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House,  It's a powerful example of the Bel Canto style and the confrontation between Joyce Didonato as Maria and Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta at the end of Act II was everything I hoped for.  In rehearsals for the first production in Naples the lines Impure daughter of Boleyn, do you speak of dishonour?  Obscene, unworthy prostitute, let my blush fall on you.  Profaned is the English throne, vile bastard by your foot were delivered with...

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Summer School slides and links

July 4, 2014  ·  Conference blogs

Final day of the Summer School in Copenhagen and I had two sessions to run.  The first over three hours in the morning covered complexity, safe-to-fail interventions followed by a shorted presentation in the afternoon where I picked up on Cynefin and the complex and chaotic domain models.    The latter was a little rushed given I had half an hour!  The slides for both are now published for those looking for them.  For those who want more background this post is a summary with links to all the domain models.  I need to update it a...

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Safety zero?

July 3, 2014  ·  Conference blogs, Reflections

An interesting day at the Summer Institute which ended gloriously with a long evening of discussion and story telling with Vernon Cronen and John Shotter at the conference dinner.  All three of us products of a liberal arts education which meant the discussion ranged from Thurber's humour to comparing politics in the US to that of Trollope's Palliser novels.  It also included a comprehensive discussion of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War in general and the failure of British and French observers to learn the lessons of the...

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Hermeneutical Unity

July 2, 2014  ·  Conference blogs, Reflections

An interesting first day at the Summer Institute; we started with a Danish song about love and followed that with the normal talk with someone you don't know exercise.  Now I am never wild about singing songs other than it Rugby matches, ideally in Welsh.  It reminds me of the day I discovered there was still an official IBM song book!  Thankfully we were no longer required to sing them with gymnastic exercises early in the morning although it came close at times.

However I lived through the experience and the get to know you...

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In preparation for a deep end

July 1, 2014  ·  Reflections

I'm in Copenhagen for the rest of this week for the Summer Institute where I am speaking or facilitating several times during the three days.  So early today I started to review the event and my slots.   I generally do this the day before an event and that starts the thinking process.  Then if I need slides I start putting them together on the plane or before breakfast on the day itself.   It's a way of staying focused and my view is that if you know your material over preparation is a bad thing.  There are some exceptions to this...

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A form of meditation

June 30, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides

Today was one of my few days at home which meant a chance to catch up on post and email.   I was hoping to get the new oak desk top fitted as well having spent three weeks oiling it but that failed,  I upturned the raise and lower one with the ugly black MDF top only to discover that I needed a T30 Starbit to remove it.  I ordered one from Amazon but that meant putting everything back together again which was a pain and putting the job off for a week or so.  

I did however manage to get out for a longish ride on the new...

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Family affairs

June 29, 2014  ·  Reflections

The original plan for today was to walk from Goldcliff into Cardiff taking advantage of the family being together with two cars.   So I reasoned I could leave early (having paid the bill) and leave the Saab at my starting point.  Later in the morning a suitably grateful family (I had after all paid the bill) would move the Saab to a nearby station where I could pick it up at the end of the day.  

It was a good plan but it failed for two reasons.  Firstly the tension of the previous day's pick up with cake balancing on knees in a...

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RW@60:13 Chepstow - Goldcliff

June 28, 2014  ·  RW@60, Walks & Bike rides

Since completing Offa's Dyke Path over twelve days back in March I have somewhat neglected my walk around Wales.  I had planned to be on the Pembroke Coast in July but I first have to traverse the South Wales Coast.  I should have just got it done, but the attractions of Snowdonia for by actual birthday and too much work travel have made it difficult.   If I am honest I was not looking forward to the Chepstow to Cardiff section as its mostly industrial or plain flat with few features.   I had resolved to try and do it in two...

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