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Management corsets

February 15, 2015  ·  Polemic

One of the observations I have made over the years is that senior management and the coal face get complexity as a concept; mostly the problem is with middle management.   Now I am not allocating blame here, it reflects the nature of the roles, and of course I am making very general statements.   The real point is that people trying to direct the enterprise and people dealing with customers know about complexity on a day to day basis.  So when you give them the science it legitimises what they already know.  Those in middle...

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Another Drucker memory

February 14, 2015  ·  Reflections

My other vivid memory of Peter Drucker (and it still hurts) was when I naively criticised Taylorism and ended up on the receiving end of an I knew Frederick Taylor response during which I was reduced to a puddle of humiliation.   The great man decided I might be redeemable, something for which I am eternally grateful and the leadership seminar I mentioned yesterday was one response.   That meant I got a chance to teach complexity theory with Drucker (and I suspect that is a unique) and to talk about the relationship to other...

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A memory of Peter Drucker

February 13, 2015  ·  Reflections

I'm back in San Diego again for a series of meetings and if things work out I am going to spending a lot more time here.   It has fond memories for me of the early Delphi group knowledge management conferences held in the Hotel Del.  It was where I first met Peter Drucker and where, after one conference I got to join him and one other to deliver a leadership seminar.   Teaching with Peter Drucker was a privilege to say the least and the chance for conversation a blessing.   In one conversation we came to a conclusion to which I will...

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Describe don’t evaluate

February 12, 2015  ·  Musings

One of the things I have been emphasising for the last two days when I have been talking about SenseMaker® is the criticality of description over evaluation.   The minute we evaluate, assess, judge, interpret or whatever we start to reduce what we scan.  The more we can hold open a description the more we scan, the more possibility of seeing novel solutions or interesting features.   In some of our work where we have compared the way experts interpret narrative as against the original signification by the research subjects we have...

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Any speaker needs an audience

February 11, 2015  ·  Musings

Day two of recording material for Intel training and I am now into the swing of it.  The material is going to be put up on the Cognitive Edge web site as well so I now have a new recoding of the Children's Party story which is 35kg less than the current one.    One of the great things that Dan and Rhea have done is to give me an audience on both days.  Last time round I sat on a stool and talked to the camera in an Adelaide studio.   Speaking to an audience is always preferable but I didn't get the hand of doing it for the record...

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Judgement overrides propensity

February 10, 2015  ·  Reflections

Most of my journals are on the iPad these days, but I keep a few in paper form.   One of those is Philosophy Now.  It's academic enough to be serious, but more orientated to understanding and acting in the world so I recommend it   The November/December issue (yes I am a little behind) is on War and Peace with a series of interesting articles.   Several of those address the assertion that humans are essentially violent by nature.  Now you might think that the evidence supports this, but in reality what it really says is that humans...

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You can’t blame Bellarmine

February 9, 2015  ·  Musings

A long flight to San Jose by way of Los Angeles today in preparation for two days of recording for Intel, I have to repeat the same programme on two days wearing identical clothes and the material will then be edited and used for internal training.   The agreement also allows us to release the material for the wider Cognitive Edge membership so I can finally get a version of the childrens' party story that has me at my current weight!  You need to get in the right frame of mind for a recording.   The current material on YouTube was...

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Anthropology in schools?

February 8, 2015  ·  Reflections

An article in the Guardian today argues that axing anthropology as a subject in schools in cultural barbarism.  Ignoring the irony of using the words culture and barbarism together in the context of anthropology I think this deserves a little more thought.  Now I studied Philosophy at University and encouraged my daughter to study Anthropology at University, introducing her to the subject on a field trip to Saskatoon just over a decade ago.  So I am convinced of the value of what one might call the advanced humanities.   But that...

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Perspectives

February 7, 2015  ·  Musings

Another walk today, this time with Iwan from Ogmore Point to Porthcawl.  I had originally planned this as one long section but that would have involved getting up much earlier yesterday, impossible after a midnight thirty return home following a ROH performance.  So Chris and I reached Ogmore point as the run set into the west and that is where Iwan and I started the next day.  More overcast at the start but as we came onto the long beach that flows east from Portcawl the sun started to use the clouds to create some wonderful...

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Trophic cascades

February 6, 2015  ·  Musings, Reflections

For those not familiar with the term it describes the various changes that take place in an eco system when the dominant predator changes.   The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone for example reduced the number of deer but also changed the behaviour of the deer, meaning that they avoided areas where predation was possible.  So the valleys and gorges repopulated with plants that had previously been eaten; bird life and diversity went up.     Coyotes killed by Wolves meant more small mammals and so on.  But then the rivers...

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