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Initial thinking on scaling

July 20, 2014  ·  Reflections

I had more time to think than I planned on the flight to Sydney last night.  I got upgraded to club which was a good start, but service takes longer so sleep time was cut down, and then destroyed by three families with 9/10 year old kids whose body clocks seem set at mid-morning and whose parents saw no reason to impose any constraint.  If that wasn't bad enough we did the normal is the wind low enough to land from the sea nonsense that you get when you arrive before 0600 at Sydney.  That meant that just after I had dozed off the...

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Memories of Singapore

July 19, 2014  · 

Time to leave Singapore for Sydney but a busy morning.  It started with a conversation on gaming and its use i policy with Peter Ho over breakfast.  A Singapore visit would not be a real visit without a conversation with Peter over a meal!  More on that subject in a future post.  Then Jimmy Kwang, one of the first IBM people to understand Cynefin and whose efforts got us started in Singapore picked me up for a coffee and a chat before he left me at the airport.  Jimmy is a great character and a generous host.  I don't think I ever...

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The small frustrations ...

July 18, 2014  ·  Trivia

A pretty frantic day of meetings today including a few in one of the best Starbucks in the world, it even has its own mug and thanks to Zhen I have one!  It is in a converted colonial building (pictured) on two floors and is a good place to meet.  Very unstressed by Singapore standards and worth a trip if you are anywhere near. While that was relaxing I also suffered what is a periodic problem if you travel a lot, namely the fraud check.  

I'm pretty impressed with Mastercard in this respect as I have never had money stolen and...

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Anticipatory alert

July 17, 2014  ·  Reflections

I had a key meeting with a Singapore government agency today, in part to report on a SenseMaker® project and also to talk about next steps.   Now I need to respect client confidentiality here so I can't be specific but I do want to make a general point on how to achieve change if you are dealing with potential transgressors.  This also links in with some more general work I am doing on what I am calling anticipatory audit.   Now this is not the big brother type surveillance of which my namesake claims concern, not is it the science...

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On public speaking

July 16, 2014  ·  Musings, Polemic

I delivered a webinar this evening for a client of Harvard Business on leadership and complexity.  Cynefin was already in use so this was bringing in the expert.   Now Webinar's are very different from a live audience.   The latter is really easy if you know your stuff and if you stay flexible and pay attention to the signals coming from the audience.  With a webinar I prefer not to have visual contact as that creates confused signals, visual is not enough, neither is it sound, there is a presence to an audience that you learn to...

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Keeping options open

July 15, 2014  ·  Trivia

After yesterday's celebrations we got home in the early evening.  I really should have spent the evening working and packing, but the knowledge that I was about to have three weeks with only one or possibly two days of exercise was weighing on me.  So I quickly changed and took the bike out for a spin.   I have a starting point from home that heads up to near Wooton Rivers and then speeds down the Vale of Pewsey.  It then has 30, 40 and 50 km options but with dusk rapidly approaching I had to take the shorter of those.   There is a...

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Proud father time

July 14, 2014  ·  Musings

It's being four years coming and the final result was not without its last minute trauma but today I ended up in the Butterworth Hall of the Warwick Arts Centre for my son's graduation with a masters degree in chemistry. He got the grade he needed to take up a job as a trainee auditor with KPMG and today was the celebration.  It was a departure for me as well.  I've been teaching at Warwick for the best part of fiveteen years, but with Yasmin leaving for greater things at Hull I had given my last lecture the week before. Ignoring...

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JIT travel

July 13, 2014  ·  Great places, Trivia

After gaining my 50k steps yesterday I had nothing more strenuous planned for today than a leisurely drive up to the University of Warwick, an overnight stay and then my son's graduation tomorrow.  Given that I fly out to Singapore early Tuesday morning today was also the only time to sort out various domestic duties, printing and signing contracts etc. etc. so the final departure was late and somewhat stressed as a result.  The world is divided into two types of traveller.  The first are those eminently reasonable people who leave...

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RW@60:14 Goldcliff - Cardiff

July 12, 2014  ·  RW@60, Walks & Bike rides

Section 13 and 14 of what will end up as about 75 stages were always going to be the most tedious involving post-industrial settings which while they have their own fascination lack aesthetic qualities normally associated with country walking.  But they had to be done and today was my last chance for some weeks to pick up another section.  I completed the Chepstow to Goldcliff section a week ago but was frustrated in my plans to get to Cardiff the following day by family reunions.  My plan was to leave early and park in Newport,...

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Of artisanship

July 11, 2014  ·  Musings

A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft.  The argument of Mary Midgley and others was that you can't call something art just because it is asserted as such. Instead art has to display evidence of craft to be understood as such.   Now I have always agreed with this, which is not of itself a conservative statement; Picasso for example was a craftsman, who having learnt that craft broke the rules to create something new.  

The artisan craftsman is something that we see in...

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