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You can’t blame Bellarmine

By Dave Snowden  ·  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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Perspectives

By Dave Snowden  ·  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

By Dave Snowden  ·  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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Mapping interdependencies

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 5, 2015  ·  Musings

Day two of the ETHOS event and we are starting to focus on applications both for customers but also to measure value internally.   The triad that opens this post is a neat way of showing the balance of capabilities that any consultancy group needs to maintain.  All three capabilities, namely selling, delivery and creativity are needed the problem is getting the balance right and measuring what happens.   In most consultancy groups the reward normally does to those who sell as it is the most tangible of all three.  Most consultancy...

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Buyer/organisation alignment

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 1, 2015  ·  Musings

It has been a busy weekend with our management meeting taking place in Bicester.  Most of us are in the UK these days and that is a sort of compromise between the three households that provide five members of the team between them.  Michael flew in from Canada, by way of work in Denmark and teaching with me in Zurich.  Zhen made the flight from a holiday in Japan.   Now we do have conference calls, but there is nothing like being together.   A lot on at the moment, but we found time yesterday to focus on defining and creating...

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