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Necessary ambiguity

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 2, 2014  ·  Musings, Polemic

It took me the best part of an hour to check in at Medellin Airport this morning.  The ESTA had to be printed out as they have no electronic link and will want to see it again at the gate.  Then there is the need to queue up to get a piece of paper to confirm your ticket includes tax even though the airline records already show it.  Then you line up again for checkin and get sent to get a refund of the tax in local currently.  All of this put 2,300 steps on the fitbit  and it really is a problem.  Excessive bureaucracy and thinking...

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Speaking in Medellin

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 31, 2014  ·  Musings

I delivered my keynote at Héroes Fest this afternoon here in Medellin and it produced what is to date my favourite picture of me speaking; if I can get permission it's going up on Wikipedia.  I also remembered that the conference of the Latin American Bishops here in 1968 was one of the seminal moments in the formation of Liberation Theology, something I mentioned yesterday in the context of the need to take action in the present to properly understand the future.  The Dominican Gustavo Gutiérrez gave name to that movement in this...

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Passing through Wellington

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2014  ·  Great places, Musings

I made it into Wellington yesterday afternoon and spent the evening on necessary domestics and eating in, given an apartment hotel albeit only for one night.   I had resolved to get out for a walk and see the sunrise over the harbour and had brought gloves along for that specific purpose but events conspired against me and I ended up with a early morning walk instead.   I really wished I had gone out earlier as there were orcas close to the shore half an hours walk ahead of me when I had to turn around.  I got some good photos...

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On public speaking

By Dave Snowden  ·  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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Proud father time

By Dave Snowden  ·  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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