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By Dave Snowden  ·  August 1, 2014  ·  Polemic

The keynotes here in Medellin fell into three board categories.   Firstly we have the really famous namely Steve" Wozniak who will be appearing tomorrow, I'll thus miss my chance to meet the bug guy as I will be starting the trek back to Australia.  Secondly those of us providing serious content and or advise but not without passion or entertainment.  Thirdly the motivational speakers who shall we say performed.   Now to make it clear the role of a keynote is to make their material accessible and humour is a part of that.  Most...

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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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Just a little creepy ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 10, 2014  ·  Polemic

I suppose the best that can be said of the journey back home today is that everything ran to time.   My hotel last night was in sharp contrast to Monday night with a full suite in The Hotel Regina, a shame to waste on just one night and no visitors!  I had breakfast with Clayton Christensen and a rushing clash of agreement on the importance of theory.  I was briefing on Cynefin and SenseMaker® as we have a major client in common at the moment and it was a good session.  More on that in the future.  The day working with the top...

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The Stepford syndrome in KM

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 9, 2014  ·  Polemic

I was in a bad mood this morning.  A consequence of drinking far more than I am used to these days and knowledge of the purgatory of near starvation I will need to go through to get my weight back to where it should be by the end of the week.  Ok its not that bad but it's how I felt.  Then an early morning conference call where politics was intruding on what should be a research agenda.  This happens a lot with SenseMaker® as its more difficult to control the outcome than with more traditional research projects.   You might learn...

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Things go wrong, but ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  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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