To bring my guest blogging time to a close here are a couple of ideas from John Kay to mull on: the first is Business lessons from chess grand masters where “People who hold to a single idea, or a fixed design, generally lose in chess, as they lose in battle, in business and in […]
Ben Ramalingam of ALNAP was kind enough to get in touch with a link to a working paper he co-authored: “Exploring the science of complexity – ideas and implications for development and humanitarian efforts”. I confess that so far I have only skimmed it but it seems really worth a read if you have any […]
Johnnie Moore passes on a cracking story that does a great job of capturing the (sometimes tiny) gap between control freaks/celebrity chefs and learners. Unfortunately I’m also reminded of a little challenge I talked myself out of a couple of years back when he put out an invite for a series of improv workshops. Ideal […]
Force field analysis, derived from what Lewin termed ‘field theory’, is often bandied around as a tool to support a change initiative. If you browse the various resources available you’ll discover that analysing the forces for and against the change creates a couple of options: reduce the strength of forces opposing or increase the forces […]
System Failure by Jake Chapman was initially published in 2001 and updated in 2004 – the focus is on the failure of public policy making and makes a thoroughly argued case for more learning and less control.
First of all – apologies for this not appearing by the tomorrow mentioned in the first entry; main excuse is I’ve been thinking, which almost always means delays. Anyway, in the previous entry I was making the case for those of us that work as consultants to act more like learners and participants on the […]
If you’re involved in organisational change you’ll be aware that – like reincarnation – four box models are making a big comeback at the moment. I thought I’d use my guest blog opportunity to run through a few that seem pertinent from a change perspective. And where better to begin than with Cynefin? After all, […]
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