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Eleanor Snowden
For the last two years we have been working with our network members and clients in the NHS, the Royal College of Nursing and beyond to try to make sense of the pandemic and how its impacting healthcare professionals, leaders and patients and their families/carers.  As Covid cases begin to rise once more and various […]
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Mahathir Rosul
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Dave Snowden
One of the concerns I raised in yesterday’s post was the danger of assuming the need of a therapeutic approach in organisational, or for that matter individual wellbeing. I’ve long railed against the unthinking transfer of techniques and theories from one field into another. Models of childhood development assume that the organisation is childlike, therapeutic […]
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Dave Snowden
I returned from two fruitful days in South Africa working on what we have temporarily named the new cognitive edge but suffering from a bad cold. It had started to come on during the defeat of England on Saturday (a small price to pay if that is karma) worsened on Sunday’s flight and degenerated into […]
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Dave Snowden
I’m still in an OD mindset after the last twelve days of posting and there are few loose ends to tie up. One of the ones I mentioned yesterday is the nature and utility of what I call naturally evolved roles. These are important in both practical and theoretical terms. The former because they just […]
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Tony Quinlan
The National Health Service in Northern Ireland are among the earliest users of SenseMaker®, working with network member Anne McMurray to explore multiple health-focussed issues.  Early examples included work around bereavement in families, allowing local teams to improve and adapt the support they provide – a report from that project is here. Most recently, the excellent 10,000 […]
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lizfulop
The Accreditation Program I participated in Brisbane in 2010 was not actually run by Cognitive Edge but in conjunction with Emerging Options and I believe this is the first time the program was offered in this format so I am not sure of how it differs from others. For me the main reason I went […]
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Russell Gonnering
I appreciate the opportunity to be the guest blogger on this site the past two weeks. The comments from the readers have been excellent! We need to make sure that ideas of Cognitive Edge are made known to the individuals in health care who now stand at the brink of making significant improvements in the […]
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Russell Gonnering
This past week we discussed the Flexner Report and its impact on the last century of health care, medical practice and medical education. We also explored how this fit into David’s Charles Handy S-curves of utility of various paradigms in the broader perspective of organizational management. The February issue of Academic Medicine is devoted to […]
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The Cynefin Company (formerly known as Cognitive Edge) was founded in 2005 by Dave Snowden. We believe in praxis and focus on building methods, tools and capability that apply the wisdom from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. We are the world leader in developing management approaches (in society, government and industry) that empower organisations to absorb uncertainty, detect weak signals to enable sense-making in complex systems, act on the rich data, create resilience and, ultimately, thrive in a complex world.
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