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Yesterday in,  the space between exercises I was chatting with a research nurse about patient record keeping.  In the process of that discussion, we started to talk about effective communication about a patient’s condition and she made the point that a simple story can convey a lot of meaning, and that meaning is often lost […]
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Dave Snowden
Yesterday I established the basis for knowledge mapping, namely to ask a meaningful question in a meaningful context.  I promised that I would place that into a wider programme which, in the language of our new Hexi approach, is called an assembly.  Astute readers may also have spotted a developing theme in both the banner […]
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Dave Snowden
One of my brighter ideas in recent times was the formalisation of the Entangled Trios approach and associated methods.  It wasn’t a new idea, the origins trace back to my early work in Knowledge Management and the second major article using the five-domain version of Cynefin:  Complex Acts of Knowing.  That paper focused on the […]
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Dave Snowden
In tackling the shibboleths of mindset and mental models in my last post as I was at pains to make it clear that I understand and appreciated why the words and associated concepts had come into common use; but it was time to move on given greater understanding and knowledge.  I was also concerned with […]
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Dave Snowden
Just under four years ago I wrote a blog post where I compared blaming failure on culture, incorrect mindsets and mental models with Miasma theory during the plague: nice idea, bad science, some good impact but mostly avoiding the real issue.  It was one of a series of posts on attempting to shift from Agile (as […]
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Dave Snowden
As you will probably gather from the images there is mapping theme to this post.  I’ve been talking about the need to manage in the shadow and suggesting that shining the light on things too early can destroy them, not paying attention early enough can result in disaster.  Now its important to understand that those […]
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Dave Snowden
I’m getting into the shadow theme in this series of posts, and there are strong links to ideas of dark constraints and dark scaffolding (a reference to dark matter) which are a key element in the whole body of work we are putting together on landscape mapping.  Probably the key phrase in my last post […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve been expressing some irritation on social media over the last week or so with idealised approaches to getting agreement to how things should be with little attention to the journey.  Also the linked guilt tripping that goes with a failure to buy in to the latest collection of platitudes.  Discovering that for just over […]
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Dave Snowden
My mother had a love for the work of Tom Lehrer so from a young age I grew up listing to his songs. To this day key phrases from his songs come to mind, especially when meeting some of the manipulative stupidities that attempt to pass themselves off as new methods and approaches to organisational […]
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