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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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Dave Snowden
To continue from my post of yesterday, and with less intent to be polemical, but definite intent to disturb, I want to advocate an approach to design and development within organisations that is based on creating an ecology in which good things (some of which cannot be anticipated) are more rather than less likely to […]
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Dave Snowden
From time to time I am invited to speak at The Stoa, a group that got together at the start of the pandemic and has continued since.  Always an interesting group although some of their sessions verge on the esoteric end of new-age fluffy bunnydom.  I did a whole series for them on Naturalising Sense-making […]
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Dave Snowden
The road to hell, they say is paved with good intentions and nothing is more frustrating in the general field of sense-making and complexity work than when you encounter said practice.  To a degree, this picks up and extends my post of a few days ago, albeit it with a substantially more polemical style.  In […]
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Dave Snowden
Back from holiday (of which more tomorrow) and a chance to pick up the blog agai as well as to reconnect with ‘civilisation’ in general.  Part of that return was marking 2nd September 2022 (not that is not a typo) in the diary for the release of Amazon’s mini-series based on the Silmarillion.  I’ve been […]
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Dave Snowden
This post picks up on the idea of shallow monogamy in my post of a few days ago looking at some of the obstacles to the adoption of complexity thinking.  The other two types were lotus-eating, meaning a retreat from reality, and the Magpie who collects bright and shiny things with little or no understanding of their use, […]
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Dave Snowden
Two interesting sets of interactions on social media triggered today’s post.  One was a distinction made between cutting down a tree and trimming a hedge.  That one came from a tweet by Sonja in which she said “I liked the analogy of hedge trimming vs tree felling. When you decide to cut down a tree, […]
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Dave Snowden
We live, as the Chinese curse tells us, in interesting times;  and those times, to paraphrase Lincoln require us to both think anew and act anew.  As ever any radical change is “piled high with difficulty” to extend the Lincoln quote.  It was true in 1862 and it is true today.  A lot of difficulty […]
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