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Thanks to a sudden slip on greasy rock descending from Red Screes I’m home a couple of days early.  The absence of cartilage under both patellas, managed through kinesiology tape and strength and conditioning classes, means any fall or slip (and you can’t avoid them) can leave me with a week or more’s ibuprofen and […]
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This post follows on from the September series which looked at the whole issue of the learning organisation, and I have no intention of getting involved in the debates about who first created that term.  I’ll say now that one major error was that the idea of a learning organisation, which was the subtitle of […]
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In bringing this three-part series of blog posts to an end I just want to remind readers that they are in effect an extension of the original post on learning which identified seven steps for mapping, three pervasive practices and three things to pay attention to.  I’ve been using a theme to the images, namely […]
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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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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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I can’t imagine that anyone interested in complexity in organisations will not know the work of Ralph Stacy, or not be saddened to learn of his death earlier this month.  The Complexity & Management Centre, which he founded, at the University of Hertford, published this brief obituary earlier this month and his early history is […]
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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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The love of wicked men converts to fear, That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both To worthy danger and deserved death. Richard II Act V Scene i 59-68 I thought through this post, keeping notes on the iPhone as I walked from Salcombe to Torcross on the South West Coastal Path.  I […]
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If you go back in time then two books could be considered to have laid the foundation for what I have termed the ‘systems thinking’ era which runs from the 1990s and is now (hopefully) starting to run out of steam while leaving much of value.  They are Hammer & Champy’s 1993 Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto […]
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