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Tony Joyce
If you squint at the diagram while standing on our head you might see a reflection of Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U”. Can you see co-senseing, co-presencing, co-creating? If you can, then where you place them is important. Perhaps you will find that your favorite, or your strength, resides in the complicated domain. This may reveal […]
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Tony Joyce
In my previous post I described the paradox of knowledge as a chute that ends in a safe landing in the simple domain. We need to focus on this mysterious point for a moment. What we have here is an attractor that an organization’s first principles are anchored to. Since we are looking for group […]
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Tony Joyce
We now have in hand four ingredients around which we can construct our recipe – Organizational Learning, Tension, Potential and Intimacy. We’re going to run these through a blender from the Value Networks methodology. Verna Allee says All Work is Networked and has invented VNA, a powerful tool for demonstrating how we work. For more […]
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Tony Joyce
I’ll use the term general management to distinguish the common, daily practice of work management from the other role based types of management such as knowledge management and project management. General management is a constant juggling act, one part knowledge management and one part political management. It is a constant progression of the two interleaved […]
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Tony Joyce
The tension I’ve found is a powerful force, it is felt quite strongly by some. Among them are some of my favorite bloggers, Mark Addleson at managementisdead.typepad.com and Steve Denning at stevedenning.typepad.com/ I enjoy their differing perspectives and I suspect that it is easier to see some of the disruptive patterns and their consequences from […]
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Tony Joyce
Looking back over my notes and doodlings, I spent a lot of time at first in exploring the domains. I looked both within the domains and at various combinations of domains. These initial, fumbled attempts to uncover what makes knowledge simple, complex and so on are a natural part of learning. Simply put, knowledge is […]
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Tony Joyce
Greetings all. I’ve been looking forward to my upcoming role as Cog Edge’s guest blogger. To jump right in: One of the many concepts that has stuck with me as supremely useful is the word Cynefin itself. The notion that each of us shifts seamlessly between multiple identities has been most helpful to me personally. […]
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