Cynefin organising principle 2: Paradox & the use of dialectic


Following on from my last post, if we let go of our need for categorisation,  we move from seeing the world as black or white into the grey world of paradox. Dave Snowden writes: “Reasoning since Kant has sought to remove paradox from human thinking.  The assumption is that there is a physical reality that … Continue reading Cynefin organising principle 2: Paradox & the use of dialectic

Cynefin Organising Principle 1: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation


I first encountered Dave Snowden and Cynefin back in 2003 when we were still working for IBM.  I felt an immediate resonance when I encountered the Cynefin Centre’s Complexity and Narrative based consulting methods as I never felt comfortable with the one-size-fits-all recipe-based consulting approaches I’d had to apply.  The acknowledgement of the importance of … Continue reading Cynefin Organising Principle 1: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation