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A short chronicle of 2016


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I always admire those writers who have the discipline to publish consistently regardless of circumstance. I tend to write in spurts. I find that when I become really busy with projects and speaking engagements, my writing suffers. So in case you were wondering why I’ve been so quiet, I thought I’d write a short update … Continue reading A short chronicle of 2016

Three lessons from a marshmallow


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It’s amazing how much one can learn from a simple game using a marshmallow and some spaghetti.  I first came across the so-called Marshmallow challenge when I discovered Tom Wujec’s Ted talk.  I later also found his site where he generously shares detailed step-by-step instructions as well as presentations one can use as facilitation aids. In short, small groups … Continue reading Three lessons from a marshmallow

Jungle vs Zoo – Reflections on change and resilience


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In my previous post I introduced the analogy of a jungle vs a zoo to help us make sense of the complex contexts we face and the often ordered organisational structures and processes we tend to create.  In this post I want to explore this analogy further and look specifically at how change and resilience from the … Continue reading Jungle vs Zoo – Reflections on change and resilience

Of jungles and zoos


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A few days ago I posted a tweet that garnered a bigger response than I thought it would. It read: “It’s hard to survive in the jungle if you were trained in a zoo” I love using metaphors to try to explain the concepts I work with, especially the difference between complex (jungle) and complicated … Continue reading Of jungles and zoos

What I learned from speaking at TedX


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Last year, while browsing my LinkedIn feed I came across TedX Pretoria’s call for speakers.  On the spur of the moment, I decided to nominate myself, never really considering the consequences if I was actually accepted.  A couple of weeks later I received the email that my nomination had been successful, and promptly had a “what were you … Continue reading What I learned from speaking at TedX

Reflections on consulting


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In a recent Acumen (GIBS Business School’s magazine) there was a pretty scathing piece on consulting with the heading: Consultants or Insultants? The author’s basic premise is that aside from a limited number of tech projects, no self-respecting executive can ever justify the use of expensive consultants and that more often than not they only … Continue reading Reflections on consulting

Enabling agility: reflecting on the role of heuristics


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I’ve been doing a lot of work lately working with organisations to build strategic agility and resilience to continuous change.  This has caused much reflection on what potential enablers might be for strategic agility and distributed decision-making in this increasingly complex and volatile world.  I’ve come to believe that one of the key enablers is an  understanding of … Continue reading Enabling agility: reflecting on the role of heuristics

Training courses with Dave Snowden in July


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Dave will be popping over to SA for a brief visit in the first week of July.  Before we finalise our training calendar, I thought I’d test the waters to see where the most interest is. We only have 4 days available (2 in Cape Town on 4 & 5 July and 2 in Gauteng … Continue reading Training courses with Dave Snowden in July

An event with Prof Dave Snowden for Health Care Professionals: 19 August, Cape Town


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Prof Dave Snowden was recently appointed as the chair of the Center for Applied Complexity at Bangor University. They focus on research and interventions using his ground-breaking complexity and narrative research methodologies as well as Sensemaker®, a software tool developed to assist with making sense of large volumes of narrative fragments. Dave will be hosting a … Continue reading An event with Prof Dave Snowden for Health Care Professionals: 19 August, Cape Town

Understanding what it takes to thrive in a VUCA world


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I’ve just spent a day and a half with a group of 40 leaders, collectively making sense of what it means to be an Entrepreneur of Meaning (a wonderful phrase borrowed from Gary Hamel).  Listening to their stories, I’ve come away with a greater understanding of the pressure that decision-makers face in in a business … Continue reading Understanding what it takes to thrive in a VUCA world