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
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
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
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
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
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
Cognitive Edge have finally lauched CultureScan. For all of you who have wanted a safe to fail introduction to Sensemaker, this is the ideal opportunity. As this is the first Scan that is formallhy launching, you can get it at a 50% reduced cost until the end of June. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. … Continue reading Cognitive Edge launches CultureSCAN!
One of the intractable problems that seems face most companies is effecting real and lasting change across the entire organisation. Many organisations are littered with failed change initiatives and more and more it seems that traditional change management methodologies are failing. Most large organisations seem to be profoundly stuck when it comes to enabling change; plagued with stories … Continue reading Enabling (vs mandating) change
A very useful blog by Tony Quinlan posted on the Cognitive Edge site. The real value is in following the links and reading about the various UNDP Sensemaker® sites. The story of SenseMaker® in UNDP Eastern Europe and CIS.
One of my new favorite things to do is facilitating Cynefin 101 workshops within my corporate clients. It allows me to be quite provocative and disruptive (which I’ve started enjoying of late), and I love seeing “the lights come on” when people get it. The interactions between attendees can also be pretty illuminating. A week or … Continue reading Believing you’re in chaos can become a self-fullfilling prophecy