If you want to innovate, don’t say so


“Innovation is not so much about having ideas as it is about making connections” Harold Jarche Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate a week-long “innovation sprint” for Agile 42, an international agile coaching company.  After recovering from my time spent facilitating 39 other facilitators (on my own!) I finally had time to reflect on … Continue reading If you want to innovate, don’t say so

Video: Evolving Cynefin Shadow Domains and constraints typology


I recently had the privilege of listening to Dave Snowden give a short explanation of the evolving Cynefin constraints typology and new shadow domains.  I find the shadow domains helpful when thinking of interventions – specifically in combination with/in place of the subdomain models. This is still emerging, so expect these to change …

The complexities of Responsible Leadership


Earlier in the week I had the privilege of spending the morning exploring ideas around complexity and leadership with two friends who understand both fields.  Our conversation mostly centred on Responsible Leadership as we had an expert in the room (one friend runs the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership) and it’s a very relevant topic at … Continue reading The complexities of Responsible Leadership

A short chronicle of 2016


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


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

Training courses with Dave Snowden in July


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

Believing you’re in chaos can become a self-fullfilling prophecy


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

Narrative approaches to Research and M&E: a seminar with Tony Quinlan from Cognitive Edge


We have the privelage of having Tony Quinlan from Cognitive Edge in the country for a few days.  Tony and Marcus Guest, an experienced narrative and complexity consultant from Russia, are assisting me on a big Sensemaker project that will be the first of it’s kind in SA (hopefully I’ll be able to share more … Continue reading Narrative approaches to Research and M&E: a seminar with Tony Quinlan from Cognitive Edge

Cynefin in IT Leadership: A seminar with Dave Snowden


“By 2016, the Cynefin Framework will be used in 10% of all IT operations organisations as a sensemaking methodology” – Gartner (direct quote) The Cynefin framework is one of the leading sense-making tools for Management, built a foundation of complex adaptive systems theory. It provides a pragmatic means to recognise that different types of system … Continue reading Cynefin in IT Leadership: A seminar with Dave Snowden

Join us for The resilient organisation – A workshop with Dave Snowden


We are happy to announce a new workshop by Prof Dave Snowden on 3 Sept 2014.  We were originally planning this for November when Dave was due to address a ‘C’ level round table of Executives but that has been brought forward so we are providing shorter notice than we would like, but this is … Continue reading Join us for The resilient organisation – A workshop with Dave Snowden