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

Jungle vs Zoo – Reflections on change and resilience


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


I recently posted a tweet that created an unexpected enthusiastic response. It read: “It’s hard to survive in the jungle if you were trained in a zoo” I love using metaphors and analogies to explain the concepts I work with, like the difference between complex (jungle) and complicated or obvious (zoo) contexts. This is one … Continue reading Of jungles and zoos

Maintain diversity and redundancy (Building resilience: Principle 1)


“Systems with many different components (e.g. species, actors or sources of knowledge) are generally more resilient than systems with few components.  Redundancy provides ‘insurance’ within a system by allowing some components to compensate for the loss or failure of others.  Redundancy is even more valuable if the components providing the redundancy also react differently to … Continue reading Maintain diversity and redundancy (Building resilience: Principle 1)

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

4 day accreditation training with Dave Snowden: May 2014


Dave will be back in South Africa again from 12-15 May to present the new and improved 4 day Cognitive Edge accreditation.  Come and learn about the new domain models and other new thinking from Dave himself. You can attend all 4 days, or just the days that interest you.  You can find all the … Continue reading 4 day accreditation training with Dave Snowden: May 2014

The soft stuff has become the hard stuff


The Gallup State of the Global Workplace report was released recently, containing employee engagement results per country.  The results are generally pretty dismal,  an indictment on the prevailing cultures in our organisations. For sub-Saharan Africa, the report states: In most sub-Saharan African countries, formal employment for an employer is still relatively rare; many residents work at subsistence … Continue reading The soft stuff has become the hard stuff

Workshops with Prof Dave Snowden in Jhb & Cape Town (October 2013)


As promised in an earlier post, here are the details for the various public workshops taking place with Dave Snowden in October. In Gauteng: 1.  A full day workshop at Worldsview Academy in Johannesburg on 17 October with a focus on complexity & leadership Find out more about it here 2.  A half day workshop at … Continue reading Workshops with Prof Dave Snowden in Jhb & Cape Town (October 2013)

Prof Dave Snowden to visit South Africa


It’s been way too long since Dave has visited SA, so I’m really excited to welcome him back!  His thinking has evolved significantly since the last time we’ve had the opportunity to engage with him, so I’m really looking forward to a mind-stretching experience! Dave will be in SA from around the 14th of October … Continue reading Prof Dave Snowden to visit South Africa

Has management become a dirty word?


I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine yesterday about the perspective that “everyone is a leader” and what that says about management.  The debate around the difference between management and leadership is certainly not a new one, and it seems that everyone has a different definition for each of these concepts.  It … Continue reading Has management become a dirty word?