Avoiding incorrect expectations: positioning Sensemaker®


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As the Sensemaker® approach gains traction in the market, more and more people are attempting to convince others to use it.  So whether you are trying to sell it internally (e.g.  to  your insights team) or to a client, here are a few tips to ensure that it is positioned properly (especially in relation to other … Continue reading Avoiding incorrect expectations: positioning Sensemaker®

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

Enabling (vs mandating) change


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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

What I believe to be true about organisational culture


A client asked me to write down some thoughts about a complexity based approach to culture.  I thought I’d go ahead and publish some of my initial thoughts here as well. (I’ve woven together my own ideas with those of Dave Snowden & Dr Chene Swart – so much credit to them!) Thinking about culture from a … Continue reading What I believe to be true about organisational culture

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


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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

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

Building the adaptive core of your organisation


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A discourse that has been gaining prominence in business nowadays is around adaptive and resilient organisations.  Some of the world’s leading business thinkers like Prof Gary Hamel are making the case for adaptive capacity as being critical for businesses today.  In this HBR article the authors speak of Adaptive Advantage as the new competitive edge.   Similarly, resilience has been … Continue reading Building the adaptive core of your organisation

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)

Stories can change our brain chemistry


“Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds, but in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry; and that’s what it means to be a social creature.” – Paul Zak I find the research described in this  short video by neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak,  author … Continue reading Stories can change our brain chemistry