Storyscaping culture


“The temptation to lead as a chess master, controlling each move of the organization, must give way to an approach as a gardener, enabling rather than directing. A gardening approach to leadership is anything but passive. The leader acts as an “Eyes-On, Hands-Off” enabler who creates and maintains an ecosystem in which the organization operates.” ―  … Continue reading Storyscaping culture

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

Reflections on consulting


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

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

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


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


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

Culture and change through the lens of complexity – A seminar with Dave Snowden


In dealing with organisational design and change we are starting to realise that we are dealing with a complex ecology of different histories, perspectives and needs that can not be readily engineered.  In dealing with human systems we rarely get a green field site, most of the time we are building on perceptions of the … Continue reading Culture and change through the lens of complexity – A seminar with Dave Snowden