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

Speaking_in_Medellin_July_2014_copy_246_300We 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 a unique opportunity.

Join us for a one day workshop on 3 September, 8:30 -16:30 at the Ian McRae Auditorium, Eskom Academy of Learning, Midrand.

The topic of the workshop is:

The Resilient Organisation:

Increasingly today organisations face unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances.  Old certainties are challenged and there is little or no time to respond.  Social media allow ideas to go viral in minutes and reputations to be damaged in the same timescale.   The interconnectedness of the world means that the consequences of seemingly small and irrelevant events can be major and overtake an organisation before it is even aware that there is a problem.

This has resulting in a strategic and operational shift from strategies based on robustness, to ones that require the creation of organisational resilience.  Instead of trying to prevent all failure we instead recognise that failure of some kind is inevitable and what we need is the capacity for early detection, fast recovery and the ability to make sense of and take advantage of the new context.

So how does your organisation build this capability into its strategic thinking and day-to-day operations? How does it create the capability for early detection, fast recovery and early exploitation of the opportunities presented? This one-day seminar will walk you through Cognitive Edge’s unique approach to organisational resilience. Dave Snowden a pioneer in the field of organisational complexity, distributed cognition and narrative, will lead this one-day seminar.

  • An introduction to complexity thinking and its implications for organisational leadership and management
  • Robustness vs Resilience, contextually driven improvements to decision making
  • The distinction between dealing with the probable, the possible and the plausible
  • The importance of mindfulness and anticipatory awareness
  • Improvements in scanning, early detection and sophisticated continuous monitoring
  • Whole of workforce, citizen or customer engagement in creating human sensor networks
  • The opportunities and limitations of technology in dealing with Big Data
  • Building organisational structures that can change rapidly to meet new circumstances

Due to the short notice, we are offering this workshop at a very special rate of R2500 per person.   We’re also able to offer special rates to full time academics and NGO’s (R1500 pp) & full time students (R850 pp)

If you would like to join us, kindly register here:

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