Enabling adaptive space


I had the privilege this week to co-facilitate an Adaptive Space workshop with Prof Mary Uhl-Bien at a local business school. I’ve long been intrigued by her work, so it was really good to see it applied practically. As always, I’m left with a need to make sense of where it fits into other complexity … Continue reading Enabling adaptive space

What Van Gogh & Cape Town’s water crisis can teach us about innovation


Most people believe that innovation requires creativity, and therefore that creativity is a pre-condition for innovation.  This has somewhat “mystified” innovation and sparked entire industries focused on creativity training, design thinking courses and all manner of “creative disruption” processes to help people “think outside the box” in an attempt to unleash the latent creative genius … Continue reading What Van Gogh & Cape Town’s water crisis can teach us about innovation

Think like a Chef


The trouble is that, in my view, the continual bombardment of quick and simple recipes is doing nothing to teach us how to cook. We are in serious danger of becoming slaves to recipes, rather than having the confidence to be able to walk along a supermarket aisle, or look through fridge and cupboard, to … Continue reading Think like a Chef

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

Cynefin organising principle 2: Paradox & the use of dialectic


Following on from my last post, if we let go of our need for categorisation,  we move from seeing the world as black or white into the grey world of paradox. Dave Snowden writes: “Reasoning since Kant has sought to remove paradox from human thinking.  The assumption is that there is a physical reality that … Continue reading Cynefin organising principle 2: Paradox & the use of dialectic

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)

One sure-fire way to poison your culture


Sometimes I come across ideas in business that are just so counter-productive that I really cannot understand how they ever became accepted practice.  One such idea that I’ve seen wreak havoc on corporate culture is the so-called Forced Ranking performance assessment process (or as Jack Welch termed it “Rank & Yank“). In virtually every company … Continue reading One sure-fire way to poison your culture

A great story needn’t be long


People often think that a story has to be long  and follow a particular structure in order to have impact or be memorable.  This belief often inhibits us from sharing our stories, but it is simply not true.  Sometimes, the best stories are really short little anecdotes.  I came across this one in a recent … Continue reading A great story needn’t be long

Declaration of Interdependence


I love some of the things that the Agile community comes up with.  I am very excited about the apparent move of this thinking from IT into the rest of the organisation.  I’ve known about the Agile manifesto for a while, but recently came across a new one … the Declaration of inter-dependence. Here’s what people … Continue reading Declaration of Interdependence