Why we suck at “solving wicked problems”


Problems: Wicked, complex, intractable or adaptive  … whatever we choose to call them, we seem to suck at solving them and we often get profoundly overwhelmed and stuck.  I believe the reason for this is hidden in the language I used in the title and previous sentence  (… and no it’s not the adjectives … … Continue reading Why we suck at “solving wicked problems”

Cynefin Organising Principle 1: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation


I first encountered Dave Snowden and Cynefin back in 2003 when we were still working for IBM.  I felt an immediate resonance when I encountered the Cynefin Centre’s Complexity and Narrative based consulting methods as I never felt comfortable with the one-size-fits-all recipe-based consulting approaches I’d had to apply.  The acknowledgement of the importance of … Continue reading Cynefin Organising Principle 1: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation