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”

Using Cynefin to make sense of preparing for the future of work


These past two weeks, I’ve had several conversations with executives and OD/L&D professionals who are trying to make sense of the complexities that automation initiatives are introducing into the workplace. We found it helpful to use Cynefin to understand some of these dynamics.  Now we know things tend not to fit neatly into the domains, … Continue reading Using Cynefin to make sense of preparing for the future of work

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

Video: Evolving Cynefin Shadow Domains and constraints typology


I recently had the privilege of listening to Dave Snowden give a short explanation of the evolving Cynefin constraints typology and new shadow domains.  I find the shadow domains helpful when thinking of interventions – specifically in combination with/in place of the subdomain models. This is still emerging, so expect these to change …

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

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