Enabling agility: reflecting on the role of heuristics


I’ve been doing a lot of work lately working with organisations to build strategic agility and resilience to continuous change.  This has caused much reflection on what potential enablers might be for strategic agility and distributed decision-making in this increasingly complex and volatile world.  I’ve come to believe that one of the key enablers is an  understanding of … Continue reading Enabling agility: reflecting on the role of heuristics

Believing you’re in chaos can become a self-fullfilling prophecy


One of my new favorite things to do is facilitating Cynefin 101 workshops within my corporate clients.  It allows me to be quite provocative and disruptive (which I’ve started enjoying of late), and I love seeing “the lights come on” when people get it.  The interactions between attendees can also be pretty illuminating.  A week or … Continue reading Believing you’re in chaos can become a self-fullfilling prophecy

Complexity, snake-oil and silver bullets


I just returned from a trip to London to experience the updated 4-day Cognitive Edge accreditation training and to meet some of the CE’rs I’ve known virtually for many years (like Michael Cheveldave and Peter Stanbridge) face to face.  Several new ideas were introduced, probably the biggest one being the renaming of the simple domain of … Continue reading Complexity, snake-oil and silver bullets

Regime Shifts: a new way to think about culture change?


Towards the end of last year I attended a Complexity Forum hosted by the Center for Studies in Complexity in Stellenbosch. There were academics, researchers and practitioners from many different disciplines, and it was fascinating to hear so many different perspectives on complexity.  A dominant theme that emerged was around the concept of resilience.  It … Continue reading Regime Shifts: a new way to think about culture change?

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)