Dave Snowden at TedX: A succinct overview of his groundbreaking work


Dave at TedX

I first met Dave in 2002 when we were both employed by IBM.  I remember experiencing an immediate resonance with his work, especially the inherent integrity of honoring context and not mindlessly applying best-practice recipes as the big consultancies tend to do. It is now 16 years later, and it has been a privilege to … Continue reading Dave Snowden at TedX: A succinct overview of his groundbreaking work

Designing Sensemaker signifier frameworks – a Masterclass with Prof Dave Snowden


Sensemaker® is  ground-breaking software developed by Prof Dave Snowden that enables insight based not only on the scalability of quantitative statistics, but also the context and persuasiveness of stories.   It enables distributed ethnography by capturing thousands of “micro-narratives” or noticings, within a custom developed quantitative framework of “signifiers”.  This allows analysts to create narrative landscapes … Continue reading Designing Sensemaker signifier frameworks – a Masterclass with Prof Dave Snowden

Narrative & a new theory of change – a workshop with Prof Dave Snowden


The number of failed change   implementations in large corporates are staggeringly high.  Our traditional linear and project driven change models simply aren’t sufficient in a world of continuous and disruptive change. People are becoming increasingly fatigued of processes that are aimed at “yanking” them to someone else’s preferred state.  We will explore using Narrative … Continue reading Narrative & a new theory of change – a workshop with Prof Dave Snowden

Useful: Dave Snowden on resilience


  While preparing a proposal for a series of leadership workshops on resilience, I came across this list of seven characteristics of resilience in an older post by Dave Snowden: They’ve probably changed, but I thought they were useful nonetheless.  Original text in italics. For a system to be resilient it must be capable of dynamic re-organisation … Continue reading Useful: Dave Snowden on resilience

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

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)

Has management become a dirty word?


I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine yesterday about the perspective that “everyone is a leader” and what that says about management.  The debate around the difference between management and leadership is certainly not a new one, and it seems that everyone has a different definition for each of these concepts.  It … Continue reading Has management become a dirty word?