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Michael Cheveldave

Healthy together!

June 10, 2013  · 

The wonderful weekend brunches are a real delight here in Melbourne. The breakfast culture is very strong and is similar to Wellington, NZ. Great coffee with a healthy and unique breakfast is a treat especially when one needs to be away from home on an extended business trip (Bircher Muesli enjoyed at the Hardware Society this morning).

For the past week and weekend I have been in Melbourne enjoying the southern hemisphere’s start to winter (mild compared to Canada) and have another week to go. Dave and I will be delivering our...

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Citizen Engineers

April 27, 2013  · 

A couple years ago I had the pleasure to meet Ryan Martens, Founder and CTO of Rally Software, in beautiful Boulder, CO.  Rally Software is a provider of products and services that help companies transition to Agile business practices. Cognitive Edge has trained several of Rally's Agile coaches in Cognitive Edge methods over the past two years and I have maintained relationships with Ryan as well as Rally's Chief Technologist, Zach Nies. So when Ryan approached us here at CE to partner on a project he is deeply passionate about, ...

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Human Sensor Networks… the ultimate executive coach

March 6, 2013  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

I was talking with Laurie Webster about a new online course she is in the final stages of preparing for launch that covers SenseMaker® basics.  As we provide her with feedback on the course one request that came from Dave was to include some information on what we are calling “human sensor networks”.  Now having an engineering background myself, I’m very comfortable with technical jargon and I often make references to human systems using terms more common in technical environments.  I also enjoy stretching my thinking with technical...

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Perspective and contrast

February 13, 2013  · 

Monday 11 Feb was a holiday in the province of British Columbia, Canada, as it was the newly declared “Family day” stat holiday.  Other provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario have had this holiday for a while.  I’m not sure why BC chose to have it on a different day as the other provinces are having theirs a week later on Feb 18.  Anyway, we decided to take a short drive with the family over the Paulson pass to Grand Forks, BC to visit my 90 year old grandfather.  It’s always special seeing our kids interact with their...

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Halifax - network initiated training session

January 14, 2013  · 

This week I'm in Halifax delivering our Foundations training course Monday and Tuesday hosted at the lovely Westin Nova Scotian pictured to the left.  Dave and I are also delivering our Advanced course Wednesday and Thursday so in all it's a busy week of training.  Normally a trip to Halifax mid-January would have me concerned about weather as temperatures here in the winter can be bitterly cold.  Before arriving on Saturday I had a short layover in Calgary where it was -16C, hence having the winter coat and an extra sweater in the...

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Discerning intent from tweets?

November 30, 2012  · 

I have been quite busy of late with travel, proposal writing, and working collaboratively on some joint offerings.  Hence the delay in posting.  As those who drop by to see if I've posted anything from time to time know I'm at best a "once every couple weeks" blogger.

Today is a quick one and was triggered by an email I received today from a very knowledgeable CE practitioner.  In fact I'm often humbled by the people I have the pleasure to meet and train during our course offerings as most if not all are deep experts in their own...

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On giving and receiving…

November 6, 2012  · 

A couple weeks ago my wife and I had an opportunity to become participants in a wonderful initiative - the healthy living program created by the Pure North S’Energy Foundation.  Pure North is a non-profit foundation that was started in Calgary by philanthropist Allan Markin.  Allan is the former chairman of the successful Canadian oil and natural gas producer, Canadian Natural Resources Limited - a company he co-founded with a small team over 20 years ago.

Now the program that Pure North is delivering is one of empowering people...

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How many people will be attending your meeting?

October 22, 2012  · 

One of the things that frustrates me about booking venues for workshops and training sessions is the way event coordinators manage space requirements.  There seems to be a pattern to how event coordinators determine the space your group needs.  For the most part the intentions of the event coordinators are well meaning.  However, there are some fundamental challenges which I sometimes get bitten by when requests are not made strongly enough ahead of delivering a workshop or training session.  Here are a list of challenges that we at...

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The art of engineering

September 20, 2012  · 

Last week I enjoyed a short business trip within the same time zone.  I traveled to Seattle and decided to hire a car in Vancouver and drive down instead of catching a connecting flight to Sea-Tac.  It turned out to be less expensive even factoring fuel and parking.  The bonus was that I was able to take in an informal meeting in Everett to discuss Cognitive Edge approaches and the use of SenseMaker® for informing, stimulating, and guiding corporate culture initiatives.  The meeting was great, however what made my day was finally...

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Ambiguity & Abstraction Immersion v Aversion

September 8, 2012  · 

The recent Melbourne and Auckland Advanced training sessions have given me a deeper perspective on the Consensus-Coherence framework that is evolving for the complex domain.  What is a real delight in working on the delivery of content for the Advanced course over multiple sessions is seeing the way that the content is co-evolving with the participants questions, deeper insights, and links to our core set of methods that form the foundations course.  I was having a discussion over a coffee with one of the attendees in Auckland and I...

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