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September 2006

7 reasons for not sending your staff an email

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 29, 2006  ·  Reflections

My thanks to Paolina via the ACT KM Forum for bringing my attention to this article. Apparently the IQ loss arising from addiction to email and text messaging is over double that arising from using cannabis. It inspired me to come up with a list of reasons for managers to restrict email use:

  1. You will get time to walk the floor (and sometimes even walk the talk) not to mention think and talk strategically

  2. Looking people in the eye tells you more than trying to make sense of emoticons, and an apology in the flesh is worth far more...

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Turbine and chips ....

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 29, 2006  ·  Trivia

Yes I did say Turbine, not Turbot. This is a cool idea: in three years it might be commercially viable to have a Gas Turbine on a chip. Anything to reduce the number of cables I carry around. Mind you, if people are worried about batteries overheating, think of the consequences of taking a gas turbine on a plane …..

The Gaping Void feed is now active by the way (bottom left if you scroll down). The latest is enigmatic humour at its best

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Remembering

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 27, 2006  ·  Reflections
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The latest from Gaping Void brought back some harsh memories from my youth. Although we lived in North Wales when I was young, we still regarded Cardiff in the south as our home. Every holiday we went back there to sleep on floors with cousins and perform honour visits to aunts. We spent days in the Museum, and then went drinking sarsaparilla in the arcade. We had the odd trip to Barry Island and went fossil hunting on Penarth Beach.

In 1966 we were on our last day of one of these visits when the news of the Aberfan disaster...

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Don’t Panic ....

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 26, 2006  ·  Surreal

2012 was not a good year for London to win the Olympics. Did no one think to check the Mayan Calender before wasting all that money on the bid? Of course its useful to know that there are 6 years and 88 days to the end of the world. It may be news to many of you, but you have been warned. Of course those of us who live in Wiltshire, UK have known of this for some time. The Aliens regularly communicate us through crop circles: so much more convenient than taking drugs or dreaming, as the evidence is there for all to see for some...

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Hindsight cannot lead to foresight, but neither is history bunk

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 26, 2006  ·  Musings

If you look at most companies and government agencies (and nearly all management textbooks) they assume that a study of the past will enable them to set targets or create processes that will either prevent the repetition of past failure, or produce some designed and ideal future state. Now for highly structured and stable environments this may be true. But for a complex system with high levels of uncertainty it is dangerous. There is a wonderful quote from Robert M. Pirsig.seminal 1974 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...

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