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August 2007

Coffee, shoes, and culture

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 31, 2007  · 

Over the past several months a number of my client projects have had me thinking a lot about high performance (organizational) and culture. It is quite impressive the level of thought, debate, and effort organizations, both private and public, spend on defining what a high performing organization is for their context and how to best communicate their ideal definition to inspire employees to align their behaviors accordingly. What about monitoring an organization’s current culture? We have many hard measures of performance but...

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The lunatics are running the asylum

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 31, 2007  ·  Surreal

I was driving back from the dentist this morning with a numb jaw, listening to Radio 4. One of the news items (not yet on the BBC web site) was mind numbing in its stupidity. Silver Street Baptist Church and St James Church of England in Taunton, Somerset have banned a yoga group for toddlers from their church halls on the grounds that it is un-Christian. The Rev Tim Jones, vicar of St James did his calling and religion little good in the interview coming across as a narrow minded and fairly dumb bigot. He argued that Yoga...

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A shift in the wind?

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 30, 2007  ·  Comments

It is reported that one in six of US laptop sales was an Apple this June on NPD sales (retailers). Its overall market share at 5.6% (taking into account direct channels etc) put it in joint third place. My impression is that it has replaced the Thinkpad as the quality laptop of choice. I am one of those who still think IBM made a major overall branding mistake in disposing of its interests here. In hindsight I think that decision will be seen as one of process based, reductionist analysis overcoming sound holistic business...

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Bye, bye birdy ..

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 30, 2007  ·  Surreal

One of the most visual blogs in my RSS feed is that from Bioephemera. However there are several examples of gratuitous violence that are not for the faint of heart. If you like Hummingbirds, then you will not want to see this Praying Mantis going about its day to day business. If you vist the blog take the time to check out the Gallery - some great art there. Her first ever blog is worth reading. The opening sentence is typical of the eloquence of later posts: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brand-new blog is in...

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Uncle Jerry - the “T” shirt

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 29, 2007  ·  Polemic

TeeYou may remember that some time ago Uncle Jerry over at AOK decided that young Valdis Krebs was behaving in a disruptive way in class, rapped him sharply round the knuckles, locked him into the virtual equivalent of a scolds bridle promising to release his tongue for approved messages only. I protested and was banned in consequence before my rebellion could taint the compliant masses of the silent majority. Have you noticed how those in authority always claim the support of the silent majority? Maybe that's why they are silent. In...

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