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February 2008

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By Anne McMurray  ·  February 29, 2008  · 

Belfast is beautiful today. Spring is kicking winter into touch. I went out for a run along the river Lagan at lunchtime. I was thinking about a piece in the HBR which I had been reading this morning about medical diagnostic mistakes due to "poor thinking" and the benefits and risks of what they describe as heuristics. It reminded me of a recent experience.

I was asked to facilitate the process of developing a vision for youth justice in N.Ireland. I suggested that we needed to bring the voice of young people into the...

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and so to South Africa

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 28, 2008  ·  News

I am looking forward to returning to South Africa next week to run an accreditation course.  I am also delivering a public lecture at Gibbs picking up on the themes of the HBR article on Leadership.  That is next Tuesday in the evening and you can register via the earlier link.

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Wednesday 27th February 2008

By Anne McMurray  ·  February 27, 2008  · 

"That was a gorilla I missed..." Have heard a few public sector/third sector leaders in Belfast use this coded phrase this since they were at Dave's Masterclass on the 15th. Gorillas in many guises. Right under our noses. At least people now know they are there.

A really hectic day yesterday. Started in Armagh in the morning with the Pathclearing project I have been dong for Invest NI - the business and enterprise development agency for N.Ireland. The aim of Pathclearing is to stimulate the business support network in N....

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Ed Baliszewski

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 27, 2008  ·  News

I very much doubt if many readers of the blog have met Ed, or even know his name. He was born in Swindon in 1952 of parents who were among the many Polish refugees to settle in Britain after World War II. He died last week of cancer after a long illness and with great regret I will not be able to be at his funeral in St Thomas Moore Church today as I am overseas. Ed and Isla (who he married in 1986) were at the heart of social life in the Kennet Valley. We moved there 14 years ago from Surrey and within three months knew more...

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The path to perdition for organisational story telling

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 26, 2008  ·  Musings

I discovered a new Ning group the other day on Story Work.  Ning for those who don't know is one of those great tools which means you can create an effective community for free.  Either way it turns out that the group was set up by Shawn and has participation from people like Victoria Ward who is one of the most serious and reflective practitioners I know, as well as more popular and better known figures such Steve Denning.  I have significant differences with both of them, but its good to be in a space where they and others...

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