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March 2009

Gareth Morgan

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 25, 2009  · 

Ideas about organizations are always based on implicit images or metaphors that persuade us to see, understand, and manage situations in a particular way. Metaphors create insight. But they also distort. They have strengths. But they also have limitations. In creating ways of seeing, they create ways of not seeing. There can be no single theory or metaphor that gives an all-purpose point of view, and there can be no simple "correct theory" for structuring everything we do. The challenge facing modern managers is to become accomplished...


A hard days night

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 25, 2009  ·  Great places

200903250722.jpg I think it takes a particular sense of humour to name your hotel after this particular Beetle's hit, but that is exactly what they did in Liverpool. I am up here for the final school visit on our oral history/research project. Having decided that I could not cope with a 0415 alarm call I decided to come up the night before. Checking the last minute hotels this appealed, it had a promotional rate which put it within the frame on price and it did not disappoint on arrival. My room has a large portrait of Ringo on the wall and is well...



By Dave Snowden  ·  March 24, 2009  · 

Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.


The Katha Upanishad

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 24, 2009  · 

When a person lacks discrimination
And his mind is undisciplined, the senses
Run hither and thither like wild horses.
But they obey the rein like trained horses
When one has discrimination and
Has made the mind one-pointed. Those who lack
Discrimination, with little control Over their thoughts and far from pure,
Reach not the pure state of immortality
But wander from death to death; but those
Who have discrimination, with a still mind
And a pure heart, reach journey's end,
Never to fall into the jaws of death.


Sharepoint spawns silos ..

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 23, 2009  ·  Polemic

Euan quoting Thomas Vanderwal on silo spawning post implementation of Sharepoint. Its a balanced piece and well worth reading. My own long standing opinion is that knowledge management requires a portfolio of products in a sound architecture not a single ERP type solution.