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February 2011

Auf Wiedersehen

By Tony Joyce  ·  February 27, 2011  · 

If you squint at the diagram while standing on our head you might see a reflection of Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U”. Can you see co-senseing, co-presencing, co-creating? If you can, then where you place them is important. Perhaps you will find that your favorite, or your strength, resides in the complicated domain. This may reveal something about your own perspective within a particular conversation.

It is here that Dave's work in fragments and signifiers is so timely. With the Sensemaker software even I could be an...

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Master Chef’s Needed, Please Apply

By Tony Joyce  ·  February 27, 2011  · 

We now have in hand four ingredients around which we can construct our recipe –
Organizational Learning, Tension, Potential and Intimacy. We’re going to run these through a blender from the Value Networks methodology.

Verna Allee says All Work is Networked and has invented VNA, a powerful tool for demonstrating how we work. For more information about the deconstruction and recipe approach, please see my blog post http://bit.ly/9Binru

We are talking about meta-knowledge, knowledge about knowledge, and some measure...

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A Little Sunshine Please

By Tony Joyce  ·  February 26, 2011  · 

In my previous post I described the paradox of knowledge as a chute that ends in a safe landing in the simple domain. We need to focus on this mysterious point for a moment. What we have here is an attractor that an organization’s first principles are anchored to.

Since we are looking for group knowledge as opposed to the individual form, we need to find something that is essential to groups. This attribute should favor groups over individuals in order to offset the easy defection that we have witnessed. It has to be...

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The Black Heart of Bureaucracy

By Tony Joyce  ·  February 24, 2011  · 

The tension I’ve found is a powerful force, it is felt quite strongly by some. Among them are some of my favorite bloggers, Mark Addleson at managementisdead.typepad.com and Steve Denning at stevedenning.typepad.com/

I enjoy their differing perspectives and I suspect that it is easier to see some of the disruptive patterns and their consequences from a safe distance outside of the bureaucratic complex system.

Tension is not the only force exposed. It’s mirror image is potential and there are a larger number of folks who...

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Here Lies Bureaucracy

By Tony Joyce  ·  February 24, 2011  · 

I’ll use the term general management to distinguish the common, daily practice of work management from the other role based types of management such as knowledge management and project management. General management is a constant juggling act, one part knowledge management and one part political management. It is a constant progression of the two interleaved processes.

The first is a search for knowledge that moves from the simple towards the complex, through either the complicated (1-A) or chaotic domains (1-B). The...

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