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May 2011

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By Dave Snowden  ·  May 17, 2011  ·  Trivia

I know I promised various people at the Bath seminar material related to abductive narrative research. Its not possible to get it up tonight, but it will be up in the morning.

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Engagement, enactment, enrichment

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 9, 2011  ·  Musings

employee-engagement.gif I got asked for some ideas by an old friend the other day on the vexed question of employment engagement. As I thought through the issue it seemed to be that both the question and answer were pretty generic so I would blog the response. I'll start by paraphrasing the problem definition.

We have a large international company, whose leadership are good at cost control but may be less well positioned to achieve growth. There is a perception that the leaders show little consideration for the needs of people providing poor quality working...

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From industry to evening silence

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 9, 2011  ·  Great places

DSC_2771.JPG The discipline of have a long distance path to complete took me out again on Sunday to complete the Reading to Aldermaston section of the Kennet & Avon. That is the last of my back switches, and from next weekend its forwards from Bedwyn to the Bristol Channel. It was also the longest section today and by under used muscles were feeling the stress when I levered myself out of the car with the take away curry at the end of the walk!

The day started out with thunderstorms, but became a bright but breezy day perfect for walking...

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The necessity of partial constraint

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 8, 2011  ·  Reflections

iStock_constraintBottle000007803521XSmall.jpg At LSSC11 I used the constraint based definition of different system types: Ordered, highly constrained; Chaotic, no constraints; Complex, partial constraints, coevolution of constraint with agent behaviour. In social systems this is generally the easiest way to get people to understand. It also should, but does not always, get people into a position where they realise that the chaotic domain is a temporary or transitionary state with no stability. I'm working on a new framework at the moment which will expand the complex domain into...

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as he sowed, some fell by the wayside

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 6, 2011  ·  Reflections

Representation_of_the_Sowers_parable.jpg One of the points I made in yesterday's keynote was that it is a mistake to write down your values, as the act of codification results in their loss. In effect we shift an ideation culture (the way we do things around here that we all understand but can't really articulate) to an explicit rule based culture. Aside from the fact that I have yet to see a set of organisational values that were not a set of well meaning platitudes, all you are really doing is teaching the politically manipulative the language of power. Now as expected...

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