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June 2013

See-Attend-Act

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 11, 2013  ·  Musings

I've been using this Gaping Void cartoon for some time to illustrate a key model that originally came out of work Gary Klein and I did in Singapore several years ago.  The phrase See-Attend-Act is intended as a counter to the normal assumption in organisations that if you put the right information in front of the right people at the right time and if they have the right competences and the right training then they will make the right decisions.  Now in practice whether you even see something in the first place is in question, even...

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Iain (M) Banks RIP

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 10, 2013  ·  Reflections

Yesterday I pre-ordered Iain Bank's last book The Quarry, today I learnt via Neil Gaiman that he had died, shortly I will be on a priority booking line to secure a ticket for the first opera based on his Wasp Factory.   Back in April he posted this on his web site:

I have cancer. It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas and some lymph nodes, plus one tumour is massed around a group of major blood vessels in the same volume, effectively ruling out any chance of surgery to...

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Back in Melbourne

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 9, 2013  ·  Great places

Yesterday was a recovery day after 48 hours with little or no sleep.   After clearing essential email I joined up with Michael who has already been here for a few days and we set off for the Market and breakfast.  Then more email before an afternoon walk down to the docks and a circuit around central Melbourne.  It was one of those spectacular winter days you get down here, as the photograph attests.

Melbourne has always been my second favourite city in Australia, the first is Hobart.   If I ever lived here the latter would be my...

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More crowd sourcing!

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 8, 2013  ·  News

A second post in my attempt to crowd source our new training programme.  Tomorrow the draft brochure, today a question on venue and format.  The new format has a four day programme that can be bought as a whole or through individual days.  There is also a buy the first half day option designed to provide an executive briefing.  The modularisation is also designed to make it easier to take up the material in-house, or to incorporate any individual elements in a network member's own training programmes.  Subject to license of course,...

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Father, why weepest thou ?

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 7, 2013  ·  Polemic

There are some days when you should really stay in bed lest Mike Harding's prophesy of dire prognostications will befall thee comes true.  Today was one of those days.  If you don't know Mike Harding by the way you will either love or hate him.  I first heard him at a concert in in University days, but your probably need to know Lancashire and its dialect to really understand him.

So the day started badly when I got up an hour early: confusion over if I had or had not reset the time from Hong Kong.  Either way I got it wrong...

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