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On the new bike

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 23, 2014  ·  Diabetes, Musings

I took up cycling many moons ago when we lived in Send.  I'd more or less given up on running as a means of getting fit and the cycle seemed a better alternative.  The country lanes of Surrey proved ideal and I was hooked.  I had a hybrid bike then bought from Evans with little knowledge.   As luck would have it my final boss at DataSciences, Mike was an enthusiastic cyclist.  As a result we had an organised company party on the London to Brighton run and I took part.  To my shame I walked up Ditching Beacon but the overall...

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Heuristics needed not booklets

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 19, 2014  ·  Diabetes

This is continuation of my post of yesterday, but expanding on the theme of how you get people to change behaviour and self manage change.   Again I am going to illustrate this with my own experience of managing a radical change post my diagnosis as diabetic, so there is an element of personal story here as well (so if that bores you skip the next paragraph and some of the one after).

The day I got the diagnosis I flew back to Berlin to complete the week with the final two performances of the Ring Cycle.  Now for the first two I...

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Early detection, fast recovery

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 18, 2014  ·  Diabetes, Reflections

One of the points I have been making for years is that a degree of failure is inevitable in any system and what matters is early detection, fast recovery and fast exploitation of the new space created.  Now this applies to the whole health and life style question and I promised to pick up on a personal example in yesterday's post.  My own experience when I was first diagnosed with Diabetes was that the reaction of the diabetes nurse was to start me down a process driven pathway of palliative care starting with diet, then metformin...

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Celebrating reversal

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 30, 2013  ·  Diabetes

Now today was a good day, in fact an excellent day.  It started with a visit to the Doctor to get the results of a pre-Christmas blood test.   Now this was a big one after six months of diet and exercise I needed sugar levels to be at least stable to know that things were working, if improved better and there was the possibility that I might have managed to reverse the diabetes diagnosis.   So I got up early and went in with some trepidation.  The Doctor was looking pleased and said that that I had resolved the issue, if I put on...

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Changing the landscape of health

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 30, 2013  ·  Diabetes, Managing Complex Systems, Innovation

My last two posts discussed by personal journey, and one which is not yet complete.  I'll update that from time to time, especially when I close in on my target weight of 82 kg which I should make when I start the 60@60 Round Wales Walk this February.  I now want to move on to look at some of the work we are doing in this sector.  As I said in my first post my getting diabetes was ironic as it was one of the areas we had selected to look at in connection with a wealth of new offerings using SenseMaker® for health and well being.  I...

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