The Trillion Dollar Vision of Dee Hock, an excellent piece examining the thinking of the man behind the Visa Corporation and the concept of the 'chaordic' organization can be found on WWDN website: (click on the link to systems thinking)
A though provoking article on thinking about thinking
in our schools by Edward de bono can be found at
the Complexity Society’s first conference recently and listened
to Ralph Stacey saying that human systems are not complex adaptive systems,
but that they are a useful metaphor when considering our human systems.
This ties in with some discussions, about the role of the leader that
I have been having recently with my colleagues in Performance Network
and at Hull University following a complexity workshop that I ran there.
Although our organizations can be seen as complex adaptive systems the
role of the leader has a tremendous impact on how they function and this
seems an area worthy of much greater exploration and I would be very interested
in any views or resources you may have on this subject.
Also the first annual PLEXUS INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT for those interested in complexity, organizations and health is to be held on March 21-22, 2003 at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota.
The theme for this event will be: COMPLEXITY SCIENCE IN PRACTICE: UNDERSTANDING & ACTING TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE.
(click on the link under events)
Also on the theme of Leadership an interesting article
'Organisational transformation requires the presence of leaders who are
Strategists and Magicians' can be found at
As I mentioned earlier I attended the inaugural conference of the Complexity Society at Cranfield. It started well and I found Ralph Stacey’s presentation fascinating. However, in my view, it then began to go adrift. The following speakers gave good presentations but I did not feel that they had much to do with complexity but much more to do with modelling, and I was irritated by some of the rather obscure connections to complexity. Also there was little time for questions and almost no time for debate. I have received a lot of feedback about the event, much unsolicited, and it co-insides with my perspective. It probably wasn’t like this but it did feel as though there was an inside group who chose themselves as speakers and wanted to confine the questioning to that group, with the rest of us – in particular – the non academics there to listen and learn.
Still it is early days and I shall give it another chance.
We had our first trojan thinking session last month and it went really well, so well in fact that we did not cover all the contrary C’s. The next one is on the 5th of Dec and the following one the 9th Jan – 8.00am to 9.30am at Planet Coffee on Newland Ave Hull. If you are over this way why not join us.
Due to the fact that I did not cover all the contrary C’s and because of lack of time I will describe them in a later newsletter.
all for now – best and seasonal wishes