One of my failings is that I find it very hard to write up my thoughts and experiences in anything longer that a page or two, whereas I am more than happy to stand up in front of an audience and to talk about them. Last autumn I was asked to talk about the practical applications of networking in a complexity context at a conference in
I was extremely pleased with the result because as I read it I could hear my self talking - vanity in the extreme!
Here are this editions quotes again many thanks to Dave Gurteen http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/
"The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is good as dead."
*** Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate ***
"Like computer viruses, successful mind viruses will tend to be hard for their victims to detect. If you are the victim of one, the chances are that you won't know it, and may even vigorously deny it."
*** Richard Dawkins British Zoologist ***
"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
The following quotes are supplied by Bill Orson of Capita (the part which used to be the Industrial Society)
"Knowledge is not something you keep in your head, it's a behaviour."
*** Tim Dee ***
'Insanity is doing the same old things in the same old ways and expecting different results.'
*** Rita Mae Brown, American actress ***
"Problems only exist in the human mind."
*** Anthony de Mello, Jesuit Priest from
"Inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will. Surprise, serendipity, uncertainty and the unexpected are guaranteed on the way to the future."
*** George Land Breakpoint & Beyond ***
And finally found on the web
"Managers would rather live with a problem they can't solve than with a solution they don't fully understand or control"
*** Eric Bonabeau ***
For those of you interested in quotes on different aspects of management, this is the site for you. It has a wealth of quotes listed under ten headings.
Codynamics is an excellent site which gives a very clear explanation of a number of aspects of complexity.
Below is an interesting book review from a recent Dave Gurteen newsletter.
the horizons of capitalism.
To join in the discussion of "The Support Economy," visit:
Following on from my previous newsletter (No. 18) here is another contribution from Paul Jacobson:
Here's a Christmas Gift: back in '73 I dropped out and went travelling to investigate what I first called "analog speech".
My hypothesis was that people frequently used mental pictures of shared experiences when they talked together to the extent that a conversation could become almost non-verbal. Someone would say "Do you want to go fishing like the other day?" and if there was the visual memory of a good catch, the reply would be "Yup!"; or if the memory was bad, the reply would be a grunt.
I wanted to understand what would happen to human communication when a group used a visual scenario (say, an image of a little sand island with two coconut trees to start with) and then developed the visualisation as a constant metaphor of what was going on in real life that they could refer to in conversation. So someone would add to the image by saying "a bottle has just washed up and there is message in it". Somebody else would "read the message" and so on. Other things would wash up on the island and visual complexity would grow and grow. The mental landscape would become very rich; but not beyond anyone's capability to picture details and recall them.
From the beginning of a shared scenario, the conversation starts to sound enigmatic to outsiders. Sometime down the track, one person might discuss a business decision with another and they will reflect: "Just like we did with the two coconuts OK". Both would understand. In 1973, I thought that it was a breakthrough; but a year later, I threw the whole lot out, reasoning that I had only re-discovered the
However, with the advent of soft systems methodology, serious play and meta-strategic thinking, I have slipped back into supporting the value of metaphors as a technique to reveal systems to people who generate a meta-conscious approach. It was Aristotle who said: "The greatest gift by far is the use of metaphor". Wow Peter, my wife Ali (who is a deBono accredited trainer) is independently setting up enduring "landscapes" that people in organisations keep on talking about meaningfully with each other. It is quite remarkable to watch it unfold.
So "analog speech" is back on centre stage. Not only do we use it naturally to accelerate communication in experiential environments but we can also harness it to apprehend collectively those metaphorical environments that help us understand the Overview. You know, I sit around in
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When we call out (in excitement or in pain etc.) we use the same part of our brain that other animals use for making sounds. But when we use language we use the same part of the brain that we use for gestures, and scientists now believe that we developed large brains not because of language, but to throw and hunt. And because we developed large brains we were able to vocalise our gestures, creating language. This could explain why so much of our communication is non verbal.
"Execution" has become the business mantra for the new millennium. But it's much more involved than firing the CEO and bringing in a charismatic new leader: The ability to execute is embedded in the management processes, relationships, measurements, incentives, and beliefs that constitute an organisation's DNA. Like the DNA of living organisms, the DNA of living organisations consists of four "bases," which recombine and express distinct corporate personalities -- from "resilient" to "passive-aggressive." These can be diagnosed with a short, online self-assessment -- a first step toward improving organizational performance.
To read the full article:
Here is a posting in Werner Vogels' weblog about how to consider whether it is worth attending a particular conference or event.
Technical - will you learn about techniques/technologies you will use
Political - will you get a better of view at the strategic level
Networking - will you hook up with (new) people
Career - will this conference help you to advance your professional goals
Entertainment - Will you be able to have some fun
Location - if the conference sucks can you go somewhere else
I'm looking for my glasses
And find them on my head.
I'm looking for the Answer
And more questions come instead.
I'd like to get to know me
But I keep getting in the way.
If my Higher Self could get a word in,
It would have lots to say.
I'm gazing at my navel
I know the Truth's in there.
I had some wisdom yesterday.
I know it's here, but where?
If everything's illusion
And all that's far is near,
If thinking I know, means that I don't,
And now can last a year,
If wisdom comes in riddles
And I've got to be there to be here,
Then maybe that's why up my backside
I often disappear.
Ah multiple realities!
So I'm not mad, just manoeuvring.
I'd slipped into another realm
Whilst trying to do the hoovering.
And so what of the future?
Just what do Light Beings do?
Will I have to work hard?
Or is that illusion too?
I look at my neighbour's garden
And see how green the grass is.
But I'm content with what I've got.
Now, where did I put my glasses?