I think sanity is returning, my sanity that is. We have just finished moving both house and office and although I am used to dealing with complexity, things that are complicated are a different matter, especially installing wireless broadband!!
My new address is:
Tel: 01724 733303
Quotes (again thanks mainly to Dave Gurteen)
Our life is what our thoughts make of it.
*** Mark Aurelius ***
What you perceive, your observations, feelings, interpretations, are all your truth. Your truth is important. Yet it is not The Truth.
*** Linda Ellinor, Glenna Gerard ***
So, how do we teach our kids? Do we cram their heads full of content and then test them on it? As individuals? Do we imply ambiguity is a failure? Do we insist on being right? Or do we say that knowledge is an unending conversation? Do we teach children to seek ambiguity and love difference?
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.
*** Robert Frost ***
Knowledge is not very productive unless it moves in response to an issue, a problem or an opportunity. Then, it can create magic.
*** Bob Buckman President & Chairman, The Applied Knowledge Group ***
All invention and progress comes from finding a link between two ideas that have never met.
*** Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author ***
‘ But I need it’
Father came down one morning to find his two children arguing over an orange. Failing to resolve the dispute, he took the orange away. More uproar ensured and the ultimate arbitrator was called. Mother decisively cut the orange in half and gave each child their share. Fair solution? yes, but see what happened next. The first child took her half, peeled it, threw away the skin and ate the half orange. Her brother took his half, peeled it, threw away the half orange and packed the peel to take to school for the cookery lesson.
Here is a book review from The Bumble Bee - http://www.bioteams.com/
Fritjof Capra says organisations are not just like living systems - they are living systems! In his latest book, The Hidden Connections, Fritjof Capra, acclaimed physicist and author of the Web of Life and the Tao of Physics, challenges us to go beyond the metaphor and see to what extent human organisations can literally be understood as living systems. Capra describes the five main metaphors which people have used to understand organisations:
He concludes that the fundamental debate is really whether we see our organisations as Machines (predictable) or Living System (unpredictable). In an inspirational chapter "Life and leadership in organisations" ( pp 85-112) Fritjof shows how a leader can address the key organisational and team challenges from a pure "living organisation" perspective including:
References: 1. Capra F., 2002. The Hidden Connections, Flamingo, pp. 85-112
To buy the book
The following is a review from the Plexus Institute:
Complexity as the Experience of Organizing: A New Book Series
A new book series from Routledge, edited by Ralph Stacey, Douglas Griffin and Patricia Shaw is now available. Each book (three of which have been recently published) will take the perspective of complex responsive processes and explore, through experiences of managers, leaders and consultants, major issues such as emergence, research, leadership, risk and spontaneity. The editors are all associated with the Complexity and Management Centre of the University of Hertfordshire and pioneers in developing a complexity perspective of organizations and management.
Available in October 2005:
Available in December 2005:
This link takes you to a Transcript of Commencement Speech at Stanford given by Steve Jobs
A cornerstone of bioteaming is that all team members should be treated like adults. This is the foundation of a self-managed team where its members operate responsibility but with autonomy. For example see Ken Thompson’s bioteam article on distributed team leadership.
Adults expect to be given information not orders. They expect to have to think some things through for themselves and to be trusted to act in the best interests of the team.
New Project Seeks To Simplify Complexity:
A new EU-funded project MMCOMNET (Measuring and Modelling Complex Networks Across Domains) seeks to develop statistical techniques and software tools to analyse complex networks. Only relatively recently have scientists discovered that complex systems in all areas of life, from biology to public transport to supermarket supply chains, share certain features. Studying complexity can help shed light on the understanding of a surprisingly diverse array of systems in which agents interact, whether they be cells, people, buses or companies. The project will base its investigation of complex systems around three systems representing biological, socio-economic and innovation networks:
A thought from Paul Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the people we meet have one of three worldviews: a logical view that everything is absolutely measurable; an interpretative view that will slip and slide with situations; and a political view that seeks to position everyone in a matrix of their power. Some people have the ability to combine these dominant views in hybrid ways. What then transpires are conversations where people (who do not disclose where they are coming from) baffle each other with their assertions.
A Point to Ponder from Ken Thompson
I am always interested in your ideas and feedback so please keep in touch with me.Best wishes