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Doesn't time fly? No sooner have I finished one newsletter than it seems time for the next newsletter. Some of you have had problems reading my previous editions so I am saving this in rich text format and for those whose servers seem to strip out the attachments I have also repeated this at the end of the e-mail, but you will already know that by the time you read this!

Also I am sending it out using the blind copy facility as apparently it could be contravening the Data Protection Act if I use the "to" box and reveal everyone's e-mail addresses.

Red Tape

Here in Yorkshire we have The Red Tape. It is literally a red cassette (or CD) full of business news features and gossip. I have just recorded a master class for them on complexity and organisations. If you are interested their web site is and it contains a wide variety of business resources and news.

Presentational Material

I have recently been doing some work for Clive Hook of Clearworth and he has introduced me to a piece of software which will enable me to present my material in a much more interactive and interconnected way. It can be found at and it is called Illuminatus Opus. I shall let you know how I get on with it and hopefully you will be able to see it at work on my web site when it is done.

Economies of Repetition

I had a fascinating meeting the other day with Ian Glenday who specialises in this subject, which takes a totally different view to the traditional economies of scale. He is currently writing an article on the topic and when it is in the public domain I shall attach it to one of these newsletters.

Story telling

I featured this subject in my last newsletter and recently I came across this site which is all about the art of story telling well worth a visit.

Holding Leadership

I am part of a discussion group on organisational form host on Dave Gurteen's site and I was asked about holding leadership. This was my reply

Holding Leadership

Much that is written about leadership concerns leading by example or strategic leadership. Holding leaders may do this kind of leading as necessary but there main style is to create space and security to allow others operate and lead for themselves.To do this the leader needs to start from the perspective that nearly everyone wants to do a good job and would like to go home feeling they had been brilliant rather than mediocre. (and why would you want to employ anyone who didn't) That given the right conditions people can capably manage themselves and know better than anyone else what they should be doing, what there objectives should be, whether they are achieving them etc.I believe the right conditions are that· The organisation as a whole is very clear about its purpose and that this is constantly referred to so that everyone is clear· That the assumption is that all employees are self responsible adults and that organisational parenting, punishment etc are inappropriate· That everyone is trusted to operate in the best interests of the business and is clear that they are· That people are given oceans of support and in particular are encouraged to develop their thinking strategies, learning strategies and interconnectivity. That they own these capabilities and can apply them in whatever way they wish.The Leader then has a holding leadership role.


Dennis Martin, who supplied one of the stories in the Story section on my website has at last got his own website up and running. It explains the whole brain model and its wide variety of applications.

Useful Websites

Whilst surfing I have come across these websites.

New England Complex Systems Institute This site gives some good descriptions of the various aspects of complexity.

The Plexus Institute is a new organisation, which in some sense has been around for a while. It was founded, as a not-for-profit organisation, in December 2000 to promote health and make an enduring and beneficial impact on the well being of people, families, communities, organisations and the environment by understanding and engaging the self-organizing principles of nature.

Brainpool, a network based in Scotland, which explores many alternative approaches to life and the world of work in particular.

The Complexity & Artificial Life Research Concept. A fascinating site packed with articles and links on all aspects of complexity, and much more besides.


Finally I came across this site full of amazing fractal pictures

That's all for now

May your mouse be Trojan!