Cynefin course

Cynefin course

Two upcoming courses that I'd highly recommend – and not just because I'm helping teach them these days.  I've recommended the Cognitive Edge courses for years, but this year has seen a major refresh of the content and approach to the material.  It's a real combination of solid theory, exercises and practical examples – all […]

Upcoming courses – Atlanta and London

Upcoming courses – Atlanta and London

The Cognitive Edge trainings are being re-configured into modular courses – in May, I’ll be working with Dave Snowden on the first London rollout of the new four-day Cynefin course. … I’ve raved about Cognitive Edge courses since I first went on one in 2005 – if you’re in communications, influence, operational roles, organisational development and strategic planning, these courses are essential to staying ahead and working in the highly uncertain environments we see all around us.

Business approaches for “complex” problems

Business approaches for “complex” problems

With Andrew Moore at DAV Management, I've written a piece recently: "New approaches to 'big' problems". It's a business piece talking about how new complexity-based approaches can offer major benefits in terms of better insights, reduced costs and greater customer loyalty over the traditional approaches to the problems. In particular, we talk about: using customer […]

Rules should define the space, not fill it

Rules should define the space, not fill it

John Kay's column in the Financial Times today chimes with a quote that struck me recently: "Rules are good. They define the edges of things" It made me think, specifically, about how rules are used in different domains of Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework. In the Simple (Known) domain, rules dominate – things are completely predictable, […]

Experts that annoy, and annoying the experts

Experts that annoy, and annoying the experts

From the ever-reliable xkcd blog. A lovely take on the ability of some people to make any new area of knowledge conform with minimal adjustment on their part to what they’re already expert in. It’s why I love presenting the Cynefin framework to people and watching the reaction. Some like to justify why things are […]

The missing Leadership link

The missing Leadership link

Sometimes it feels like an article pursues you around until you pay attention. (The truth, of course, is far more mundane – just that it is a piece that resonates among the various media sources I go to.) The latest examples is an article in The American Scholar, originally from an address at West Point […]