The Three … Musketeers? Little Pigs? Stooges? Together in London

Further to yesterday's post about the upcoming courses with Cognitive Edge, diaries have worked out such that Washington DC (Details here) will be a two-handed affair with myself and Dave Snowden teaching, while London (Details here)will be a unique one – three different presenters: Dave, Michael Cheveldave and myself passing Read more…

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, Read more…

European capacity for sensemaking and complexity

We’re building European capacity for our clients and our projects! I’m delighted to make the official announcement that UK-based Narrate and Netherlands-based Top Innosense are partnering to create the sense-making capability that can support the projects that we’re seeing across Europe. With experts like Harold, Ton, Erwin and Aart-Jan, we’re Read more…

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 Read more…

Practicalities and applications – SenseMaker in application

Two great sessions last week at the QEII Conference Centre with Dave Snowden of Cognitive Edge. The shift from theory to practical application of new management techniques based on principles of complexity, cognitive neuroscience, anthropology and others has been remarkably swift in recent years – and even for those who’ve Read more…

Get the story straight – Storytelling in Communications 1

The opening gambit of more than one past client project has been “help us get our story straight”. Sometimes it’s just that – the general story – sometimes it’s something specific: “help us get our customer story straight”, “our story on leadership”. It’s an interesting starting point, but demands a Read more…

Seminar workshop: Practical approaches to intractable problems

I mentioned this on Wednesday. Details are finalised: Practical approaches to intractable problems Prof Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Thursday 4th November, 9.30-12.30; 1.30-4.30, QEII Conference Centre In recent years, techniques and tools are making it possible to exploit complexity and anthropological approaches to solving intractable problems – Read more…