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 […]

Understanding narratives – the reality of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency

Understanding narratives – the reality of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency

The Prime Minister, towards the end of his initial comments, said: “In sum, we must frustrate the terrorists with our security, we must beat them militarily, we must address the poisonous narrative they feed on, we must close down the ungoverned space in which they thrive, and we must deal with the grievances that they use to garner support. … Pre-defined categories and questions can be too directive – gaining us at best answers that fit within our previous suspicions, at worst allowing the people we’re hearing the opportunity to give us the stories they think we want to hear. (cf The Hoaxing of Margaret Mead) The poisonous narrative is a tempting but dangerous notion.

Early bird prices on Cognitive Edge course – save €600 on both Advanced and Foundations courses

Early bird prices on Cognitive Edge course – save €600 on both Advanced and Foundations courses

I’m teaching on behalf of Cognitive Edge this week in Boston – the Practitioners Foundation course that I was recommending to all and sundry years before CE asked me to start teaching it myself. It’s still a great course: “exceeded my expectations, re-kindled a lot of ideas and opened me up to possibilities … stimulating on so many levels” One of the difficulties is defining who will benefit from the course – truth is everyone will, as its underpinning is around techniques to address complex situations, ” wicked ” problems and uncertainty in organisations.

Boston Foundation course coming up

Boston Foundation course coming up

I had a blast last week in the Docklands, teaching first the Cognitive Edge Foundations course then teaching with Dave Snowden the Cognitive Edge Advanced course. … (And before any possible revamps of course materials.) 11th-12th December in Boston, MA – I’ll be teaching the Foundations course 13th-14th December – Dave’ll be teaching the Advanced course There are a few spots available on both courses, but better be quick – last week in London, the room was at capacity…

Marketing Measurement

Marketing Measurement

I’m packing to leave for Hong Kong in about half an hour – looking forward to some of the discussions that will ensue around Strategy, Leadership and Innovation next week, then off to Sydney for the Cognitive Edge Foundations course. For the UK-based, however, I’ve just had details of a talk I’m giving with a […]

Hong Kong and Sydney courses

Hong Kong and Sydney courses

I’m going to be in Hong Kong on 24th-26th September, running a Cognitive Edge introductory course to using SenseMaker® – highly recommended. If you’re interested (and you should be) you can get details and book on the Cognitive Edge website. I’m then flying down to Sydney to run the Practitioners’ Foundation course the following week […]