I learned from doing a podcast interview that:

  • I have cultivated a massive tendency to ‘openness’ to information and perspectives — because I know I can get set in my ways (and now I’m set in my ways of being open)
  • that I use a set of externalised commitment devices to keep myself consistent and persistent, even though I feel myself to be pretty flaky at times
  • that have people around me and make public statements and commitments to make myself ethical, partly because I know I can be well dodgy if I’m not careful!

(I also learned that I…


All my top links for the week…

Top five of the week

‘Honest, guv’nor’ how to use change management for evilchosen-path.org

Have you ever seen #changemanagement used for evil? To give people a false sense of input into a foregone conclusion? My session at Australasian Change Days #acdc2021 will explore this. When you are backed into this kind of corner, what wriggle room can you find?


Here’s this week’s collection of my articles, links, and other updates.

This newsletter is hand-compiled with links that Revue pulls from my tweets (though it doesn’t quite provide the full stream), my blogs — www.chose-path.org, www.syscoi.com, www.govtransformation.org, and also content at www.publicservicetransformation.org — and anything I manually pull in. It seems to be a good system. I’d welcome feedback!

Top five of the week

Cybernetics is not the banana. Wat?chosen-path.org

What are we offering the world? Imagine a chimp in a cage. In this cage is a banana on top of a large shelf, out of reach for the chimp. However, there is…


A little later than usual this week. I’d welcome feedback on how you are finding these newsletters!

A reminder — you can ask me anythingchosen-path.org

Ask me about Systems | Cybernetics | Complexity in Public | Service | Transformation… and anything else you’d like… Leave a 30-second voicemail on Racket and I’ll reply:

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Ask me anything!

I’m trying out ‘Racket’ — so you have a chance to ask me about systems | cybernetics | complexity in public | service | sransformation… and anything else you’d like.

👉🏻 Leave a 30-second voicemail here and I’ll reply:

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What is Racket? Here’s one I made earlier: https://racket.com/antlerboy/r9Hbf

This week I had:

  • the weird experience of a face-to-face meeting for the first time in… 16 months??
  • the fulfilling experience of seeing graduates from a Commissioning Academy present amazing hundred-days plans and show real progress, their powerful critical thinking, and determination
  • thoughtful client feedback from a…

‘Freedom day’ poll now closed — really interesting to me.

See https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6823874241377767424/

(It absolutely wasn’t ‘in the UK — that was dumb of me — it was in England — but you can’t edit poll questions)

Only a quarter of people celebrating outright, only one in five completely condemning the opening up.

A clear majority seem somewhere in between — they’re ‘not going to tear the pants out of it’. And 22 people feeling that they are now more vulnerable and isolated because there’s no longer a legal requirement for distancing and masks. This is a serious and underrated problem.

Meanwhile, the UK has close to the highest tested infection rates in the world, with proportions testing positive suggesting we are very much under-testing. …


Have you ever seen #changemanagement used for evil? To give people a false sense of input into a foregone conclusion?

My session at Australasian Change Days #acdc2021 explores this.

When you are backed into this kind of corner, what wriggle room can you find?

It should be a lot of fun. Change in #complexity demands a dynamic and important tension between ‘tight’ and ‘loose’ which is not a natural tension for people to hold; this workshop will offer a way in, and very practical approaches, that sneak up on those dynamics by opening up about what definitely doesn’t work.

We’ll use the ‘brown contract’ — everything you could do to in working together to end up in the sh*t —…


So, today in England is ‘freedom day’*

We all want freedom — but what does it mean?

Poll on LinkedIn until 21/7/2021: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/antlerboy_future-economy-covidehi19-activity-6822773718541045762-OSO1/

I like this image because everyone believes they are defending freedom with all their might…

The past 18 months have been very very difficult for most of us all around the world, and in the UK, there have been many deaths, many more infections and many more people bereaved, many people who have lost their livelihoods, opportunities, life experiences.

And there has of course been an upside in working and living differently, as well as the substantial costs.

So this is an opportunity to reflect on what we value, and how we want to be.

Because, unfortunately, it’s another…


Thanks to Matt Turner — and Dinah Turner did this great piece of graphic facilitation.

Graphic facilitation by Dinah Turner

These are five *generous* practices — they work well for novices and sophisticates alike.

They are intentionally *practices*, not claims to excellence, ‘values’, or ‘principles’:

  • ways to work on honest, productive conversations which work towards shared meaning and make both reasoning and emotions discussable
  • ways to work towards clarity of relationships, boundaries and freedoms, tasks, roles, and project and programme purposes
  • ways to build practices of triple-loop learning (do thing better, reframe understanding of the situation, evolve our own identity)
  • ways to shape a culture…

Wat?

What are we offering the world?

Imagine a chimp in a cage. In this cage is a banana on top of a large shelf, out of reach for the chimp. However, there is also a stick in the cage. Of course, the chimp will manage to get the banana using the stick.
To this story, von Foerster said: cybernetics is not about the banana.

Ask yourself — what am I offering my clients? As a consultant, as a company, as a trainer, as a teacher…

  • Am I offering them the banana? Tasty, juicy, sweet, addictive — but just one banana.
  • Or the stick? Very hand…

Benjamin P. Taylor

business evolutionary www.bentaylor.com all pieces duplicated at www.chosen-path.org

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