Taking stock: Transduction — leading transformation — Issue #61
I’m definitely in a lull with writing posts. What would you do next, if you were me?
For the last two or three years, I’ve been very disciplined about writing one or two intentional LinkedIn psts every week (Monday and/or Wednesday), and then pulling them together with a bunch of the things I’ve shared on Twitter and the Systems Community of Inquiry over the weekend and sending that out as a newsletter. And (as well as Revue and other sites), everything is also located on my blog.
It is, frankly, an odd thing to do. To write not to a fixed audience but with the intention of being widely seen and shared and discussed — but to stick resolutely to obtuse topics of personal obsession — systems | complexity | cybernetics, (public) service transformation, consulting/change and ‘misc’ (deep history, human liberation, inspiring music, and generally the poetry and passion of insight) — well, that’s perverse.
I have certainly made a commitment to ‘stubbornness with regard to the once-chosen path’.
What it has done is to sharpen (I think) my writing and my thinking, and open up all kinds of engagement I wouldn’t otherwise have had.
I think I’ve avoided the hard sell, banging on tediously about hang-ups or frustrations — or being *too* political.
And while I’m very backed up with client work, running my business, other commitments, and I have an enormous trove of unreleased podcasts, a nearly finished book or two, some amazing collaboration offers — all suffering due to lack of time — mostly doing the posts gives me more energy and inspiration to get things done.
Partly I’ve just got lazy about identifying ideas that really tickle me to be prepared to write the posts. Partly I’ve shared a lot of core material already, and don’t want to just be recycling it. And partly life has got in the way.
So… something may need to come next. I might go quiet, I might change tack. Most likely I’ll pop up on Wednesday with a post on some workshop warm-up exercise with allusions to systems thinking :-D
So, in this edition — Australasian Change Days 2022 where I’m speaking THIS WEEK. And from #freethinkerscorner — where I’m also speaking THIS WEEK if we can get dates and times to align (it’s admirably last-minute :-))
One piece from the last week, a few links from my tweets and many more from syscoi.com.
And a bunch of my ‘greatest hits’ LinkedIn posts.
What are the blogs or social media which you learned the most from, early on? — chosen-path.org
A recent comment from Mike Parker had me thinking about #systemsthinking Twitter, in the early days — a great little community of folks sharing, learning, and debating together. Then there was Gene Bellinger’s original Systems Thinking group here on LinkedIn (which I merged my group into) — which still continues in new form at https://lnkd.in/dMB3xvRz, and is slightly being … Continue reading What are the blogs or social media which you learned the most from, early on? →
What are the costs of separating ‘#changemanagement’ from delivery of #change? I’m looking forward to speaking at #ACDC22 — Australasian Change Days 2022… 28 comments on LinkedIn
Uniting the World in Dialogue about Good Organisations
An invitation to the RedQuadrant tool shed — chosen path — chosen-path.org
An invitation to the RedQuadrant tool shed Over nearly twenty-four years of service transformation, 15 as a consultant, and twelve years of running RedQuadrant as a network consultancy, I have developed a rich multi-methodology approach which is highly applicable for anyone who wants to transform organisations and their results. The offer I’m offering small group…
Systems Community of Inquiry | An open discussion on systems — stream.syscoi.com
An open discussion on systems
RedQuadrant | public service transformation | United Kingdom — www.redquadrant.com
RedQuadrant support public services to transform themselves. Strategic consultancy, change delivery, leadership and organisational development, and capability building. We believe in social and economic justice, cutting edge methods and interventions, and experienced, authentic delivery together.
Building capacity and capability for public service to transform themselves.
Quadrant Resourcing — www.quadrantresourcing.com
Interim resourcing, digital, agency, contractors, turnaround, strategy, consultants, local government, private equity, social work, central government, programme and project, change, lean, service design, business transformation, leadership development, organisational development
Greatest hits, arguably
Cybernetics is not the banana. 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 … 47 comments on LinkedIn
>> What capability do #publicservices most need in 2022 and beyond? << The degree of stress, pressure, and overwhelm seems to have been growing for the… 63 comments on LinkedIn
What does seeing the different worlds that make up an organisation show you? It can unlock #innovation, #creativity, and improve #customerrelations and… 25 comments on LinkedIn
What do you want the #future of work to hold? How will it impact our #careers, #motivation, and #management thinking? How can we maximise #creativity and… 44 comments on LinkedIn
Do things fit into neat categories? Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake? Is a flapjack? Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Is a worker an employee, a… 62 comments on LinkedIn
Have you ever been encouraged to ‘see the whole’, or ‘think holistically’? Have you read that it is critical for our #future that we ‘see the whole of… 62 comments on LinkedIn
Transformation is a load of old b*ll*cks, isn’t it? People often ask me this — or they might put it a bit more politely: ‘what does transformation really… 35 comments on LinkedIn
How does the signal of demand get through to your organisation? Are you actually able to hear where you can create value? I was once in a project to … 93 comments on LinkedIn
Have you ever been taken for a mug? Lied to, manipulated? We hired someone into an important #management position, with financial responsibilities. They… 72 comments on LinkedIn
What tools, approaches, perspectives do you reach for when you have to review an organisation, service, team, or department? Here’s my ‘go to’ list when… 30 comments on LinkedIn
Do you want a job in the future? Is my theory crazy? I believe that the future of work is — no jobs. The idea of an ‘employment contract’ will fade away… 252 comments on LinkedIn
So, today in England is ‘freedom day’*
We all want freedom — but what does it mean?
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… 56 comments on LinkedIn
The worst projects I’ve ever been on have been doomed to succeed We’ve all been there. The leaders and politicians/board have literally put their names… 121 comments on LinkedIn
💡 Do you enable learning across boundaries? 💡 Can you connect people across silos? 💡 Are you able to bring a broader view to local settings? Have… 65 comments on LinkedIn
How do you deal with unreasonable demands at #work? What if there’s no way out? I had a conversation with a client yesterday that I think will stick with… 78 comments on LinkedIn
When have you seen someone change their position — and suddenly change their perspective? The arrogant superstar suddenly brought low? The ardent Trade… 56 comments on LinkedIn
Do you want to do the work of the future, or the past? Which work are you currently doing? The work of the future is · to create value for people… 40 comments on LinkedIn
What question would you like to have answered about ‘conscious organisation’? On 7–8 October I’m proud to be hosting an event that brings together 14 … 100 comments on LinkedIn
Have you ever been ‘referred’ or ‘signposted’? How did it feel? We worked with one council to analyse the whole of their customer contact. The council… 43 comments on LinkedIn
Why I Am Against Capitalisation (Or, Actually, Capitals) Have you ever been in a #management meeting where everyone used the jargon, but nobody had a … 51 comments on LinkedIn
Here’s a puzzle for you, another ‘whodunnit’. In a district council we worked with, there was a new housing estate nicely situated near to the commuter… 59 comments on LinkedIn
Technical vs adaptive problems I don’t quite know why this distinction is so valuable to people — but it is! The attached is from a recent session to… 11 comments on LinkedIn
What’s your most controversial view about #digitaltransformation? We should all just straight-up refuse to use the phrase “digital transformation” from… 34 comments on LinkedIn
Have you ever seen #consultants deliver the right thing — in the wrong time and place? Go wrong because they were trying to impose their model, not adapt… 47 comments on LinkedIn
What’s your favourite saying that you invented?* What Law would bear your name? Or what’s your favourite Law from someone else? Taylor’s Corollary to… 122 comments on LinkedIn
If you wanted to predict how many customer contacts a council would have, and how much they cost, what factor do you think would best predict? Population… 49 comments on LinkedIn
How are you experiencing what your customers experience? When leaders have no idea of the real-life experience of their service, finding out can be a … 23 comments on LinkedIn
Wouldn’t it be good if you could improve your chances of successful change? Is your pattern of change interventions on track for success — or failure? … 57 comments on LinkedIn
It’s often *after* the stress that the problems kick in. Are you ‘floundering’? How do we exit from stress gracefully? If you’ve ever been to a busy … 61 comments on LinkedIn
Where is your organisation on the learning ladder of purpose? How organisations relate to their contexts is critical. I’m talking customers, consumers… 33 comments on LinkedIn
Systems Community of Inquiry
This is my bag of tricks — patterns, rules-of-thumb, tools, cheatsheets, gimmicks, leverage points, questions, risks, and unknowns. Patterns — Gordon Brander See also ‘library’ page at https://gordonbrander.com/lib
Disciplinarity (Or, Musicology is Anything You Can Get Away With) — stream.syscoi.com
Originally posted on Dial M for Musicology: I like musicologists. I like books and journals of musicology, musicology conferences and symposia, dinners with musicological colleagues near and far, musicological gossip and chit-chat. I like the concrete manifestations of musicology in the world. But I do not love that abstraction, “the discipline of musicology.” Like every…
Subscendence — Journal #85 October 2017 — e-flux Very good, this. h/t Michael Garfield SubscendenceTimothy MortonA record of a positive discharge of electricity, also known as a Lichtenberg figure, in the text Walter E. Woobury,‟Photographing Electrical Discharges” in Popular Science Monthly, Volume 49, (July 1896). Photo: Wikimedia CommonsIssue #85October 2017 Subscendence — Journal #85 October 2017 — e-flux
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Emergent Engineering: Reframing the Grand Challenge for the 21st Century Emergent Engineering: Reframing the Grand Challenge for the 21st Century | Santa Fe Institute EMERGENT ENGINEERING:REFRAMING THE GRAND CHALLENGEFOR THE 21ST CENTURYDavid C. Krakauer, SFISanta Fe Institute, 2019
Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull — 30th Anniversary Event, 21 September 2022, 1–4pm @UK time (online and in person)
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Why do new cars look like this?? — Blackbird Spyplane — www.blackbirdspyplane.com
“Wet Putty” whips are everywhere. What’s behind it? … a BBSP investigation
Rough sleeping & the inverse reality of social media — Grace + Truth — gracetruth.blog
The plight of another human being sleeping rough is one of the most visceral and obvious expressions of poverty and social exclusion. The instinctive empathy it provokes makes rough sleeping a potent subject on social media. For example, a few years ago a video went viral which showed how Amazon Prime could be used to…
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Thomas Leroy 🍣🐈⬛ on Twitter: “Now, I can’t resist showing you the intro to the game with Johan Strauss’ famous music, The Blue Danube (Atari ST version) The idea was probably inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey! 💫 #Elite #DavidBraben #IanBell #Firebird #Retrogaming #AtariST #Chiptune https://t.co/OiAZyOABrB" / Twitter — twitter.com
“Now, I can’t resist showing you the intro to the game with Johan Strauss’ famous music, The Blue Danube (Atari ST version) The idea was probably inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey! 💫 #Elite #DavidBraben #IanBell #Firebird #Retrogaming #AtariST #Chiptune”