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A shift of opinion

Here are the opening ten minutes or so of A shift of opinion the finest management training film produced – ever! Apart from the black and white recording, the smoking, the blackboard and chalks, and one or two dinosaur-esque behaviours the issues in the story – creating change with people in organisations – are as […]


Innovation and change: the leading edge

Last week two gurus of change and innovation arranged a five day working session to meditate on the meaning of life and the universe and how best to move the leading edge of consulting forward. In a generous act of openness and sharing our two gurus arranged to have their conversations recorded and we reproduce […]


Management, leadership and cargo cult science

The late Richard Feynman coined the phrase “cargo cult science” by way of an attack on the way research in the soft sciences was – and arguably still is – carried out. His argument being that research in these areas took on the appearance of scientific rigour but was missing “a kind of scientific integrity, […]


The Cynefin framework

The Cynefin Framework is central to Cognitive Edge methods and tools. It allows executives to see things from new viewpoints, assimilate complex concepts, and address real-world problems and opportunities. Using the Cynefin framework can help executives sense which context they are in so that they can not only make better decisions but also avoid the […]


Coaching conversations and change

In any organisation, the way that people work together contributes to performance and results. But what influences the way people work together? In spite of many who would prefer to think otherwise it seems less to do with senior managers and directors moving in mysterious ways and more to do with the quality and style […]


One day of autonomy produces things that never emerge

Here is an animated audio presentation by Dan Pink illustrating ideas from his latest book, Drive. Example? “As soon as the task calls for more than rudimentary cognitive skill – money doesn’t motivate”. It’s not just Dan thinking that management by control has its limits – Gary Hamel writes here about “the widening fault lines […]


The Korean War, reincarnation and team learning

Whether this is a sign that the coaching bandwagon has finally ground to a halt I’m not sure, and I know this is resurrecting an old joke, but it does seem as if team learning – like reincarnation – is making a big comeback at the moment. The plane above is the American F-86 Sabre, […]


Assessing team performance

A lot of work these days is done via project teams – more often than not team members are drawn from different departments, different business units and different organisations and often there is no formal leader. How does the team get a sense of how it is performing in such circumstances? Here is a method […]


The beginning of the end for explicit goals?

Flickr don’t employ librarians to categorise photos – instead they are tagged by users which means there is no need to employ a “professional class” to do the job. Could this be, by any chance, a sign that we have reached the beginning of the end of getting things done where the default choice is […]


Sustainable design

Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.


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