Beyond Complexity

Oliver Wendell Holmes (OWH) was a Supreme Court Justice who once said something so profound, that few people at the time, including himself, really understood the depth of the sentiment. There are a few slightly different versions, quoted in various places, but I think this one best captures the sentiment. He also said a few... Continue Reading →

Spacetime Traversing Existential Liminal Swing

This wonderful swirling mass of tiny Starlings is called a murmuration. Apart from being mesmerisingly beautiful or terrifying - depending on whether or not you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan - the phenomenon has been studied by lots of different sorts of people. You’d probably assume they were Ornithologists, some Biologists maybe, but Physicists, Mathematicians, Cryptographers,... Continue Reading →

See One, Do One, Teach One.

One of the important things to consider when being a general curmudgeonly old goat, especially on social media, is that you have to be willing to openly accept two inevitable consequences. Firstly, be ready to humbly apologise. You'll occasionally bleat at a touch of blather that got your goat up, only to discover that the... Continue Reading →

Tinkering with Thinkering …

Stop! Just stop it! Now, right now! You know who you all are. I've just about had e-bloody-nough of you lot and your Tinkering with Thinkering. Design Thinking, Leadership Thinking, Coproduction Thinking, Nudge Thinking, Anthropocene Thinking, Humanistic Thinking, Innovation Thinking, Lean Thinking, Complexity Thinking, Ergonomic Thinking, Behavioural Thinking, Creative Thinking, Positive Thinking, Safety Thinking, bloody... Continue Reading →

Dai and Sid and the Compassionistas…

Right! Normal service is resumed as I charge out of my curmudgeonly corner wielding my philosophical axe. What's for the chop this time: all the soft-arsed fluffy misappropriation of that bloody word Compassion. It's all over the place, used as the apologists suffix of choice tagged onto 'organisational compassion' or 'ecological compassion'. It's used as... Continue Reading →

#TSisTM and 43 quintillion ways to witness…

Believe it or not I've halved the size of this blog already - the third installment of The Story is the Measure. I've suggested that this is true for any complex systems, particularly those involving people, so I first told a Story about people and then explained what happens when organisations try to Measure stuff.... Continue Reading →

#TSisTM and the wonky dog nod…

I’m part way through explaining why, in complex systems, the story is the measure. I first told a story to set the concept into context and introduced a metaphor to stimulate some thinking about what could be learned from it. The Heisenberg Hug was my metaphor for the reality of measurement in most organisations. No... Continue Reading →

#TSisTM and the Heisenberg Hug

Still in reflective mood, a pattern seems to be emerging within my writing therapy. You'll have to take my word for it, as I've only shared a very small proportion of my recent ramblings. I typically employ a free writing technique to stimulate the prescience necessary to rant meaningfully about something crap - like the... Continue Reading →

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