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 →

Inconvenientis and the Rise of the Shiny

I love this cartoon! It so clearly articulates what I consider to be one of the most virulent barriers to transforming organisations. This disease seems to have taken hold in many industries, but disconcertingly over the years, I've spotted some of the symptoms glistening across the sweaty brow of Healthcare. Having invented the concept of... Continue Reading →

Fads, Acronyms & Healthcare Improvement

For many years the advocated strategy for improvement across Healthcare has been based on tools created in the early part of the twentieth century. Originally aimed at reducing defects in manufacturing, these tools typically advocate the use of simplistic recipes like Plan Do Study Act, dressed up in various acronyms. I'm not against acronyms and... Continue Reading →

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