Learning to ‘see systems’

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Sometimes, we all get too close to the trees to see the forest. And when we are in such a position, we miss vital clues about the context of the challenge or opportunity in front of us – our next moves then often trigger unintended consequences, those nasty surprises most managers dislike, that either make the problem worse ...

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Beyond Kotter’s HBR Accelerate: a complexity perspective

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Its one thing to criticise – another thing to offer an alterntive! You may recall in a blog in 2012, I critiqued John Kotter’s latest missive on 8 steps to change with 8 accelerators. I found it encouraging but lacking – because it continues to cling to the old paradigm of change and although showing signs ...

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How might we understand ‘sustainability’ in a business?

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This blog is copy of my response to an article on a closed intranet. But I hope it stands alone as some thinking in answer to the question “how might we understand ‘sustainability’ in a business?” Thanks for this great article summarising 2012. As I read it though, I was wondering about what was not ...

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Kotter’s latest HBR article “Accelerate”

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For those of you who follow change management, you will no doubt be familiar with John Kotter’s ‘eight steps to change management’. They are followed with an almost religious zeal by some. I have been a critic for several years as I understood more about complexity; the difference between technical and adaptive challenges; the neuroscience of ...

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“Coke goes green” announced Forbes: the paradigm shift required

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My inbox contained an email from Grist this morning – as it does many other mornings. And today, one of the feature articles concerning Coca-Cola struck me as such a clear example of why the complete paradigm shift to sustainability is necessary. Eco-efficiency and ‘trying to be green in most things’ just will not do! ...

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Systems Thinking: Reflections on the Pegasus 2010 conference

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(If you are wondering what systems thinking is, click here for an explanation.) Well, the conference is over, and I am trying to identify what I have learned and make some sense of it for myself. The conference format included some innovative ‘deep dives’ and ‘integration’ sessions – so this task of identifying learning should ...

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