The Art of Monitoring

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2005
Filed in Communication

Organisations that operate in complexity need a monitoring regime. Combining the following three approaches to monitoring will improve an organisation’s ability to adapt in uncertain …

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Succeeding in complexity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 6, 2005
Filed in News

The last week has been frantic. I’m developing a new course called ‘Succeeding in Complexity,’ which I’m delivering in Auckland next week, and, as always, it …

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Finding your previous thought might constrain your current thinking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 1, 2005
Filed in Insight

Darren makes the following comment: “The potential danger is this could limit thinking rather than expanding it. If people are constantly reminded of their past …

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How should I respond to comments?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 1, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

I’ve been thinking about how to best develop a conversation on my blog. So far when someone has made a comment I’ve read it and …

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Some good quotes in support of narrative in business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 30, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

If you are building a business case to use narrative techniques in your organisation, here are some great quotes to sprinkle throughout the story you …

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Tool for Thought

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 30, 2005
Filed in Communication

Steven Johnson writes an essay in the New York Times pondering the future of writing with the availability of tools like DEVONThink. It helps you locate …

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The act of setting boundaries

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 30, 2005
Filed in Communication

Complex systems lack explicit boundaries. Any boundaries which exist are imposed by people who are attempting to constrain and simplify the system for a particular …

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A community of practice coordinator talks about cultivating her practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 25, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

Farida Hasanali works at APQC and coordinates their communities of practice. She has written a series of interesting posts from a practitioner’s perspective. Farida covers …

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Similarity between characteristics of a complex adaptive system and a wicked problem

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 25, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

I’ve just been reading about wicked problems and I’m struck by the similarities between the characteristics of a complex system and how Rittel and Webber …

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I remember using a contraption just like this

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 24, 2005
Filed in Fun

My first ‘real’ job was working as a research assistance at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies. We had a similar setup for our …

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