improvise for complexity

The premise of A Useful Idea is that improvisation acting principles can help with the creation of something new, and perhaps innovative. The five principles are: Assume complexity and only control process choices, not the outcome Nourish ‘ensemble’ to let…
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“We made up these rules, and we can change them”

Now is the time for a serious rethinking of how we organize in our society: from businesses, to schools, and as communities. We need to base all of our organizations on the principle of temporary, negotiated hierarchies. In this way,…
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practice, creativity, and insight

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Ray Bradbury : “I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the…
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and what do you do?

When my wife is asked what I do for a living, she usually responds that it’s best to ask me directly. My initial response, in my mind, is: should I give the short or the long response? Depending on who…
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Reading List additions

I’ve been reading a few other books, and have written up some book reviews on two of them. For the Revolution Reading List, I strongly encourage you to read Amy Edmondson’s Teaming, it’s a great review of the needed changes for organizations…
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The Future of Work and Learning 2: Chatbots

In my previous post I looked at how I believe Professional Ecosystems are the future of work and learning, and how organisations (and L&D) might support them.  In this post I want to look at how individuals might make use…
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Two separate systems?

I frequently say that L&D needs to move from just ensuring optimal execution to also supporting continual innovation.  Can these co-exist, or are they fundamentally different?  I really don’t know, but it’s worth pondering. Kotter (the change management guru), has…
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The Future of Work and Learning 1: The Professional Ecosystem

“Each of us is the center of the universe. So is everyone else.” e e cummings In my previous post I looked at the individual’s perspective of workplace learning and included a graphic showing how individuals learn at and for work in 10 main…
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fortnightly quotes

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Torture the data, and it will confess to anything.” – Ronald Coase, Economics, Nobel Prize Laureate, via @BigDataGal “the…
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self-organization is the future

If we as a society think it is important that citizens are engaged, people are passionate about their work, and that we all contribute to making a better world, then we need to enable self-organization. Central planning and hierarchical decision-making…
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