Information is power (well, presentation)

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We love the visual representation of information, from the time we first met the work for Tufte.

Infographics are now everywhere.

However, if you didn’t see this for the recent US Presidential election , enjoy!


The power of quiet

Facillitation, Teams No Comments

Even as an ‘E’ in Myers Briggs  I know the value of designing in individual tasks in events we run – providing time to think and for everyone to contribute.

This video does a really nice job of presenting what can seem like a tension between E and I as a polarity.

It raises important questions on how to design our working spaces and ways of working.

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LearningStyles No Comments

We have been doing a fair bit in education recently.

I like this set of ideas – the handful of characteristics is a useful checklist.


Curiosity #106

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You know of our curiosity – so we enjoyed this piece by Seth.

Being able to rapidly find things online is such a joy. Smart phones and ipad’s make this ‘Curiosity Fulfilment’ easier than ever.

So, whilst talking about our blog on ‘Ta’, in a restaurant offering the ubiquitous ‘scotch egg’, we were delighted to find this dish has more in common with Asia than north of the English border!


Decisions, decisions…

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We like this piece on decision making.

For us, trying to get a balanced approach (between big picture and detail, logic and intuition) is right at the heart of our method – for work in corporations and with individuals too.

An example of this contingent approach? You might have heard “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “Look after the pennies and the rest will look after itself”. Whilst we are mixing our metaphors, both show different world views on improvement. Which is right? Well, probably, both…for, it depends!


Prizes for all?

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I was pleased to get this response to a piece I wrote:

“Really interesting what you’ve sent through, thanks for this – certainly agree and all chimes with my experience. I love your framing of this – curiosity, ignorance, incrementalism and rapid iteration all key, and they need to be deep cultural norms (and reinforced structurally etc as you say). Would be great to talk more on this.”

And what was it in response to – this piece, post a conversation, and pre-twitter…

This model  is one I use to guide me…you might recall it.

I believe, health services round the world need to move from cultural norms that prize the west and north (to south and east) of this sort of compass.

A few things make innovation a prize over copying, still:

1) Personality – I don’t know anywhere that seeks to recruit people with a strength of curiosity (‘Input’ in the Gallup strengths framework if you know it)

2) Training – rarely are new recruits taught the most important three words – IDK (I don’t know)…even now, in the knowledge era. It might get said in passing, but not really modelled and lived by their teachers (ie at level 4 in our values framework www.idenk.co.uk/values )

3) Culture – I think awards ceremonies set the wrong example with none or few prizes for copying and applying; there is the ‘tall poppy syndrome’ (seen in its most extreme form re the treatment of whistle-blowers)…even progressive journals and publishing can prize the new and novel a bit too much too.

4) Incentives – real testing, experimentation and piloting is still not popular enough…rapid implementation is the order of the day (often without the time for learning and synthesising – the transformative not syntactical learning Senge et al have talked of )

So action is needed at the level of Structure, Process and Pattern to rectify this.

Btw, sadly I still think many at top of orgs who call for spread (repeatedly) don’t model 1) and do things against 2-4 on a daily basis”


Can the person who contributes please stand up?

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I have a mystery

I don’t know any of those writers I am afraid

And I am a bit surprised –and embarrassed.

(Will the authors please stand up?)

Unlike other social media

I have yet to find anyone

No one at all.

Anyone who writes

Who edits.

To and for Wikipedia.

Will the persons who contribute to Wikipedia please stand up

I want to thank you – and wonder why with you.

Why you do

And we don’t.

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Personal productivity No Comments

The most important three words in learning? IDK…

I was in a meeting recently and a client mentioned the word ‘andragogy’. The others nodded wisely.

What should I do?  I am sorry, “I don’t know what that means”.

IDK- I don’t know…or I demonstrate C(k)uriosity!

And the most important action that can follow a spurt of curiousness?…SWP…

An education client said they had nicked the ideas of being ‘first to be second’ from a US oil company.

SWP – steal with pride…

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The art of self effacement

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We are just about to head out on quite a run of workshops and events until the end of the month – lots of preparation is behind us with lots of delivery to come.

However, as part of our prep-routine, we think it is healthy to be somewhat self-effacing to get a balanced self-esteem.

A colleague has been running a meeting today on the threat of hubris in organisational leaders. In case that power drug gets the best of any of us, we suggest keeping in touch with the irony of David Brent and the caution against being too controlling and certain in running an event.

And Jo Brand’s colleague demonstrates a certain lack of charm and self-awareness when teaching others to ‘ice your cake’


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The key moment, for a nation and national treasure

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When we work with groups in ‘scenario planning mode’, we are often looking for tipping points – issues that can have a massive knock on impact, such as the emergence of the ‘information superhighway’ that the Hemingford Scenarios in the early 90’s spotted early.

And thinking personally, does your life have a defining moment? Stephen Fry talks of a decision his whole life ‘hinged’ upon, see this from a local Norfolk paper.

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