Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #56

Subscribe to these with nice formatting at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/antlerboy Lots of events and lots of interesting stuff 🙂 #systemschange: the dangers of over-correcting in a good causeIf you want to save the world, run a business in a better way, help people with creativity, innovation, or generally create a better future… …you need to go beyond … Continue reading Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #56

#systemschange: the dangers of over-correcting in a good cause

If you want to save the world, run a business in a better way, help people with creativity, innovation, or generally create a better future… …you need to go beyond correcting the way things are currently done, and shine a light on yourself, too. As a world, we need to get the point that things … Continue reading #systemschange: the dangers of over-correcting in a good cause

What if we treated people as people, instead of employees?

I see a lot of posts and articles at the moment about ‘employee engagement’, particularly in the context of 'but won't we lose employee engagement, if people work from home more'? Well, yes, you might. But if your view of how to get people motivated and engaged to do their work is based on the … Continue reading What if we treated people as people, instead of employees?

Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #55

(With posherer formatting at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/antlerboy)This week,need-to-demand and front/back office18 tips from 18 years in consultingevens coming up on systems change, the future of work and moresome exciting links from New LocalPurpose from 1943 and polycentric leadership from 2022Complex systems for the most vulnerable and a proposal for a viable Peruvian stateAnd - one of the … Continue reading Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #55

On the Spread of Ideas: Four Roles and Four Traps 

A positive take on the ‘four quadrants of systems threats’ from Steven Shorrock (who is an excellent communicator, well worth following).

Humanistic Systems

Much progress in the world depends on the spread of ideas. There is no shortage of good ideas, and no shortage of bad ones, but ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are relative to our positions, and success and failure are not dependent on either. The success of an idea depends on a multitude of factors, such as the the multiverse of contexts in which it is introduced, the dominant paradigm, the nature of the related problem situation or opportunity, the quality of the idea itself, the communication of the idea, possible unwanted consequences, and the characteristics of the proponents and detractors.

The introduction of new ideas is fraught with peril. As noted by Walter Bagehot (British journalist), “One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.” Similarly, Fredrik Baker (Danish writer and politician) observed that “whenever a new idea is developed … warfare immediately takes possession”.

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Demand management is a very bad idea — think about the need-to-demand curve

Simon grižon Super split on a slackline.jpg Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Most of the good ideas in #customerrelations, ‘customer relationship management’, ‘demand management’, #digital and #technology in general are VERY BAD ideas unless you continue to deeply learn what your customers actually need. It goes like this: 1- what customers ask for and actually need … Continue reading Demand management is a very bad idea — think about the need-to-demand curve

18 tips from 18 years in consulting

What lessons would you pass on about your industry, given the chance? Here are 18 I put together…. >>Sales and growth1. Sales is a profession — but should never be separated from delivery, or you will sell what cannot be delivered 2. Most sales happen through relationships, especially with happy clients 3. Be opportunistic, strategically — growth usually comes … Continue reading 18 tips from 18 years in consulting

Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #54

Available with preferable formatting at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/antlerboy What the hell is systems | complexity | cybernetics anyway?UPDATE — slides, video, notes now in edited post at https://www.linkedin.com/posts/antlerboy_systems-convening-systems-practice-systems-activity-6942014940794789888-c6He Today I’m doing a one-hour talk (see https://q.health.org.uk/event/systems-convening-systems-thinking-and-systems-practice-with-ben-taylor/ – you can still join if you see this when I publish – and you can see the board at bit.ly/systems3board at any time) on how systems … Continue reading Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #54

So. Today is a migraine day.

And it’s another one of those personal posts, I’m afraid. Tudor Barker, https://www.flickr.com/photos/tudedude/4072769769 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Is the lesson ‘feel sorry for me, for I am afflicted (and possibly sorry for myself)?’ or ‘don’t feel sorry for me, for I am strong and self-reliant — but obviously *especially* strong and self-reliant because I have this extra special thing’ — or … Continue reading So. Today is a migraine day.

What the hell is systems | complexity | cybernetics anyway?

UPDATE — slides, video, notes now in edited post at https://www.linkedin.com/posts/antlerboy_systems-convening-systems-practice-systems-activity-6942014940794789888-c6He Today I'm doing a one-hour talk (see https://q.health.org.uk/event/systems-convening-systems-thinking-and-systems-practice-with-ben-taylor/ - you can still join if you see this when I publish - and you can see the board at bit.ly/systems3board at any time) on how systems practices and systems thinking can link in to the wonderful social … Continue reading What the hell is systems | complexity | cybernetics anyway?