Why can’t we talk the same language, when it’s so important?

For change, management, innovation – for all our futures. You should listen to this 70-minute work-through of a US council meeting – in Springfield Massachusetts – with a commentary from Charles Marohn of Strong Towns. link (audio one third down) https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2021/12/13/two-different-languages transcript https://otter.ai/u/n6-YvQZRj8iQkvfN6vva_HERhTY Why on earth would you spend over an hour of your life … Continue reading Why can’t we talk the same language, when it’s so important?

What do you do when you need to get yourself going – when you’re short on motivation?

I have a to-do list as long as your arm - worthwhile stuff. And a bunch of deadlines, which usually motivate me 🙂 I have had a #coffee, I've started the day reasonably well. I had big plans for my Monday #LinkedIn post, for the morning in general... but I just can't quite get moving! I'd love to … Continue reading What do you do when you need to get yourself going – when you’re short on motivation?

How do you deal with unreasonable demands at work – when there’s no way out?

I had a conversation with a client yesterday that I think will stick with me. He said (roughly) ‘in organisations I’ve worked in before, we used to go for those kinds of things like ‘top 100 organisations to work for’, and so we did ‘#culture audits’ where there was a lot of pressure to agree … Continue reading How do you deal with unreasonable demands at work – when there’s no way out?

How can you make better decisions in #complexity?

What is one thing you'd like to offer to adult social care commissioners to help them decide their approach? How can you make better decisions in #complexity? How do we ensure a better #future for citizens, communities - and ourselves? How can we encourage #innovation in an over-pressurised and partly broken system? Adult social care #commissioning … Continue reading How can you make better decisions in #complexity?

When have you seen someone break a well-established pattern? What were the consequences of that action?

In businessm and in life, the easiest thing is to go along with the established patterns. They’re there for a reason, they’ve been set up over decades and generations, they give us the way things are done. To change them is to go against tradition, to take on risk, to break into the unknown. Yet … Continue reading When have you seen someone break a well-established pattern? What were the consequences of that action?

What do you think this story is about?

What's the relevance for management, leadership, innovation? A village is terrorised by a horrific dragon. There's an uneasy, pathetic balance, based on the village paying regular tributes to the dragon. But over time the dragon's demand for gold, riches, and maidens grows ever more unbearable. While I was writing this - having never been able to track down … Continue reading What do you think this story is about?

Announcing two ‘new’ podcasts… coming soon! (With bonus puppy pics)

What questions do you have about systems thinking | complexity | cybernetics? Who would you like to ask about finding the true joy in work? Way back in a different world, before the pandemic and in the first UK lockdown, I interviewed a bunch of wonderful, insightful, and patient people. For two connected podcasts: systems … Continue reading Announcing two ‘new’ podcasts… coming soon! (With bonus puppy pics)

Why I Am Against Capitalisation (Or, Actually, Capitals)

Have you ever been in a management meeting where everyone used the jargon, but nobody had a clue what they meant? The Power of Names, part three: And for the power of names parts one and two:https://chosen-path.org/2021/06/30/the-power-of-names-part-1-why-redquadrant/https://chosen-path.org/2021/07/01/the-power-of-names-part-two%e2%80%8a-%e2%80%8aantlerboy/ Nathan W Pyle http://www.nathanwpyle.art/ Folks in RedQuadrant know that I'm a demon for seeking out and removing what … Continue reading Why I Am Against Capitalisation (Or, Actually, Capitals)

What’s your dream role – if you didn’t even have to leave your current job?

Mine involves #systemschange, #collaborativedesign, #innovationfor #socialjustice, and #metaconsulting 🙂 People talk about ‘side gigs,’ at least when they’re trying to be trendy. But I’m a consultant – and the sort of person who does this sort of thing – so I end up wearing a number of hats:- RedQuadrant (a network consultancy)- The Public Service Transformation Academy (a not-for-profit partnership social enterprise)- trying to support SCiO - … Continue reading What’s your dream role – if you didn’t even have to leave your current job?

How good are you at getting rejected? What rejections have shaped you? And when are you planning on getting rejected next?

It's a key skill for #innovation, #creativity, #entrepreneurship, #leadership, #selfdevelopment - but it gets too little attention. A recent tweet reminded me how I got this insight from learning about Rejection Therapy. The theory is that our brains are fairly 'hard wired' to avoid rejection. The logic is clear: being rejected by your family or your tribe would, for most of … Continue reading How good are you at getting rejected? What rejections have shaped you? And when are you planning on getting rejected next?