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Cynefin & Theory of Constraints – Webinar II

This week CE hosted an open webinar on the topic of Cynefin & Theory of Constraints.  This webinar featured CE practitioners and TOC experts, Steve Holt, Jabe Bloom, Greg Brougham, and Hilbert Robinson.  Steve Holt was the lead host and the others served as the panel of experts, some with more Cynefin...

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Martin Burns RIP

On the 11th of March this year I sat down for a meal at the Bridge Inn in Ratho (top picture) near Edinburgh with Martin and Lucy Burns along with Simon Wardley (see picture below).  It was the end of an enjoyable three days.  Wales had beaten Scotland (just)...

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Monocarpic banality

I’m starting to think that it is only a matter of time before I graduate from being merely  curmudgeonly  and cynical to full blown cantankerousness.  Now these are commonly seen as negative words.  Johnson defined a curmudgeon as "An avaricious churlish fellow; a miser, a niggard’.   Avaricious commonly...

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Cynefin St David’s Day 2019 (5 of 5)

In my final post in this update series on Cynefin and I’m reserving the right to change things when I think about it more.  I’ve been playing with options here on trains to and from particularly dark productions of tragic operas and the experience may have influenced by thinking....

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Liminal Cynefin & ‘control’

I was searching for my original known-unknown-unknowable matrix for today’s post and, as you do, came across a variation of Liminal Cynefin I used at and event to talk about the whole issue of control within organisations.   I think it was one of those slides that I put...

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Cynefin St David’s Day 2019 (4 of 5)

The introduction of liminality to Cynefin necessitated a slight rethinking of the main dynamics within Cynefin.  To be clear multiple dynamics are possible but over the years these have emerged as the dominant ones.   As the name implies the dynamics in Cynefin are all about movement between domains....

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Cynefin St David’s Day 2019 (3 of 5)

The introduction of the liminal version of Cynefin was probably the most significant change in recent years.  One of the reasons I used it was a difficulty people had in seeing that Cynefin had two classification systems: domains and dynamics.  By creating the liminal zones I managed to make...

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Cynefin St David’s Day 2019 (2 of 5)

It's taken longer than I hoped but I now have the time to complete my series of five update posts on Cynefin. In my last post I explained the change from ‘Simple’ to ‘Obvious’ in the ordered domain. In the post I want to look at the different types...

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