It’s just bloody infuriating when other people can convey such meaningful messages so simply and effectively!

thinkpurpose

Here are three brilliant systems ideas that will explode in your face.
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1: POSIWID

What is it? A cunning acronym, “the Purpose Of a System Is What It Does.”

Why’s it brilliant then? It reminds that intentions and express aims are not important, look at what is actually happening. The de-facto purpose.

Why will it explode in my face? People will think you are being cynical. When you say what you see, you’re the boy who spotted that the emperor was wearing no clothes. Nobody likes a tattle tale.

Why they’re wrong? It is them who are cynical. Cynically ignoring evidence of reality, preferring a consensual illusion instead. That’s the real cynicism.

2: “Doing the wrong thing righter.”

What is it? The Purpose Question!

“The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become. When we make a mistake doing the wrong…

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Wanna know where its at in the Digital Age? Watch this…


Forget what you thought you knew about development and marketing: salespeople OUT; thought leaders IN

Why bother with systems thinking?:: presumably because you want to understand!


Team interactionI absolutely INSIST that you read this excellent 3 part series on ‘Systems Thinking’ (ST).

I came to ST along a path from insurance risk, to complexity and resilience but it made so much sense because, well, that is the way my brain is wired! When I was younger I didn’t buy in to the conventional Business Management books because they just didn’t feel right but ST did and, although it can, as John says, make you feel like you are going crazy! However, when the message is spelt out in such a readable manner I begin to see where I (and others) have been going wrong in our efforts to communicate the need for and benefits of change.

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Lessons from Nature:: Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation


Most people in business subscribe to an outdated world view, a perception of reality inadequate for dealing with the volatile and globally interconnected business world.  What is required for the health and vitality of our businesses and economies is a radical shift in our perceptions, our thinking and our business behaviour.  We are witnessing a change in business paradigm from one suited for the industrial era to one suited for the interconnected era [Digital Age].

At the core of this paradigm shift is a perception shift from ‘seperatedness’ to ‘interconnectedness’

 

via Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation « The Nature of Business.

Economic resilience for Scotland requires INTERdependence


I don’t wish to engage in or contribute to THE political debate on how the interests of our nation are best-served! No offence to Salmond or Lamont  but, rather than listen to them, I would defer to some “older wisdom”…no not Ming Campbell:

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”

Confucius

Apart from cultivating greater personal understanding of how WE can contribute to a better Scottish society, our greatest challenge is how to (re)build financial resilience: create a sustainable economy and undo the damage done to our finances, our hard-earned reputation for economic thinking, innovation and business leadership. Read more of this post