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Bringing meetings to life

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:36:18 +0000

Many of us dread meetings at work. Too often they’re dull: they follow predictable patterns, and people struggle to stay engaged. After regular meetings, the gossip by the water cooler afterwards is usually more interesting, and honest, than the meeting itself. The best part of many conferences is the coffee break, when suddenly the whole […]

Organisational culture and its pitfalls

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:29:39 +0000

Keith Sawyer says you should avoid recruiting people who “fit your culture” if you want to support innovation. We know from creativity research that the most innovative teams have cognitive diversity. That means that each person has a different set of ideas, practices, and knowledge. This drives innovation, because the most creative ideas combine very different ideas. […]

The perils of abstraction

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:14:30 +0000

Charles Scalfini gives a concise explanation of a way experts often make bad teachers.  As their experience in a subject grows, they are able to form more and more useful abstractions. But they then attempt to teach their students these abstractions in ways that bypass the experiences on which they are based. If we add to […]

Having fun yet?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:04:51 +0000

Viv spotted this New Scientist article: The paradox of fun. It’s a review of Ian Bogost’s new book, Play Anything. Its subtitle conveys something of its depth: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. Bogost argues that we’ve come to think of fun as enjoyment without effort, leading us […]

Maps are not reality

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:32:13 +0000

Shane Parrish points to a recurrent problem managers face: they rely on “maps” of their organisations that can never really capture reality. We are so reliant on abstraction that we frequently use an incorrect model simply because we feel any model is preferable to no model. (Reminding one of the drunk looking for his keys under the streetlight because “That’s […]

Five Ps

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:34:09 +0000

I am wary of management formulae… seven habits, five steps, three rules. For any complex challenge, these inevitably end up simplifying what’s needed.  They appear to offer a way to make things easy, but often they bewilder smart people, making them think “gosh, this should be easy” when it isn’t. So when Viv and I […]

They’ve seen it before…

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:31:27 +0000

Everyone is used to being sold to. And they’re also used to being facilitated. They often feel the same way about both. I keep reminding myself of this, to inoculate myself about getting attached to any method or process. For instance, one of the simple ways I used to get attention when large groups of […]

Not chasing outcomes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:31:25 +0000

One of the joys of working with Viv is seeing how she can strip back processes to what feel like essentials. It’s not often I work with someone who can match me for wanting to simplify things – I think we both believe we should let the participants do complex things rather than being the […]

Throwing away

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:16:56 +0000

Chris Corrigan highlights two quotations on writing. The first is from Jeanette Winterston: Creativity is inexhaustible. Experiment, play, throw away. Above all be confident enough about creativity to throw stuff out. If it isn’t working, don’t cut and paste – scrap it and begin again. This really lands with me. I think being willing to just throw […]

The blooper reel

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:24:13 +0000

There’s a lot of creative energy in failure, if you don’t take it too seriously. Here are some of the out-takes from our recent video shoot. In some ways it tells you more about how Viv and I work than the official version. Quite a lot of of our training work uses rapid, playful failure […]