I've just come back from my holidays feeling fresh and raring to go, and as I've got a busy spell coming up I thought I would get Newsletter No.3 out to you before I get involved in other things.
I have always
been interested in story telling as a management tool and I use the technique
in many ways to help people get to grips with complexity theory. Stories
operate at many levels and I am finding them more and more fascinating,
so much so that I am shortly going to create a new section on the "other
resources" page on my web site dedicated to stories. Here is one
from Anthony De Mello's book "Awareness" which I mentioned in
the last newsletter -
You can view some stories on the story page of Dave Gurteen's website http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/ID/X000A1552?open&r=3&p=1578
Also "The Man Who Planted Trees" by Jean Giono http://www.eco-action.org/dt/planted.html is a lovely story. Arthur Battrum has a fascinating story about this story, but that is for another time or you can ask him yourself firstname.lastname@example.org .
LSE's ICoSS Project
The project is now getting under way and Norwich Union have joined BT, Shell And Rolls Royce as the key business partners.
The Boss's Role
When I am talking about complexity theory and saying we should do away with plans, rules, job descriptions, managers etc. I am often asked "So what does the boss do then?" My reply is along the lines of the following based on my own experiences -
Whilst surfing the web the other day I came across a fascinating interview with Karl Weick http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.04/weick_pr.html who has some really interesting views about complexity and organisations.
Although nothing to do with complexity (except that everything is) if you want to see some spectacular pictures which make you wonder then visit the Hubble Telescope site http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pictures.html
And finally I thought it would be a good idea in the spirit of networking to include a regular section on some of the people I meet in my travels
Tony Nicholls http://www.knowandgrow.co.uk specialises in helping individuals understand and develop in this rapidly changing environment. Much of complexity theory looks at things from an organisational point of view but Tony comes at it from the people perspective.
One of the books reviewed on my website is "Who Moved My Cheese". This was recommended to me by David Ault - email@example.com - who runs a business helping people develop financial pipelines. That is establishing activities that provide a long term return well after the event. For example after talking to him I seriously started working on my book as it will provide me with an income long after it is written, and I have begun exploring some other activities which capitalise on the beginnings of pipelines that I had unwittingly started to create in the past.
I had some stimulating meetings in London yesterday including meeting up with David Norman at lunchtime. David acted as my coach and mentor when I was the Chief Executive at the TEC and helped me hone my skills and also how to use myself as my key resource. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the club - Verity Kemp who has an increasing interest in complexity as a means of delivering her own consultancy practice and also as a means of revewing health and healthcare delivery. She has a particular interest in health, housing and regeneration. email@example.com
That's all for this time,