not a great reader of textbooks or academic tomes. I like books that
and the New Science
Margaret J. Wheatley
A collection of contradictory challenges, problematical puzzles and impossible illustrations. Great Fun.
Dilbert Principle Scott
Based on the daily strip cartoon this book pokes fun at just about every aspect of management and business process. The ideas expressed in the book really are an example of seeing things differently and deserve more than a passing thought.
Riddestrate + Kjell Nordstom
I heard about this from a colleague - this is the e-mail he sent me:
to read this stood in my kitchen - I was still there an hour later.
I think it is
roles, jobs, skills, ways of doing things, insights, strategies, aspirations,
book which describes all the aspects of complexity theory and gives
comprehensive descriptions of each of the terms in this new language.
Packed with useful
Here are links to some of the web sites that I like to visit. Between them they present a fascinating and diverse range of perspectives on the way we will need to work in the future.
If you know of other interesting sites please E-mail me or join the complexity club and share the information with everyone.
LSE Complexity Project www.lse.ac.uk/lse/complex
This site describes the various complexity projects being undertaken by the London school of Economics and also lists the various workshops and events that the LSE complexity group organizes.
Gurteen Associates www.gurteen.com
A knowledge management site. It is packed with interesting concepts, quotes, book reviews and other resources.
21st Century Learning Initiative www.21learn.org
A fascinating site
which explores and promotes radical changes to education. It
Action Science www.actionscience.com
This is the site of the action science network which explores the strategy of ogranisational development which has been developed by Dr Chris Argyris.
The Wisdommeme www.thewisdommeme.com
This site explores how we can use various forms of dialogue to elicit the natural wisdom that is in us all.
Edward De Bono www.edwdebono.com
Edward de Bono is famous for his lateral thinking ideas.
New Leadership www.new-leadership.com
site about an organisation that explores collaborative learning, dialogue
Tom Peters www.tompeters.com
Typical Tom Peters, lots of fun, lots of ideas. If it makes you think its done its job.
Thinking Page www.thinking.net
A source of information on improving organisational and individual thinking.
A very comprehensive listing of articles, links and other resources relating to complexity theory. Some are rather heavy but many are written in a business context.
source of ideas on organisational learning, cross boundary working and
More fun and feet
on the ground views from Dilbert.
A Canadian site with
lots of articles and references about organisational
Artificial Life Research Concept. http://www.calresco.org
This is a non-profit
research institution located in Boston and the Netherlands. Its
Appreciative Inquiry http://www.appreciative-inquiry.org/
This site is full of resources on this vital process of connecting in a complex adaptive system.
This is a link to an amazing site called Boids which is about those simple rules that inform complex systems and it includes computer simulations of flocking and shoaling behaviour.
Complexity Explained http://www.calresco.org/sos/sosfaq.htm
A site which explains
what is meant by all those strange complexity terms. It is organised in
the form of a FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet.
Complex Adaptive Systems Research http://www.casresearch.com/
A site jam packed with links and resources
The Change Management Toolbook http://www.change-management-toolbook.com
This site is full of resources, which include many tools and methods, which are intended to help with facilitation, training and coaching.
Keith Rice’s new site contains many resources on Spiral dynamics. http://www.keitherice.co.uk/
At a recent event I was facilitating I was asked to find some resources on Communities of Practice. These are where people with the same role or function in an organisation, industry or sector come together to share.
Storr Tel: 01535 654908
Frances Storr is an occupational
psychologist with a 15 year track record in organisational development
and organisational learning. She has published several
Tel: 01430 827209
is a coach, facilitator and consultant on a range of business and life