Archive for February, 2016

The Power of Networks

Saturday, February 20th, 2016


Saturday, February 20th, 2016

How to stop time: kiss.

How to travel in time: read.

How to escape time: music.

How to feel time: write.

How to release time: breathe.

A page from Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig (@matthaig1)

Innovation is Chemistry

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

In the world most of my clients live in, size is not an issue, innovation is an issue.

The companies that can innovate faster than the other guys win, the ones that can’t, lose. And that’s the pretty much how it works, big or small.

As a result, there are many execs in our world, currently losing a lot of sleep over how to innovate more-better-faster.


The thing about innovation is, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum, nor can you just order it like a sandwich in a diner.

Forget "The Lone Genius" model. Like great conversation, innovation is something that happens IN THE SPACES BETWEEN PEOPLE – i.e. it’s a cultural issue.

And like everything else cultural, it’s not a physics equation, it’s a chemical equation.

Innovation happens because of the cultural chemistry. And no top-down, sternly-worded corporate memo, however lucid, is ever going to change that.

So if you want to raise your innovation batting average, that’s great, but to do that your culture, your company chemistry, is going to have to change first, not the other way around.

Image and text by @gapingvoid


Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Practice ill informed by theory: the it worked for me error

Aggregation, deconstruction and linear approaches to complexity

Certification and accreditation pyramid selling schemes

Use of manufacturing metaphors and techniques in a service culture

Waiting for requirements rather than articulating needs

Focus on qualities in people rather than on linkages

Idealised models: simplistic not simple

A slide by Dave Snowden (@snowded) at Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2016 in Brussels (#Scabru16).