Posts Tagged ‘ uncertainty ’

The Journey Starts Here

Actually, the journey continues here. We don’t get a lot of do-overs in life. Life continues. We move forward. We build on what comes before. With luck, we learn from it. It’s part of us. Not only can’t we undo the past, it is pointless to try. What matters is what happens next.



Abstract, Not Concrete: The Value of Models

How much guidance do we need for a model to actually be useful? The very value of models is that they are abstractions. They provide ways of taking complex situations and simplifying them through structure, categories and labels. They make the infinite shades of grey a little bit more black and white.



De-emphasizing The Past; Emphasizing The Future

It’s not the tools we use that are bad, so much as how we use them. We spend too much time explaining the past, and not enough time contemplating the future. Even when we do, we consider the future far too certain and predictable.



The Challenges Of No; The Temptations Of Yes

“No” is an awfully powerful word. It is a rejection. It is a wall. It is not an entry point. It is not a consultative word. It does not serve as the basis for dialogue or exploration. It is a full stop. Period. End of statement.



Leading & Effective Decision Making

Decision making, at the best of times, is a difficult enterprise. You are faced with the challenge of making a choice, where the consequences of your decision cannot be fully understood until after it has been made. The challenge, then, is finding the insight, the wisdom and the process necessary to make good decisions in…
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The Challenges Of Facilitation

Facilitating, when you do it well, is a challenge. It isn’t easy taking a group where they need to go, particularly when you aren’t certain where that really is, or the process that will get them there. You can plan, you can contemplate, you can design—in the end, however, it is just you and the…
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On The Internet, No One Knows How To Cook An Egg

The internet is a tremendous useful information resource. The waging and settling of bets has been tremendously enabled since the advent of the search engine. Information is quite literally at your finger tips. You are able to find answers to complex questions, right up until the point where you can’t.



Transitioning From Planning To Emergence

Last week’s post about planned and emergent projects was both a continuation and a departure for me. It was a continuation, in that it speaks to project management and outlines concepts that I have been endeavouring to work with and introduce to customers for some time. It is a bit of a departure, however, because…
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Acknowledging The Planned, Embracing The Emergent

For some years now, the work I have done as a consultant has consciously tried to help customers recognize the difference between ‘planned’ and ’emergent’ in the work that they do, and particularly in the projects that they undertake. While the ideas have resonance, and people quickly appreciate the differences, gaining acceptance that they require…
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