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No battleplan survives contact with the enemy…

…disruption is what happens when the plans we thought we had have suddenly changed. It could be a major economic collapse – a black swan event – or something so small as your bus left early. How we respond to … Continue reading

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How many managers does it take to change a light bulb?

‘Going forward, we’ve formed a task force to study the problem of why light bulbs burn out, and produce a cutting edge plan laying out what, exactly, we as supervisors can do to make the bulbs work smarter, not harder.”

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The Shadow Knows

I first encountered the phrase “Shadow Organisation” in Mark Pelling’s 2011 “Adaptation and Climate Change: From resilience to transformation” However, the generation of novel ideas or practices that are in conflict with or undervalued by canonical organisation often first emerges from the … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy versus Adhocracy?

Well, this was new to me. (from wikipedia) Adhocracy is a type of organization that operates in opposite fashion to a bureaucracy. The term was first popularized in 1970 by Alvin Toffler,[1] and has since become often used in the … Continue reading

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Abba and the agentic deadlock

Abba needs no introduction. Agentic deadlock, well, see here and here‘s a youtube video (another, hopefully better one, to follow) I’ve been reading a couple of books on the changes that are needed and the difficulty of making them. The … Continue reading

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Larissa Behrendt on Indigenous Disadvantage

Attention Conservation Notice: Larissa Behrendt, a professor of Law at University of Technology, Sydney gave a short, sharp and superb talk (see disclaimer at bottom of this tl;dr post) in Melbourne about some of the harmful rhetoric around Indigenous Affairs. … Continue reading

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