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What I've been doing for the past two years, why, and what's next.
 
New Blog Post: Celebrating a Meeting That I Had Nothing and Everything to Do With
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"Invest in relationships, then design structures that reinforce, rather than replace, trust." http://buff.ly/1vrh1lh #collaboration
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Chefs, Not Recipes: The Tyranny of Best Practices. "We think we lack knowledge, but we actually lack practice." http://buff.ly/1xbEXs1
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+John Maloney Thanks. It's something that I talk about in my presentations on The Signal Economy. Experts are moving from determining good practices for production to collaborators in the realm of the complex where hypotheses about the achievable are easier to apply to production than ever before.
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What does love have to do with systems change, and how do you incorporate it into your practice? Some stories about love and system change and some tactical thoughts on love and system mapping.
 
New blog post: Systems Change and the L-Word http://buff.ly/1qnPEWi /cc Joe Hsueh Curtis Ogden #networks #love
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Two vignettes on failure, resilience, and doing things that are fundamentally hard, including a great little video clip of Idelisse Malavé. #innovation #wickedproblems #collaboration #listening #selfcompassion http://buff.ly/1MKdpoQ
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Finally sharing a project I've been working on for the past year!
 
Do-It-Yourself Strategy and Culture: The back story for our new toolkits!
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It's customary to reflexively agree with these lofty notions. Any counter-argument is taken erroneously as an ad hominem fallacy. If, for once, we could PLEASE dispense with any and all affected, personal reaction, it will certainly be welcome and advance the discourse.   

The back-story shows the creators have their heart in the right place. It is a very nice piece, circa 1985. Besides factual errors, the principles are way, way out of date.

BTW, as you linked, Drucker never said, ""Culture eats strategy for breakfast." Not sure why it is contradicted.

What Drucker DID say, and that is highly germane is,  "When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course." - Peter Drucker

Today's 'required course' is DIY Strategy and Culture.

Here are some concerns.

First, the approach, "Where are we?" depends on bounded rationality. That's deadly. It leads only to satisfactory thinking, not optimal outcomes. Obsolete and regrettable.  

Back to Drucker, concerning culture, he DID say, "Never try to change one."  Explicit in the murky notions of 'culture work'  and 'culture conversation' is change. Bad move. Cultural change is a fool's errand. Beware.

Look, culture is simply acting in the situated present. You cannot change culture, only behave as and in the culture you want.

Finally, today's social ecologies are resistive of planing. So-called strategic planning is now seen as a classic anti-pattern. Business planning, for the most part, is obsolete. They are cargo cults. They are Cartesianism. They are pernicious and malignant. Beware.

Wikipedia is a poor example. The notable deliverable is more a white paper or 'grey literature' of the 20th Century.

What if Jimmy and Larry focused on 'DIY Strategy and Culture' way back in 2001 instead of launching Wikipedia?  C'mon. 

'Do-It-Yourself Strategy and Culture' is a good history lesson. It's a warning, something to avoid. It is meritorious as obsolete practice as it shapes context for learning from our mistakes. It belongs in the dusty stacks of a institutional business library at some leafy old-school university. 


#management   #leadership   #strategy   #planning   #peterdrucker  
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Three Steps for Acting Strategically: Get Clear, Stay Clear, Practice http://buff.ly/1p5WL7s
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Got a chance to unload a bit on a pet peeve of mine as well as offer some constructive suggestions for evaluating the effectiveness of your facilitation.
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Interesting study, thank you!
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I'm making all of the written content on +Faster Than 20 public domain. Here's why.
 
Faster Than 20's new IP policy: Going public domain. http://buff.ly/UFr0Xa
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I help groups collaborate more effectively
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  • Groupaya
    Cofounder, 2011 - 2012
  • Blue Oxen Associates
    Principal, 2002 - 2011
  • me, myself and i
    1999 - 2002
  • Dr. Dobb's Journal
    Senior Technical Editor, 1996 - 1999
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Closeted optimist. Learner. Doer. Lover of life.
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    History and Science, 1992 - 1996
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