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New Blog Post: High-Performance Collaboration Requires Experiencing “Great Meals”
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Great piece, +Eugene Kim ! I love the "chefs, not recipes" line!
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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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+Robert Best, enjoyed our conversation earlier this month! Here's that curated list of readings on Doug Engelbart I promised you after our conversation. Enjoy, and let me know if you (or anyone else) has questions or thoughts. Always happy to talk about both his work and about the person whom I knew.
Earlier this month, someone asked me for the best resources to learn about Doug Engelbart's work. Doug didn't publish prolifically, but he wrote quite a bit, and some of his papers are must-read classics. You can find most of his writing and many other great resources at the Doug Engelbart ...
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You're welcome! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday.
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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 Besides factual errors, the principles are way, way out of date.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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    Cofounder, 2011 - 2012
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    Principal, 2002 - 2011
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    1999 - 2002
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    Senior Technical Editor, 1996 - 1999
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    History and Science, 1992 - 1996
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