Trances and idols

Euan writes about organisations apparently embracing a slow and willing death. Realising that we are in a trance and breaking out of it, might be the essence of creativity. In our trances, we worship idols. And some pretty ridiculous ones at that. I find it frustrating and hilarious how organisations will sometimes refuse to contemplate […]

Why I won’t be rushing to attend KM conferences

This is a rant. I don’t rant much on the blog these days as I’d rather be doing stuff I like than railing against things I don’t. But once in a while the provocation gets the better of me. When I read David Gurteen’s post, What is a Conversational Conference, I thought David was doing […]

I really hate panel sessions

I hardly ever go to meetings that promise a panel format. I was recently reminded why. It seems to me that as humans we are hugely programmed to play together and conversation can be a very satisfying form of play. Somewhere in school or church we all got indoctrinated with the idea that it’s good […]

The futility of Q and A

I’m not saying it’s always a bad idea. But it usually is. I mean the conventional thing we seem to do after listening to presentations: the audience is invited to take part in a question-and-answer session. We’re all so used to it it seems to go unquestioned (ironic, eh?). Sure, like any ritual we can […]

Government reports

I have a longstanding beef about what I call celebrity government reports. The MO is this: some contentious issue arises in society. The government responds by appointing someone to do a report. The choice of author is often capricious but they’re usually either a Lord or someone skilled at having a high profile in public […]

Enough crappy conferences, already

I’m getting to a certain age and I think I’ve been to enough crappy conferences and events in this lifetime. I am all for adventure and risking failure. But I’m also in favour of learning from experience. So I’m not taking too many chances with future events that appear to fit my personal notion of […]

Change myths

This HBR post attempts to evaluate Obama’s record on change management based on a four step model. I’m instinctively wary of models and this one strikes me as typically trite and questionable. The first step is to “make the case for change”, which seems to assume that change is some rational and intellectual process. I […]

Behaviour change, revisited

Please don’t take this too literally, I just need to get this off my chest. A while back, Mark posted some good provocative challenges to notions about behaviour change. Geoff has just weighed in with some good thoughts of his own. The gist of it is (for me) that huge amounts of hand-wringing conversations go […]

Change management and mistaking green for gold

A few years back, a well-known consultancy business decided to abandon its dress convention of dark suits and white shirts and said folks could dress casual. But quite soon, they decided to make it a bit clearer just what counted as casual and what was unacceptably scruffy. They thought they’d changed cos people were no […]

Bourn impudent

Warning: bad language ahead. I rarely read newspapers or magazines, but I do regularly pick up Private Eye. Lately, the Eye has done a terrific job uncovering the lifestlye – and that is the right word – of Sir John Bourn. He is the UK’s Auditor and Comptroller General: in other words he’s the go-to […]