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  • BELIEFS

    Chaos

    November 15, 2016

    In this week of the election, I think I am coming to understand what Dave Snowden means when he talks about chaos. Chaos, in his model, is when we cannot see any patterns, when we cannot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Getting busy sitting still

    November 12, 2016

    Nearly a year ago, when my partners and I first started talking about Donald Trump, I said--not really jokingly, “If we elect this man, I’m moving to New Zealand.”  It’s not a...

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    By Wendy Bittner

  • BELIEFS

    Simple habits for bewildering times

    November 10, 2016

    I flew over the US today—from San Francisco to Dallas—and the land looked the same as it always has. Spiky cities with handfuls of suburbs along the coast; crinkled olive hills giving...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Leading in complexity: Four lessons from the field

    October 23, 2016

    Mark Striebeck is a participant in one of our leadership programs, and he is teaching me a lot about complexity. A tall, handsome, and thoughtful engineer, he has approached learning...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Give him enough rope

    October 17, 2016

      I took this picture in a rope shop in Hamburg a few weeks ago.  Hamburg’s long history as a trading port seems bound up in these sacks of hawsers, sheets, lanyards, painters,...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Yes to the Mess

    October 13, 2016

    Almost thirty years ago, when the heat and dust of Managua, Nicaragua became a bit overwhelming, and especially on evenings when the power would fail and the water might be off, Trish and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Kneeling in contradiction

    October 8, 2016

    Paradoxically, in kneeling Colin Kaepernick was heightening matters.  On his knees he was taking a stand.  And in the midst of a number of such paradoxes I have been wondering about...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Hot and cold running myths in every room? (2)

    September 4, 2016

    In any Maori ceremonial greeting or powhiri in New Zealand respect is paid to those who have died.  They are farewelled on their spirit journey back to Hawaiki Nui, the Polynesian island...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Hot and cold running myths in every room? (1)

    September 1, 2016

    It has been a long wait for a cool June. In June of 1976, at the end of the US Republican primaries, the contest was virtually tied between the sitting President Gerald Ford and his...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Three things I (re)learned about Complexity on my summer holiday

    August 15, 2016

    I am in London after what has been the longest holiday of my adult life—4 full weeks! I didn’t even know I knew how to do that. And I learned some key lessons about complexity as I...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Simple Habits to Trump irrationality

    August 1, 2016

    I was flying across the US a few weeks ago, and I engaged in the somewhat dangerous behavior of chatting with my seatmate as the plane filled up. He was in sales, in a global role in a...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Incomprehensible savagery by the truck load

    July 15, 2016

    All it took was a madman and a large white truck.  As I write, reports say that 84 people were killed in the Bastille Day massacre on the Nice waterfront.  This is a horror beyond what...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Shootings at coffin corner

    July 10, 2016

    The appalling shootings in the United States in the past week, first of young black men at the hands of police officers and then a sniper killing 5 white policemen at a peaceful protest...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Doubly distracting

    June 27, 2016

    Perhaps, in a distracted multi-media age, we are hamstrung by sentence structure and narrative conventions, lockstepping subjects, objects, and verbs rather than scattershot volleys of...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Castles of the mind

    May 31, 2016

    Is your business plan your castle?  Perhaps that question might bring to mind an image of the forecast revenues and expenses as a blow-up bouncy playground castle.  Instead, I was...

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    By Keith Johnston

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