Complexity, chaos and innovation - 2008
In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen says to Alice, "In this place it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place." And for many of us, this is what it feels like working in today’s organisations. The way we relate to our organisations depends on the ideas and concepts we use to describe them. But where do they come from? Tony explores how new ideas and ways of thinking emerge from the world of science, economics and social theory, and how these influence the way we perceive our organisations. In particular, Tony reviews how science has investigated “systems” from prehistoric times through to the modern concepts of complexity and chaos, and how these can facilitate innovation. Tony concludes by looking at some implications for the future. Come and join him on this journey.
It's all Isaac's Fault - 2006
"Rational behaviour requires theory. Reactive behaviour requires only reflex action."(W Edwards Deming)
Tony considers how Newton's reductionism and machine metaphor is deeply imbedded into our thinking about our world and our organisations. New views are emerging from physics, the biological sciences, economics, etc that offer alternative theories. Tony explores how these alter our thinking about organisations and thus our approach to change and transformation. Tony uses Deming's System of Profound Knowledge to illustrate the points.