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On the idealistic verses naturalistic approach to business by Dave Snowden

 


AuthorDave Snowden Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
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In the idealistic approach, the leaders of an organization set out an ideal future state that they wish to achieve, identify the gap between the ideal and their perception of the present, and seek to close it.

This is common not only to process-based theory but also to practice that follows the general heading of the "learning organization".

Naturalistic approaches, by contrast, seek to understand a sufficiency of the present in order to act to stimulate evolution of the system.

Once such stimulation is made, monitoring of emergent patterns becomes a critical activity so that desired patterns can be supported and undesired patterns disrupted.

The organization thus evolves to a future that was unknowable in advance, but is more contextually appropriate when discovered.

Dave Snowden Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge

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Quotations from Dave Snowden:

 True Eureka innovation is not going to happen by an internal training programme but from engagement in the real world.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge



 I have a passion for KM as one of the first disciplines that used properly puts people first and is itself a learning environment which should encourage diversity.

That passion means that I will fight attempts to standardise or "certify" the discipline.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge



 We always know more than we can say, and we will always say more than we can write down.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
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 We only know what we know when we need to know it.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
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 Knowledge Management should be focused on real, tangible intractable problems not aspirational goals.

It should deal pragmatically with the evolutionary possibilities of the present rather then seeking idealistic solutions.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
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 Everything is fragmented.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
Rendering Knowledge 



 In the idealistic approach, the leaders of an organization set out an ideal future state that they wish to achieve, identify the gap between the ideal and their perception of the present, and seek to close it.

This is common not only to process-based theory but also to practice that follows the general heading of the "learning organization".

Naturalistic approaches, by contrast, seek to understand a sufficiency of the present in order to act to stimulate evolution of the system.

Once such stimulation is made, monitoring of emergent patterns becomes a critical activity so that desired patterns can be supported and undesired patterns disrupted.

The organization thus evolves to a future that was unknowable in advance, but is more contextually appropriate when discovered.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge



 The way we know is not the way we report what we know.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
Rendering Knowledge 



 Tolerated failure imprints learning better than success.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
Rendering Knowledge 



 True values are not taught and declared, they evolve through the acts and interaction of the living, they are understood at a near tacit level by those who live them.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
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 Knowledge can only be volunteered; it can never be conscripted.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
Rendering Knowledge 



 In the context of real need few people withhold knowledge.

Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge
Rendering Knowledge 




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