Gurteen Knowledge-Log http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/knowledge-log Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:54:03 +0100 The Gurteen Knowledge Log - a weblog on knowledge, learning, creativity, innovation, personal development and more. dgurteen@yahoo.co.uk (David Gurteen) dgurteen@yahoo.co.uk (David Gurteen) Gurteen Knowledge http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/(Images)/GURTEEN-LOGO-170X60/$File/gurteen170x60.gif http://www.gurteen.com en-us Custom Lotus Notes Agent Blog Post: Do you believe or do you want to know? http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/beleive-or-know?open By David Gurteen<br><br>Could this be the root cause of so much of the trouble in the world? <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> There are two different types of people in the world: Those who want to know, and those who want to believe. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche" target="_blank">Friedrich Nietzsche</a></div> </blockquote> CD9315E163A50C40802581A7004F1AB5 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:24:01 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Peter Block on small group working http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/peter-block-small-groups?open By David Gurteen<br><br>In reseaching for my <a href="http://conversational-leadership.net/category/small-group-working/" target="_blank">blook on Conversational Leadership</a>, I came across these words of wisdom in this short 90 second video clip from <a href="https://youtu.be/qHz2ISFXBbY" target="_blank">Peter Block about small group working</a>. <br> <ul> <li> How do I get every voice in the room? <li> How do I get people in the room who cross social distance levels? <li> How do I get people in the room who aren't like-minded? <li> How do we structure our time together? </ul> <br> As he concludes, all the methodologies he mentions are moronically simple. To which I might add, so why are they so often ignored? <br><br> <div style="text-align:center;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qHz2ISFXBbY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> 2933EDDD5F4482F4802581A7003ACFD0 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:11:08 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: To turn on a dime for a dime http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/to-turn-on-a-dime-for-a-dime?open By David Gurteen<br><br>I gave a talk and ran a Knowledge Caf&eacute; at a recent <a href="https://less.works/less-conferences/2017-london/index.html" target="_blank">Large-Scale Scrum Conference</a> in London and had the pleasure of meeting Craig Larman, the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) with his colleague Bas Vodde. <br><br> A few things Craig said stuck in my mind. First: <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> What gets measured gets gamed. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Larman" target="_blank">Craig Larman</a></div> </blockquote> <br> I have long been critical of measures because they are too easily gamed and I only wish I had come up with this catchy way of expressing it myself as an alternative to "What gets measured gets done." <br><br> A second quote from Craig was: <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> To turn on a dime for a dime. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Larman" target="_blank">Craig Larman</a></div> </blockquote> <br> This was said in the context of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptive_capacity" target="_blank">adaptive capacity</a> - a key goal of Agile software development. So in other words "to quickly change direction at a low cost". <br><br> It reminded me of this quote that is so often miss-attributed to Darwin: <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/05/04/adapt/" target="_blank">Leon C. Megginson </a></div> </blockquote> <br> Though this statement is more accurate: <br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> It is not the most intellectual or the strongest of species that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/05/04/adapt/" target="_blank">Kamal S. Sayegh </a></div> </blockquote> <br> In our rapidly changing, unpredictable world, the ability "to turn on a dime for a dime" is fundamental to personal, organizational or societal survival. <br><br> In order to adapt, we need to better understand the changes taking place and to act accordingly. We can only do this through open conversation and collective sensemaking. Hence our "conversational capacity" - our ability to hold strategic conversations is key. 88B9CC790F95EE4A802581A6005513A7 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:29:15 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Are vague Ideas sometimes better than firm ones? http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/vague-ideas?open By David Gurteen<br><br>I rather like this thought about ideas from Pablo Picasso. <br><br> We don't necessarily need a clear, crisp, sharp idea or vision. A hazy one, a sense of vague direction may sometimes be better as we are then more likely to explore along the journey and make serendipitous discoveries. <br><br> Maybe vague ideas are at the heart of being creative. <br><br> <blockquote id="nomargins"> You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. <br><br> <div align=left><b>Credit: </b> <a href="URL" target="_blank"> Pablo Picasso</a></div> </blockquote> 2FA65F861F7DB117802581A600445C8B Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:26:41 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/kl-events2?open By David Gurteen<br><br><div style="float: left;padding: 5px;margin: 5px; border: black 2px solid;"><IMG SRC="http://conversational-leadership.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DSC0113-300x200.jpg" width="300" height="200"></div> <br> Here are some of the <a href="http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/annual-conferences" target="_blank">major KM events</a> taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a <a href="http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/events" target="_blank">full list</a> on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and <a href="http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/rss-feeds" target="_blank">RSS feeds</a> which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. <br><br> <!-- List starts below here --> <a href="http://www.glinksummit.org" target=_blank>G-LINK Summit 2017</a><br> 04 - 06 Oct 2017, Bangkok, Thailand <br><br> <a href="http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/zoom-world-values-day-2017" target=_blank>World Values Virtual Knowledge Caf&eacute;</a><br> Tue 10 Oct 2017, Online <br><br> <a href="http://www.ickm.net" target=_blank>13th International Conference On Knowledge Management</a><br> 25 - 27 Oct 2017, Dallas, United States <br><br> <a href="http://www.kmasia.com/" target=_blank>KM Asia 2017</a><br> 15 - 16 Nov 2017, Hong Kong, China <br><br> <a href="http://www.henley.ac.uk/events/advancing-your-od-practice" target=_blank>Advancing your OD practice</a><br> 23 - 24 Jan 2018, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom <br><br> <a href="http://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/icie/" target=_blank>6th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2018</a><br> 05 - 06 Mar 2018, Washington DC, United States <br><br> <a href="http://www.henley.ac.uk/events/henley-forum-conference-2018" target=_blank>Henley Forum Conference 2018</a><br> 07 - 08 Mar 2018, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom <br><br> <a href="http://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/eciic/" target=_blank>10th European Conference on Intangibles and Intellectual Capital</a><br> 19 - 20 Apr 2018, Mechelen, Belgium 9A6311282D0D770A802572F2005EC153 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:09:32 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: September 2017 http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/tweets-september-2017?open By David Gurteen<br><br>Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. <br><br> <ul> <li> Heuristic for epistemically humble adults: Try saying 'I disagree' at least 10x as often as you say 'I'm offended'. <br><br> <li> Humans May Be the Most Adaptive Species - Constant climate change may have given us our flexibility <a href="https://buff.ly/2xmm6oe" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2xmm6oe</a> <br><br> <li> J.K. Rowling On People's Intolerance of Alternative Viewpoints <a href="https://buff.ly/2ewSBGl" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2ewSBGl</a> #FreeSpeech <br><br> <li> How to Disagree <a href="https://buff.ly/VIzGoW" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/VIzGoW</a> HT @Fired4Truth <br><br> <li> 5 rules from @juliagalef for giving criticism that's less likely to offend. <a href="https://buff.ly/2sFFbMt" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2sFFbMt</a> #GurteenTalk <br><br> <li> Ben Franklin Circles | Transform Your Life, Transform Your World @ncdd <a href="https://buff.ly/2w0Mkfm" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2w0Mkfm</a> #GurteenTalk <br><br> <li> Enough chit-chat: deeper conversation can lead us to enlightenment @Heather_Bourke <a href="https://buff.ly/2wHj3Y3" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2wHj3Y3</a> <br><br> <li> A great quick intro to the Cynefin model..making sense of complexity <a href="https://t.co/XbzteFWspK" target="_blank">https://t.co/XbzteFWspK</a> <br><br> <li> Machine-based Collective Intelligence and the Human Experience <a href="https://buff.ly/2wxQeKW" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2wxQeKW</a> <br><br> <li> Building a “Speaking Up” Culture in Teams @nancymdixon <a href="https://buff.ly/2xv6nQZ" target="_blank">https://buff.ly/2xv6nQZ</a> #KM #KMers #GurteenTalk </ul> <br> If you like the Tweets then <a href="http://twitter.com/DavidGurteen" target="_blank">subscribe to my Tweet stream</a>. 2E6CA490E8E12DD4802581A500728F96 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:04:47 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: The RSA has plans for a 21st century enlightenment coffeehouse http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/21st-century-enlightenment-coffeehouse?open By David Gurteen<br><br>Given the <a href="http://conversational-leadership.net/knowledge-cafe-metaphor/" target="_blank">metaphor that underpins my Knowledge Caf&eacute;s</a> I have long been interested in and written about the <a href="http://conversational-leadership.net/coffee-houses/" target="_blank">Enlightenment Coffeehouses of 17th and 18th Century London.</a> <br><br> Out of the coffeehouses came a number of institutions that exist to this day such as the London Stock Exchange, Lloyds of London. The auction houses Sotheby&#039;s and Christie&#039;s also have their origins in coffeehouses. <br><br> Another was the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) which was established in a coffeehouse in 1754 by a group of people who came together with a shared vision for a better tomorrow. <br><br> I am a member of the RSA have long thought and even suggested that they should turn part of their London premises into a coffeehouse in the tradition of those long lost coffeehouses. <br><br> I doubt that I had anything to do with it but that is just what they have decided to do - to create a <a href="https://www.thersa.org/coffeehouse" target="_blank">21st century enlightenment coffeehouse</a>. I am so looking forward to it. 348EBC762E951F77802581870055A9DA Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:57:16 +0100 David Gurteen Blog Post: Was James Damore acting in good faith and does it matter? http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/james-damore-good-faith?open By David Gurteen<br><br>I am sure many of you are by now familiar with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%27s_Ideological_Echo_Chamber" target="_blank">Google memo controversy</a> where a Google software engineer James Damore was fired for a memo that questioned Google's diversity policies. If you have not read the memo you will <a href="https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3914586/Googles-Ideological-Echo-Chamber.pdf" target="_blank">find it here</a>. <br><br> The memo has caused a heated online debate with people fiercely arguing in support of James Damore or against him. <br><br> To me, the issue is not who is right or wrong, it is "Was James Damore acting in good faith, was he genuinely trying to open up a conversation or was he expressing misogynist views?" <br><br> I have read the memo and watched several interviews with him and I believe he was sincere in his motives. <br><br> If you are not familiar with the controversy and wish to form your own opinion here is some interesting reading. <br><br> Two arguments against James Damore: <br> <ul> <li> <a href="http://fortune.com/2017/08/09/google-diversity-memo-wojcicki/" target="_blank">Read YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki&#039;s Response to the Controversial Google Anti-Diversity Memo</a> <li> <a href="https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/so-about-this-googlers-manifesto-1e3773ed1788" target="_blank">So&comma; about this Googler&#039;s manifesto</a>. </ul> Two supporting him: <br> <ul> <li> <a href="https://medium.com/the-mission/im-an-ex-google-woman-tech-leader-and-i-m-sick-of-our-approach-to-diversity-17008c5fe999" target="_blank">I&#039;m An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And I&#039;m Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!</a> <li> <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/pc-corporate-culture-is-a-plague-that-government-helps-spread/article/2009393" target="_blank">PC Corporate Culture Is a Plague That Government Helps Spread</a> </ul> and a short video interview (many more on YouTube): <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4WoeOkj2Ng" target="_blank">Fired Engineer James Damore: I Feel Google Betrayed Me</a> <br><br> There is a lot of argument going on but very little constructive discussion - this is the best I could find: <a href="https://blog.ycombinator.com/ask-a-female-engineer-thoughts-on-the-google-memo/" target="_blank">Ask A Female Engineer: Thoughts on the Google Memo</a>. <br><br> So what do you make of it? Was he acting in good faith? If he was expressing misogynist views, should he have been fired? And even if he was acting in good faith, should he still have been fired? <br><br> Want to know what others think? Take a look at this poll: <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/technology/348246-poll-google-was-wrong-to-fire-engineer-over-diversity-memo" target="_blank">Poll: Google was wrong to fire engineer over diversity memo</a> <br><br> A final thought, what is the real question we should be asking here? 50C66A548CCDC33480258187004CAFB0 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:48:25 +0100 David Gurteen