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Dave Snowden takes down sacred cows, little tin gods and a paper tiger or two

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 30 December 2014



Dave Snowden takes down sacred cows, little tin gods and a paper tiger or two
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 174
Posted DateTuesday 30 December 2014 12:57 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

Dave Snowden - people either love him or hate him - sometimes both at the same time :-) And for good reason - he speaks his mind - and has a wonderful way of questioning things that we take for granted or have held sacrosanct for far too long.

I don't always agree with him - but even when I don't agree - I am left with a nagging doubt that he may be right or there are elements of truth in what he says. This causes me to think harder and more deeply about my own views and beliefs. That has always got to be a good thing!

So, I was delighted to see that he is writing a blog post (an attack blog as he calls it) for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas in which in his own words he plans to "take down sacred cows, little tin gods and a paper tiger or two". Here are the first few in the series:
  1. Breaking Goodharts Law
  2. Confusing correlation with causation and the paucity of good data
  3. The old ways are evil
  4. Anything requiring you to attain levels of enlightenment
As he posts them, you will find the others here. Some enlightening (whoops - should not use that word LOL) and enjoyable reading to take you into the New Year. Enjoy!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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