Management & governance more than rational analysis.

Interesting (2014) blog from Henry Mintzberg on (1980/90’s) Harvard MBA failings, echos my own (1992) MBA Dissertation. A flexible learning organisation needs a rational model like a hole in the head. What goes around comes around. Also put me in mind of (1920/30’s) Mary Parker-Follett.

Governance with Love, from New York to Boston. @platobooktour

My investigations here started 15 years ago into information, particularly as knowledge in a decision-making context, but it’s been some years since I decided governance was the umbrella term for that agenda – the basis for enacting best decisions – for any groups of people or constituencies of any size. Furthermore, wherever the information does not simply represent … Continue reading “Governance with Love, from New York to Boston. @platobooktour”

Anarchy Chooses Governance

I was thinking this hearing the news stories around bitcoin going maintream, and noticed this post on LinkedIn today. “the bitcoin industry embraces what it was built to avoid – rules and regulation” Sooner or later every (would be) anarchist discovers “we” chose governance because it’s good for “us”. You listening Russell Brand?

Governance not Mob Rule, Please

In response to this Herald Scotland piece on EU and UK Constitutional  difficulties being posted on Facebook Smiffy posted this: I can’t even decide which way I would vote on our membership of the EU. I see that there are apparently valid arguments on both sides, both sides use economic and social arguments for their … Continue reading “Governance not Mob Rule, Please”

Values in Governance

In a debate ostensiby about theistic religion vs atheistic humanism over on the Rev Sam’s Elizaphanian blog, the subject has come back round to the pragmatic issues of “values” and the institutions needed for their maintenance in society generally. [Here] [Here] & [Here]. Debates on both MoQ-Discuss and Friends of Wisdom have ended up precisely here before … Continue reading “Values in Governance”

What Keeps Me Awake At Night?

Ben Taylor responded to a challenge from Katrin Shaw on LinkedIn, and I’m taking it up, and taking a lead, from his response. Suffering? No, I certainly don’t lie awake worrying about widespread suffering, unfairness and inequality in the world – a question as old as philosophy and theology, and I’m certainly fortunate not to … Continue reading “What Keeps Me Awake At Night?”

50 Years of Systems and Pirsig

Ostensibly I’m re-reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in order to review the 50th Anniversary edition, but as usual I’m finding more significant note-worthy connections with my ongoing systems thinking work than there are pages in the original. The read – the story – is of course very familiar, I’m reading it for … Continue reading “50 Years of Systems and Pirsig”

Not Frightening the Horses

When dealing with science and engineering “STEM” and other numerate bean-counter accountant & management “MBA” types it’s funny what comes up in conversation. In dialogue you might pick-up considerations like Love and Spirituality, but you won’t find those words in their spreadsheets or specifications. In sensible, real-world, day-job contexts where rubber meets the road it … Continue reading “Not Frightening the Horses”