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Thinking as a subversive activity

While a number of posts on this blog have been dedicated to calling in to question the claims of contemporary management theory to enable managers to predict the future, there can be no doubt that much of it is dedicated to controlling employees.



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If you don't take time, as manager, to reflect and think about what is vital for your organisation, what are you doing all the time?

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David Hain's curator insight, November 6, 2014 12:34 PM

How do you give people time to reflect on what they do. A good start - lay off the management control models!

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How can governments deal with complexity? The kryptonite of strategic thinking

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The more complex a problem, the more difficult it is to come up with a long-term plan, Insead professor Yves Doz says. 

"We are looking at the way in which national governments can become more integrated, can become more strategic, can take a longer-term perspective, [rather] than just be hostage to the political agendas and the political time frames, and that is obviously quite challenging.

We have been finding two or three interesting things."

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Worth reading. I like especially:

"We should be aware that beyond a certain point, the complexity is going to defeat attempts at being rational."

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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 13, 2014 12:45 PM

Four words: brain implants and computers.

 

We need to learn about the social, economic and environmental physics and how our individual, organizational and collective actions impact everyone and everthing else on this planet.  Then we can develop increasingly accurate models for mapping out what is the optimal state or what is the optimal path to get to that optimal state and then let the programs run their course.

 

Most likely we won't get to that point, owing to one potential calamity or another that could ruin the research.  However, the technology is advancing and the perspective of the universe is being reached.  No more can we afford to live in a world of our own brain's creation.  It's time to embrace the reality that is us and around us for what it is and accept it/work with it as such.  For our own sakes, as much as for everyone elses' sake.

 

Think about it.

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Guide - La prise de décision en urbanisme - Vision stratégique

La vision stratégique est une image globale de ce que souhaite devenir une collectivité au terme d'un horizon de planification qui a été préalablement retenu. Celle-ci guide l'organisation dans la gestion du changement souhaité.

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Intéressant outil de planification, par le gouvernement du Québec

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Placing Strategic Bets in the Face of Uncertainty

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Too many people expect strategy to provide certainty. (Strategy needs to be agile).

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To the point: "So rather than seeing strategy as a way to get rid of uncertainty, think about strategy as a way of dealing productively with life's inevitable uncertainty, by continuously making and updating your bets about the future."

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Reasons to stop measuring

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Before implementing any change programs, it is very important for a systemic business coach to see the  structures and mental models which are  ruling the organization .It’s those mental models which create the system structure and as such patterns and behaviors.

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Dans la même idée, à (re)lire: http://www.comitans.ch/fr/blog-philippe-vallat/projets-complexes/130-chiffre-un-deux

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 23, 2014 2:12 PM

A good one... The popes of the SMART-overdone are doomed here...

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Project Management Strategies for Complex Projects: Case Study Report

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TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Renewal Project R10 has released a non-edited version of a report titled Project Management Strategies for Complex Projects: Case Study Report that describes fifteen U.S.

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Christophe Bredillet's curator insight, April 6, 2014 5:30 PM

Worthwhile reading the 3 reports.

Eli Levine's curator insight, April 22, 2014 3:18 PM

It's a lengthy read.

 

But this is the wave of the future.

 

Back to biology!

 

Think about it.

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The end of strategic planning?

The Belgian professor and consultant, Nick van Heck, likes to say, in a purposefully provocative manner that “Disruptions do not exist. They are only an excuse for the unprepared”. For him, leaders need to challenge their assumptions about what strategy and planning are about and how they are structured. He continues: “Strategy should not be about guessing the future but preparing for whatever may be!” I support this way of thinking.

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Strategic planning for complicated systems

Strategizing for complex systems

Check the difference in this great paper!

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Didier Marlier's comment, July 13, 2013 8:21 AM
Thank you Philippe. With you usual sharpness, I think you have summarized well the article and will save readers a lot of time ;) Looking fwd to connect someday...
Jan Lubin's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:43 PM

The need to get all stakeholders involved with you institution/enterprise is essential for any strategic plan to affect organizational change.

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Stratégie non prédictive (3): Les systèmes non linéaires et la nature du problème

Cet article est le troisième d'une série sur l'incertitude et la stratégie non prédictive. En dépit des développements théoriques considérables en stratégie d'entreprise au cours des cinquante dern...
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Très bon article qui bat en brèche les croissances managériales de prédictabilité

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Innovation, Complexity and Social Business

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We live in an age where emergent technologies continue to have massive effects on business and society. Rising complexity requires companies and economies to cope with increasingly interlocking systems.

 

 

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Peter Francis's curator insight, May 4, 2013 8:51 PM

Very good simple must read