Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Never make forecasts, especially about the future!” (Samuel Goldwyn)

This is a post about uncertainty, hence the issue of forecasting and the proposition that the value of long term strategic planning is worthwhile. First, why long term strategic work is worthwhile: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you … Continue reading

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Chaos and Uncertainty?

This post explores my perspectives on the distinctions and connections between chaos and uncertainty. In the OD field, uncertainty seems to be used much less that terms such as risk, complexity, instability, and chaos. Yet when I think about the … Continue reading

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OD and Business Strategy lessons to be learned from the Roman Army

A very interesting article (http://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/14/10-things-that-propelled-ancient-rome-to-greatness-that-can-help-your-business/) by Brad Cherniak of Capital Insight was recently posted in the National Post. ┬áThis article examined 10 principles that the Roman Army apparently made use of and their current relevance today. The focus of the … Continue reading

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Uncertainty As Principle – Article by Steven Beattie

In a recent National Post issue an article b y Steven Beattie (http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/04/11/shortcuts-boundary-problems-and-how-does-a-single-blade-of-grass-thank-the-sun/) examines how literature and modern physics share a common attribute concerning uncertainty (“essential instability”).   For me one of the most interesting thoughts in this article is: … Continue reading

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