Category Archives: Risk & Uncertainty

Should I vote? Am I qualified and the uncertainty and risk implications

A recent article in the National Post (24 may, 2014, A17) titled “Some people shouldn’t vote” by David Moscrop (University of British Columbia (Sorry, I could not find an online link to this article) raises the question of whether we … Continue reading

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Performance Management: The Performance Cube and Managerial Performance

A recent article (http://business.financialpost.com/2014/05/01/confronting-a-bad-management-epidemic-with-incalculably-high-costs/) by Rick Spence in the National Post intrigued me because of its core thesis: “Why do so many capable business leaders manage things so badly?”. This post explores the article’s thoughts using the model called the … Continue reading

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“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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Why we love rules in our lives!

This post explores a line of speculation on why we clamour for rules on complex issues in our lives. As speculation, this means I will lay a line reasoning with my critical assumptions on the table so to speak. Hence, … Continue reading

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