Early into Dave Snowden‘s presentation in #change11 this week, I nearly bailed. Admittedly, I hadn’t made time for any of the readings yet (sometimes I use this as a test of how easily one can jump into the content). I was distracted, flipping back and forth between Collaborate and other work I was doing and I couldn’t get ‘in’ to what he was saying. His work sounded too academic, prickly and uncomfortable for me.
About 20 minutes in, I was glad I hadn’t bailed because we moved into more practical examples and metaphors that made Dave’s expertise more accessible to me. Here are my takeaways:
– Don’t just hang out hugging your fellow fluffy bunnies. Invite the ‘devil bunnies’ to rattle your own viewpoint, on purpose.
– Decide whether we want to develop recipe book readers or chefs. The former can regurgitate ‘right’ ways to do things. The latter can adapt to circumstances and make do with whatever is available. Chefs are risk takers, experts who know enough about the tools and ingredients to put them together in ways that fit the complexity of the moment.
– My fellow moocer put together this Ferrari and the Brazilian rainforest post to highlight differences between complicated and complex things. I’m grateful for his concrete distinction.
– If you’re not failing, often, you’re actually failing. Flipped around, a good learning experience is one that doesn’t go smoothly.
– Dave’s principles of knowledge exchange fit well with the fascinating book I’m currently reading: Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. Had I thin-sliced Dave’s presentation early on and decided to bail, I would have missed out on something valuable.
Maybe I’ve got it, maybe I don’t. Let me know what you think.
From → Smarter worker