Playing what isn’t there

Miles Davis created his unique sound by “playing what wasn’t there”. He had an approach that used notes as signposts, not as instructions. In the industrial economy, we played the notes. A whole industry was developed creating business plans, business qualifications, and consulting offers based around this approach. It worked really well as long asContinue reading “Playing what isn’t there”

The quiet revolution you’re in. Like it or not.

The interesting thing about revolutions is that nobody knows they’re happening until they’re over. Up to that point, we get worried about anomalies, and try to get things back to normal. So it is with centralisation. We have seen it (or often chosen not to see it) in the rise of everything from Napster toContinue reading “The quiet revolution you’re in. Like it or not.”

Friday question #3. Play, leadership and work.

In a world of increasing complexity, a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) I think we try to make our selves feel more comfortable by talking about “change management”, as though that somehow makes something essentially unmanageable less threatening. By believing we can manage it (as against develop a relationship with it – somethingContinue reading “Friday question #3. Play, leadership and work.”