Organizing reflection 9

This is a post in my series on organizing ”between and beyond.” Other posts are here. The purpose of this post is to reflect on subjects occupying my mind. I make no claim to fully believe what I write. Neither do I pretend that others have not already thought or written about the same subject. More often than not, I take up, combine, and add to already existing thoughts and ideas.

What is on my mind?
There are no formulas—except that this is a formula!

I attribute this idea to Skye Hirst. It’s based on her long experience working with clients. I think there’s much truth in this idea. We have an overreliance in tools, methods, and techniques. I see it in my working environment.

I think this is related to what Nora Bateson writes about in her new book Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns. The solutions expected, and ways predicted, are often far removed from the options that surface when viewed from a wider context.1 Nora Bateson has spent much time defending the possibility that trying to solve a problem by going directly at it is only occasionally effective.2 She usually receives bewildered looks and a plea for methods and techniques. But, so often, we instead make more a of a mess.3 Relying on formulas is a way of short-circuiting which is often destructive.

1 Nora Bateson, Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns (Triarchy Press, Second edition, 2017), p.77.
2 Ibid..
3 Ibid..

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. He shares his reading, book reviews, and learning on his personal blog.

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