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What could not of happened (but did)?

May 1, 2020
Patrick Hollingworth
As I’ve said many times before, there is no normal: there are only multiple, interconnected dynamics continuously unfurling and unfolding across one another at different speeds (some slowly, at barely perceptible speeds; others too quickly to appreciate).
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Transformation in the Time of Pandemic

March 27, 2020
Patrick Hollingworth
One of the critical ideas to grasp when seeking to change systems is the need to be able to work within and across multiples of different contexts at the same time. This is quite challenging for most of us who have lived in a world where
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What the heck is going on?

March 27, 2020
Patrick Hollingworth
So we need to work together. We will recover from this, but we will immediately face new uncertainties: decarbonising our economies over the next decade is a herculean task compared to this current crisis.
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Networks: A Continued Exploration of the Paretian World

November 21, 2019
Patrick Hollingworth
Just because we’ve only broadly started gaining an understanding of networks, their structures and their dynamics, it doesn’t mean they have not been at play for a very long time (at least 3.8 billion years, to be specific).
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Distributions: Understanding the Gaussian and Paretian Worlds

November 21, 2019
Patrick Hollingworth
So what are the different types of distributions that exist? As it turns out, there are lots—but to avoid making your head explode from cognitive overload*—let us break it down into two key types: Gaussian and Paretian distributions.
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12 Themes for 2019

February 12, 2019
Patrick Hollingworth
And so if “architecture is essentially the designing of the spaces we live and breathe in”, what organisational transformation for an increasingly uncertain and complex world needs to be doing right now is designing the spaces in
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Understanding Organisational Landscapes

November 23, 2018
Patrick Hollingworth
And so it goes if you are working on organisational transformation. You must get off the tour-bus and be prepared to explore and deeply understand your landscape, and most importantly, give yourself the time that is needed.
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Eastern and Western Philosophies: It’s Different Strokes for Different Folks

November 10, 2018
Patrick Hollingworth
Some time ago, this looking at organisational transformation from different perspectives led me to draw this conclusion about the typical western approach to change: transformation
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Mistaking names for knowledge

April 10, 2018
Patrick Hollingworth
If our collective desire is to avoid unwarranted confidence and bravado, reckless action and unintended negative consequences, and instead influence the evolution of organisations—remembering that they are human complex
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Pay attention. It’s OK to be outraged!

December 1, 2017
Patrick Hollingworth
Unfortunately, because the complicated approach has been the dominant influence in the building of organisations, the management industry has been able to reinforce and propagate itself
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History Inevitably Runs Deep

August 17, 2017
Patrick Hollingworth
Most organisational transformation efforts that I see today tend to be based on a similarly-flawed logic. The organisation wants to instantaneously look like
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The way things were, the way things are, and the way things… will be?

May 24, 2017
Patrick Hollingworth
We have seen that over the past two centuries, the forces controlling enterprise and the world of work have changed from market to managerial and the domain type from complex to complicated. But what I think we are now only beginning to see are the limitations
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On the Death of an Alpinist

May 3, 2017
Patrick Hollingworth
Over the past decade or so it seems to have become an all-too-familiar occurrence: to awake to an April or May morning to the news overnight of death in the Himalayas, and more often than not, on Everest.
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A Contrarian’s Guide to Organisational Transformation

April 10, 2017
Patrick Hollingworth
Innovation and agility has became the must-do mantra of nearly every organisation today. And yet, despite the mantra’s popularity, it seems that very few folk talking about innovation and agility actually understand what they are saying
Read More

My Summer of Dis/Content

March 21, 2017
Patrick Hollingworth
In my mind it kinda feels like it’s the first day back at school after the holidays and everyone’s catching up on what everyone else did over the break… but of course that’s just me—given it’s now mid-March
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It’s Time to Give 2016 The Finger…

December 22, 2016
Patrick Hollingworth
It’s been full of tumult and unexpected events on a global scale. A whole heap of stuff has gone down that very few folk saw coming.When an onslaught of unexpectedness happens we experience what is known as cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance occurs when our brains struggle to interpret new information that does not correlate with or confirm our existing knowledge or beliefs.
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This Is The Most Important Thing I’ve Ever Written

September 30, 2016
Patrick Hollingworth
So… here’s the truth. Things have been keeping me awake at night of late. Things that, no matter how hard I try, as I lay in my bed, twisting and turning under the sheets, I cannot reconcile in mind. Things that have me really, really, worried.
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On why you might consider employing a Chief Context Officer

September 12, 2016
Patrick Hollingworth
Most of the time, when businesses fail to understand the changing nature of the world, the juicy stuff happens behind close doors*, and you rarely actually get to see the proponents actually play out the drama on the big screen, captured in beautiful yet tragic and haunting vision, as happens in this documentary.
Read More

Why our fear of death is (metaphorically speaking) killing us!

August 1, 2016
Patrick Hollingworth
So it’s not really that surprising that we’re just a little bit consumed by fear at the moment.During times of massive uncertainty, when we don’t know what’s gonna happen next, our initial response is to become fearful. Humans, after all, don’t trust what they don’t know.
Read More

Technology Alone is Not the Solution

June 20, 2016
Patrick Hollingworth
We understand that things need to change, and we understand that we need to become more responsive to the rapidly-changing landscape, but we’re not so sure where to start. It often leads to grand statements about dramatic transformation initiatives and new company visions to become more agile and innovative.
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What could not of happened (but did)?

May 1, 2020

As I’ve said many times before, there is no normal: there are only multiple, interconnected dynamics continuously unfurling and unfolding across one another at different speeds (some slowly, at barely perceptible speeds; others too quickly to appreciate).

Read More

Transformation in the Time of Pandemic

March 27, 2020

One of the critical ideas to grasp when seeking to change systems is the need to be able to work within and across multiples of different contexts at the same time. This is quite challenging for most of us who have lived in a world where

Read More

What the heck is going on?

March 27, 2020

So we need to work together. We will recover from this, but we will immediately face new uncertainties: decarbonising our economies over the next decade is a herculean task compared to this current crisis.

Read More

Networks: A Continued Exploration of the Paretian World

November 21, 2019

Just because we’ve only broadly started gaining an understanding of networks, their structures and their dynamics, it doesn’t mean they have not been at play for a very long time (at least 3.8 billion years, to be specific).

Read More

Distributions: Understanding the Gaussian and Paretian Worlds

November 21, 2019

So what are the different types of distributions that exist? As it turns out, there are lots—but to avoid making your head explode from cognitive overload*—let us break it down into two key types: Gaussian and Paretian distributions.

Read More

12 Themes for 2019

February 12, 2019

And so if “architecture is essentially the designing of the spaces we live and breathe in”, what organisational transformation for an increasingly uncertain and complex world needs to be doing right now is designing the spaces in

Read More

Understanding Organisational Landscapes

November 23, 2018

And so it goes if you are working on organisational transformation. You must get off the tour-bus and be prepared to explore and deeply understand your landscape, and most importantly, give yourself the time that is needed.

Read More

Eastern and Western Philosophies: It’s Different Strokes for Different Folks

November 10, 2018

Some time ago, this looking at organisational transformation from different perspectives led me to draw this conclusion about the typical western approach to change: transformation

Read More

Mistaking names for knowledge

April 10, 2018

If our collective desire is to avoid unwarranted confidence and bravado, reckless action and unintended negative consequences, and instead influence the evolution of organisations—remembering that they are human complex

Read More

Pay attention. It’s OK to be outraged!

December 1, 2017

Unfortunately, because the complicated approach has been the dominant influence in the building of organisations, the management industry has been able to reinforce and propagate itself

Read More

History Inevitably Runs Deep

August 17, 2017

Most organisational transformation efforts that I see today tend to be based on a similarly-flawed logic. The organisation wants to instantaneously look like

Read More

The way things were, the way things are, and the way things… will be?

May 24, 2017

We have seen that over the past two centuries, the forces controlling enterprise and the world of work have changed from market to managerial and the domain type from complex to complicated. But what I think we are now only beginning to see are the limitations

Read More

On the Death of an Alpinist

May 3, 2017

Over the past decade or so it seems to have become an all-too-familiar occurrence: to awake to an April or May morning to the news overnight of death in the Himalayas, and more often than not, on Everest.

Read More

A Contrarian’s Guide to Organisational Transformation

April 10, 2017

Innovation and agility has became the must-do mantra of nearly every organisation today. And yet, despite the mantra’s popularity, it seems that very few folk talking about innovation and agility actually understand what they are saying

Read More

My Summer of Dis/Content

March 21, 2017

In my mind it kinda feels like it’s the first day back at school after the holidays and everyone’s catching up on what everyone else did over the break… but of course that’s just me—given it’s now mid-March

Read More

It’s Time to Give 2016 The Finger…

December 22, 2016

It’s been full of tumult and unexpected events on a global scale. A whole heap of stuff has gone down that very few folk saw coming.When an onslaught of unexpectedness happens we experience what is known as cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance occurs when our brains struggle to interpret new information that does not correlate with or confirm our existing knowledge or beliefs.

Read More

This Is The Most Important Thing I’ve Ever Written

September 30, 2016

So… here’s the truth. Things have been keeping me awake at night of late. Things that, no matter how hard I try, as I lay in my bed, twisting and turning under the sheets, I cannot reconcile in mind. Things that have me really, really, worried.

Read More

On why you might consider employing a Chief Context Officer

September 12, 2016

Most of the time, when businesses fail to understand the changing nature of the world, the juicy stuff happens behind close doors*, and you rarely actually get to see the proponents actually play out the drama on the big screen, captured in beautiful yet tragic and haunting vision, as happens in this documentary.

Read More

Why our fear of death is (metaphorically speaking) killing us!

August 1, 2016

So it’s not really that surprising that we’re just a little bit consumed by fear at the moment.During times of massive uncertainty, when we don’t know what’s gonna happen next, our initial response is to become fearful. Humans, after all, don’t trust what they don’t know.

Read More

Technology Alone is Not the Solution

June 20, 2016

We understand that things need to change, and we understand that we need to become more responsive to the rapidly-changing landscape, but we’re not so sure where to start. It often leads to grand statements about dramatic transformation initiatives and new company visions to become more agile and innovative.

Read More

Three books that I really think you should read.

June 6, 2016

I love reading and my appetite for books which both challenge and compliment my thinking could perhaps be described at times as voracious.

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Beware the insidious and invisible threat of… Goalodicy!!!

May 23, 2016

It’s that time of year again where for a brief period of time (in between the end of the northern hemisphere winter in April and the start of the Asian monsoon in late May) short windows of stable weather occur at extreme altitude, enabling mountaineers to climb to the summits of the Himalaya’s highest mountains, including, of course, Mount Everest.

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