Archive for April, 2014

Elemental Ecosystems

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Again Simon Heath stimulates and provokes the right kind of thinking. Splendid take on why “organisations” should morph into corporate “organisms” and take on life. Not drain it from the very people that make things “work”.


In humans, sodium is an essential nutrient that regulating blood volume, blood pressure, osmotic equilibrium and pH, sodium is an essential nutrient for humans, the minimum physiological requirement being 500 milligrams a day. The daily recommended intake of sodium is 2.3 grams per day. However, with most of the sodium in our diet coming from the processed foods we are so fond of, in the United States, for example, the average intake is 3.4 grams, an amount that is a factor in the 7.6 million premature deaths from hypertension worldwide. Despite its being essential for our physiological equilibrium, elemental sodium requires careful handling. It generates flammable hydrogen and caustic sodium hydroxide upon contact with water and powdered sodium may spontaneously explode in the presence of oxygen. Not the kind of element you’d imagine as being necessary for the continuation of a healthy existence.

It’s buddy from the Periodic Table, chlorine…

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Very nice debut blog here. Well done Stuart

The Joy of Work

In late 2011, I attended a workplace conference and one of the speakers was the author Alan Moore. His talk was the highlight of an otherwise unmemorable event. I subsequently read Moore’s book (the wonderful “No Straight Lines”) and in it he mentioned a chap named John Seddon who I recalled was occasionally wheeled out on various Radio 4 current affairs and news programmes and, to my ears, spoke a lot of sense. On a whim, I bought Seddon’s book “Systems Thinking in the Public Sector” and for me, it was nothing short of a revelation.

Now, let me be clear I have never met Seddon and I have no business or financial interests associated with him at all. I had not heard of Systems Thinking before but Seddon’s ideas grasped me and would not let go: conceptualising organisations as complex adaptive systems with a purpose; designing work against customers’ value demands; the elimination of waste; the ethos of getting…

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