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Aug 30, 2016

This is just a short in-betweenisode in which I look ahead to our exciting autumn line-up and make a few announcements about the show. Enjoy the rest of your summer and check in for the next full episode on Sept 6th!

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Aug 24, 2016

Do you ever feel like our organisations are trying to chisel fine sculptures with blunt instruments?  This could be a company pursuing a cost-cutting drive at the expense of innovation and growth, a public policy that aims to solve last year's problem instead of dealing with future challenges, or an education system transfixed on improving test scores at the expense of deeper education.  The world is complex, nuanced and much like one of this show's running themes, interconnected.  The world is digital, and yet, many of our approaches are analog, particularly in the realm of public policy.

Fortunately, there is a better way to look at the world that embraced uncertainty and complexity.  It's called systems thinking and my guest today is an expert in this field.  Michele Battle-Fisher is a professor in the Department of Community Health at Wright State University in Ohio, USA.  She is also the author of a book called "Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics: Public Health and Private Illness".  She is fun and engaging and we have a very nutrient dense conversation that covers:

  • Michele's background and systems thinking origin story that involves a 5th grade speech contest;
  • What systems thinking is and why it is useful for dealing with uncertainty and risk;
  • Public policy, sub-optimal outcomes and predicting public behaviour;
  • Health and the challenges associated with creating and meeting health targets (including an example from her book that looks at HIC amongst teens);
  • Artificial intelligence (AI);
  • Donald Rumsfeld's famous quote on "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns";
  • "policy puffins"
  • How we can all become better systems thinkers
  • And much more!

Show notes:

Michele's archived blog: orgcomplexity.wordpreess.com

Michele's scholarship webpage: mbattlefisher.wix.com/orgcomplexity

Michele's book- Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Application-Systems-Thinking-Health-Policy/dp/3319122029/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470658466&sr=8-1&keywords=michele+battle-fisher

Springer (publisher) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319122021

Twitter @Mbattlefisher

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/mbattlefisher

Facebook author page @michelebattlefisher

HumanCurrent podcast @Letsworkhappy http://www.human-current.com

Design4Emergence magazine @d4emergence @gabbleduck (editor- Stacy Hale) design4emergence.com

LinkedIn Groups:

  1. System thinking network (formerly Systems Thinking World)
  2. UK Systems Society
  3. SNA for health
  4. Systems Thinking & System Dynamics Practitioners Global Network

Select Research Institutes and Systems Focused Organizations:

  1. Sante Fe Institute santafe.edu
  2. Complexity Explorer (Sante Fe Institute) www.complexityexplorer.org
  3. Donella Meadows Institute www.donellameadows.org
  4. Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science http://www.bcsss.org/
  5. International Society for the Systems Sciences http://isss.org
  6. Rethink Health rethinkhealth.org/
  7. Waters Foundation www.watersfoundation.org
  8. System Dynamics Society systemdynamics.org/

Donald Rumsfeld Documentary http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2390962/

A few recommended books to introduce systems thinking:

  1. Meadows, D. (2008). Thinking in Systems- a primer. Chelsea Green: White River Junction, Vermont.
  2. Mitchell, M. (2011). Complexity: a guided tour. Oxford : New York.
  3. Kadushin, C. (2012). Understanding Social Networks. Oxford: New York.
  4. Caldarelli, G. & Catanzaro, M. (2012). Networks- a very short introduction. Oxford: New York.
  5. Holland, J. (2013). Complexity- a very short introduction. Oxford: New York.
  6. Watts, D. (2003). Six degrees- the science of a connected age. Norton: New York.
  7. Barabasi, A-L. (2010). Bursts- the hidden patterns behind everything we do, from your email to bloody crusades. Plume: New York.
  8. Barabasi, A-L. (2014). Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life. Basic Books: New York.
  9. Booth-Sweeney, L. & Meadows, D. (2010). The Systems Thinking Playbook. Chelsea Green: White River Junction, Vt.

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Aug 17, 2016

In this in-betweenisode, I offer a "yin and yang" perspective on intelligent risk-taking.  "Think Big" is a about finding an aspiration, vision or goal that based on deep meaning and will keep you motivated during times of adversity.  "Start Small" is all about taking practical steps towards that goal.

Show notes:

Pablo Casals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Casals

"The Black Swan" by Nassim Taleb: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Swan-Impact-Highly-Improbable/dp/0141034599/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471474779&sr=8-1&keywords=the+black+swan 

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Aug 10, 2016

I thoroughly dislike New Year's resolutions because in the vast majority of cases, they fail.  So, I think it is highly appropriate that we have an episode in August that revolves around the themes of health, wellness, resilience improving performance and becoming a better version of yourself by a measure of 10x.  Today's show discusses all of these things and much more without relying on the clich├ęd and popular methods we hear about that ultimately do not work.

My guest is Hari Kalymnios.  Hari is a keynote speaker, trainer, author, Tedx speaker, executive coach and many other things.  He is all about helping people become what he likes to call "super leaders".  He owns a leadership training company here in London called "The Thought Gym" (thethoughtgym.com) and has a very interesting background.  We have a wonderful conversation that covers:

  • Hari-s interesting background including how he got into training and coaching;
  • Things he learned from studying high performers;
  • Mental strength
  • Building energy;
  • Food and nutrition;
  • Daily rituals
  • Adopting new and positive habits sot that they stick;
  • Fixed versus growth mindsets;
  • Risk and intelligent risk-taking;
  • The power of consistency
  • and loads more!

Show notes:

Hari's website: harikalymnios.com 

thethoughtgym.com 

Hari's Tedx talk "Unlock Your Inner Superhuman": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQWGgO4pWy4 

Hari's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/thethoughtgym 

Hari on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thethoughtgym 

The Thought Gym on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheThoughtGym/ 

Hari's book "The Thought Gym": https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thought-Gym-Train-mind-follow/dp/1481966294/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470868480&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thought+gym 

Joseph McClendon III: makeyourfate.com

Book "The Ph Miracle": https://www.amazon.co.uk/pH-Miracle-Balance-Reclaim-Health-ebook/dp/B00FOSA8M8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470868538&sr=1-1&keywords=the+ph+miracle 

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