Making sense of sensemaking

19 03 2015

I really liked this blog from Jane Heart where she referenced Ayers infographic on how to future proof your career. I think the infographic shows organisations are coming to the realisationt that managing complex social problems will become a more prevelant part of day to day business management. According to Ayers people will require certain “skills” going forward to remain relevant or valuable in modern organisations. These skills are:
Sensemaking, social intelligence, novel and adaptive thinking, cross cultural competency, computational thinking, new media literacy, transfisciplinary thinking, design mindset, coginitive load management and virtual collaboration.

Although I agree with the contents of the list I am concerned with the thinking that these are skills. To me most of the items are part of an organisational mindset rather than a skill. This is important, because if an employer tries to search for someone with this on their CV, and eventually find such a canidate, they will soon be disilusioned by the value such a person bring to the organisation if the organisation is not willing to embrace the new way of working that these abilities will require.

Lets take sensemaking as an example:

Sensemaking is not a skill. Sensemaking is not something that you can designate to happen at a specific time, it happens all the time. When something happens in the environment people will collectively construct a story about the event or queue that will become part of the lore of the team. This process is the process of sensemaking.
You cannot have a deignated sensemaker, an expert or guru to make sense for you as a role. Sensemaking is always collective and best done by people close to the problem.

I am very excited by the fact that sensemaking is becoming more important for organisations, but it most certainly is not an expert skill you can import and all will be better.


Implementing Microsoft SharePoint

3 02 2011

I really liked the blog that shows 10 tips and tricks to consider when implementing Microsoft SharePoint. The truth is that it actually applies to most software implementation projects, SharePoint is just so versatile that you have to apply your mind more diligently.

The Mahout

19 02 2010

I loved the blog about the Mahout, elephant and the path.

Zapping his Excellency

19 02 2010

With many South-Africans I am disgruntled about the dude that was, in Idi Amin style held for 24 hours for zapping ( some say he was waiving dismissively we are not clear on this) the JZ motorcade this past Monday. This has raised many discussions about freedom of speech and the fact that JZ is just another politician and that and the fact that we as citizens are paying his salary, also means that we can zap away!

Apparently according to News 24 there are a facebook group that is now getting together, standing on their right to zap whoever they want.

So what we are saying here is that we have the right to have bad manners. That is indeed so, but do we not have the responsibility to behave with good manners in an honourable way? Are we not suppose to be the change that we want to see in the world? Surely we will not fix the fact that the President and his body guards does not respect us, by not respecting them back?

My Mother taught me that two wrongs does not make a right! So to the guys who believe that they have the right to zap the president I have this to say:

You are just proving that you are not better than him and his thugs apparently protecting him. RISE ABOVE THE OCCASION PEOPLE!

Photos of Mars

12 02 2010

These photos of Mars is just wonderful. The way that they are natural and alien at the same time makes them fascinating.

Social networking policy

10 02 2010

This is a good example of what an organisational policy for employees to make use of social networking should be.


10 02 2010

This I like!!!!

Rules are for the guidance of the wise and for the blind obedience of fools’