Organising to Manage Uncertainty in an Unpredictable World

Organising to Manage Uncertainty in an Unpredictable WorldInaugural post by Rob Edmondstone (I am sure he would appreciate your feedback and encouragement)Most people would agree that life is unpredictable and full of uncertainty. They would also agree that everything in the world is not necessarily rational or knowable. With that in mind, is there any …

Reflection Makes Sense

Reflection Makes Sense Organisations, despite their apparent preoccupation with facts, numbers, objectivity, concreteness, and accountability, are in fact saturated with subjectivity, abstraction, guesses, making do, invention and arbitrariness… just like the rest of us. (Weick 1969, p. 5) These are the words of Karl Weick who helps us understand that all organisations and people have …

‘Care-ology’ in the work place!

‘Care-ology’ in the work place! In the wake of yet more attacks in Paris, Lebanon, Belgium I cannot but feel the fatigue and tension as the world waits. Yet in amongst it all we see (in the news) and hear (in the media) moments of compassion. When everything else is taken away we become humane, …

Acknowledge Trade-offs to Make Better Inquiries

Acknowledge Trade-offs to Make Better Inquiries I’ve just arrived home from the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) 2016 Conference, where I had the privilege of both listening to and then reflecting on some great presentations. I also presented a short paper myself. If you’re interested in reading my paper, you can access it here. …

Can Safety Be Defined as “Reliability”?

Some time ago we asked the question “What Is Safety”.  We didn't find a real definition - probably because there isn't one. We had more success in answering the question: “What Isn’t Safety” (“If safety is just zero harm then love must just be zero hate”) Karl Weick says of reliability: “People aren’t used to …