Listening: kids are really really good at it, and managers are mainly awful at it…

The first word of Miles Davis’ autobiography is LISTEN. He described jazz as being about “freedom and space to hear things”

I often declare that I will write a book called “Everything I Learnt About Management I Learnt From Playworking.” A bit like a preschool version of Mark McCormack’s  “Things they don’t teach you at Springfield Elementary”. (But I digress,and I’m also in danger of revealing my punchline.)

🎶 You can’t improvise if you don’t listen.

🏭 You can’t manage if you don’t listen. 

🗽You can’t lead if you don’t listen. 

Here are somebody else’s wise words about listening: please listen…

“They are always listening. Not just to the words we say to them, but those we say in their presence to others. That is their real learning environment. When we managers take that seriously, that’s when our people begin to make us better managers, the kind who think about the words they say and the tones we use with the people in our lives. They make us work to become the managers we’ve always wanted to be, if only because that’s the sort of person we want them to be.

“Our staff don’t learn anything from obedience other than how to command and control, a dubious education at best. They learn everything else by listening (and watching, of course). Real learning requires processing, repetition, time, and experience to fully comprehend. It takes place on their schedule, not yours, which is why it can seem as if they are not listening. But they are: know it, and strive to be the manager you want them to be. That’s the real work of management.”

Read more here:

https://goo.gl/bNNIOq

Old management whine in VUCA bottles…

http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/lead/strategy/vuca-leadership-why-you-need-it-and-how-to-develop-it

Paradigm shift/leadingedge/bluesky/fad cycle/ same old same old.Yada

Yada

Yada yada.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemsley_Fraser

Buy our stuff.

Yada Yada

And…

I’m sure they are lovely people doing lovely things, andnotbut™, I’m afraid I have to say: old management whine in VUCA bottles…

 

 

Finally, somebody is realising that measures might be a problem!

“Outcome measures in research about treatment and service provision may not seem a particularly controversial or even exciting domain for citizen involvement. Although the research landscape is changing – partly as a result of engaging stakeholders in knowledge production and its effects – the design of outcome measures has been largely immune to these developments.

“The standard way of constructing such measures – for evaluating treatment outcomes and services – has serious flaws and requires an alternative that grounds them firmly in the experiences and situations of the people whose views are being solicited.”

Thank you, dear academics and researchers, for noticing!

https://i2insights.org/2017/02/21/user-design-of-outcome-measures/

Why do birds suddenly* appear…

…to flock?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=iRNqhi2ka9k

Google ‘why do starlings flock’.

Actually, I’m being a little unfair, as I haven’t provided you with any ‘starter’ reading. Try these: 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2011/aug/21/starlings-flock-together-study

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/17/scientists-call-public-help-solve-mystery-of-starlings-murmuration-displays

And here is the famous Boids simulation developed by Craig Reynolds: 

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FChkV9TDsZgC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128&dq=Santa+Fe+Institute+boids+simulation+Chris+Langton+Craig+Reynolds&source=bl&ots=a7eEKUAi0d&sig=ZJsHQG52WoZJIrzXy9TEJzpVaL4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO7eaYxL3RAhWDuhoKHWxiA-IQ6AEICjAA#v=onepage&q=Santa%20Fe%20Institute%20boids%20simulation%20Chris%20Langton%20Craig%20Reynolds&f=false

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Then we can have a discussion about what constitutes an explanation. For you. For scientists. For others…

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*Regrettably, it isn’t because, 

“They want to be

Close to you.”

Why I love my possessions as a mirror and a gallery of me | Aeon Essays

“Were I to live without my stuff, I’d have the same intellect, the same memories, values and beliefs that I hold now; but, without objects anchoring me and providing pleasure, I fear I’d fly off the face of the Earth. I know I’d be a miserable version of that self, endlessly muttering: ‘I used to have one of those.’ As Belk reminds us, people entering the military, religious orders, concentration camps, prisons and other institutions have their personal possessions removed immediately, to eliminate their uniqueness.

Shorn of my possessions, I would still be me. But, I suspect, not for long.”

Go read it.

https://aeon.co/essays/why-i-love-my-possessions-as-a-mirror-and-a-gallery-of-me

Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery Is An Act Of Art – Woodworking ideas

http://wwideas.com/2016/10/traditional-japanese-wood-joinery-is-an-act-of-art 

I study other people’s craft to try to improve my own pathetic efforts.

These guys are quite skilled…

I seek inspiration for new approaches from seemingly unrelated fields. 

I challenge myself to learn from these wood artists and from jazz musicians, to name but two.