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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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And for me Alex - going back to your farm with you Jane your parents and granny
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A typical class room - we had wooden pens with steel nibs and inkwells - very Dickensian. A typical dormitory - this looks like the one that the new boys had next to Matron's bedroom on the first floor. We... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Touche Andrew - hard to know how best to talk about this - I also write stories - what do you suggest?
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Chicken or Egg? - Is the change confronting how we organize to work driven by tech or by culture? The answer to this question is important. For the large organizations have decided on Tech. Are they right? Or are they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In this short, 3 part series I have been musing about how large organizations will make the shift from Hierarchies to "Wirearchies" (Jon Husband's great insight). Much of "Big Consulting" and "Big Tech" are selling their services in the hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Is information enough to transform our lives and our organizations? Can transformation take place as a result of a rational process and data? Is transformation an incremental process or a total process? This is part 2 of a short series... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The great hope for the big consulting firms and ESN Tech firms today is that they will find the technical path to help their big clients - the ones that can pay the $25 million fees - make the shift... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Key risk Charles. What we did when we had this take place at an Investment Bank was that we did a deal with the next layer of executives below the top - then we fired ALL of the top people in one Day of the Long Knives. The young new leaders took us to the new place. Brutal but I know of no other way
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Thanks Charles - I think your point about the choice to be competitive or irrelevant nails it. In our own time we can look back now at Fisher's decisions and see how momentous it was. Of course in hindsight it looks like the right call but now we can see how much trouble it got him into with his peers. MSFT is in a parallel position - the market leader but committed to the culture of "Sail" - or boxed top down desktop based software. It won't take long for the others to take it all. If Nadella did a Fisher would the next layer rebel and what would the board do?
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In Part 1 of this series, I showed that the people are ready for the transformation of the organization to a more social and networked model. In Part 2, I showed the situation where an established leader of a leading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Many thanks to Susan Scrupksi who has kindly invited me to join Change Agents Worldwide - More on CAWW Here. What does this mean to me and maybe even for you? The quick answer is that this is all about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is a portrait of Admiral Sir John Fisher as First Sea Lord. To save the Royal Navy and to push it ahead of all other navies at at time, he set in motion a change in culture that risked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
It does - So we are starting to get to the heart of good social design - limits to total amour of relationships and limits to their physical spec as well
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Many of us are starting to see that there is math that underpins human community (Magic Numbers) I think that they should be: for surely all else in Nature that is about relationships has math? Light, Gravity, Water and Heat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In this short series, I have offered you a framework for how to understand your health so that you can take charge of it and live a long and healthy and active life. (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
What is health to you? What is disease? I used to think that health was the absence of disease. I used to think that disease was some kind of enemy out there that attacked me in some arbitary way. So... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
What is stress and how does it affect our health? The stress that affects our health is not the stress of a car accident or one bad event but the decades long stress of trying to be someone we are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
We are all different. Some familes have histories of heart disease others like mine of depression. Why is this? Why do some of us easily get type 2 diabetes and others not? Why is our health so different? This post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I think that the answer is yes - provided you have a context for your life. Just as the new Protestants could read the bible as a family and so work out how to live their lives in order to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Thanks John - It always make me feel better when you think I might be on to something. And you know so much about IT ands health. I like your analogy of the Help Desk i I will use it - it makes it all very clear - also that the system profits from our illness. Wishing you all the very best in 2014 Rob
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This image shows the sale of Indulgences. By paying money to the pope, you got a certificate that guaranteed that the person named would go to heaven. Millions were raised this way. The money was used to pay off the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Thanks so much Chuck - I will dive in Rob
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November is nearly over and millions of men will shave off their moustache much to the relief of their women. It all sounds so great. Men getting together to share and help each other. It's the male Pink Ribbon! But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Dear Megan I found that by looking back over my life, I found the times that I was most fulfilled and then I did my best to use the principles of that insight to create a new life. Key was to cut my costs so that I did not need to be a wage slave. In my case that meant leaving the big city for a rural life. I am not saying that this is for anyone else, a rural life, but low costs are surely part of getting free? All the best to you Rob
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