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Entries Tagged as 'Uncertainty'

Luck, Serendipity, and the Contextual Strategist

by Mike Rollings  |  December 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

Recently, @davegray @tetradian @nickmalik and I (@mikerollings) had a brief twitter exchange about the role of luck in strategy. What is luck anyway? Isn’t it just a happy accident, an unexpected happening, a simple explanation for the unexpected, a serendipitous association that leaves us in awe of the randomness of life? In that context, strategy […]

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Fight inertia and resurrect entrepreneurs

by Mike Rollings  |  July 18, 2011  |  Comments Off

All organizations at some time in their history have experimented, gained knowledge, and operationalized it – experimentation is synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs test many theories as they launch an idea. They are not afraid of making errors and learning from their mistakes. As they refine ideas and gain more knowledge through experimentation, they eventually reach […]

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Taylorism – A Pox upon Agile

by Mike Rollings  |  April 11, 2011  |  Comments Off

This past Thursday my colleague Kirk Knoernschild pointed out a blog post by Alistair Cockburn about Taylorism creeping into the world of agile. Alistair’s post ignited a discussion within Gartner’s IT1 team reflecting on how it applied to our own agile work practices. What follows are some of my insights about the dangers of Tayloristic […]

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Watson: Impressive Finding not Thinking

by Mike Rollings  |  February 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

National Public Radio (NPR) seems to wake my imagination.  This morning they had a story about IBM’s Watson. Watson is IBM’s computer that is squaring off against two Jeopardy champions – the shows air for the next 3 days. I wonder how many people will begin to believe that Watson actually thinks? I’m sure it […]


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A life out of control

by Mike Rollings  |  January 19, 2011  |  2 Comments

So many things in our life are governed by the idea that we can control the outcome.  Take strategy as as an example.  For years strategists have operated under the false notion that strategies were conceived, plans created and execution of the plan happened.  This resulted in an elite view of conducting strategy and the […]


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Creative destruction: A Lesson in Innovation

by Mike Rollings  |  October 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

I have several creative friends.  Some are musicians, some photographers, one a playwright, and one friend in particular (Tim) is a performance artist.  Tim’s art comes in many forms.  He works with autistic children, he tends bar, he plays a manual typewriter and recites as part of jazz improvisation, and he creates sculpture with metal […]


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Blinders: Better to be Curious than Certain

by Mike Rollings  |  October 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Certainty restricts an organization’s vision about the future and limits the range of expression required for a co-creative environment.  Like a blinders for a horse they prevent an organization from noticing what is going on around them and to adapt to what lies outside their limited view. Perception is a creation of the mind and […]

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Uncertainty is the key that opens a closed mind

by Mike Rollings  |  August 23, 2010  |  3 Comments

Two weeks ago I wrote that organizations must Invest in the new secret weapon: Humans to unleash innovation, hypothesis generation, investigation, imagination, initiative, and calculated risk taking.  Part of this investment is creating an environment that is not based on fear and retribution, but instead one that fosters and appreciates contribution. However, there is a […]


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