UPDATE 2011 (four years since my first post): Effectuation has become a bigger deal. It’s even in Wikipedia now.
UPDATE: Work seems to be going on at this website. They even have a unconference of sorts in December 2009. [which website?]
The papers on this site explain well the tough concept of “Ready Fire Aim”. From these papers, its possible to translate the concepts of positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship into business practice.
It is also possible to argue logically for a strategic approach based on the level of predictability in the environment.
StumbleUpon kindly threw up this freeform poem of Shel Silverstein. I haven’t read him before. I particularly like What If as a poem for the incorrigibly anxious, and God’s Wheel, for the incorrigibly stable!
For the anxious and catastrophizing
by Shel Silverstein
Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some What ifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old What if song:
What if I’m dumb in school?
What if they’ve closed the swimming pool?
What if I get beat up?
What if there’s poison in my cup?
What if I start to cry?
What if I get sick and die?
What if I flunk that test?
What if green hair grows on my chest?
What if nobody likes me?
What if a bolt of lightning strikes me?
What if I don’t grow tall?
What if my head starts getting smaller?
What if the fish won’t bite?
What if the wind tears up my kite?
What if they start a war?
What if my parents get divorced?
What if the bus is late?
What if my teeth don’t grow in straight?
What if I tear my pants?
What if I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the night time What ifs strike again!
For the incorrigibly complacent
by Shel Silverstein
GOD says to me with a kind
of smile, “Hey how would you like
to be God awhile
And steer the world?”
“Okay,” says I, “I’ll give it a try.Where do I set?
How much do I get?
What time is lunch?
When can I quit?””Gimme back that wheel,” says GOD.
“I don’t think you’re quite ready YET.”
UPDATE: I’m happy to add some downloads here linking the poetry, particularly of David Whyte, to contemporary management. Removed.
I am currently reading The Heart Aroused. I really recommend it as a an overview of modern views on management. If you mean to get into positive organizational scholarship or positive psychology or the Edge Economy and networked competing supply chains, crowd-sourced solutions and cognitive surplus, you need to read this book.
UPDATE: 03 July 2010. With Clay Shirky’s book on Cognitive Surplus about to come out, and the British governments experiments in crowd-sourcing, we will see renewed interest in people-driven ventures mediated online.
The big question is whether business has the imagination to go this route or whether they will remain locked in to models of secrecy.