What does it mean to be disrupted?

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Updated on 15 September 2020 It felt to me as if the refrain that technology is disrupting our lives had reached a crescendo in 2019 and early 2020. For most people, it feels as if the implications of technological advancements are creeping slowly but surely into their everyday lives. The “industrial revolution” is not happening… Continue reading What does it mean to be disrupted?

A big shout out to Harold Jarche

A few years ago, I completed the Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) programme by Harold Jarche. I was then struck by how well thought through his training programme was. I could immediately use many of these ideas to improve how I develop, nurture and organise my knowledge on a daily basis. One key idea that Harold… Continue reading A big shout out to Harold Jarche

How to use remote team collaboration

Updated on 7 April 2020, also posted to www.innovationcoach.co.za/blog I am supporting teams that are using Slack, MS Teams or other remote collaboration applications. Some of my clients also use Viber or WhatsApp. In our company, Mesopartner, we’ve been using Slack for a few years. It’s not my purpose here to review these different applications, but… Continue reading How to use remote team collaboration

Supporting your team from a distance during self or imposed isolation

Nikola Tesla was able to concentrate on reading a book while electricity arced and sparked around him

Updated on 7 April 2020, also posted to www.innovationcoach.co.za/blog I have been receiving many messages from clients and friends asking for advice on how to work from home. I have organised the requests into three groups. The first group has been asking me how I manage my time. What works for me is to organise my… Continue reading Supporting your team from a distance during self or imposed isolation

New podcast episode published on System Insight: Episode 6 On Competitiveness

I hope you are all following our Systemic Insight podcast series. Instructions below! We have just launched a new episode on the Systemic Insight Podcast. In this episode, I discuss with Marcus the concept of competitiveness. The chat was inspired by some reading Marcus had been doing that condemned competition to be part of the… Continue reading New podcast episode published on System Insight: Episode 6 On Competitiveness

Improving the value proposition of the meso layer to enterprises

Updated and refined, 12 April 2020 When working to improve the performance of any sector or value chain, we are often confronted with a range of meso organisations or programmes designed to support upgrading, skills development and better decision making in small businesses in the targeted sector. While mapping these organisations is not so difficult,… Continue reading Improving the value proposition of the meso layer to enterprises

Some of the challenge prospective clients that reach out to me are grappling with

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Some of the issues that prospective clients that approach me are struggling with around meso and/or technological change

Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability

This article is from the Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2019 (Cunningham, 2019). In this article, I explore how one could go about to discover the network of meso organisations in a country that helps the private and the public sector to strengthen technological capability. During the past year, Mesopartner has been working with the Trade and Industrial… Continue reading Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability

Meso Institutions as enablers of Self-Discovery, Increasing Learning and resilience

Updated on 18 April 2020, originally published 15 October 2019 In every economy there are organisations that emerge to address all kinds of market, structural and organisational failures. We call these organisations meso organisations – they perform meso functions aimed at improving the economic performance and prosperity of the micro-level. While some meso functions may… Continue reading Meso Institutions as enablers of Self-Discovery, Increasing Learning and resilience

The evolution of technologies, industries and regions

In the earlier research on technological evolution in the 1970-1995 period, attention was mainly paid to either a whole economy or a single sector or technological paradigm. It is broadly understood from this research that different industries and technologies evolve at different rates. This means that over time, some industries may be more important than… Continue reading The evolution of technologies, industries and regions