Learn from Russel Ackoff

The In Thinking network offers many great ways to learn. This week they have 4 hour long conference call discussions with Russ Ackoff. Thought Pieces (suggested links to review in preparation for the conference call)
Lecture on “Systems Practice” at Open University (audio file)
Transforming the Systems Movement
A Major Mistake that Managers Make
From Mechanistic to Social Systems Thinking

These four resources are great, even if you are not going to participate in the conference calls.

Related: articles by Russel AckoffCurious Cat Management Improvement CalendarWrite it DownTransformation and RedesignAckoff’s F-laws: Common Sins of Management

See the web site for more details and to register. There is no charge for participating (those outside the USA have to pay for their phone connection). As always, you are invited to participate for as long, or as short, as you can in one or both of these sessions…

Option Time (Pacific Time)
1 – Thursday, January 24th – 12:00-1:00pm
2 – Thursday, January 24th- 1:00-2:00pm
3 – Friday, January 25th – 12:00-1:00pm
4 – Friday, January 25th – 1:00-2:00pm

The agenda for each option will be:
Timing: Topic
Opening 10 minutes: Call in & Introductions
Next 45 minutes: Ongoing Discussion
Last 5 minutes: Farewells and Close

Please reply to this note by noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 23rd to confirm your plans to participate in one (or more) of these options.

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