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2000.05.18: The first anchors that will be listed here will be from the Quote of the Week archive, which has been a regular feature of the MGT website since late in 1996. Beyond the quotes, I'll then move into the contents of the Journal of Transition Management, Modeling Language, and other essays, articles, and information. - editor

Adapting Environment to Process: Structure Wins A passage from Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work. Quote of the Week 1997.09.28
The Age of the Navigator "The rise of navigators as independent businesses is destined to be one of the most dramatic aspects of deconstruction. It is also destined . . . to drive fundamental power shifts among the other players." A passage from Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy. Quote of the Week #154
All You Ever Need to Learn: The Law, Principle and Measure of Froebel's Kindergarten Touching on the importance of unity, self-activity, and play. A quote from Inventing Kindergarten, by Norman Brosterman. Quote of the Week #138
ANDMap® System: Key to Shape Identification Part of a longer how-to essay on numbering ANDMap® Systems, this is a direct link to matching the shapes with the type of interaction they represent. Journal of Transition Management, Spring 1997
The Anomaly of the Industrial Age The wealth-creation system of the Industrial Age stands apart from the systems that preceeded it, and what is emerging from it. A passage from Infinite Weath: A New World of Collaboration and Abundance in the Knowledge Era. Quote of the Week #156
Architecture, A Model of the Scope of Five areas in which a "master builder" must maintain leverage and influence. MG Taylor Philosophy & Practice of Architecture, 1978
Are You Part of a Mature Organizational Ecosystem? Ten characteristics of systemic health and sustainability. Taken from Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, by Janine Benyus. Quote of the Week 1998.03.08
Attending A World "My attention is not something I control, not something I fully own, much less a resource from which I might dole out payments." A passage from Mary Catherine Bateson's Peripheral Visions: learning along the way. Quote of the Week 1998.10.25
The Bottom Line "You can't have a different value system for work and for home." An exerpt from Jeannette Batz's Half Life: What We Give Up To Work. Quote of the Week 1998.09.13
The Brain's Time Machine "Think of your brain as a post office that assigns a date to a letter earlier than the actual date of the letter." A passage from Clifford Pickover's Time: A Traveler's Guide. Quote of the Week #136
The Canvas of Your Venture "It becomes a courageous act to make a mark on that canvas. Once the mark is made and the initial anxiety overcome, a tension is set up on the canvas; a dialogue between you and your work is now possible." A passage from Audrey Flack's Art & Soul: Notes on Creating Quote of the Week 1998.03.01
Celebrating the Seeds of Knowledge: Ignorance & Curiosity "Only people who know they do not know everything will be curious enough to find things out. To celebrate the pursuit of knowledge, we must confess our ignorance; both the celebration and that confession are central to dynamic culture." From Virginia Postrel's The Future & Its Enemies. Quote of the Week 1999.01.24
Change, the Individual, and Commitment An exerpt from Charles Handy's The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism: A Quest for Purpose in the Modern World. Quote of the Week 1998.03.15
The Changemaker "Changemakers may be CEOs or managers, team leaders or team members. They are individuals who not only champion the idea but also help steward it through the organizational ranks." A passage from Why Change Doesn't Work: Why Initiatives Go Wrong and How to Try Again--and Succeed, by Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley. Quote of the Week 1998.08.23
Chaos, Community, & Self-Organization An example of a self-organizing system from Seven Life Lessons of Chaos by John Briggs and F. David Peat. Quote of the Week #148
Choice Passages from Robert Fritz's Creating: A Guide to the Creative Process and Danah Zohar's Quantum Self: Human Nature and Consciousness Defined by the New Physics. Quote of the Week 1999.04.18
The Clamshell Model This model was developed in the spring of 1996 by a team of Knowledge Workers who had gathered to look at the issue of fitness in the MG Taylor network. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1997
Competing Economics, Embedded Compromise, and Releasing Value Seperating the economics of information from the economics of things. A passage from Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy, by Philip Evans and Thomas S. Wurster. Quote of the Week #164
Composing a Life "Composition is a process of organization, very much like architecture. As long as you can conceptualize what that organizational process is, you can be a 'composer' - in any medium you want." Thoughts of Frank Zappa as quoted in Creators on Creating : Awakening and Cultivating the Imaginative Mind. Quote of the Week 1999.04.04
The Context-Age Data, information, knowledge and wisdom. A short exerpt from The Caterpillar Doesn't Know: How Personal Change is Creating Organizational Change, by Kenneth R. Hey and Peter D. Moore. Quote of the Week 1999.03.28
Corporate Adolesence From Ichak Adizes' Corporate Lifecycles: How and Why Corporations Grow and Die and What To Do About It. Quote of the Week 1998.04.12
The Corporation As Conversation "A single 'corporate story' is a fiction in a world of free conversation. Corporate stories, like corporate cultures, are informed by individuals over time through many contacts, conversations, and opportunities to tell stories." Taken from The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual. Quote of the Week #167
Counting Out Time A passage from Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year Quote of the Week #161
The Courage of Innovative Thought "The courage of innovative thought is not a distinct virtue that can be practiced in and of itself. It is rather a by-product, a strength that is the simple consequence of loving our work and knowing why we love it." Thoughts of Robert Grudin from The Grace of Great Things: Creativity & Innovation. Quote of the Week 1998.05.03
Craftsmanship and the Weight of the Prize "He who looks too hard at the outside gets clumsy on the inside." A passage from Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings. Quote of the Week 1997.11.30
Creating the Problem, Living on Intent, Finding the Solution "In the black cave of unknowing, when one is groping for the contours of the rock and the slope of the floor, tossing a pebble and listening for its fall, brushing away false clues as insistent as cobwebs, a touch of fresh air on the cheek can make hope leap up, an unexpected scurrying whisper can induce the mood of the brink of terror." A quote taken from Horace Freeland Judson's The Search for Solutions. Quote of the Week 1998.06.14
Creative Chaos Means Each of Us "Creativity is not just about what takes place in traditionally recognized creative fields. It's what happens in our small and large moments of empathy and transformation, the moments when we contact our authentically individual and therefore universal experience of truth." An exerpt from Seven Life Lessons Of Chaos. Quote of the Week 1999.01.31
The Seven Stages of the Creative Process: Bipartite Model Creating the Problem and Solving the Problem Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
The Seven Stages of the Creative Process: Tripartite Model Scan, Focus, Act Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
The Seven Stages of the Creative Process: Septpartite Model Analysis, Synthesis, Use, Analysis, Synthesis, Use, Re-evaluate Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Design Event Work Products: Conceptual Varieties Summary, synthesis, and evolutionary Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Design Event Work Products: The Creation Process A summary of guiding steps to creating rich, value-added work products. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
The Design of the Evolving Venture, and the Elimination of Options "To evolve is to surrender choices. To become something new is to accumulate all the things you can no longer be." Taken from Kevin Kelly's Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systemsm, and the Economic World. Quote of the Week 1998.01.12
The Design of Knowledge Work "Knowledge work by definition does not result in a product. It results in a contribution of knowledge to somebody else." A passage from Peter Drucker's Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. Quote of the Week 1998.06.21
Emergent Group Genius "So the appearance of control is always an illusion. But the DesignShop® process rubs your nose in this fact." A passage from Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work. Quote of the Week 1997.09.14
Everyday Emergence A poem from Karen Holden's Book of Changes: Poems Quote of the Week #159
Everything Works Upon Everything Else "The phenomenon perpetually folds in upon itself." A passage from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Quote of the Week 1996.12.01
The Experience is the Economy The richness of a marketplace is created by far more than the exchange of goods and services. A passage from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. Quote of the Week 1998.09.27
The Experience of the Community Environment "Living and walking in the village each day was like walking into myself, as a loving plane of existence. . . " A passage from Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life. Quote of the Week 1997.11.09
The Feelings of Heart Work "We energize or deplete our mind-body systems with each perceptual choice we make." Words of Charlotte Shelton from her book, Quantum Leaps: 7 Skills for Workplace ReCreation. Quote of the Week 1999.02.07
Finding Your Own Hey The emergence of group genius. A passage from Nubar Alexanian's Where Music Comes From. Quote of the Week 1998.10.18
From Focus to Act An analysis of which of these four states the participants are "in" will help determine where to go with the design of Act. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
The Fusion of Movement, Thought, and Feeling "When personal desire prompts anyone to learn to do something well with the hands, an extremely complicated process is initiated that endows the work with a powerful emotional charge. People are changed, significantly and irreversibly it seems, when movement, thought, and feeling fuse during the active, long-term persuit of personal goals." A powerful and far-reaching passage from Frank Wilson's The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture. Quote of the Week 1999.01.03
Future Waves "The present is a product not only of the past, but the future as well." An exerpt from Lyall Watson's Gifts of Unknown Things. Quote of the Week #172
Getting Lean to Get Muda Done Four interlinked elements of "Lean Thinking." A passage from Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. Quote of the Week #153
Gift, Barter, Magic, Theft: Crossroads and the Emergence of Commerce A passage from Techgnosis: myth, magic & mysticism in the age of information. Quote of the Week 1998.11.29
High Capability Means Higher Challenge The challenge of maintaining organizational fitness. Words of Kevin Kelly from New Rules for the New Economy. Quote of the Week 1999.02.21
Honoring the Nature and Character of Your Materials A passage from John Lobell's Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn. Quote of the Week #151
Innovation & Unintended Consequences " In the post-printing-press era, human memory powers have been sadly undervalued and neglected." What might we be neglecting in today's highly innovative times? A passage from Jack Maguire's Care and Feeding of the Brain. Quote of the Week #126
Just This Side of Ludicrous "A real innovation is suficiently different to be dangerous. It is change just this side of being ludicrous. It skirts the edge of disaster, without going over. Real innovation is scary. It is anything but harmonious." A passage from Kevin Kelly's New Rules for the New Economy. Quote of the Week 1998.11.01
The Knowledge Wall: Original Intent and It's Evolution A bit of history and context, and a way of interpreting the intent of a knowledge wall. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Knowledge Worker Skill Levels (Network) Explorer, Apprentice, Journeyperson, Speaker Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Knowledge Worker Sponsorship: Purpose Why knowledge worker sponsorship is important. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Knowledge Worker Sponsorship: Feedback Questions A useful model to initiate the feedback loops between k-worker and sponsor. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Knowledge Worker Sponsorship: Responsibility of Sponsor What is the role of a k-worker's Sponsor? Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Knowledge Worker Sponsorship: Responsibility of Knowledge Worker What is the role of a k-worker to her/his Sponsor? Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Living & Working (Pattern 41) "Why should we accept a world in which eight hours of the day are 'dead'; why shall we not create a world in which our work is as much part of life, as much alive, as anything we do at home with our family and with our friends?" From A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander, et al. Quote of the Week 1998.02.01
Living Pattern Languages & the Design-Build-Use Process A passage from Christopher Alexander's The Timeless Way of Building. Quote of the Week #173
Managing for Corporate Creativity An exerpt from Corporate Creativity: How Innovation and Improvement Actually Happen, by Alan G. Robinson & Sam Stern Quote of the Weeek 1998.08.30
MG Taylor Mission: To educate, train, facilitate and support the Transition Manager. From the 1983 Mission of MG Taylor Corporation. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
MG Taylor Mission: To pioneer a new industry, and a new way of working. From the 1987 Mission of MG Taylor Corporation Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Model Building: An Invitation to Interaction "The value of prototypes resides less in the models themselves than in the interactions - the conversations, arguments, consultations, collaborations -- they invite." A quote taken from Michael Schrage's Serious Play: How the World's Best Companies Simulate to Innovate. Quote of the Week #170
Models and Modeling Some thoughts on models and modeling processes from J. Krishnamurti's On Right Livelihood and John L. Casti's Would-be Worlds: How Simulation is Changing the Frontiers of Science. Quote of the Week 1997.12.14
One Mind ". . . If you had a number of people who really pulled together and worked together in this way, it would be remarkable. They would stand out so much that everyone would know they were different. . . ." David Bohm, as quoted in Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership. Quote of the Week 1997.11.02
Our Place in History A couple of passages that add perspective and context to our place and condtion. From Michael Ventura's Shadow Dancing in the USA and Stewart Brand's The Clock of the Long Now. Quote of the Week #133, 134
The Paradox of Play "The impractical drive from which such practical discoveries are born." A passage from Virginia Postrel's The Future & Its Enemies. Quote of the Week #145
The Parts in Harmony "The problem is not that people cannot overcome their surroundings. We all do, in ways conscious and unconscious, with efforts large and small... We cope, but the cost can be high." From Workplace by Design: Mapping the High Performance Workscape. Quote of the Week 1996.12.15
The Patterns of a Living Language An exerpt from Christopher Alexander's The Timeless Way of Building. Quote of the Week #146
The Patterns of Organization ". . . Organizations need not be designed in such a way that they destroy human initiative. They are designed that way because we have not been willing to be as inventive about organization matters as we have been about hardware." A passage from Howard Gardner's The Individual and the Innovative Society. Quote of the Week #149
Project Management: Organizing for Success Break free from convential, linear thinking. A short passage from Bucky Fuller's Critical Path. Quote of the Week #128
Rates of Change, Scales of Time What enables a civilization - or organization - to endure and thrive over time? Some thoughts from Stewart Brand's The Clock of the Long Now. Quote of the Week #132
Resolving the Ownership Question in Open-Source Communities "What does 'ownership' mean when property is able to be infinitely duplicated, is highly malleable, and the surrounding culture has neither coercive nor material scarcity economics?" Thoughts of Eric Raymond from his book The Cathedral & the Bazaar. Quote of the Week #166
The Rules of Design and Architecture A passage from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. Quote of the Week 1997.08.03
The Sensitive Observer ". . . this is why it is so important to be lonely and attentive when one is sad: because the apparently uneventful and stark moment at which our future sets foot in us is so much closer to life than that other noisy and fortuitous point of time as which it happens to us as if from the outside." From Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Quote of the Week #150
Something for (Almost) Nothing A passage addressing decentralized systems of organization from Mitchel Resnick's Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds. Quote of the Week #157
The Sponsor's Role in Design Events An understanding of what is required of an event sponsor. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Strategies Revealing Detail & Complexity: Layering & Seperation "Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information." A passage from Edward Rolf Tufte's Envisioning Information. Quote of the Week 1996.11.24
Task and Desire "By what sacred story are you living? What task have you set for yourself? Can you tell your life story, accomplish your task, from where you are?" A passage from Phil Cousineau's The Art of Pilgramage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred. Quote of the Week 1998.12.28
Three-Catting: "A Sustainable Model for Inconceivable Development" An exerpt from Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation Through Complexity, by Howard Sherman & Ron Schultz. Quote of the Week #139
Time Enough to Learn The infinite capacities and limitless boundaries of the human ability to learn. Quotes from Robert Heinlein and T.H. White. Quote of the Week #130, 131
The Truthful Moment & Attaining Perfection Passages from Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life and Everyday Sacred: A Woman's Journey Home. Quote of the Week 1998.02.08
The Uncompromising Vision "The only time you know for sure whether creating a result is possible or not is when you have done it. All other thoughts on the matter are simply speculation." A passage from The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz. Quote of the Week 1997.10.19
The Untellable Consequences of Our Own Best Actions A passage from Stuart Kauffman's At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity. Quote of the Week 1996.12.22
Virtues of Patience "To tap into the leisurely ways of knowing, one must dare to wait. Knowing emerges from, and is a response to, not-knowing. Learning - the process of coming to know - emerges from uncertainty." An exerpt from Guy Claxton's Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less. Quote of the Week 1999.04.11
Waiting at the Point of Highest Tension "The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen." From Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel. Quote of the Week 1998.03.22
We Live in a Time of Transition As a Knowledge Worker in the MG Taylor network, your primary mission is to learn to play the role of a Transition Manager. Journal of Transition Management, Fall 1996
Writing Business Plans? Consider Randomness as the Root of Order Random fluctuations as the seeds from which structure and order grow. From Turtles, Termites and Traffic Jams: Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds, by Mitchel Resnick. Quote of the Week 1998.01.18
Yougottadance Being in flow. A passage from the wonderfully fun Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami. Quote of the Week 1998.06.07
Your Enterprise — Not Your Product — Is Your Ultimate Creation A passage from Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Quote of the Week 1997.11.16

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