A quick metablog

Why is it that some mornings start with a flood of ideas, each of which demand a blog-post that would take a day or more to research and write? Sigh…

Hence a quick metablog – a post about things I’m either writing posts about or going-to / need-to write about:

— on metaframeworks, or frameworks to hack, re=use and ‘smoosh together’ various bit of other frameworks to make a contextually-useful framework

— on some examples of how such metaframeworks are used in practice, and the disciplines that are needed to make it all work

— on how a key cause of the ‘framework wars’ is an over-dependence on a dysfunctional ‘win/lose’ mentality, often used as a means to cover up over-certainty and fear of incompetence

— on the relationship between methods (application), mechanics (‘objective’) and approaches (‘subjective’), and how and why best-practice in essence assumes an absence of any need for skill

— how different cultures affect approaches to responsibility in systemic problems, comparing isolated-individual (US-type model) with collective (Asian-type model) in operation of an assembly-line

— on ‘anti-collaboration’, using a metaphor of a toy train with magnetic couplings that either connect or push away

— on disintermediation of middle-management, and the contrast between the functional and dysfunctional aspects of management-hierarchies

— on how formal research on motivation-drivers such as autonomy, mastery and purpose have perhaps focussed too much on the individual, and that for EA we also need to take account of collective drivers such as fairness, transparency and probity

— on how the various ‘win/lose’ combinations all act as ‘lose/lose’ demotivators, and the ways in which so-called ’empowerment’ is often just a cessation of passive or active demotivation by the supposed person who will do the ’empowering’

— on a ‘common-sense’ mapping of Simple, Complicated etc to flat-earth versus geocentric views etc, and how all of them may be contextually useful

Quite a lot.

Oh, and there’s the summary about the BCS-EA conference that I started writing more than a week ago and still haven’t finished. Oops…

And at least three books brewing, of which at least one has to go to press by late January next year. And more ebooks from the blog-archives, of which at least half a dozen need to go to Leanpub by several weeks ago, or certainly well this side of Christmas. And a complete rethink and rewrite of all of my current material into a form that can be used for proper training-courses. And a repackaging of the Enterprise Canvas material (and probably the SCAN material too, and perhaps the all of the so-far-barely-documented tetradian material as well) into a more accessible online form that others can use. And a re-collation of all the toolset/metametamodel research to make it more accessible for toolset-developers. And a complete revamp and re-integration of all of my websites and marketing and the like – all of which is long, long, long overdue. And probably the same amount on top of that, all of which has slipped past my overloaded lack-of-attention for now.

In short, uh, kinda busy… waaahhh!!! No wonder I never seem to get enough done… 🙁

Anyone know a quick way to clone oneself that doesn’t cause a complete collapse into the more colloquial kind of chaos? 🙂

(Though if you want to push your own views on which of that teetering pile of ideas and other items ought to come first, do let me know? Thanks!)

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3 comments on “A quick metablog
  1. Jacques Cayuela says:

    Hello Tom I am very interested by your coming blog about :
    – on disintermediation of middle-management, and the contrast between the functional and dysfunctional aspects of management-hierarchies

    – on how formal research on motivation-drivers such as autonomy, mastery and purpose have perhaps focussed too much on the individual, and that for EA we also need to take account of collective drivers such as fairness, transparency and probity

  2. Tom G says:

    Thanks, Jacques – I’ll push those earlier in the priority-stack, then. 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    In terms of cloning yourself, you could hire a Virtual Assistant to do the gruntier, non-technical work. Knowing you, that wouldn’t be your cup of tea, but it’s how they do it the 4-Hour Work Week (which is mostly bunk, but does have some nice ideas).

    You did ask. 😉

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