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"Hello, John Welcome to the AMED Network. I hadn't realised that you live in Southampton.  So do I :). How about posting an image of yourself here, so that you and yout new-found colleagues can recognise each other more instantly across…"
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"Hello, Lara Welcome to the AMED Network. Best wishes.  Bob"
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"Dear Bob (and colleagues), Many thanks for having me, I hope my little article is of interest and I look forward to being part of this community. Best, Ilaria"
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"Hello, Ilaria Welcome to the AMED Network.  We hope you'll enjoy seeing your contribution for the Winter 2018 edition of e-O&P in print soon. Best wishes.  Bob"
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Tony Page replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Refracting 'Through a different lens: writing at the museum', with Shelagh Doonan on 19 October 2018
"Here are my bullets capptured after the closing discussion at last Friday's Horniman gathering."
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Steve Dilworth replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Refracting 'Through a different lens: writing at the museum', with Shelagh Doonan on 19 October 2018
"The complexity and vastness of the 'data' available and ever-present in our world leaves me yearning for simplicity and focus.  To sharpen my ability to really see what is right in front of me is a challenge I take from the event at…"
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"Thanks, Ned I'll get them off first thing on Thursday. Best wishes.  Bob"
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Bob MacKenzie commented on David F McAra's page AMED 2020 - What do you see?
"And some reasons to be hopeful? Reasons to be hopeful for AMED 2020.docx"
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"PS:  I meant 're-booting' :)"
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Bob MacKenzie commented on David F McAra's page AMED 2020 - What do you see?
"Hello, David Thank you very much for re-botting this co-inquiry.  I'm working on your creative challenge to try to reframe the wording of your slides in a spirit of appreciative inquiry.  Meantime, I've created a link from our…"
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Refracting 'Through a different lens: writing at the museum', with Shelagh Doonan on 19 October 2018

Following a brilliant session for the AMED Writers' Group at the Horniman Museum, Shelagh has sent this hand-crafted graphic of our round-up.Cryptic…See More
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Through a different lens: writing at the museum, with Shelagh Doonan at The Horniman Museum

October 19, 2018 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Context:  This event is part of our experimental ‘AMED2020’ project, in which we’re exploring the future of AMED through different lenses, venues and formats. About our time together: Shelagh writes:  Amongst other things, the museum is home to a wonderful (visible) colony of honeybees, which are an excellent catalyst to conversation and writing.  Drawing upon the museum’s rich resource, we have an ideal place for the AMED…See More
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"HI everyone I am looking forward to Shelagh's event especially as my last visit to the Horniman was when I was aged 10.  Will be good to see how they display the bees!   John"
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"Hello, Peter Welcome to te AMED Network.  How about posting an mage of yourself, so that you and your new-found colleagues can spot each other readily over time/space?  I'm looking forward to meeting you in person before too…"
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'Private Passions' and Highlights of our Writing Year, with Bob MacKenzie and Writing Friends. at Roots & Shoots

December 14, 2018 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
(Image: Janus, ancient god of gates, doors and beginnings. Source: http://www.novareinna.com/festive/janus.html). Your invitation:  Come and join us for our annual end-of-year celebrations of your writing year. …See More
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'Private Passions' and Highlights of our Writing Year, with Bob MacKenzie and Writing Friends. at Roots & Shoots

December 14, 2018 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
(Image: Janus, ancient god of gates, doors and beginnings. Source: http://www.novareinna.com/festive/janus.html). Your invitation:  Come and join us for our annual end-of-year celebrations of your writing year. …See More
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I live in Southampton and work almost anywhere
What are your top professional skills?
fresh thinking, writing, coaching, mentoring, critical friendship, facilitating, action learning
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Promoting purposeful and effective learning and development in organizations, especially through the strategic uses of writing and conversations.
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
education, networking, inspiration, collegiate discussion/debate, collaboration
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
I'm currently intrigued - and exercised - by W Ross Ashby's (1956) Law of Requisite Variety. This states that:

'The larger the variety of actions available to a control system, the larger the variety of perturbations it is able to compensate'.

What, if anything, does this mean for our work in developing people, developing organisations, especially in the light of current thinking about chaos and complexity?
What kind of person are you?
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More about you (Short Bio or any other details you’d like people to know)
I am an independent organizational thinker, consultant, coach, mentor, facilitator and writer. My strategic uses of writing, and the conversations I facilitate, promote the interaction of rigorous thinking and practical application. In this way, I aim to inform, refresh, energise, inspire and encourage others to go on and do something new and satisfying.

Previously, I gained wide ranging professional and managerial experience in the public, private, not-for-profit and higher education sectors. I am a Director and Council Member of AMED, and Principal Consultant with Bob MacKenzie Associates. I am also Professor of Management Learning with the International Management Centres’ Business School, and Set Adviser on their Senior Executive Action Learning (SEAL) doctoral programme.

My work and travels have taken me to Africa, India, Europe and the USA, as well as throughout the UK. I am currently working on a book called ‘Writing as Strategy.’
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
I'd like AMED to continue to grow, flourish, adapt and contribute in what I see as its 3rd Renaissance period.
What do you do for your own development?
I write, read, talk, walk the dog, interact with keen minds and seek out convivial company. Another favourite quote - variously attributed - is "Sometimes I just sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits".
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Slower writing and reading for an age of distraction?

Slower writing and reading for an age of distraction.pdf

Here are some of my emerging ideas about the potential for slower writing and reading in an age of distraction.  I'd love to hear what you think of them.  Best wishes.  Bob

Posted on June 18, 2015 at 11:43 — 4 Comments

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At 12:15 on November 4, 2018, Ilaria Boncori said…

Dear Bob (and colleagues),

Many thanks for having me, I hope my little article is of interest and I look forward to being part of this community.

Best,

Ilaria

At 2:37 on November 21, 2017, Ben Gibbs said…

Hi Bob ... thanks for your welcome last month. 

One month in though, and I'm confused about how to ensure I see what's going on. I've yet to receive any form of notification or email from the network, although I guess there has been stuff happening. 

My issue is that I don't have the time to remember to login or search, but rather need to set up notifications for the areas that interest me. How do I do that?

Yours

Ben

At 2:17 on September 6, 2017, Johnnie Moore said…

Will do!

At 15:10 on August 14, 2017, Robert Cserti said…

Thank you for the warm welcome, Bob!

Profile Image posted, and soon I will add more update. I'm also looking forward to explore what is the general impression about SessionLab and its open source facilitation library.

At 8:49 on August 7, 2017, Eva Francis said…

Hello Bob, I think I have just added my photo. What is my membership number? So I can log in? Also, is there a chance I could share within the network information about a non-commercial event we are organising in Washington DC - Peer Coaching Summit. If yes, how do I go about sharing within the network? Kindest regards Ewa

At 8:22 on June 26, 2017, Alan Wingrove said…

Hi Bob, thank you for the welcome and noticing so quickly. On the initial sign up, under 'add a photo' there's simply a text box, which doesn't let you. 

I was hoping that, when accepted, I could add one, which I've found to be the case.

I look forward to reading some of your articles - starting with slower writing and reading for an age of distraction - a particular interest of mine.

Best wishes, Alan.

At 5:55 on March 18, 2017, Tony Page said…

Thanks Bob for your welcome!

At 4:09 on January 16, 2017, Brian O'Neill said…

Yes, I didn't know how to upload a pic onto biog, Bob. I'll get around to sorting it. The big issue now is putting together my tax return, an annual task I keep putting off.

At 0:33 on August 25, 2016, Zoe Cohen said…

TT035.jpgthanks for the welcome Bob - I've tried a few times to add a photo (eg this one) and it just came up with an error message. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong

At 5:23 on August 4, 2016, Glen Williamson said…

Thank you, Bob and thank you for your message.

i hope you are enjoying the article!

I look forward to speaking soon and to being a member of AMED.

Kind regards,
Glen

 
 
 

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