And in the beginning……

5 11 2009
Intelligent Challenge

Comfortable with uncertainty

Prompted by thinking about how social media can merge personal and business worlds, and the pros and cons of keeping them separate, I started thinking about blogging more seriously. Stimulated further by my failure to get a website up and running quickly enough, and then finally spurred into action by some reflection on the need to execute rather than plan, I have taken the plunge.

To some degree, the blog is also an adventure, a journey into the unknown, which is another theme I’ve been reflecting on lots at the moment; particularly after reading Bob Johansen’s excellent book “Leaders Make the Future”, where he talks about the VUCA world; volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

One of my key learnings over the last 18 months or so, has been to be more comfortable with uncertainty, and to move away from my inherent comfort zone of structure and planning. Anyone interested in this should also read Transitions by William Bridges; a classic on how people respond to change.

So, what to expect; well, Intelligent Challenge is a business aimed at helping lawyers and law firms be more effective, but I also expect this to evolve as I grow and new projects emerge. One such project I’m thinking about is a book; the concept is 80% formed, so watch this space.

I expect the blog to be much wider than just my business, but to stop short of my personal rants and the like, all of which will stay safely in the walled garden of facebook.

Finally, I’m a big believer in networks and communities, so if you are reading this, please do comment. I’m feedback agile too, and love to learn, so constructive criticism also welcome. Enjoy.


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6 11 2009
Paul Rutherford

Congratulations on getting this off the ground. Good to start simple, and to post as regularly as possible, without trying to write 1200 words of poetry each time (I made that mistake.

Good luck with the exploration; it’ll take some time to find your voice and your themes (heavens – doesn’t that sound pretentious), but stick with it. It’s like fly-fishing: jest try as many different flies as you can out in the web river, and see which one’s attract the fish!

All my best

Paul

11 11 2009
Sean Milford

Hi Mark,

Well done on moving from thought to action. Its an inspiration to read your musings and see some of your readings which I will certainly look up.

Looks good and I will watch this space. Wishing you all the best!

Regards,
Sean

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