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Introduction to Cranfield (post event version)

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Scott McArthur

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... a wee chat
EXPERIENCE
HR
PRACTITIONER
BUSINESS CONSULTANT
SCIENTIST
Wanting something to be true...
...does NOT make it true
From the presentation, "Confirmation bias" by Scott D McArthur, image by Dave Price
"Science is [...] a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs for the next charlatan, political or religious, who comes ambling along"
TRUTH
Nonsense
Charlie Rose: An Interview with Carl Sagan, May 27, 1996
Image by Andi Campbell-Jones from the keynote "Critical thinking IS your business" by Scott D McArthur
"...perceiving others in pain activates a part of the brain associated with empathy and emotion more if the observer and the observed are the same race. These findings suggest that unconscious prejudices against outside groups exist at a basic level..."
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090630173815.htm
From "Understanding relationships" by Sculpture Consulting, image by Wayne S. Grazio
"...one in six of the projects....had an average cost overrun of
200%
..."
Flyvberg (& others) identified three key issues which must be changed to improve success rates
"Why Your IT Project May Be Riskier Than You Think" Bent Flyvbjerg and Alexander Budzier
HBR, Sept 2011
Technical &
Estimating Problems
Psychological
Bias
Lying
(Conspiracy of Optimism)
People need frameworks
...but not "solutions" in search of a problem
Severe cognitive dissonance
Practice
Rigour
Abstraction
Gobbledegook
&
The facts don't work in isolation
there is more to human beings than that
Consilience
A balance must be found between the search for generalisations/frameworks and a recognition of the complexity of human's reaction to facts
Architecture
Case Work
Board
Experience
Political Arena
Atavism
Many of those with big jobs have impoverished inner lives
“I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.” Ben Goldacre
Context makes our organisations very fragile
...whilst in the shower with
Richard Feynman
"..take a child as a mentor and learn to be curious again..."
From a public talk "the Zone" by Scott D Mcarthur. Image by is Azfar Ahmad
"...from human remains to human resources"
creeping
[the tendency to revert to ancestral type. In biology, an atavism is an evolutionary throwback, such as traits reappearing which had disappeared generations before]
Projects
Relationship Management - M&S

Global transformation adviser (people) - Atos

Executive coach/mentor - M&S, PWC & Cotswold's Friends

"The carrot and the heuristic" - UCD

"Why facts don't change people" - AWC

"The magic of teams" - Valspar

"I was there" Co-producing a rock musical
...So what?
[agreement between the approaches to a topic of different academic subjects, especially science and the humanities]
Become a
"critical dissident"
in the leadership domain
what can you see?
Painting “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” - Caspar David Friedrich concept by Sculpture Consulting "importance of critical thinking"
http://www.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/jbjsbr/74-B/5/668.full.pdf
First Author
From "Why facts don't work" TEDx by Scott D McArthur
See: https://bookofbadarguments.com/
Academic
http://www.wenell.se/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/thinking_knowing.pdf
"Knowing doing gap"
Pay Wall
Signs of change, See: http://bigthink.com/neurobonkers/a-pirate-bay-for-science
Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Square_Heroes
http://web.randi.org/about-james-randi.html
See Scott's TEDx "Why facts dont change people" here
http://www.cebma.org/wp-content/uploads/Evidence-Based-Practice-The-Basic-Principles-vs-Dec-2015.pdf
Image by http://www.delta7.com/
Some of Scott's Materials
..about my experience
Definition
Concept and design by Scott D McArthur and David Gifford
Media Presence
"sudden insight"
"Corporate Kensho" created for this presentation by medical illustrator and graphic artist David Gifford you can see more of David's exceptional work at:
http://inscriptdesign.com/
All images used in thie prezi are used under creative commons license
+44 7807 646 508
Scott@sculptureconsulting.com
@Scott_McArthur
http://www.linkedin.com/in/scottmcarthur
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