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What If we look at Organizations as-if it were a human Brain..? by Mind Map: What If we look at Organizations
as-if it were a human Brain..?
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What If we look at Organizations as-if it were a human Brain..?


If it comes out, there it is. Apologies in advance


Refine, Reframe, Reconcile

Challenges both external and internal Schools of thought; paradigms; mind set Brain-VS-Mind -Human; dog; fish; bacteria; virus Perception - filter, generalize, distort CAUTION: The Map is not theTerritory Intelligence-VS-"smart" Data, Information, knowledge, "Information Age" "Knowledge Economy" & Innovation Value-VS-Worth

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Reality Checks

Use of IT, IT, the enabler, Mobile Devices, Evernote app, "Calculators", Excel, Visualization, Gather/collect then assemble and present, Mash-Ups, DSG as the Nerve Center for Drug Development process & pipeline, Collective "Brain Power", TED talk: 3 ways the brain creates meaning. Tom Wujec [06:29],, Knowledge Management apps/systems, Knowledge Management @newly formed AZ, Complementing our human thinking, symbiotic?, Today's Bionic Men & Women, TED talk: We are all Cyborgs now. Amber Case. [00:07:53],, Great for visual thinking, HEALTH WARNING, the magic bullet...'technology will save the world', Advance of technology seems to have out-paced our vocabulary, "IT", "IS", "IM", "IA", "ID", Where's the problem?, SFW sucks...let's prove it, IT does EXACTLY what we told it to do., Beware - Drinking from the fire-hose of information may hurt, Consequences, "Internet Time", "Always ON culture", TED talk: Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work. Jason Fried. [00:15:21],, Information Overload, Sensory overload, like when I go by "Abercrombie & Finch" store in mall, Too much knowledge paralyzes thinking, Inbox anxiety, Declaring Inbox Bankruptcy, "knowing" everyone else's business, "Learned Helplessness" <> <>, "I LUV U" virus causes temporary paralysis, Zombies, New book: Zombie Economics, Trading "agents" that magnified a market down-turn (late 80s? early 90s?)



Inherently individualistic Myopia Elitist, intellectual snobbery Exclusionary. Loose-the-thread. Self-edification

Antiquated model...?

Emotional Intelligence, relate to people, interact with people

(traditional) Intelligence, math, logic, recall

Social Intelligence

Mirroring Neurons

Act II


As symbol

Can co-exist with other metaphors, Relate to 'mechanistic paradigm' bwo anatomy, Relate to 'organism paradigm' bwo physiology/biological systems, e.g. Autonomic Nervous System

Familiar enough, Can just "hum" along without being obvious

So how might an Organization do this...

Relax? Play? Suspend belief? Pretend? Meditate? -Zen 'no mind' Flow Recoup? Resist temptation? Trust?

How far will it stretch?

Too Far, Fallacies, Stops helping starts hindering

What's the Organizational equivalent of..., Stroke? Parkinson's Disease? Dementia? Alzeimer's Turrets? <> Stunned? Dumb-founded? At a loss for words? Foot-in-Mouth Brain Fart Over stimulated...keyed-up? Anxiety? Agitated? Stressed-out? Burned out? Delusional? Addicted? Co-dependent? Munchausen syndrome...Hypochondriac? Munchausen by Proxy? Sociopath?

Act I

Amateur Mad Scientist's Experiment

Exploring this metaphor/mental model

Gist of it is quick to grasp - 5 senses

xQ - measuring brain power, IQ, EQ, "Social Intelligence"

TED talk: Your Brain on Improv. Charles Limb. [00:16:31],

TED talks: Look inside the brain. Christopher deCharms,

Aspects~Facets~Levels~Dimensions, Anatomy - Pieces &Whole, Physiology, Feeling, i.e. "primal" feelings, Intelligence, Thinking, Questioning, Analysis, Creativity, Dreaming, Personality, Integrity, Sanity, Interacting, Relating with others

Neat ideas emerge as potential applications/uses, Learning organizations, "mobile intelligence" (p107), self-organization, enable each person to apply their mind


Einstein's brain, only 2.7 lbs, full 10% SMALLER than avg.

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