Monthly Archives: January 2020

Colonel John Boyd’s (1927-97) The OODA Loop

Thanks to our correspondent Kakatoa for pointing out the link between Double Loop Learning and the OODA Loop of Colonel Boyd: here is the latter: from Wikipedia: The OODA loop has become an important concept in litigation, business, law enforcement … Continue reading

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How Not to Negotiate Trade Deals Post Brexit

Lifted from the UK Guardian comments this morning. Says it all really. And I post this for conflict and negotiation interest rather than a specifically Brexit point though despite my old friend Bill Ury teaching the British Cabinet Interest Based … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Peace Makers: Seamus Mallon (1936-2020)

From UK Tortoise News Feed: The most under-noted news of last week was the death of Seamus Mallon the 83 year-old former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and deputy leader of the SDLP – the moderate nationalist party. He … Continue reading

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Arguing with Friends of Friends on Facebook: Ad Hominems and All

I have these arguments with friends of friends (FoF) on FB. My friends know better. 🙂 I post a typical fairly pessimistic political comment with say three points and some evidence/argument for each. This is what I think is going … Continue reading

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Beating Trump in 2020 as Per Deng Xiaoping

So roughly to answer a friend’s question how is Trump to be beaten? Assuming the election is close, which in Electoral College terms is likely, then it will be decided by a few hundred thousand voters in Wisc, Michigan, Penn. … Continue reading

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Double Loop Learning: Chris Argyris

I am always fascinated by the failure of businesses, of armies and recently of political parties to learn from their mistakes. Of course they have to admit them first and this requires that they among other things scrutinize their assumptions. … Continue reading

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Debating with a Bernie Sanders Supporter

I had a interesting discussion on line with a Bernie Sanders supporter and this was one of my comments: You miss my point. Sanders could well win the swing voters, but turn off millions of others. And of course voters … Continue reading

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