For The Want Of A Nail

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Murmuration

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For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

I’m pretty sure we must all be aware of the old proverb that predates, yet neatly predicts, chaos theory. The loss of a horseshoe nail results in the loss of a kingdom, the outcome having a sensitive dependence on small differences in initial conditions. Anyone who has worked in modern business conditions will recognise this scenario all too well. Seemingly insignificant omissions lead inexorably to disaster. In 21st century organisations, stuck with out-moded 20th century thinking it’s the cumulative effect that’s dragging us to the precipice. A…

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