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Monday, September 11, 2006

A lesson from a Polish deli

There has been a lot of talk recently about how the UK is adapting to the influx of Polish workers - well it has happened in Birmingham too. As a bit of a foodie, I like to find new sources of food eating experiences and in Birmingham that isn't difficult because of the diversity of people who live in the city. There is an old saying up north - which says that you can always tell a brummie by the shamrock in his turban.

I love the diversity of people in Birmingham and watching them all in the melting pot that this city is with diverse experiences that we can all benefit from. Birmingham really is one of the best cities for assimilating new waves of immigrant populations who want to improve themseIves. Well I was driving back home yesterday with a friend and suddenly pulled over because a new deli had opened up in Acocks Green.

This was a Polish deli and so had pierogi which are polish dumpling and all sorts of pickled cabbage and especially Polish Kabanos sausage. My friend Sandy laughed and said that I was the only person that she knew that could spot a new deli whilst driving at 40 mph down a road.

The important think apart from the food to remember is that diversity of thought is also important when considering knowledge management and that we should all be inquiring about our surroundings and questioning them.

Organisations treat external thought sometimes as a dangerous virus to be innoculated against - however osmotic organisations allow evolutionary knowledge to help the develop better organisations and people to meet the changes in the external business market

The two most powerful questions we should ask is "What if?" and "Why" on a daily basis in order to challenge our surroundings and become agents for change.

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