Cynefin is a sense-making framework developed by David Snowden and others, which is currently maintained by Cognitive Edge (http://cognitive-edge.com/). I believe the framework can be extremely helpful to leaders cope with ever changing dynamics in their organization, as their default leadership style will not work best in all situations.
This presentation is one I use to explain Cynefin to others, but it is largely based on the work of others.
I leverage the following resources:
Snowden, David J. and Mary E. Boone, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, November 2007
Snowden, David Introduction to the Cynefin Framwork (:08 video) Cognitive Edge Website, Oct 29, 2011
Snowden, David It's Not Good Enough to be Right (1:02 video) LKCE12
Snowden, David Keynote of XP 2012 (Part 1 (:38), Part 2 (:40)) May 2012
Snowden, David Practice without sound theory will not scale (1:08 video presentation)
Kurtz, C.F., and D. J. Snowden, The New Dynamics of Strategy: Sense-Making in a Complex and Complicated World, IBM Systems Journal, Vol 42, No 3., 2003
Cognitive Edge Blog on Cynefin
Ballestrin, Kim. Applying Cynefin and Agile LAST Conference, July 27, 2012 (Deck and Video)
Haight, Cameron. Leverage the Cynefin Framework to Improve IT Operations and Decision Making, Gartner: 2012
Perline, Joseph. On Understanding Software Agility— A Social Complexity Point Of View, E:CO Issue Vol. 13 Nos. 1-2 2011
Neis, Pierre How Cynefin Model Improves Lean Implementation, Slideshare Oct 21, 2012