September 2013 Archive

September 28, 2013 » Having Each Other’s Back

When I’m leading new teams, I start by having a conversation about ground rules. I want my teammates to be explicit about what they need to be successful and how they want to work together. One of the ground rules I always introduce is to “have each other’s back.” It’s a sports aphorism for protecting […]

September 24, 2013 » WikiWednesday in San Francisco: State of the Wiki Ecosystem

Stephen LaPorte and I are hosting an informal discussion in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 on the state of the wiki universe. We’re hoping to get a group of people actively working in the wiki world as well as “old timers” in the community (you know who you are, and we want to […]

September 17, 2013 » Two Collaboration Insights from Last Weekend’s Football Games

It’s football season! Today, I came across two gems about this past weekend’s games that spoke to me about collaboration in general. Data and Impact In reaming Tennessee Titans coach, Mike Munchak, Bill Barnwell wrote: Mike Munchak put us all through a lot of field goals for no real reason, and in doing so, he […]

September 16, 2013 » Structures that Support Good Habits

Last week, Seb Paquet and I completed the third of our four-week experiment around regular conversations, including our regular “jazz hands moments” video (above). My “jazz hands moment” was the importance of self-care and how it applied to things as simple as determining whether or not to participate in a phone call. However, upon reflecting on […]

September 11, 2013 » Connecting Past and Present

Doug Engelbart’s passing earlier this summer has me reflecting a lot on our friendship, the work we did together, the influence he had on my life and my career, and also larger issues around connecting past and present. Talking with my former HyperScope teammates reminded me of how much fun we had together. I’m proud […]

September 10, 2013 » Practicing the Basics

It’s September 2013, nine months since my decision to leave a decade-long practice and identity to venture into the great unknown. It’s been far more of an emotional process than I had originally expected. Change is hard. This past year, I’ve felt more compelled than usual to tell the story of my transition as it […]

September 5, 2013 » Be Intentional, but Hold It Lightly

Seb Paquet and I had our second weekly call this morning. (Our “jazz hands” insights video from this week’s call is below.) Seb opened the conversation by sharing a personal story and discussing the importance of being fearless, but not reckless. Which raises the question: What’s the difference between “fearless” and “reckless”? After our conversation, […]