December 2013 Archive

December 31, 2013 » 2013 Progress Report on Balance and Impact

I went on a five-mile run last week with my little sister. She considers five miles a “short” run. I consider it long, but that’s not what made our little excursion remarkable. What made it remarkable was that this run came at the end of the year. I even felt pretty good afterward. I’ve been […]

December 31, 2013 » My Top Blog Posts in 2013

Here are my top 10 blog posts from 2013 (unique visits in parentheses, bolded items explained below): Aaron Swartz (3,105) Tom Bihn Bags for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (1,732) Seeking Google Alerts Replacement (699) Balance, Impact, and Next Steps (333) Three Simple Hacks for Making Delightful Virtual Spaces (300) Survey on Changemaker Challenges (255) Five […]

December 31, 2013 » 2013 Self-Care Review

Here are my self-care “results” from 2013. Quick review: My self-care dashboard is a way of tracking personal practices to keep me healthy, high-performing, and sane. Practices tracked: Playing basketball, working out (other than basketball, including one-hour or longer walks), taking non-weekend play days, not checking work email after weeknight dinners, not checking work email on […]

December 26, 2013 » Five Lessons on the Craft of Collaboration from Photography

As a collaboration practitioner exploring a new path, the best thing I did this past year was to take up photography. That’s right, photography. I did it because I wanted to do something creative that had nothing to do with my professional life. Not only did it bring me tremendous joy, it unexpectedly made me […]

December 19, 2013 » Early Morning Community at the Music Concourse

I took my second ever photography class recently. Once again, the focus was on story. Dorothy Kimmel of the Richmond District branch of the San Francisco Public Library organized this wonderful workshop, which was led by photojournalist Frederic Larsen. The idea was simple: Get people from the neighborhood to document the stories of the neighborhood […]

December 13, 2013 » Faster Than 20: My New Website on High-Performance Collaboration

Last week, I quietly launched a new website called Faster Than 20. It’s a place where I can share stories more intentionally about high-performance collaboration. It’s also a place where I can share my tools, frameworks, and lessons from my experiments. Why a new website? Isn’t that what this blog has been about? Yes and […]

December 11, 2013 » Passing the Torch

We hired Dana Reynolds as Groupaya’s administrative assistant in the middle of 2012. She was a recent college graduate who had all the attributes we were looking for — hard-working, competent, detail-oriented, learning-oriented. She was also ambitious and aggressive, two attributes I love and relate to. She wanted to become an organizational development consultant, and […]

December 7, 2013 » A Funny Thing Happened the Other Day on the Internet…

This past week, I spent two days in Tiburon supporting my former colleague and bootcamper, Dana Reynolds, who was facilitating the Code for America staff retreat. Any time spent with the good folks at Code for America is going to be inspiring time, and I couldn’t help expressing this sentiment on Twitter after the retreat […]