"collaboration" Tag Archive

April 13, 2014 » A Ritual to Read to Each Other

A William Stafford poem, shared by Curtis Ogden: If you don’t know the kind of person I am and I don’t know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

March 29, 2014 » Learning via Artifacts: A Conversation with Dave Gray

Next Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:30pm PDT, I’ll be participating in a public Google Hangout with my friend, Dave Gray. The conversation will be about learning via artifacts. All are welcome to watch. We’ll also be using a public Boardthing to take notes during the conversation, and we encourage everyone to join in that […]

March 18, 2014 » My Six Favorite Essays on the Groupaya Blog

A random interaction with an old friend earlier today caused me to search for something I wrote on the Groupaya blog a few years ago. That got me nostalgic, and I ended up reading every post on the blog. It was great to revisit these, and it stirred up some useful, sometimes nostalgic memories. I’m […]

March 11, 2014 » Harold Ramis on Ghostbusters, Collaboration

My friend, Kate Wing, sent me this glorious oral history of the movie, Ghostbusters. My favorite line was from Harold Ramis, who said: Aykroyd used to look at me, Rick, and Bill, and say, “Three directors, four writers, no waiting.” If you didn’t have a good idea, someone else would. This was Kate’s reaction to […]

February 1, 2014 » Amy Poehler on Creating and Collaborating

Here’s some delicious wisdom on creating and collaborating from an interview with the great Amy Poehler. (Hat tip to Michael Swaine for sharing!) On power: Power sometimes comes down to knowing the vocabulary, figuring out how the system works and how to work within it. You need to believe that you deserve to be in […]

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 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 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 […]

November 6, 2013 » What Alignment Feels Like

What does great collaboration feel like? Why is it so valuable to invest time and resources into getting a group to align? If you’ve ever experienced great collaboration in any context, you know the answer. I loved reading race car driver Ashley Freiberg’s account of this feeling after running the New York Marathon for the first […]

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 […]

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