"practice" Tag Archive

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 […]

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 […]

August 20, 2013 » “Failure” Is Part of the Game

One of my favorite work maxims is: If you’re not fucking up, you’re not trying hard enough. I try to drive this home with all of my teams in all of my projects. But what does it actually mean, and how do you actually create a culture that encourages this? Baseball offers some beautiful insights into […]

June 20, 2013 » Lean Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons from Changemaker Bootcamp

My plan for figuring out what I want to do next consists of: Going slow. Giving myself time to rest, reflect, and play. Listening. Trying to understand the challenges that changemakers are facing, and learning what cool things others are doing in the world. Experimenting. Learning aggressively, and sharing what I learn openly. I’ve been […]

June 8, 2013 » Disrupting Organizational Consulting

My secret goal with Changemaker Bootcamp is to disrupt management and organizational development (OD) consulting. My rough and totally unscientific estimate is that the budgets for 90 percent of all management and organizational development consulting projects would be better spent on capacity development for staff. Good consultants already orient their work toward developing this capacity, but it […]

April 10, 2013 » Changemaker Bootcamp: An Experiment in Practice and Mentorship

Starting today, I will be embarking on a new experiment, which I’m calling, “Changemaker Bootcamp.” I’ll be creating a space for changemakers in organizations to: Get clear about the kinds of shifts they’d like to see in their groups (be they their own organizations or broader) Get clear about how to facilitate those shifts Practice […]

April 9, 2013 » “Balance Bikes” for Changemakers

How do you make it safe to learn? A few months ago, I was chatting with a friend who races dirt bikes, and he was talking about the challenge of picking up the sport when you’re an adult. The problem? The bigger you are, the harder you fall. Because falling is riskier as an adult […]

April 8, 2013 » Collaborative Literacy

Take a moment, and think about the best collaborative experience you’ve ever had. It could be something that happened at work or a personal experience — organizing a family gathering, doing a shared activity with friends. What would your life be like if all of your collaborative experiences were as good as that one? Imagine […]

February 11, 2013 » On Sourcing Quotes and the Wikimedia Way

This morning, I came across this Charlie Parker quote that I really loved: “Master your instrument, master the music, then forget all that bullshit and just play.” My first instinct was to tweet it. My second, more practiced instinct, was to check the source first. It’s really not that hard to at least do a […]

February 1, 2013 » Five Lessons from my Nephew on Learning

I spent last week in Cincinnati with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews, Elliott and Benjamin. I hadn’t seen them in a while, and I just wanted to spend some quality time with them. Despite the frigid cold, it was restful and wonderful. I spent a lot of time in particular hanging out with Elliott while I […]

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