"practice" Tag Archive

March 8, 2015 » 365 Photo Project: Two Months Update

Another month down! I knew February would be a challenging month for my photo-a-day project. In January, I had lots of activities scheduled, and I saw lots of people. In February, I knew I’d be in my office and at home a lot, which meant fewer organic picture-taking opportunities. A few weeks ago, I was […]

February 2, 2015 » Super Bowl Collaboration Lessons: Data, Preparation, and Accountability

The New England Patriots won its fourth Super Bowl last night, beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a thrilling contest and a crazy finish. I normally root against all Boston sports teams, but I made an exception this year, because Tom Brady is of my generation, and I can’t be mad when an old guy […]

February 1, 2015 » 365 Photos Project: One Month Update

I managed to make it through 31 days of my 365-day photo project. There were a few days when I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off, including one where I took a picture of my clock at 11:54pm. The worst was when I took some pictures that I thought would be good, […]

January 10, 2015 » Ten Days Into my 365 Photos Project

Toward the end of last year, I started contemplating doing a photo-a-day project. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Take a photo a day, and publish it, preferably on the same day. I pretty much decided that I already had too many commitments in 2015 and that I wanted to cut back, but I just […]

November 28, 2014 » The Power of Constraints and Practice

I love the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m lucky enough to be able to see it from where I live. I never get sick of gazing at it, visiting it, or taking pictures of it. For me, it never gets old. Still, I know that the hundreds of stock photos I’ve taken of this iconic bridge […]

August 6, 2014 » Sophistication Versus Literacy

I frame my work and mission around this notion of collaborative literacy. The idea is that our ability to collaborate effectively can be thought of as a type of literacy, something that we can develop and enhance through practice. There are lots of great examples of how this manifests itself in other fields. A few […]

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 […]

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