"practice" Tag Archive

January 23, 2016 » Working Smarter and Focusing on Fundamentals: Lessons from Tom Brady

From yesterday’s profile of Tom Brady on ESPN.com: “There’s nobody like this guy in the league,” [Rex] Ryan once said of [Peyton] Manning. “Nobody studies like him. I know Brady thinks he does. I think there’s probably a little more help with [Bill] Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning.” Told another time […]

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:┬áIf 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 […]

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