Monthly Archive: April 2012

Small Experiments

Breaking down big decisions into small iterative steps to experiment helps discover whether there is indeed a fit for your offering. The Agency itself is designed as small experiments to test what works and build upon that. When we have small experiments, it can feel like the stakes are not as high, allowing more room …

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Facing Gritty Reality

(nods to Jim Collins) In crowdfunding and social entrepreneurial efforts, are we being honest about the challenges and aware of how much fails for each one that succeeds? While the fabulous hype and excitement around these endeavors provides actionable energy, wise action comes from facing the gritty reality of what is. Where are you facing …

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Pivot: Business as Improv

Pivot. Business as Improv. Agility matters. We create a hypothesis. Offer a pilot. Try it out. Update hypothesis. What were you testing for? What is the question you are asking? During a pivot, a business can change how they answer their “reason for being” question.  The question might stay the same, and the implementation and …

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Collaboration Improv

Collaboration doesn’t have easy replicable recipes for success. People are involved. The answers aren’t known. It is a complex adaptive learning system. Emergence happens. So we don’t know how to adjust those knobs and dials of the collaboration mixing board in precise ways. We can know some principles to act on, just like Improv does. Then, …

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Defining Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence. Me+You+Everyone Together To me, a collective is an additive grouping. Tracing collective intelligence, there are several strains: large data collection or data creation insights by large collections of people better than an individual evolutionary knowledge development of collectives or group IQ And JF Noubel says, ”The capability for a group to organize itself in order to decide upon …

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Collaboration Mixing Board

Collaboration. What questions help us get there? Imagine a mixing board for designing collaboration. How do you adjust the knobs and dials? What are the readings you get? And then what does that sound like? Certain combinations produce proven harmonic sounds. Open Source or Open Space, for example. But we don’t live in a one-collaboration sound fits …

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Give and Get Support

Give and Get Support. When you have people around you supporting your actions and way of being, you can do all sorts of things you couldn’t do alone. It can seem like taking time away from doing tasks doesn’t move your forward. We find in The Agency that the experience of feeling supported by others …

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Defining Collaboration

Collaboration. What do we mean? Hot word now, but does it mean less than gets bandied about? Putting it in context with terms such as collective, cooperation, connected, and community might help achieve some discernment. To me the critical distinction is whether the process is iterative where all parties contribute to what is generated by …

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