Category Archive: Collaboration

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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