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  • Articulating Their Specific Talent Can Help Them Strengthen It

    Moving From Me To We Blog @ Say It Better
    Kare Anderson
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    When I was a Wall Street Journal reporter, my bureau chief bluntly told me one day that I took too long when interviewing some individuals — and sometimes that was a good thing. I got insights about the interviewees’ views on other topics. He told me that, when I finished writing the story I was assigned, I should write notes about their answers to questions I asked that were not directly related to the story. Then in future stories, I might see where one of those interviewees had an unexpected yet relevant angle and quote them. In effect, my bureau chief showed…
  • Reduce Costs and Increase User Adoption of Video

    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Angela Murphy
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Yesterday I took my car to get a dent fixed. It was one of those dents that, while barely visible, required a lot of time and expense to fix. (In fact, you had to kind of crouch down and look very closely at the underside of one panel to see it.) But given that it cut all the way through the paint, I couldn’t ignore it! When I collected the car in the evening, I was glad to see no [...]
  • Digital washing can wreck your strategic business planning

    ZDNet | Collaboration 2.0 RSS
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Like France's 1930's Maginot Line, 'digital washing' of old ideas and lack of forward thinking has the potential to create strategic disaster in a highly competitive world where speed to market and agility are key.
  • Accenture Scraps Reviews, Rankings and Joins The Bounty Effect Bandwagon

    The Culture of Collaboration
    Evan Rosen
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Nothing impedes collaboration more than outmoded recognition and reward systems. And replacing annual performance reviews and rankings advances collaborative culture, behavior and organizational structure. Many organizations promote themselves as collaborative while simultaneously reinforcing internal competition through annual performance reviews and rankings. This process squanders time and distracts the organization while pitting team members against one another. Performance reviews and rankings incent team members to hoard information and maintain hidden agendas rather than share ideas…
  • Has Microsoft blown it?

    ZDNet | Collaboration 2.0 RSS
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Microsoft has dominated the 'office productivity' tools market for decades and is a de facto way of working in most companies. Having significantly held back innovation in the last 10 years, Office is arguably reaching the end of its useful life as modern digital tools make it look like an old bureaucratic anachronism.
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    Moving From Me To We Blog @ Say It Better

  • Articulating Their Specific Talent Can Help Them Strengthen It

    Kare Anderson
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    When I was a Wall Street Journal reporter, my bureau chief bluntly told me one day that I took too long when interviewing some individuals — and sometimes that was a good thing. I got insights about the interviewees’ views on other topics. He told me that, when I finished writing the story I was assigned, I should write notes about their answers to questions I asked that were not directly related to the story. Then in future stories, I might see where one of those interviewees had an unexpected yet relevant angle and quote them. In effect, my bureau chief showed…
  • Proven Ways We Happily Accomplish More With Others

    Kare Anderson
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Don’t Inadvertently Support Others in Becoming Seasoned Takers Help others to become more helpful for each other  — thus building collective self-esteem and opportunity. I’m sure that you’ve feel that heady, immediate, hedonic high when someone sought your advice, used it and experienced a turnaround, breakthrough or other benefit. Yet your well-intentioned giving can have contaminating, unintended consequences. Those who continue to ask for and get help from you, without giving back at all over time, are likely to become takers – not just with you but also with others.
  • Take the Bright Way to Make a Bad Situation Better

    Kare Anderson
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    When told to tackle the widespread child malnutrition in Vietnam in 1990 as an employee of Save the Children, Jerry and Monique Sternin could easily have become overwhelmed. Plus the country’s foreign minister told them, “You have six months to make a difference.” Instead of looking at the macro problems such as polluted water, he asked the mothers in one village to meet with him to discover, together, the healthiest children and to then discover why. They found that the mothers of healthier kids were feeding them four meals a day (using the same amount of food as other moms…
  • Visually Imprint Your Idea On Us So We Don’t Forget

    Kare Anderson
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    To instantly imprint your key concept on others’ minds, create a visual representation of it, recommends Denise Brosseau, in Ready to Be a Thought Leader? For greater impact, alter an already famous visual framework to display your core idea. Here’s two examples of how others used visuals to make their core message more meaningful and memorable:  In his book Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, altered Maslow’s familiar pyramid that shows humans’ Hierarchy of Needs. He simplified the pyramid to show three layers of…
  • Five Ways To Grow Your Network

    Kare Anderson
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    When it comes to networking, most people focus on the sexy part – meeting new people – yet it is apt follow-up that boosts credibility and connection. Demonstrate a mutuality mindset by demonstrating that you are not a taker but committed to the ebb and flow of mutual support over time.  Thus beneficial networking is not merely about meeting a lot of people but staying in touch in helpful ways. Someone who is renowned for being a helpful helper to those in her network is the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, Dorie Clark. She’s a sought-after speaker and an adjunct…
 
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • Reduce Costs and Increase User Adoption of Video

    Angela Murphy
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Yesterday I took my car to get a dent fixed. It was one of those dents that, while barely visible, required a lot of time and expense to fix. (In fact, you had to kind of crouch down and look very closely at the underside of one panel to see it.) But given that it cut all the way through the paint, I couldn’t ignore it! When I collected the car in the evening, I was glad to see no [...]
  • Bringing Our “A” Game: Cisco Again Recognized as a UC&C Industry Leader by IDC

    Thomas McCafferty
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    I’ve noticed that many business clichés have been invading my language. I’ve been trying to be proactive in curbing the habit. Needless to say, it’s not working. So instead of trying to cut back, at the end of the day I’ve decided to push the envelope and give 110% to using as many as possible in this post. My hope is that this moves the needle in creating my own behavioral paradigm shift.  Has it become cliché to be the “industry leader”? As [...]
  • Transforming Customer Care with the Cisco Collaboration Cloud

    Girish Variyath
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Customers are interacting with organizations in many different ways – from voice to email, chat and social media – using a variety of devices including smartphones and tablets. Many organizations are still figuring out how to deal with the evolving customer who is using any channel, any device and at any time. You need collaboration tools to share information faster and make more informed decisions. Legacy metrics are no longer adequate to measure customer engagement. The terms of engagement are [...]
  • Get Unplugged with Cisco Spark Product Managers

    Jeff Marusak
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    A few weeks ago, we brought a video crew up to the Cisco Spark office in San Francisco. We asked product managers Taylor, Renaldo, and Eric to show us Cisco  Spark and chat about product development. Given Taylor is a former Stanford football player, Eric used to do standup comedy, and Renaldo is just “the man,” I figured it couldn’t hurt to go a little off script with these characters. We set up what MTV’s Real World might call a “confessional” with a person in [...]
  • Solving Customer Problems with Flexible Solutions

    Andy Johnston
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    I recently flew from Heathrow to San Diego to attend Cisco Live . About an hour in and the cabin crew started serving dinner. It was a full flight and, unfortunately for me, I was seated right in the middle of the economy section. As the cabin crew converged on my row it became clear they didn’t have enough food. “Not a problem”, I thought to myself, “maybe they’ll get me some of the nicer food from the front of the plane!” [...]
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    The Culture of Collaboration

  • Accenture Scraps Reviews, Rankings and Joins The Bounty Effect Bandwagon

    Evan Rosen
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Nothing impedes collaboration more than outmoded recognition and reward systems. And replacing annual performance reviews and rankings advances collaborative culture, behavior and organizational structure. Many organizations promote themselves as collaborative while simultaneously reinforcing internal competition through annual performance reviews and rankings. This process squanders time and distracts the organization while pitting team members against one another. Performance reviews and rankings incent team members to hoard information and maintain hidden agendas rather than share ideas…
  • Coffee and Collaboration

    Evan Rosen
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    In San Francisco, where I live, coffee plays a major role in lifestyles and work styles. People stand in long lines at artisanal coffee businesses for coffee that’s sourced, roasted and prepared with care. It has become de rigueur for leading technology and social media companies to make artisanal coffee available to team members. Google stocks beans from the better San Francisco purveyors in snack areas throughout its “Googleplex” in Mountain View, California. Team members can grind the beans, brew a cup, or pull a shot of espresso on demand. As the artisanal movement in coffee, often…
  • The Collaborative Value of Getting Lost

    Evan Rosen
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Remember when it was possible to get lost? Global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite-based navigation tools have rendered losing one’s way an anachronism. Something is lost, though, in the inability to get lost. And that something is serendipity. So what’s wrong with that? And what does this have to do with collaboration? Travel involves some structure. You may know approximate departure and arrival times. You may have an idea where you’re going and even some sort of a plan. Like travel, collaboration involves some structure. Balancing structure with serendipity is necessary to…
  • General Motors and the "C" Word

    Evan Rosen
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra is taking aim at the “C” word. “I hate the word culture,” Barra is quoted as saying in an article by Joseph B. White in the September 30 edition of the Wall Street Journal. “Culture is really just how we all behave,” according to Barra. The comments are curious in that Barra testified before a Congressional subcommittee last June that she would GM CEO Mary Barra outlines new strategic plan  (Image copyright GM) not rest until GM’s “deep underlying cultural problems” are resolved. The subcommittee was investigating GM’s failure to recall…
  • Health Insurance Company Experiences The Bounty Effect

    Evan Rosen
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    When Presbyterian Health Plan denied Dave Bexfield of Albuquerque, New Mexico reimbursement for a multiple sclerosis treatment trial, Bexfield launched a campaign to recover the $200,000 he spent on the treatment. He contacted media, bombarded Presbyterian with calls and emails, and ultimately lined his garage walls with the insurer’s denial letters, according to an August 1, 2014 column by David Segal in the New York Times. The treatment was a stem cell transplant trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The trial worked in that Bexfield no longer takes M.S. medication and the…
 
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    ZDNet | Collaboration 2.0 RSS

  • Has Microsoft blown it?

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Microsoft has dominated the 'office productivity' tools market for decades and is a de facto way of working in most companies. Having significantly held back innovation in the last 10 years, Office is arguably reaching the end of its useful life as modern digital tools make it look like an old bureaucratic anachronism.
  • More for less on the menu for restaurants who choose HotSchedules

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    Vertical industry mobile & cloud companies are getting lots of press and are the current darlings of the VC world. Common sense end user business plans are what will endure from this era and the supporting technologies have to be aligned with their newly digitized commercial goals. The vast restaurant industry vertical is a particularly interesting example of financial justifications.
  • The enterprise conference circus is in town

    6 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A very busy week for tech conferences sees much repositioning of ERP providers as customer transaction experts. But do prospects want their IT vendors giving them marketing advice?
  • It's the data plan, stupid: The dark side of digital transformation

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Data costs are now central to the economics of both individuals and the companies they buy things from. Digital strategy has to understand customer mobile data costs and associated mobile back-end development goals and budgeting.
  • Digital washing can wreck your strategic business planning

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Like France's 1930's Maginot Line, 'digital washing' of old ideas and lack of forward thinking has the potential to create strategic disaster in a highly competitive world where speed to market and agility are key.
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    The Fast Track

  • Shaa Wasmund on How to Feel Less Frazzled and More Productive

    Anita Bruzzese
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    If you find yourself complaining that you’re always super busy, it’s time for a change. A leading adviser to entrepreneurs provides a road map on how to cut back on the craziness – and be more... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Should A Manager Be Liked?

    David Hoffeld
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Why are some managers more effective than others? In the last few decades there has been a substantial amount of research that has verified the specific behaviors that can increase management... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Think “Inside the Box” Before Proposing Change

    Michelle Weidner
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We live in a time in which it seems that everyone is trying to “think outside the box.” The result is constant change, sometimes merely for change’s sake. First, know the box you are stepping out of.... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Solving Cloud Integration Problems with QuickBase Sync – Webinar and Q&A

    Mariana St.Germain
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Over 100 customers are already using QuickBase Sync, our new out-of-the-box data integration capability, to unlock their data in application islands and bring it together in QuickBase so they can... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • The Real Reasons Your Team Isn’t Telling You What They Think

    Alison Green
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Managers often say that they want candid input from their teams – but then act in ways that virtually ensure they won’t get it. That’s bad for you as a manager, because it means that you might not... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
 
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    Collaborative Journeys

  • How to Accelerate the Development of New Collaborative Relationships

    Ben Ziegler
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    When I look around my city, Victoria, I see lots of complex issues and challenges on the agenda; municipal amalgamation, sewage disposal, transportation mix… These are big items. Many stakeholders are involved. Each issue has many components to it. If people try tackle the issue as a whole, collaboration gridlock often follows. Better to subdivide the problem. The catch is that it typically requires more people; people willing and able to come together, in collaborative relationships. Image source: drawingoutideas.ca Why more new collaborative relationships? Our capacity to form new working…
  • Don’t Let Your Decision-Making Get In The Way Of Success

    Ben Ziegler
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    “I don’t want my decision-making to ever cost me in an event like this.” Those words were spoken by professional golfer Jordan Spieth after his Masters golf tourney victory, in April this year. Precious insight from a young man of 21. That strategy is obviously still working for Spieth, currently, the world’s hottest golfer; witness this shot, and his victory, at the PGA (Pro Golfers Association) Tour event this past weekend: (Video not displaying? Watch it on YouTube) It’s interesting watching Spieth. He combines incredible skill and youthful zest, along with…
  • Patients as Partners: Shifting The Balance of Power

    Ben Ziegler
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:10 pm
    “Yes, doctor.” It’s easy to agree with your doctor. After all, she knows what’s good for your health. Right? You do, too. Right? Discussing one’s personal health, in a collaborative way, can be a very difficult conversation. Image source: 123RF.com Call to action Last month I participated in the Patients as Partners Provincial Dialogue conference in Vancouver. I was there offering input from a Family Caregivers of BC perspective. Patients as Partners, as a concept, is not new. It does though reflect a trend; decision-making around personal healthcare decisions should be a…
  • Sexual Consent, Serving Tea and Learning Through Metaphor

    Ben Ziegler
    27 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Sexual consent speaks to how we treat each other. When we choose consent, as our way, we choose constructive, relationship-oriented behaviour. We choose a collaborative way. How do we know if sex is consensual? Using ‘serving tea’ as a metaphor for sexual consent, this 3-minute animation by Blue Seat Studios (building on the work of blogger Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess) creatively, with humour, communicates the answer: (Note: there are a couple salty words near the beginning of the video; after that – the language is squeaky clean). Tea and Consent from Blue Seat…
  • 3 Ways a Leader Can Increase Cooperation Between Departments

    Ben Ziegler
    4 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    When it comes to fostering innovation, a survey of 3,600 executives globally put “increase cooperation between departments” at the top of their list. That was one of the research findings, by info tech mega corp, EMC, on the Information Generation. The following chart, summarizes the respondents take on “How to Increase Innovation”, and was part of the EMC study/report: Source: EMC Information Generation Given the report didn’t offer too much in the way of solutions, relating to improving cooperation, here are some suggestions… 3 Ways leaders can increase…
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    Jellnet

  • Implementing a Video Chat System for Your Customer Success Team

    JellVideo
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Make Each Customer Interaction Matter Empowering a customer success team with an integrated video chat capability is a terrific way to generate customer loyalty while improving overall staff productivity.  Video chat adds the human element to customer interactions.  It makes customers feel that your company values their relationship by giving them the undivided attention of a member of your staff.  It also makes customer interactions much more transparent by enabling customers and staff to establish a personal relationship in a way that text or audio simply can’t.  Here are a few of the…
  • Virtual Office Benefits

    JellVideo
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
     Why You Need Your Own Virtual Office 38 percent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.’s Executive Programs Regardless of whether you are a solo professional or are employed by a large organization, the complexity surrounding how, when, and where you practice your trade is blurring. Increasingly, companies are reluctant to provide knowledge based staff with a fixed desk or office, or as Gartner points out, even with a computer or mobile device. Companies are now focusing their staff’s attention on…
  • Scheduling a Video Chat With Joseph Karwat

    JellVideo
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
        You can reach me via video chat by following these instructions: You will need a free JustKnock account.  See www.jellnet.com/JustKnock for registration information.  But basically you’ll need a webcam equipped computing device running Chrome, FireFox or Opera. I maintain virtual office hours Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 3pm PST (San Francisco).  Just knock on my virtual door (www.JustKnock.net/jk) anytime during those hours.  I’ll be happy to discuss any topic you feel is relevant.  Please make sure you are clearly visible in the video frame. Note: When…
  • The webRTC Tsunami is Coming

    JellVideo
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:35 pm
    Within the next 18 months four major  tech industry innovations will converge to create a massive tsunami that will engulf traditional forms of real-time video communications.  This webRTC tsunami will reshape the telecommunications industry.  Firms that resist or fall off the wave will find it difficult to survive.   New firms that learn how to ride the wave will succeed and reap massive rewards.  The convergence of: webRTC’s adoption by Microsoft (Internet Explorer) and Apple (Safari, IOS) in addition to existing adopters Google (Chrome), Mozilla (FireFox) and Opera will firmly…
  • Yahoo’s Brain Freeze

    jellwpadmin
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:26 am
    Will Yahoo go the way of MySpace.com I’m a big fan of Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer. By all accounts her patient and thoughtful approach to turning around Yahoo has been stellar. So it’s really difficult to make sense of her recent edict banning Yahoo employees from working at home. The ban is really old school. It also shows that her faith in Yahoo’s staff has been shattered. But what is most troubling, is what the ban says about Yahoo and Ms. Mayer’s ability to manage a knowledge based workforce. Google would have recognized this as an opportunity to create a new…
 
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    Collective Self

  • I Break My Heart Each Morning

    lori
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I break my heart each morning so there is room for her her memory and story her history inside of me disease that slowly separates her away from her beyond disease a slow release of precious self to daughters mom we broke ourselves each morning let our hearts be wounds now find those hearts a gentle gauze wound around the world  
  • Our Fevered State

    lori
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    1. Pain and Shock I lay in bed this week fevered and in pain energy drained throat on fire tired and sick while screens around me surface a young white face with stone dead eye sockets murderer, 9 times over lily white terrorist with a Dorothy Hamill haircut imagined into killer wounder of our heart, lovely Charleston from bed in my fevered state I see a zombie Am I alone in this? the walking dead those eyes God, those eyes night of the living dead 2. Facing It Home Grown Delusion My People Are Terrorists These are my headlines. I write them crying. Won’t move past them alone. I…
  • No More To-Do Lists: And Other Joys of Turning 45

    lori
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I turn 45 Sunday. Last month my body began celebrating by throwing me hot flashes in lieu of a party. They’re like a personal, internal fireworks show. So I’ll be ringing in this birthday standing hot, alone, and naked outside on the deck, staring up at the stars at 3 a.m., trying to catch a breeze so I can go back to sleep. That may sound like a complaint but it’s not. This new body? The one who demands I strip to sleep and insists that I move open-eyed and naked like an animal in the darkness in search of breeze on my face? I like her. I like her a lot. She makes being a poet a…
  • Hopscotch CD — 1.8 Miles of Fun! is This Saturday!

    lori
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    If you’re in the central Seattle area this weekend (June 6th 2015), come join us and hundreds of neighbors on Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., for the third annual Hopscotch CD – 1.8 Miles of Fun! Block captains (aka, deeply awesome neighbors) will be wandering the route handing out maps, sidewalk chalk, toys, and prizes. In addition to hopping the path and decorating the path, there are also dozens of neighbor-planned activities along the path (face painting, magic shows, yard sales, for example), plus music, food, local business sidewalk sales, a carnival, not to mention…
  • Talking with Neighbors

    lori
    28 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I was telling my neighbor how much I appreciate the multigenerational knowledge and friendship in our new (to us) neighborhood: a rare gift—at least in my world— people holding a 6-generation understanding of a place. He said he appreciated it too and also loves that he got to be alive in the 1960s: the last decade that our country had fully functional small towns where everybody made something, fixed something, shared something, and we weren’t dependent on big distant corporations and Dairy Queen back then. My neighbor said that at his age he’s come to value the tribe here. What our…
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    Partnering Resources

  • New Infographic: SCARF Model: Anticipating Organization Stress

    Maya Townsend
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
          The third in the Tried & True Series: Trusted Models that Stand the Test of Time. Have you ever felt that your life was in immediate danger? You remember feeling a burst of adrenaline as your heart race, and you moved into action or froze in your tracks. Research shows that other situations, in which there is no physical danger, can trigger a similar response. This “fight, flight, or freeze” response decreases the ability to plan, make rational decisions, and perceive subtle social and cognitive signals. Unfortunately, these skills are needed during organizational…
  • New Infographic: Surviving Resistance to Change

    Maya Townsend
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
          The second in the Tried & True Series: Trusted Models that Stand the Test of Time. Most leaders encounter resistance to change. The resistance can take various forms. People can protest the implementation plan, the approach, your leadership, the font size used in change communications, and the decision to change in the first place. This new infographic on resistance highlights the work of three masters. Rick Maurer’s Three Types of Resistance is a classic method of understanding why people resist and how to respond effectively. Ingrid Bens teaches us how to have…
  • New Infographic: Change Communications that Stick

    Maya Townsend
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
          The first in the Tried & True Series: Trusted Models that Stand the Test of Time. Some tools never lose their value. The hammer. The umbrella. The wheel. These tools have been around for centuries and we trust them. We have similarly trustworthy, proven tools in the organizational world. The Tried & True series shares trusted models that stand the test of time in graphical form. For our first set of models, we’ve culled through the thousands of tools available on change. We’ve chosen seven that we rely on because they consistently do the job. The first of our…
  • The Change Journey

    Maya Townsend
    20 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Change Journey Organizations still struggle with change. After all our collective years of experience and learning about change, it’s still hard. Part of the challenge is that we still insist on using techniques that assume organizations are like machines. Get the right tool, technician, and process, and the results will follow. The problem is that organizations are comprised of people. People are often unpredictable. We have opinions. We don’t like feeling as if we’re being controlled or treated unfairly. And we really don’t like being treated like machines.
  • 4 Steps to Getting to Yes

    Maya Townsend
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Entrepreneurs are always asking. We ask for resources, ideas, funding, partnerships, and so many other things. Our success depends on our ability to ask successfully. This post, recently published on Inc.com, reviews four steps to acing your next ask and getting to yes. 1. Relationship First Imagine going to a singles event at a bar. A person of your preferred gender approaches you and asks, “Want to get married?” You might laugh, but you’re certainly not going to get hitched (at least not yet). In business, many people seem to think that they can go directly from first…
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