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  • Ten Ways Opportunity Makers Jumpstart Successful Self-Organized Teams

    Moving From Me To We.com
    Kare Anderson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    From companies to clubs to causes, groups most likely to succeed, today, need to keep top talent engaged by encouraging the nimble formation of self-organized teams to tackle opportunities and problems faster and better together.Those who can actually recruit the right team and be the glue that holds them together must have the reputation for being mutuality minded.How? By creating opportunities, with and for others.By emulating their traits, you can become a sought-after Opportunity Maker. Not only are you able to accomplish more you naturally attract more adventure and richly diverse…
  • Project Squared Update: Secure Media

    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Jonathan Rosenberg
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The cloud is software in motion. Our recently announced Cisco Collaboration Cloud did not stop moving once we launched it on November 17. We’ve been [...]
  • How Really Successful People Handle Failure

    The Fast Track
    Anita Bruzzese
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s easy to overlook the many failures that successful people have experienced. Without failure, they say, they wouldn’t have achieved their dreams. A look at what you can learn from people like Maya Angelou and Babe Ruth when it comes to setbacks. There are several things in your career that are fairly well guaranteed:  At some point you will work  for an idiot; you will be convinced human resources is populated by Death Eaters; and you will experience failure. While an idiot boss and the followers of Lord Voldemort can be worrisome, it will be failure that will truly test…
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  • The book on Conflict Mastery

    Collaborative Journeys
    Ben Ziegler
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    “You make me angry.” “Don’t get your noise out of joint.” “Settle down.” “Just ‘cause I said it, don’t mean that I meant it.” We use scores of phrases like these when involved in interpersonal conflict. If not spoken out loud, we speak them inside our head. Needless to say, our conflict directives rarely end the conflict. A better way is Conflict Mastery. Conflict Mastery: The book Here’s the deal. If you’re curious about the words of conflict, common phrases and metaphors we (society on whole) have internalized, Cinnie Noble’s latest book, Conflict Mastery:…
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    Moving From Me To We.com

  • Ten Ways Opportunity Makers Jumpstart Successful Self-Organized Teams

    Kare Anderson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    From companies to clubs to causes, groups most likely to succeed, today, need to keep top talent engaged by encouraging the nimble formation of self-organized teams to tackle opportunities and problems faster and better together.Those who can actually recruit the right team and be the glue that holds them together must have the reputation for being mutuality minded.How? By creating opportunities, with and for others.By emulating their traits, you can become a sought-after Opportunity Maker. Not only are you able to accomplish more you naturally attract more adventure and richly diverse…
  • What Role Do You Want to Play in Our Fast-Changing World?

    Kare Anderson
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The Law of Unintended Consequences is increasingly becoming the norm. From drugs to drones to data collection, things that are initially invented for beneficial purposes can be quickly turned to evil uses, often creating massive profits and destruction.What We Can Do as Things are Getting Worse and BetterOur increasingly complex yet connected world is calling out for us to have a collective mindset. Why? Because bad and good can hit faster, farther, and from more places, initiated by more kinds of people more often as the cost of technology drops.These inevitable trends, that tempt us in many…
  • Cultivate Those Who Don’t Act Right — Like You

    Kare Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Beginning with our first success in childhood, we become attached to what we believe are our strengths in temperament and talent, which enabled us to win.Why not? They seemed to be what makes us popular.We also are drawn to people who seem to act right – like us. We instinctively project onto them other traits we admire, even when they do not have them. In so doing, we narrow our view on what’s the right way to do things, missing many opportunities and friendships.Are You Neurotic, Open, Extroverted or Agreeable?Apparently NSA knows. An MIT Media Lab team, led by Patrick Tucker, author…
  • See Serendipity As A Way to Stay Relevant

    Kare Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Meghan M. Biro, in her Forbes column, advocates reverse mentoring, a method I believe spurs serendipitous discovery of unexpected shared sweet spots of mutual interest, as well as shared social learning.Biro cites my former colleague at the Center for the Edge, John Hagel. “Formal schooling and degrees give workers about five years’ worth of useable skills,” according to Hagel and others at Harvard Business Review.Staying open to serendipitous introductions increases the chances you’ll cultivate a flexible mindset, recognizing more sides to a situation and discover more…
  • Opportunity Makers Have Mutuality Mindsets

    Kare Anderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Like many of you, I passionately believe that we can live happier and higher-performing lives with others when we enable others to use best talents together more often. Hint: a mutuality mindset probably matters more than your smarts, money, title or contacts in this increasingly complex yet connected world.   That belief is at the heart of my TED@IBM talk on September 23rd, which you can watch live: “The Web of Humanity: Becoming an Opportunity Maker.” I am in awe of the line up of speakers on “how to reimagine the world.” Here’s one method to spur greater…
 
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    The Fast Track

  • How Really Successful People Handle Failure

    Anita Bruzzese
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s easy to overlook the many failures that successful people have experienced. Without failure, they say, they wouldn’t have achieved their dreams. A look at what you can learn from people like Maya Angelou and Babe Ruth when it comes to setbacks. There are several things in your career that are fairly well guaranteed:  At some point you will work  for an idiot; you will be convinced human resources is populated by Death Eaters; and you will experience failure. While an idiot boss and the followers of Lord Voldemort can be worrisome, it will be failure that will truly test…
  • How to Do Online Marketing on a Shoestring

    Alexandra Levit
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It may not be rocket science, but it does take employee and leadership buy-in to start an effective grassroots online marketing program. Jason Seiden is a hustler. You know, the good kind. The kind that can make things happen through sheer will, gumption, and thoughtful innovation. Jason, an online marketing expert, is making waves these days with the launch of BrandAmper – a SaaS application that improves the quantity, quality, and consistency of employee brand advocacy. I sat down to get Jason’s ideas about how regular folks like you and me, who don’t count marketing as a primary…
  • Ignite Change: How to Obtain Cooperation to Accelerate Action

    Eva Rykrsmith
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you want to be a change agent and pave a path in a new direction, you must come to understand the mindset of your leaders, colleagues, cross-functional partners, and surrounding teams. Cooperation is a requirement for creating and sustaining change. You need to build a coalition because it takes more than one fired-up individual to effectively create and sustain change. Whether you have support or opposition depends on the beliefs, the motivation, and the habitual behaviors of those around you. To determine the best way to obtain cooperation, first assess the level of agreement: Agreement…
  • How to Stay Productive During the Holidays

    Alison Green
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    With so many distractions during the holiday season – from holiday parties to gift shopping to travel – how do you stay productive and focused when you’re at work? If you’re not deliberate about staying on track, it’s all too easy to find yourself dividing your attention between winter sales and eggnog, and coming back in January to unfinished work that you’d intended to complete. But it’s not impossible to stay focused during the holidays. Here are five tips that will help. 1. Be deliberate about creating a work zone. Carve out space at work that’s free from holiday…
  • Best Practices in Effectively Juggling Multiple Projects

    Eva Rykrsmith
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Managing multiple projects effectively and efficiently comes down to finding the right balance between being organized and prioritizing. Being organized is a must because attention to details is necessary, and the details can get lost very quickly when pace picks up and when projects drag on over months or years. But being organized and detail-oriented is not enough and it can even become a detriment to success. You must also be able to ruthlessly prioritize, and focus your attention on only the parts and pieces that require resources the most. Here are several tools that can assist: One-page…
 
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    Collaborative Journeys

  • The book on Conflict Mastery

    Ben Ziegler
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    “You make me angry.” “Don’t get your noise out of joint.” “Settle down.” “Just ‘cause I said it, don’t mean that I meant it.” We use scores of phrases like these when involved in interpersonal conflict. If not spoken out loud, we speak them inside our head. Needless to say, our conflict directives rarely end the conflict. A better way is Conflict Mastery. Conflict Mastery: The book Here’s the deal. If you’re curious about the words of conflict, common phrases and metaphors we (society on whole) have internalized, Cinnie Noble’s latest book, Conflict Mastery:…
  • Apply A Culture Map To Visualize Interpersonal Differences

    Ben Ziegler
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    One of my newest, favourite communication tools is a Culture Map. I first came across this better way to visualize cultural differences in Erin Meyer’s book, The Culture Map (published earlier this year). Here’s a short interview of Meyer, about her book: (video not displaying? watch here, on YouTube) The Culture Map The Culture Map is a way to visualize and compare culture across 8 different dimensions. Source: The Culture Map by Erin Meyer If we apply the Culture Map map to two countries, we can visualize their general cultural tendencies; e.g., Source: The Culture Map by Erin…
  • The Life Cycle of a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Action Team

    Ben Ziegler
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Solving big challenges often requires putting a team of diverse people, skills and interests together. It takes a system to change a system. Yet, getting everyone rowing together for collective impact is never a slam dunk. And, when the people are from different organizations,effective collaborative action often feels just beyond our reach. When I’m having conversations about collective action, I have an action-oriented framework in mind for getting work done. It’s built around Action Teams. It looks like this: I initially constructed this framework as part of project (with Lee…
  • Diverge Off The Problem Before You Converge On The Solution

    Ben Ziegler
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    To solve a difficult challenge, come up with as many solution ideas as possible.  Then “murder your darlings”.  Converge on the best idea. visual by drawingoutideas.com   Good ideas The story I most often tell myself about ideas is the one Steven Johnson articulates in his book, Where Do Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. “Good ideas normally come from the collision of smaller hunches, so that they form something bigger than themselves.” The most successful tool I’ve found for generating ideas is curiosity; genuine curiosity; active listening.
  • The Thank You Game

    Ben Ziegler
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    A couple of years ago, I learned about The Thank You Game via local mediator colleague, Julia Menard. Thank you Julia! I thought it appropriate to share it, given it’s Thanksgiving Day in the US, today. Julia credits the McGonigal sisters, Kelly McGonigal (health psychologist) and Jane McGonigal (game designer) for the idea. The McGonigal sisters teamed up to create something they call the Thank You Game. Here’s a promo clip for the game, from the McGonigals: (Video not displaying? Watch it here, on YouTube) From Julia: “The intention of the Thank you Game is to help increase the…
 
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    Collective Self

  • Birth Announcement: Year 1 Poet is here!

    lori
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    We would like to announce the arrival of our new baby, aka, our new book, Year 1 Poet. She was born in paperback form at 2 p.m. on November 30, 2014, weighing 100 pages. She is a little genre-bender already. She tells the true story of a writer getting lost and becoming a poet. She also contains 32 poems and 15 beautiful accompanying illustrations. Near the end, she also contains tips for writers becoming poets (tips I had to create for myself to undo my training as a writer) and tips by emerging artists for other emerging artists from both me and her three illustrators (aka, her aunties and…
  • Winter’s Orphans Springtime’s Clowns

    lori
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I. with tears, cloaked in half truths clinging to fear and rage the adults turned scattered to earth’s farthest corners from great distance built walls weapons did battle. Fucking grownups. II. Left behind on wide open plains Winter’s abandoned children faced hard choices no choice, really stay face more-whole truths broken hearts everywhere loss anger on all sides fear everywhere the worst within hold on to fun laughter honor lightness of spirit darkness of origin create impossible new old selves disinclined to hide glide down, through, then off of hatred hands up in the air…
  • Through the Flames, Watch for Deep Grace

    lori
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Turning away from the deepest suffering means turning away from the deepest grace. That’s the heart of this post. Several friends and I have asked ourselves the same question this past year: How do I keep an open heart while standing in the depths of pain, of suffering, of hell? Everybody’s answer is different. As a poet, my answer has been to surround myself with other poets and writers who’ve done the same. This year especially, as my family and I fell into our own personal mini-hell, I’ve turned to black poets, writers, and voices that stay with extraordinary pain,…
  • The Return

    lori
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    I. Goodbye family who cannot bear the weight of me. Goodbye family whose deep pain my own frame cannot bear. We hung on for so long to outdated expectations to what we used to be failing each other, sinking our intertwined souls until it sickened, almost killed our right-now selves. Thank God for chocolate. Goodbye family It says something remarkable about what we used to be that we held on to old hopes and selves for so long It says something more remarkable about what we are now that we chose to breathe deep and let go here Goodbye We’re finally free to love what we still have more…
  • Stop Preaching Forgiveness to the Drowning

    lori
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    Stop Preaching Forgiveness to the Drowning a poem for me   When you see a woman drowning don’t ask her to forgive the man beside her throwing anchors in her direction. You may be able to see that he is drowning too. She can’t. Plus, forgiving him now will actually kill her. Trust her deeper wisdom in this moment her instinct to turn away. For the love of God stop preaching forgiveness to the drowning when their only immediate options are turning away or throwing anchors back and forth until you drown.  
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  • The Employees’ Wishlist: Three Things Employees Wish Managers Would Do

    Maya Townsend
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Image by Aitor Aguirregabiria on flickr Your employees need you. But not in the way you think. Leadership is no longer about being the center of decision-making, expertise, and problem solving. Instead, today’s leaders work in such complex, variable environments that they simply can’t be as central as they have in the past. If they take on this role, they risk becoming bottlenecks and getting in the way of progress. Today’s leaders need to do things differently. In the last post, I reviewed the leadership behaviors of clarify and connect. This post focuses on another important behavior…
  • Can You Trust HR?

    Maya Townsend
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    When trouble is brewing, it is important to have a safe place to turn for support, advice, and counsel. The trouble might be your own, or you might have trouble with one of your direct reports. Sometimes, it’s not possible to turn to your own manager for such support, or you might just want to talk your thoughts and ideas through with someone before involving your manager. Your first stop is often HR—but can you trust HR? In this new post, recently published on the American Management Association’s Playbook, Keli Trejo and I give you the 101 on working with HR. To read the post,…
  • Two Leadership Rules for the Networked World

    Maya Townsend
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    Image from mediawiki.org We have a problem. Most of us are using old leadership techniques that no longer work. Here’s a case in point. I met Cyrus a few years back. He was a manager who insisted on being involved in every decision that concerned his department. He was still living in the old world, where one person could keep up with all the decisions concerning their department. Not surprisingly, he received horrible performance ratings and burnt out quickly. Leadership Rules for our Networked World Today, in our flattened, hyper-paced world, leadership is no longer about commanding staff…
  • Three Notorious Networking Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

    Maya Townsend
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    We need networks to be successful. But don’t make one of these notorious networking mistakes. Have you ever had the feeling that you’re not networking correctly? You might be making one of these notorious networking mistakes. They’re some of the most common ways people undermine themselves while networking: Networking in ways that don’t work for you, Networking only for today, and Forgetting that networking is a two-way street. Read on to see if you’re making these mistakes and, if you are, how you can correct them. For more, visit this article, which was just…
  • The Bottleneck Effect: Are You Getting In Your Own Way

    Maya Townsend
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    If you’re the black hole in your department, consider how to leverage your network to get out of your way and get more done. Managers are responsible for product delivery, project implementation, new ideas, and service improvement. But all too often, things don’t go as planned. If you’re in this situation, you might gain feedback like this: You’re not performing up to expectations You need to do better Brush up on your time management Your staff lacks skills and knowledge Your department is under-resourced You may have worked on this feedback without satisfying results. What do…
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  • Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions in the Meetings and Events Industry

    Brittany Valente
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Making a New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to themselves to improve something in the year ahead. We wanted to know what was important to meeting and event planners so we asked some industry professionals what their resolutions were for 2015. The top 3 answers by meeting and event industry professionals: to be more collaborative to embrace new event technology to have a better work/life balance Here’s what some of them said… David Adler @davidadler • CEO and Founder • BizBash “I learned from my friend Mary Boone that I need to…
  • The Fewer Requests Attendees Need to Make, the Better Their Experience

    Brittany Valente
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Convene was featured in the recent Fall 2014 issue of Facilities & Destinations, “the most comprehensive tool for association and corporate planners.” The article discusses anticipatory service, from a supplier perspective, and what it means for meeting planners, venues, and attendees. Read the full article below “People are more likely to do without a much needed resource than ask– and wait– for it to be provided.” -C. Kelly For more information on the Facilities & Destinations magazine, please go to their website www.facilitiesonline.com…
  • Food to Fuel Your Meeting Participants

    Brittany Valente
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    When it comes to planning an off-site meeting or corporate event, planners sometimes get talked into choosing meals for their attendees that aren’t always the “perfect” options. Hotels and conference centers will often times serve foods that include heavy  pastas, meaty dishes, and carbohydrates as these menu options usually cost the least to produce and are the easiest to plate for guests. “Healthy to Hearty” Picky eaters and dietary restrictions are rising by the second so as a planner, the last thing you’ll want to do is make your participant…
  • The EventTech Podcast: John Federico with Chris Kelly at Techsytalk

    Brittany Valente
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Our President and Co-Founder, Chris Kelly, sat down with John Federico of EventHero to discuss meetings at Techsytalk 2014. Watch John’s interview with Chris at our 32 Old Slip location as they talk about Convene’s understanding of all things meetings. Turning the “Conference Center” Upside Down  “So put really, really, really simply, Convene’s goal is to be the easiest place in the world to host a great meeting. But peeling the onion back a couple layers, when we started the company in 2009 it wasn’t the product of being industry insiders. In…
  • Creating Value Through Placemaking

    Brittany Valente
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Office spaces that engage employees by creating unique experiences create value and function as a strategic business asset rather than just a workspace. Picture: Airbnb’s headquarters, designed by Gensler. Image © Jasper Sanidad  By Thomas Vecchione, Principal, Gensler Guest blogger Tom Vecchione discusses how premium design creates premium value and how the coming Millennial workforce will change the future of office design. One way to understand the importances of well-designed commercial real estate is to ask the simple question: What about this space compels people to want to occupy…
 
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