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12/06/2012
Geoff Amidei

During our recent Presidential Elections, I was introduced to a great concept that I had been theretofore unaware of, “the illusion of explanatory depth.”  

(And yes, I did intend to write “theretofore” in the opening. But, full disclosure, I’ve never used that word before and had to look it up to be sure it was a “real” word.)


The illusion of explanatory depth is a simple concept: We often don’t know as much as we think we know. As...

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11/16/2012
Mason Smith

We let our guard down during this Friday’s Transcribe and discussed what we fear as facilitators of change. Though each member of our team has varying degrees of experience as a facilitator, we found many shared fears and effective practices to overcome them.

The most common fear was that as consultants partnering with subject matter experts to solve complex business challenges, we may not share an equal level of understanding of the content being...

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05/15/2012
Kathy Clemons

We regularly deal with complicated, complex issues: challenges of cultural change, market fluctuations, leadership, and more. And, personally, there is a part of me that loves that challenge, that impulse to understand the whole picture, all the moving parts and potential risks. And the thrill that comes from pulling it all together into an elegant design, that solution that just hums. It can be intoxicating and all-encompassing.

And sometimes, whether...

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05/10/2012
Kate Dwyer

In a recent post, we shared that graphics allow us to cut past the need for descriptive...

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04/14/2012
Geoff Amidei

I don’t get to do very many DesignShop events these days. A typical DesignShop event, as invented and practiced by MG Taylor Corporation, involves bringing together 30 to 80 client participants for three long days (10 hours, 12 hours, and 10 hours) of facilitated collaborative work. DesignShop events are impactful, transformational, exhilarating, and often supremely strenuous...

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03/09/2012
Mason Smith
Our overriding topic of discussion for the Shell Urbanization team was, “How will we power the cities of the future?”
 
 
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02/05/2012
Mason Smith

You are a business professional. You know your stuff. Before tackling any major business task, you familiarize yourself with best practices, design a plan, organize the appropriate people and watch a clip from your favorite comedy. Like many people, you may find the last step in this list out of place. Yet, it may be the most important step you can take to maximize your effectiveness.

Barbara Fredrickson, a leading scholar within social psychology, has...

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01/27/2012
Annie White

Infographics, data visualizations, visual knowledge…whatever you call it, it’s everywhere, and most of the time, it’s pretty interesting.

What I appreciate about infographics is that they can be as simple as a street sign, an organizational chart, a family tree, or as complex and multi-layered as an interactive iPhone or iPad app, or a zoom-able map that shows the flight paths of 200 space...

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