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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.We’re longtime TED advocates here at Collective Next. We’ve helped many executives and thought leaders prepare for private and public TED Talks, we’ve helped run TEDxBoston and supported several other TEDx’s, and a few of us have delivered TED-style talks or talks at the actual TED. We find the format to be a great way to share ideas worth spreading. We’re looking forward to this year’s event in Vancouver... More
Friday, February 27, 2015
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This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.It can be fun to watch an idea or an image go viral, whether it being a cat doing something improbable, a striped dress of mysterious color, or something more worthwhile. But don’t leave viral communication to people with pets and way too much free time. You can be successfully viral in small settings, as well.When we at Collective Next enter a situation, we want to present ourselves in a way that is... More
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Kathy Clemons
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Grinnell College is an important place for us at Collective Next. It’s where I met our CEO Matt Saiia many years ago. TEDx events are important for us, too. In addition to curating TEDxBoston, we’ve supported TED events in California, Texas, and elsewhere in Massachusetts.You can see where I’m going with this. Last weekend, Grinnell sponsored its first-ever TEDx and I was lucky enough to help out as a coach to the seven presenters. The talks were outstanding, as candid and thought-... More
Friday, February 20, 2015
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This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.Climbing is dangerous. What goes up slowly can come down very quickly. Anchors make it possible for climbers to reach summit as safely as possible. Indeed, anchors are so important to safety that smart ones use multiple anchors. As one how-to puts it: “Two anchors are the minimum for rock climbing. Three anchors won’t hurt you either.”Although we hope the dangers aren’t as great as climbing, we need anchors... More
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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 Last month, I got to spend a day with a bunch of User Experience (UX) designers and others interested in learning how to use sketching as a tool in their work. About 30 people braved the icy snow to do sketching drills, learn about cool pencils, pens, and paper, and hear me talk about getting clients to tell you what they want as opposed to how to do it.While I was there to share how we frame conversations with our clients, I took away three key lessons.It’s really hard to get people... More
Monday, February 16, 2015
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This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.OK, people. This is one of the hardest lessons I’ve ever learned at work, and I learned it the hard way. I’m telling you here so you don’t have to go through what I went through. Please, people, listen.Phrased that way, many of you are primed to actually listen. You can tell, I hope, that I’m being honest with you, that I have a lesson that I think might be useful to you, and I’m going to share some personal... More
Friday, February 13, 2015
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Most of our Valentine’s Day thoughts during this snowbound week are about our loved ones. But love happens at work, too, and we don’t mean romantic love (for the most part). People perform better at work if they feel loved there: There’s at least one published academic study that supports this theory (plus, the study is titled after a Tina Turner song that we adore).With so much love in the air, we’ve been talking about what we love about working with our clients:“I love taking crazy... More
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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We’ve been following the conversation this week over at The New York Times about the relative merits of open versus closed offices.  The talk has been spirited, with many observations worth considering as you imagine the optimal design of your office.Yet that debate, however spirited, is focusing on the wrong stuff. It has not landed on the core issue. Arguing open offices versus cubicles versus closed ones? That is merely a tactical question. The key strategic question above that is... More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Let’s end the year by acknowledging and celebrating the 10 most popular posts on the Collective Next blog in 2014. 1. Three Ways to Make Your Company More Innovative, in which Matt Saiia, our founder and CEO, lays out ways to lay out your office so you are more likely to bump into breakthrough ideas.2. In Telling Stories, Working Together: Life As An Art Director at Collective Next, Erin King and Brett Saiia share what it’s like being an art director here – and how the role is different... More

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