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Friday, November 14, 2014
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This is the first in a series of posts about business storytelling.Everyone loves a great story. Great stories entertain us, help us get out of our own heads, help us learn, help us make meaning of the world. Probably farther back than when we started drawing animals on cave walls, stories have brought us together and made us feel something. Right now, many think we’re in a golden age of storytelling. The quality of television stories is said to be the best it’s ever been, videogames... More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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One of our great pleasures at Collective Next is co-curating TEDxBoston. We just completed our sixth year helping organize the event. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to share some of the favorite talks and performances we worked on this year and what we learned working on them.I’m going to share something that I didn’t share on the stage at Faneuil Hall: I hate “God Bless America.” You know, Irving Berlin’s patriotic song. I especially hate the first-person nature of the lyrics — “... More
Monday, November 10, 2014
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We’re inundated here with books that promise to improve how we do our work. Most of them don’t live up to their promise, but there are enough that do that the only way we can keep up is with a list. But occasionally a work book comes along that rewards us by making us slow down and savor it.Mike Monteiro’s You’re My Favorite Client is the twelfth installment in A Book Apart’s series of “brief books for people who make websites.” Of the five I’ve read, all are serious explorations of... More
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Friday, November 7, 2014
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(Friday seems like the perfect day to publish this post.)“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.”Those words have stuck with me since the first time I watched Mary Poppins and they play a big role in how I approach my day. I’ve always found that by changing my perspective and looking for a fun way to tackle the tasks at hand, I become far more productive and energized to get things done.I’m fortunate to work with a creative group of people who want to have fun and... More
Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Made of Money - 50 Cent from Evan Wondolowski on Vimeo.This is part of an occasional series on this blog in which we talk to people at Collective Next about what they do outside Collective Next.Money changes everything. That’s not just the title of a Brains song later recontextualized by Cyndi Lauper; it’s a hard fact of life. And what’s one of the things artists do? Make us think about hard facts of life in new ways.Evan Wondolowski, an Art Director at Collective Next, is producing a... More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.It’s easy to dismiss optimism in business. Thought leaders advise us to be wary of overoptimistic project leaders and the whole field of positive thinking is ripe for criticism and backlash. Fair enough. It can be just as annoying working alongside Pollyanna as it is collaborating with Cassandra, even if they turn out to be right.Optimism is essential. What entrepreneur, what innovator, would get out of bed... More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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 This is part of an occasional series on this blog in which we talk to people at Collective Next about what they do outside Collective Next.We’re in the collaboration business here at Collective Next: we practice it, we like it when we see it, we even like it when someone else sees it. Earlier this year, our John Colaruotolo wrote about a major collaboration he undertook outside of work, and today we’re shining a light on the extracurricular and very collaborative work of our creative... More
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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On last night’s episode of the public radio show Marketpace, host Kai Ryssdal spoke to writer Delia Ephron. The excerpt from their live interview that got broadcast is entertaining (listen; it’s less than four minutes long), but there was one part in particular that caught our attention.Ryssdal invoked Delia’s writing partner and late sister Nora Ephron: “I want to talk about collaboration and this idea of taking two and making one. You guys became a team. How do you do that?” Delia... More
Monday, October 20, 2014
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This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.One of the biggest mistakes you can make in business or in life is to assume what someone will think about what you’re going to say or do without making sure. When you assume, after all, as Felix Unger once said (well, shouted) …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfvTwv5o1Qs  When you’re a manager, asking your team is a gift. It shows you recognize that even though you are in charge of the team, you understand... More
Friday, October 17, 2014
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We believe you can tell a lot about an organization by what its people are reading. It’s been a while since we shared our work-related reading, so here’s some of what we’ve got on our night tables and ebook readers this week.What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe. “Loving the questions and answers, but especially the simple, humorous illustrations. Example: What would happen if everyone on Earth stood as close to each other as they could... More

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