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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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This guest post was written by Jimmy Guterman, founder of The Vineyard Group. He’s written plenty of books and used to be an editor for Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is also a rock star. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the Collective Next team on an onsite-offsite (it was like an offsite, but they didn’t get to go anywhere) investigation of what it takes to be a thought leader.The basic idea behind my...
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Friday, September 21, 2012
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Today in the Lab, we discussed a concept that is very near and dear to our Collective hearts. Through a discussion that went in a variety of directions (and inspired by conversations that we had been having for a while), we came up with an axiom: Good Leadership is Good Facilitation and Good Facilitation is Good Leadership.While this concept has a lot of subtle nuances there were a couple of common characteristics that should be core to facilitators and leaders...
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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In last Friday's Transcribe, we discussed how a session is like a good book, you are engaged from start to finish, you experience each twist and turn side by side with the main characters, and it leaves you thinking in ways you had not considered before.We recently supported a session for one of our clients that focused on facilitating innovative thinking. We visited several different organizations that live and breathe innovation and discussed the topic with the...
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Friday, August 24, 2012
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A colleague recently passed along an article by Paul Ford entitled “10 Timeframes” which stimulated the Transcribe group to consider the true value of a minute. More specifically, we were curious about the difference between a minute and a collaborative minute. We captured our thoughts in the pen sketch below.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
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The votes are in! The top three Transcribe posts so far are:1. "A Model of Interaction Transcribed"2. "BS Transcribed" 3. "The Olympics Transcribed."Check them out here! 
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Friday, August 3, 2012
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Clarity is an essential and often overlooked ingredient of effective collaboration. While brainstorming ideas for our Transcribe conversation, the group became very interested in investigating the effect of Business Speak (BS) or buzz words on collaboration.Buzz words tend to be considered the slop of language, obfuscating meaning and hindering progress. Yet, they can also promote clarity. Buzz words begin as short hand, effectively communicating broader meaning in...
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Monday, July 30, 2012
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We here at CN are fired up about the Olympics, so they were an easy pick for Friday’s Transcribe topic. It was also easy for us all to agree that the Olympics are a collaborative event, yet after an hour of discussion questions remained regarding how they are collaborative. Illustration by Mike LaRhette and Annie WhiteOverall, the Olympic Games bring the world together to compete on one stage under the same rules. This is no easy feat. It requires the...
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
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One of my favorite parts of leading Collective Next is watching good ideas emerge, take root, and grow without my involvement. One such idea has been Transcribe Live in the Lab, a meeting of the minds every Friday afternoon with the simple goal of seeing what percolates. This whitespace has become an important forum for us as a community to engage each other in conversations that are normally squeezed out by the demands of delivering work and running a business...
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Friday, July 6, 2012
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Several of our CN scribes, Tricia Walker, John Colaruotolo, and Evan Wondolowski, whisked away to Edinburough, Scotland on June 25 on the heels of TEDxBoston for TEDGlobal 2012. Here are their posts from abroad. Hello, Edinburgh! View from my hotel:There he is! I spotted TED!Beginnings of the week at TED Global: brainstorm sessions...   John Colaruotolo scribing video and live chat:How we can improve health care in Africa board:Snippet from...
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