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Kristen Bailey
Monday, June 1, 2015
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 The big consultancy McKinsey has purchased Lunar, a respected design firm. Design has become a necessary skill inside organizations and McKinsey’s move emphasizes the value and importance of integrating design into products and services. You can't get by on good ideas that are presented to the customer in a clunky fashion. You need elegance, simplicity, and empathy. How do you really get employees to engage with design in a way that has meaningful...
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Gordon Eby
Friday, May 29, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) I’ve been reading a lot of Shel Silverstein’s collection of poetry Where the Sidewalk Ends to my children lately. It’s a book I read when I was a child, and I’ve always loved the feeling of freedom of thought it encouraged in me. It’s stokes the passion I have for humour, creativity, and collaboration. There’s a poem called “Invitation” at...
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) On a recent beautiful, sunny Tuesday, my two children and I spent an afternoon in the park just up the hill from our home. We set out our picnic blanket on a green meadow in a glade of redwoods. The kids gleefully climbed up into the base of a cluster of ancient trees and jumped out, over and again, and played hide and seek among the ferns...
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Jennifer Rutley
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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We are in the business of helping organizations facilitate conversations so they can come together, think better, and move forward. Sometimes we facilitate conversations that all parties are eager to engage in; other times it's not so easy.Difficult conversation meetings are hard for everyone; that’s why they are "difficult." But good facilitation and agenda design can make a big difference in the outcome. Here are a few ways to ensure folks leave the meeting with a...
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Evan Wondolowski
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)I’m a big fan of Resource Revolution: How To Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century, by Stefan Heck, Matt Rodgers, and Paul Carroll. It’s a cool book about how technological innovations will transform society. I learned about it during a client session we worked on with Stefan. The most interesting section in the book is...
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Jimmy Guterman
Friday, May 15, 2015
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You never know where inspiration will come from. When you’re developing as a professional — or as a person — part of what you’re trying to develop is mastery, and the feeling of accomplishment and confidence that comes with mastery. Recently, our Matt Saiia spoke about mastery at a client event with legendary surfer Frosty Hesson. We caught up with Frosty shortly after the event (which was scribed expertly by our Kris Henry; click the image...
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Jimmy Guterman
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)We’re wired to tell stories and respond to them. This may be true literally, as evolutionary biology suggests. Or it may be true culturally: Stories unite so many social groups. Either way, the ability to tell stories well is essential to personal and professional success. Investment bankers talk about "the right story" when preparing pre-IPO...
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Matt Saiia
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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(Over the next few months on this blog, we’ll be running a series of posts on what inspires us as facilitators and designers. To set the stage, here's a look at how inspiration works nowadays.)Imagine yourself as a teenager in a club, listening to a loud, fast, sweaty punk band. It's not even a real club you're in. It's the basement of someone's house that's a makeshift club for the night. You’re surrounded by kids your age jumping up and down in the hot room,...
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Kathy Clemons
Thursday, April 30, 2015
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The Collective Next office in New York City is in a collaborative working space run by WeWork. Our neighbors there do everything from making cool socks to advocating for literacy worldwide. It’s a bustling environment, and it’s great to have a place with good coffee and decent beer available anytime you want.The office has conference rooms we can rent. As in our main office in Boston, each one is designed differently. One afternoon, Sep and I found ourselves in a...
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Geoff Amidei
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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This is the first in a series of posts about the models we use in our work as facilitators. In this installment, senior principal Geoff Amidei goes deep on one model we have found extremely useful for a long time. Read more collaboration tips from Geoff here.You can make a lot of progress on a complicated problem in a short amount of time with a lot of people in the same room if you are thorough and thoughtful about planning and facilitation. You don’t need experts...
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