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Post-Rock Star Teams 

Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, and Leigh Honeywell have co-authored a great blog post "No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities". The article is primarily about supporting women, but it's also a great read on making more supportive, collaborative, creative teams. It's probably worth taking another look at Godin's Linchpin with ideas …

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The Perfect Team? 

Cross-posted from my EdLab blog: There's a don't-miss read in the Times about teams at work: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team I think we aspire to build strong teams across our whole organization, but this is a great reminder about habits and indicators that will help us continue to …

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Art as Work: The Article 

Just saw this New York Times article:  It's a little different than my bog's namesake, but not entirely!

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The Three R’s of Team-building 

I just want to throw out an admittedly gimmicky way of thinking about a big part of the work we do as EdLab managers: we spend a considerable amount of energy on recrutiing, retooling, and retaining. I'd like to call this "the three R's of team-building." As part of the academic library at Teachers College, EdLab …

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Three ways to… inspire a team 

A nice, if not idealistic, take on how organizations can use social media and new digital pathways to amplify their messages and improve the reception of their brands: 3 Ways to Usefully Lose Control of Your Brand | design mind. Leberecht goes a bit astray halfway through, but the thesis of the opening two minutes is an …

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The Rise of the New Groupthink 

The Rise of the New Groupthink - NYTimes.com I like this discussion, but it misses a key perspective. Cain make a bit of a straw man out of the pro-groupwork crowd. Fair enough, there are plenty of reasons to push back. But here's my spin: cut the part about "creativity" and there are many reasons …

Posted 62 months ago by

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Steve Stoute’s Ideas 

Translation Ad Agency’s Chief, on Setting a Belief System - NYTimes.com. I enjoyed this interview, and appreciated Stoute's thoughts on organizational leadership.

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A Service Design Opportunity  ☆

I just participated in a two day workshop run by Engine, a UK design group that focuses on applying diverse design processes to designing customer-oriented services. The workshop focused on designing services that are complex by nature, usually involving "four P's": People, Places, Processes, and Products (not to be confused with the four P's of marketing). …

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First Day with Engine 

I just finished my first day of a 2-day "Service Design Workshop" run by Engine – a design group that focuses on service design. What is service design? It's pretty much as simple as it sounds, design processes applied to designing services. Of course, there's the challenge: services are complex by nature, involving "four P's": People, …

Posted 72 months ago by

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Snurblog liveblog at AIOR 

Igniting Internet Research | Snurblog. Another liveblog of our Ignite talks. These internet researchers are good at liveblogging!

Posted 73 months ago by

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Ignite Talk at AoIR Internet Research conference 

Matthew Allen » Blog Archive » IgniteIR – fast talks at AoIR Internet Research conference - Researcher, Educator and Net Critic. An early review of my Ignite talk on "Super-charging Creative Teams with Negative Feedback" at the Internet Researcher 12 conference. Cool!

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MBA Fail 

I like Wall's quick look at the realities of entrepreneurship: Why MBAs Fail at Entrepreneurship, and in particular his inclusion of the problem of workers with a sense of entitlement.

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Why work does happen at work 

In his talk "Why work doesn't happen at work," Jason Fried criticizes what he calls "M&M's": managers and meetings. But is his harsh attitude justified and/or helpful? For workers in really toxic environments, I'm sure this is refreshing stuff. He says, (and I'm paraphrasing) "Managers just preside over work, so they like to call meetings to …

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Designer Identification Flowchart 

I've been pondering how to help others determine if they are designers. I believe sharing this handy flowchart will do the trick.

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Design Process Essentials 

What do you value in a design process? At EdLab, our teams often have great latitude in structuring our design processes – indeed, we can change almost every aspect of project management, from inception to final outcomes (and ongoing documentation and reporting). As a consequence, the teams I am a part of – creating diverse …

Posted 87 months ago by

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Taking responsibility for the impact of software 

Here's Steve Jobs, from a recent email thread with Gawker's Ryan Tate: Do you create anything, or just criticize others (sic) work and belittle their motivations? This last missive from Job's is a nice rejoinder from a back-and-forth with Tate about Apple's iPad platform (and related technologies). And if you don't look too closely, you …

Posted 90 months ago by

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Can (and should) generalists lead experts? 

When does one decide to become a generalist? When did I? Seth Godin insists that "art" should play a central role in the workplace. In Linchpin, he argues that seeing work as art is not only good, but imperative. I believe, however, that Godin would be better off calling his linchpin a generalist rather than …

Posted 90 months ago by

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Linchpin on my mind 

In his book LinchpinSeth Godin offers repetitive and often simplistic arguments, and actually makes a difference. By the end I really couldn't fault him for his mistakes. He crafts his story into a compelling meditation on life and work. He throws a lot of words and ideas at the problem of how to be indispensable, …

Posted 91 months ago by

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On unlimited wealth, or the dream of it 

I have begun reading Linchpin by Seth Godin. One topic I find interesting is Godin's support of the idea of an "unlimited" market ("Limited or Unlimited," p. 30). I am always struck by the optimism of this perspective. For on this view, one should not behave as if there is a limited market for goods, …

Posted 92 months ago by

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Institutional collaboration as strategy 

Brad Wheeler says that higher ed is a "different" kind of industry in that institutions don't directly complete against each other. Instead, and as a consequence, ed organizations should follow a strategy to approach problems in similar ways (across a wide range of activities). He spoke about the growing set of activities that are leading …

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