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05/15/2012
Kathy Clemons

We regularly deal with complicated, complex issues: challenges of cultural change, market fluctuations, leadership, and more. And, personally, there is a part of me that loves that challenge, that impulse to understand the whole picture, all the moving parts and potential risks. And the thrill that comes from pulling it all together into an elegant design, that solution that just hums. It can be intoxicating and all-encompassing.

And sometimes, whether...

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05/14/2012
John Colaruotolo

Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were inspired by this TED Talk by Terry Moore describing his epiphany regarding the best way to tie your shoes.

Terry Moore bought an expensive pair of shoes, yet the shoelace kept untying. The salesman informed Moore that he was tying his shoe...

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05/04/2012
Mason Smith

Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were inspired by this Washington Post article describing a social experiment involving one of the world’s premier musicians, the Washington DC metro, and “one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin that is worth $3.5 million.”

Joshua Bell,...

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05/04/2012
Geoff Amidei

Tammy Erickson says “The frontier of human productive capacity today is the power of extended collaboration…”

In her post yesterday on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, she argues that companies increase productivity in two primary ways: They either develop and adopt new management...

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04/14/2012
Geoff Amidei

I don’t get to do very many DesignShop events these days. A typical DesignShop event, as invented and practiced by MG Taylor Corporation, involves bringing together 30 to 80 client participants for three long days (10 hours, 12 hours, and 10 hours) of facilitated collaborative work. DesignShop events are impactful, transformational, exhilarating, and often supremely strenuous...

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04/04/2012
Mason Smith

Applied collaboration is a lot like providing therapy. As a clinician, boundaries were an essential element of my work in private practice and in psychiatric hospitals. In order to facilitate any change, people must first feel comfortable enough to consider opening themselves to even the slightest bit of the unknown or unfamiliar. Well defined, transparent, and consistently reinforced boundaries help develop trust in the facilitator of that change and a sense...

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03/19/2012
Mason Smith

In today’s politically charged climate, “debate” has become a dirty word. Yet, the slander and hurt feelings that are often associated with debate are far from its essence.

We help people come together, leverage their organizational knowledge to think better, and move forward by developing shared innovative solutions. In order to effectively leverage each other’s individual knowledge and create a new collective idea that did not previously exist,...

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03/13/2012
David Rutley

Focus is a huge enabler of effective collaboration. Your individual ability to unplug from everything else, and fully invest in the purpose and process of collaboration makes all the difference between success and failure.

I often find that metaphors and stories are extremely effective ways of communicating both the importance of enabling factors and tactics and tools to execute.

The below video clip is from a very under rated movie “The Greatest...

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