3 ingredients you need to use the “stone soup” approach to creating relevant value with your community (with examples)

My grandma told me a story about an early winter afternoon during the Depression in her small Ontario village. A drifter had come into town, and been asking for food to eat. Times were tough, no one would share. So he let it be known that he'd be making a big pot of delicious stone … Continue reading 3 ingredients you need to use the “stone soup” approach to creating relevant value with your community (with examples)

7 things you need to use a podcast as a communications vehicle

In a crowded communication landscape it can be effective to use multiple vehicles to make sure that you’re reaching your target audience where they are. I often get asked for advice on starting a podcast by communications professionals who are looking to engage an audience with their message. I’ve been running an monthly internal podcast … Continue reading 7 things you need to use a podcast as a communications vehicle

Using email to make decisions asynchronously and deliver projects with distributed teams

Over the last couple of years I've seen a rise in remote and distributed teams. Sometimes they span pretty big timezone gaps (my own team is a prime example, covering US Eastern, Central European, India Standard, and Australia Eastern). With smart people working on things together but separately and asynchronously, reliable coordination becomes extra important. … Continue reading Using email to make decisions asynchronously and deliver projects with distributed teams

The one productivity tip that broke my heart and left me weeping for days

I looked at my phone, and she looked back at me, in black and white. So delicate and beautiful. Like a ghost. It was the beginning of summer, and we’d been trying to take a little time away. At the last minute we’d found a reasonable AirBnB on one of the lesser visited islands off … Continue reading The one productivity tip that broke my heart and left me weeping for days

4 takeaways from 2 years of running virtual events and experiences

In the last 2 years I’ve run all kinds of events and experiences using a virtual, distributed delivery method. Many of them were originally designed to be delivered in meatspace. I’ve run a virtual conference for over 1200 people; twice. The strategy summit that was to bring together 300+ of my company’s most senior leaders … Continue reading 4 takeaways from 2 years of running virtual events and experiences

What I learned from creating a global distributed team building exercise for thousands of people with no budget

Think back to the last team building exercise you were involved in. It probably involved bringing your team together for a challenge of some kind, maybe with food and drinks during or afterwards. Even the best team building exercises can both expensive and at least a little bit awkward. That’s because a lot of team … Continue reading What I learned from creating a global distributed team building exercise for thousands of people with no budget

What I miss about having a professional coach

I was wrapping up a coaching call this week, and we got into a meta discussion about coaching. My coachee was wondering how my relationship with them compared to the relationships I'd had with my coaches. So I started thinking about the things I'd appreciated about the different times I'd been lucky enough to have … Continue reading What I miss about having a professional coach

Three elements of a successful cohort learning experience

The growth of online learning opportunities over the last 10 years has been nothing short of amazing. Through sites like Coursera, EdX, and even Youtube you can find affordable (if not free), high quality educational resources on a mind boggling array of subjects. What's in much shorter supply for a lot of people is the … Continue reading Three elements of a successful cohort learning experience

How to identify and nurture impactful communities in the workplace

A big part of what drew me to open source was the idea that the movement was built around a community. Having grown up in church, summer camp, and hostels, I knew that participating in communities made me feel like I was at home (I also come from a big family). In the 2020s the … Continue reading How to identify and nurture impactful communities in the workplace

Two key attributes of a good call to action (and one bonus attribute)

I was in one of the office hours that are part of the online influence development bootcamp I run. As part of that participants work on at least one blog post. One of the participants asked about how to write a good call to action (CTA). Not an afterthought He wanted something that didn't feel … Continue reading Two key attributes of a good call to action (and one bonus attribute)