As the manager of several Yammer enterprise social networks, there is nothing quite so satisfying as seeing a busy, rewarding online conversation taking place in your network. When a good question is posted, and helpful, robust answers are shared in response, our network is succeeding. It's firing on all pistons. It's a rockin' good time. … Continue reading Yammer, and the lessons of TzimTzum
In January, 2017, we launched Working Out Loud circles for staff at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). A Working Out Loud circle is a group of 4-6 people that meets one hour a week for 12 weeks. Every person in the group sets a personal or professional goal for themselves, and by following a … Continue reading A Working Out Loud Reunion
In the 1994 landmark move Pulp Fiction, John Travolta's Vincent Vega character opens a briefcase. A bright light shines from inside the suitcase upon Vincent's face. He must be gazing upon a beautiful treasure of great value. Vincent's partner Jules, played by Samuel L. Jackson, calls out from across the room. "We happy?" Jules asks, … Continue reading The Collaboration Prize in 3 Easy Steps
It's a new year, and with the new year comes new opportunities for personal and professional growth. After hosting a dozen Working Out Loud circles at our organization during 2017, we are busily preparing to launch five more circles this month to help staff at our organization identify and reach the goals important to them. … Continue reading To Read or Not to Read? That is the Question!
When serving as a temple executive director, there was a member of our board of directors who always seemed to be unhappy about something the staff or clergy did. Let's call him David. David was always the first one to challenge, the first one to correct. David always thought we could do better. David often … Continue reading Serpico, and the Value of Transparency
As we begin the year 2018, many of us will be making resolutions for ourselves. We want to exercise more, we want to read more, we want to be more successful. There are lots of ways to succeed in the resolutions we set for ourselves, but perhaps the most effective way is to share our … Continue reading Purposeful Discovery and Successful Resolutions for 2018
From Facebook to Slack. From Yammer to Jive. From Email to Google Groups. Platforms for group collaboration are easy enough to find and use, but success will remain elusive unless we approach these platforms with a collaborative mindset and an ability to work out loud. Collaboration does not happen on its own. Keeping these six … Continue reading Six Principles of Effective Collaboration
I was at my booth at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial gathering in Boston. 6,000 lay and professional Reform Jewish leaders had joined us to "worship, learn, sing, build community, and shape the future of the Reform Movement." I was busily reviewing activity in The Tent, our private Yammer network for 10,000 Reform Jewish lay … Continue reading 10,000 Users and Six Opportunities for Better Collaboration
Next week, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) will be welcoming 6,000 Reform Jewish congregational lay and professional leaders to our Biennial convention in Boston, MA. This is the biggest event the URJ hosts, with maybe the most impact. Almost every member of our staff is involved in the preparation for Biennial in some way, … Continue reading All The Stars Align in Yammer
Ready, Fire, Aim. If you don't aim first, you will most likely miss. If you quickly pick up a bow, immediately pull back and release the arrow, chances are good the arrow will fly exactly where you don't want it to go. Ready, Aim, Fire. Instead, take a deep breath, carefully focus on the middle … Continue reading Avoid Collaboration in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Fire, Aim!