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
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!
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
They sat next to each other on stage. Two country music troubadours. John Hiatt who has played a rough edged, twangy country music bordering on rock and roll since the early 1970's, and Lyle Lovett who finds a way to effortlessly switch between country western and big band jazz music while telling bitingly clever stories … Continue reading Two Troubadours Working Out Loud
In a recent email to Tesla employees, founder and CEO Elon Musk wrote "Anyone at Tesla can and should email/talk to anyone else according to what they think is the fastest way to solve a problem for the benefit of the whole company." Musk didn't want employees to feel like they had to struggle through … Continue reading Flatter is Better
In the days following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, John Feal worked at Ground Zero to help clear away rubble and debris left by the felled buildings. During the cleanup, an 8,000 pound steel beam fell on John's foot. John suffered through septic shock, gangrene and dozens of surgeries. He survived the injury, but … Continue reading How to Become an Extrovert in 3 Easy Introductions
I was embarrassed. I wanted to bury my head in the sand. A song from my childhood ran through my head all day. Trying to find a moment of rationalization, or maybe justification, the lyrics made me feel better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB3fi7opDBc I had just made a post on a site for Yammer network administrators. Using Yammer … Continue reading Whoops, I Made a Mistake, That’s All!
Silence and stillness provide empty space. Space for us to wonder, space for us to question, space for us to make our own assumptions. Sometimes, silence exists, sometimes it is created. In our connected world of email, phone calls and social networks, that rarest sense of silence and stillness is created when replies to messages … Continue reading 5 Easy Rules of Yammer Replies
Generally, we work better and smarter, and our organizations are more transparent and collaborative, when we can work "out loud." When we share work in progress with colleagues, they are better informed, and our work can inform their work. When we share what we don't know, or mistakes we have made, we can learn in … Continue reading Working Out Loud with The Boss