Re-Targeting (think, continuous collaboration)

Posted on by Brandon Klein

Re-Targeting (think, continuous collaboration)

You know you know it. Or at least you know you feel it... You visit a site and then somehow ads appear on completely different sites about that product or service you were just looking at. Those darn companies were collaborating to get you to buy, buy, buy.

Re-targeting collaboration is pretty common. If you are serious about collaboration, you should be doing it too! Here is a little friendly collaboration advice:

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Collaboration Arcs

Posted on by Brandon Klein


"Collaboration eats strategy for lunch" by Stewart Emery

"Culture definition: Culture consists of group norms of behavior and the underlying shared values that help keep those norms in place." John Kotter 

"If you want to redirect the behavior of a crowd, here’s a tip: don’t be too idealistic about human nature."  Boston Globe 

Enron had a nice sounding culture/value statements: Integrity, Communication, Respect, Excellence.

Here is a new proposal: Can you tag culture? Can you tag improvement? Can you tag inspiration? More broadly, can you tag collaboration? To improve, we have to better understand connections, relationships, reasons for doing... 

There are tags for clothes. You can now identify people by tags, whether via pictures on Facebook or LinkedIn's tagging. Trendy new sites like have defined their artists tags by "genes." A brilliant way of tagging your artists interests, inspirations and connections. 

Netflix has tags for their employees with their "Freedom & Responsibility Culture." They have broken it down into a readable PowerPoint that is well worth a read. 

So if there is a way to create a better way to work, are there collaboration tags for it? Perhaps they are really collaboration "arcs." Arcs because collaboration isn't a straight line or tag. It isn't a simple answer. It isn't a simple word summary. What are the "arcs" to improve collaboration, improve work? 

Gamification of Meetings

Posted on by Brandon Klein

Everyone needs to decide how much games, interaction, or inspiration they need in their endless meetings. Making them games is on option. Here are several ways to do it. 

- Your know Foursquare, well, scvngr is focused on all business games 

Groupme - one of the most popular app for small groups to communicate and act quickly 

Silent auction - there's an app for that - use your imagination and adapt it to your meeting (payment not recommended!) 

- Curation station - probably don't publish it online, but use the idea of curating the outputs... 

- Bingo - think about competing bingo style for to-do's. Create your own board and balls 

- Tagging for expertise proof - can you tag each person for their expertise so that to-do's are automatically 

- - think about how you share and give back. This service will allow you to share the "tip jar for being late" that is ever so common 

- Evermeeting - and for the obvious one. One of the best meeting minutes apps you can get


iPad for Collaboration

Posted on by Tom Kehner

Chat Rooms ... A couple presenters had PPT and Excel detail that was back-up material to the models we drew on their Chat Room walls. So, we emailed those files to a couple of iPads to enable a few people to huddle around the iPads to see the detail during the Chat Room. Very effective.

iPad Scavenger Hunt ... Early this afternoon, we will do a Kotter Group exercise with the participant group. This will formally introduce them to Box.Net and provide an experience around knowing that all information is captured and available as they get into detailed work this afternoon and tomorrow. The assignment was sized to fit inside the flap of the iPad covers.

YouTube Video incorporated into assignment ... This morning we’re doing Legends in the style of Super Heroes, with each team identifying super powers, epic battles, villains, cryptonite, etc associated with the project ahead. To kickoff the exercise, we emailed a Word.Doc with links to Super Hero movie trailers to each iPad. With this attachment opened on the iPad, each team was able to click on the various links and get ideas for their Legends skit from 6 different movie trailers. We were a little concerned about them being able to hear the audio with the tiny iPad speakers, but we found it to be just fine. A team of 8 can easily hear the audio if they huddle around their iPad.

iBooks can be just as easy as PowerPoint or Keynote. Load up your content, videos, 3D models and more for a touch friendly learning, sharing, etc. exercise.

iPad Maintenance ... Mike Klar showed me how to “force quit applications” on the iPad, which has appeared to make them run faster. Also, more importantly, by force quitting the Box.Net app specifically, this totally clears any former invitations to previous events on each iPad. Here’s the procedure ...

- double click the HOME hardware button ... This brings up a window bar across the bottom of the screen that lists all running apps

- click and hold one of the app icons until all the app icons jiggle

- click the “minus” twistie to force quit each app (individually)

- click the HOME hardware button to exit

- now each iPad is not running any apps, and Box.Net is clear of any old invitations