Lessons learned from Collaborating Minds

  What is Cminds Collaborating Minds (Cminds) experimented in scaling and sustaining virtually a high-performing teams’ capabilities and success problem solving . Our efforts combine: Assembling diverse individuals with a set of common beliefs conducive to creating a high-performing team Strategically mixing asynchronous and synchronous software processes designed to : Facilitate team member interactions Structure […]

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Talking with each other, and noticing, and listening

Theodore Taptiklis thinks deeply about organizations. I encountered Taptiklis when we were reaching out to people around the world recruiting the beta testers for Collaborating Minds. Although Taptiklis chose not to join our efforts, I had a long and enjoyable conversation with him. He recommended a book* that compared the experience of his home country […]

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The steps in Collaborating Minds problem solving

As the moment of launching the structured problem-solving component of the Cminds beta nears, we want to share more about the logic of the problem-solving approach and how Cminds members will proceed through it. We hope the explanation will give members confidence their efforts will lead to results, even though how everything unfolds won’t be […]

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Feeling expansive or limited? Your mindset changes your capabilities

Recently,  I was reminded of Carol Dweck’s discovery of Mindset based on her 1970’s research on human motivation focused on helpless and mastery-oriented response patterns in schoolchildren. Students who view their intelligence as an unchangeable internal characteristic tend to shy away from academic challenges, whereas students who believe that their intelligence can be increased through […]

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Collaborating at Scale – Book Review – Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

  Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace,Random House, New York, 2014   This is an excellent case study of creativity and collaboration at scale. Ed Catmull was one of the co-founders of Pixar. With co-author/collaborator Amy Wallace, Catmull reflects on the lessons he […]

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Delayed decisions- signs of hesitancy or incompetence – what if you worked at GM?

Every day we make decisions, many unconsciously. So what do we do when we ‘discover” something that isn’t right– when the facts we know don’t match the circumstances, or when we lack the experience or capabilities to respond? How do we decide how to proceed? I wonder about the influences that determine our next steps. […]

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Broadening the field (and the timeframe)

In each problem that Collaborating Minds looks at, we are going to work hard to give our members a broad field in which to work.  Rather than limit the problem to the arena the problem owner states, we use the idea that a problem as stated is part of a larger continuum, and understanding the […]

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Give and Take – An introduction

Collaborating Minds is built on the foundation that people who give to each other will work better together. In Adam Grant’s Give and Take, published last year, Grant explores the conditions under which giving propels success and the different giving styles that exist. Different giving styles yield different kinds of outcomes, and over different time […]

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