Part of advanced collaboration is to continuously read, learn and write with other diverse connections (friends.) Here is a taste of some of what we are learning this month:
MOAI In the NY Times:
"Friends can exert a measurable and ongoing influence on your health behaviors in a way that a diet never can,” Mr. Buettner said. In Okinawa, Japan, a place where the average life expectancy for women is around 90, the oldest in the world, people form a kind of social network called a moai — a group of five friends who offer social, logistic, emotional and even financial support for a lifetime."
From Blue Zone Tribes interactive checklist (go try it!)
Research shows that friends can have a long-term impact on our health. In fact, if your best friends are obese, you’re about twice as likely to be overweight. The following exercise is for you only. You don’t need to turn this in. You don’t need to share it. It’s just an honest assessment for your own reflection. Use this checklist help you optimize your life for maximum health and happiness. Seriously. Try it!
Bevy to your groups
Go work with a company that is building community from the ground up. They really do help companies manage and scale their user groups and event communities, all over the world. If you run community events - go use them!
It's all about the conversations
This is a Slack blog post, and there are lots of great books on improving conversation. But another one is always welcome and Erika Hall nails this one.
Or talk to a bot
Jane.ai claims to solve your companies intelligence in an ai platform. Of course, this isn't possible, but you have to give huge kudos to companies trying to improve work in any fashion.
With all the online chatter, it is about time someone found a way to turn it into beautiful art - which you can too now. Check out Luster.
French Collevtive Intelligence
Use Google translate and check out the vision of a French team making sense of collective sense. Check out Voxcracy.
As this field gets more and more attention, it is causing many to look at the role of network science or organizational network analysis. David Green has been a leader in the field for a while and summarizes it nicely on LinkedIn.
Sometimes all this data and feedback can be overwhelming
Take some notes to stop taking things personally. Great thoughts by Marc Chernoff.
Wall Street Journal Networking
Networking for Actual Human Beings... The research is clear: People don’t mix at mixers, and don’t feel good about trying. But there are better ways to make meaningful connections... keep reading on the WSJ.
Other teams organization
It ALWAYS helps to read great write-ups on how others are managing their teams around the world. Check out this step by step guide that you can follow too.
Finally - 'designing' work!
From MIT: For years, management thinkers assumed that there were inevitable trade-offs between efficiency and flexibility — and that the right organizational design for each was different. But it’s possible to design an organization’s work in ways that simultaneously offer agility and efficiency — if you know how.
Learn from examplary communities:
From 'exploring how to contribute to a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization, through their daily work' to a series of experiences designed to activate creativity to hatch a better world. Check them out. Thanks Svenja Ruger (one of the best community leaders and facilitators in Europe)
What? From Quartz: When we think about metaphor, we might think about how we typically learn about metaphor in school: as a poetic device or a rhetorical flourish. But, metaphors are not simply confined to the world of poetry—they are all around us. We describe time as money (“spending time”), arguments as war (“you attacked my argument,” “I defended my argument”), love as a journey (“their relationship hit a dead end”), and emotional states as directions (“he was feeling down,” “cheer up”). By some estimates, we use metaphors every 25 words, but because metaphors are so embedded in our language, they often go unnoticed.
Why not end with a great infographic from Network Wise on networking (long scrolling ahead, but worth it!) And most of Adam Connors work is excellent, so go check him out.