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Want To Be More Influential? Become The Glue That Holds Diverse Teams Together

After seeing the anonymously sent photos of frightened women packed in the bottom of a freighter, destined for sex slavery, an ex-diplomat hastily assembled our team. We were intensely dedicated to find out who was profiting from the human trafficking – and to expose them. Three countries wanted to find out and so did my newspaper. Ironically, conflict soon cropped up within our team, as we followed the money trail, and almost sabotaged our work. Yet the ways we ultimately got on sync and succeeded may hold lessons for any diverse team. Our group also included a former computer hacker, ex-… Read More

Four Ways We Sway Others and Get Swayed

As the invisible gorilla test famously proved, we are sometimes blind to what’s happening around us, and oblivious to signs that sway us. To become more aware of how you are influenced by what you see and hear, and to get ideas on how to influence others, here are four nudges: 1. Give Them an Obvious Sign • When you see a path of big green footprints you are more likely to follow them to the public bins and throw your trash away. That’s what the Danish Nudging Network discovered. First they gave distinctively wrapped caramel candies to pedestrians in an area. Afterwards they searched nearby garbage cans, bicycle baskets and… Read More

From Odd Places Pull in Fresh Adventures and Friendships

Five men are walking across the Golden Gate Bridge on an outing organized by their wives who are college friends. The women move ahead in animated conversation. One man describes the engineering involved in the bridge’s long suspension. Another points to the changing tide lines below. A third asked if they’ve heard of the new phone apps for walking tours. The fourth observes how refreshing it is to talk with people who aren’t lawyers like him. Yes, we tend to notice the details that most relate to our work or our life experience. It is also no surprise that we… Read More

The Sum of Us is Greater Than One of Us…Sometimes

The sum of us can be more powerful (and fun) than one of us… sometimes. The confounding thing is exactly how we make it happen. Even when we have a strong desire to collaborate, we are likely bump up against into each other because, as in love, good intentions don’t always lead to mutually satisfying behavior. Yet, as in love and friendship, the togetherness of collaboration is where our most meaningful moments in life often happen. We have the opportunity to either step away or stay steadfast in creating something greater than we can alone. Sometimes we can even savor the… Read More

Books on How to Accomplish Greater Things With Others

A sign of the growing popularity of all kinds of collaboration is the growing number of books on some aspect of the topic. What are your favorites? Here are some I’ve come across: Alone Together: Sociable Robots, Digitized Friends, and the Reinvention of Intimacy and Solitude by Sherry Turkle. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop. Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Raymond. Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results by Morten T. Hansen.… Read More