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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

What’s the key to a meaningful life you can savor with others?

It is the moment when people see your best side. That’s most likely to happen when you really click with a person or situation. Conversely a bad reaction can quickly spiral down into conflict, even enmity. What’s the most likely way for someone to see you at your best? It is when you bring out their top talent and temperament. That’s when that person is most likely to see and support yours. That’s when they say, “I like the way I am when I am around you.” Jack Nicholson famously said a variation of this effect “You make me… Read More

How to Nudge Others to Act “Right”

Unconditional love is a swell idea yet admit it. Aren’t there times you’d like to change someone’s behavior? Get them to act right, like you. Or perhaps you’d like to drop a bad habit. Then learn how to “nudge.” That’s a situational prompt that sways people to change. For example, the traditional approach to getting drivers to reduce speed are those portable signs stationed at the side of the street, showing how fast you are driving. This is a shame or fear-based method. Instead, evoke pride or humor – or make it easier to do the right thing. In places in the UK, those… Read More

We Do Better Together – Books That Show Us How

I started this blog soon after The Age of Engagement morphed into a flood of ideas on how “we” can accomplish more together. Here are the books I’ve mentioned and authors I have interviewed. Crowdsourcing (Jeff Howe), Here Comes Everybody Clay Shirky), groundswell (Charlene Read More

Collaborate Towards a Single Goal. Expect the Unexpected.

More than your solitary smarts, your capacity to do something extraordinary depends on something else. It is your ability to build on the work of others from the past or with others at the same time. So said Malcolm Gladwell at last year’s New Yorker conference. This may be a key theme in Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don’t“, his next book, due out this November. Here’s some of Gladwell’s related insights: • To gain mastery Read More