Naming the Elephant in the Room

Naming the Elephant in the Room

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY 3.0 Author: Jennifer Myers You may remember the childhood party game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey (or Bunny or Pig—depending on the party theme), where dizzy, blindfolded partygoers are challenged to position a...
Beware of Low-hanging Fruit!

Beware of Low-hanging Fruit!

When change management professionals step in to share their knowledge of how organizations can work better, they come with stories. Stories about successful shifts in strategy and process. Stories of failure. The best might be stories about how to design for...
Down for the Count

Down for the Count

When I read Howard Gershen’s riff on counting with his fingers, what came to mind instantly was theory of mind in the way that I heard Alan Alda explain it at George Washington University as a guest speaker for the Smithsonian. We know that words and pictures work...
Many Heads Are Always Better Than One

Many Heads Are Always Better Than One

Time, attention, and craft are among the most beautiful, lasting experiences one professional can share with another. The author, a student investigator at MITRE, reflects on the collaborative aspects of his summer sojourn and the results of generous knowledge...
The New ABCs of Research: Part 2

The New ABCs of Research: Part 2

At his MITRE Innovation Speaker Series talk this past May, Ben Shneiderman talked about his newest book, The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, a guide for junior researchers and a manifesto for senior researchers, academic administrators,...
The Daily Standup

The Daily Standup

In Liz Hayes’s post about routine check-ins, seemingly simple collaboration processes and trust enable hard-working, distributed teams to succeed. —Editor Author: Liz Hayes I joined a new project last summer, a Global Information System (GIS) effort run by Keith W....

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