Collaboration

New Mexico Sate’s Arrowhead Center: Integrating I-Corps with Strategic Doing

The National Science Foundation administers a highly  successful program to accelerate  commercialization of university research. Called  Innovation Corps or I-Corps, the initiative builds a capability on university campuses to move promising research ideas into the market. Based on a methodology called Lean Launchpad, the program guides faculty and students through an intensive process of customer…

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The Ohio State University And The Columbus Way

We completed our second-largest training in agile strategy at The Ohio State University. (Our largest was in Puerto Rico with the University of Puerto Rico-Mayguez).  Sponsored by Ohio State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, our training brought together the diverse class from across the university and the community. Participants included  professional engagement staff, professionals…

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Update: Purdue Polytechnic High School

Today we wrapped up our 8th and final Strategic Doing coaching session with the incredible faculty of the Purdue Polytechnic HS. We have been giving the faculty guidance on how to teach the deep skills of collaboration. Mistakenly, most people think of collaboration as a “thing”. It’s actually a complex process the involves ten shared skills.…

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Teaching Collaboration in Middle School: New Role Playing Game

Our Agile Strategy Lab, where our work is centered at Purdue, is emerging as a global leader in the Science of Collaboration. Today we began exploring how Strategic Doing can help middle and high school students learn to collaborate. We co-created a new role playing game with novelist Noah Knox Marshall and had students play it for…

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Connecting to East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg University anchors the economy in the Poconos. Mary Francis Postupack, Vice President of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship recently contacted the Lab with a problem. Each year, the university holds an economic development conference for the regional economy. Here’s the problem: According to Mary Francis, participants are simply tired of the talking heads. How…

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Purdue Healthcare Advisors and Critical Access Hospitals

Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) is working with 14 Critical Access Hospitals across Indiana to introduce new “lean” processes. These very small hospitals are facing enormous challenges. Some are part of larger healthcare systems that are reorganizing. Others are facing major financial challenges. They chronically have difficulty recruiting and retaining medical staff. Yet, these hospitals provide…

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Strategic Diversity gives practitioners a new tool to maximize impact

We’re rolling out a new tool: Strategic Diversity. Strategic Diversity builds on the idea of the S-Curve. As we discuss in our workshops, an S-Curve is a useful model for thinking about change. One example we frequently use is “your grandparents’ economy” (eg, the heydey of heavy industry) vs. “our grandchildren’s economy” (eg, digital and…

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Designing Strategic Diversity in Teams: An S-Curve Perspective

Each of us makes a unique contribution in our work to help organizations and communities design and execute strategy and in starting, scaling, and growing something new. Knowing where we best contribute, can be a first step in assembling the right team that is “strategically diverse” enough to take on these complex challenges. Based on…

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Working with the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities

Timothy B. Luzader, Executive Director of Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) has connected with us to help in developing a new strategy for the CCO.  Some exciting opportunities are ahead.  the expansion of social media and artificial intelligence create new pathways to engage students.  As with other units within the University, the CCO…

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Supporting the Center for Career Opportunities

Tim Luzader, Executive Director of the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), asked the Lab to explore how agile strategy disciplines might move the CCO to a new level of productivity and performance.  The CCO would like to design new ways to deliver career services across campus. The core question: how can career services delivery be empowered, enhanced,…

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