Collaboration

Fostering Collaboration on a Local Level

Jacob Moses and I explore how city leaders can grow their economies by fostering collaboration on a local level, including how to find existing assets in your community, how to encourage existing organizations to focus on a shared goal, and how to move forward by relentlessly focusing on “doing the doable”.

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Podcast for Economic and Community Developers

A few weeks ago, I spent some time with Dennis Fraise of Develop This!, a podcast for economic and community developers. In this first podcast, I start by providing some background on the development of the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue. The Lab is the place at Purdue where people learn the skills to address…

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Insights: Why Strategic Doing Beats Strategic Planning

A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Aga Bajer, of Culture Lab. In this interview, Aga and I discuss: The value of practice and discipline versus skimming the surface of things The need to slow down before going fast The benefits of creating a safe space for deep, focused conversations How power…

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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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