Unleashing collaborative intelligence in your team

Collaborative intelligence

The first months of 2017 have been BUSY! Lots of people asked for our elevator pitch. (Even our families didn’t know exactly what we were up to.) So we got smart. We teamed up with genius visual artist Sarah Moyle to create this 7-minute video. We sincerely hope this video gives you – and your team […]

“Permission to practice badly!” Creating culture through practice-in-action

Kelly Ritchey-Davoren has had unusual – and unusually successful – practice as a culture-building leader. During one period as an operations executive at The Decurion Corporation (one of the most paradigm-shifting companies you’ve never heard of), she and her teams improved critical metrics while launching 5 new locations and prototyping a new culture that unleashed […]

A useful idea: change as creating

A Useful Idea by Karen Dawson, Ian Prinsloo and Julie Huffaker

Well, this is fun. Three years ago, Karen Dawson, Ian Prinsloo and I started experimenting with a hunch. It went something like this: A heap of smart people have spent a whole lot of time trying to crack the nut of organizational change: how do we pull it off, so we can be more [INSERT […]

Hello, Changemaker.

Julie Huffaker paddleboarding with whales

Because you’re here, I know you are one. That goes for us at the Deeper Funner Change Project, too. This site is for all of us. Backstory: for the past few years, I’ve been indulging a dream. I’ve scaled back on consulting work to take a learning sabbatical and do a doctorate in organizational change. […]

Adaptive organizations, listening like an improviser and the intelligence of crows

Here’s one more “mental sorbet” post – a sampler of interesting reads on leadership, listening and change to refresh your brain. Here’s an oldie, but a goodie, recently brought to my attention in a post by Canadian leadership blogger Tanveer Naseer. He cited the controversial Joshua Klein TED Talk on the adaptive power of crows […]

Leadership development: The 50/10 mental sorbet

I’ve worked with very few leaders over the past three years who aren’t ramped up, stressed out, and working hard to hold things together between work and life. They are trying to slice through email, texts, instant messages, and all of the other updates that come their way. They talk about the need to create […]

Change leadership: Are you ready to disrupt?

“Leadership: Disrupting your own people at a rate they can stand, for a purpose.” – Alexander Grashow When was the last time you got to watch someone else do your job? To take a break from your role and learn from watching someone else – ferociously talented – do it? This week, I did.

Change leadership: Designing great rehearsals and performances

It’s become so obvious to me over the past few years: if you want real change, that means bringing something new into being that didn’t exist before. And to do that, you can’t just jump straight into “performing” whatever that new thing is. You’ll need both rehearsals and a series of micro-performances to get there […]

Need help leading change? Don’t read this. Share it with your team.

OK, do read this. But then share it with your team. “Help me” conversations A few years ago, my buddies and I at On Your Feet sent a New Year’s gift out to everyone we felt – in one way or other, directly or indirectly – had helped us over the 365 days prior. The […]