Will Collaborative Basketball Disrupt the NBA?

Few things excite us more than seeing collaborative leadership infiltrate pop culture. It’s happening more and more. And no collaborative organization is grabbing more headlines or heartstrings than the record-breaking Golden State Warriors.  This year’s NBA season just began, and the Sunday New York Times is already speculating. Our first post is a catch-up on […]

15 Improv games to develop leadership skills and ensemble thinking in your group (part two)

Way back in March (remember March?), we posted “15 Improv games to develop leadership skills and ensemble thinking in your group (part one)” in response to collaborators near and far who asked for some of our favorite improv games to have handy when getting ready for a meeting.  Here it is, the thrilling conclusion of “15 […]

15 Improv games to develop leadership skills and ensemble thinking in your group (part one)

There’s nothing like a last minute push to plan a meeting. You’re dying for that perfect game you played that one time (when? where?) to shake up your staff meeting, but you can’t quite remember how it goes. Unabashedly philosophical rant We – like all facilitators who use improv – are often asked for game […]

The most important innovation for your team to work on (and a few starter exercises to help them do it)

Ian Prinsloo

You know Ian Prinsloo is a master of creating ensemble in business because he says it with a French accent. Ensemble, he says, making you wonder why you ever pronounced it any other way.  Prinsloo, an accomplished theatre director with a 30-year career (and Deeper Funner collaborator), works these days with social services and nonprofit clients from […]

How unicorns motivate employees

mary kay car from pinktruth.com

Contributed by Deeper Funner’s Superhero Jessica Wallenfels – who knows a thing or two about leaping tall buildings because she wants to. That pink Cadillac Mary Kay salespeople were once set up to vie for? It might be a smooth ride, but compensation is actually not the number one employee motivator. A 1968 article in […]

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. […]

Conflict resolution: Stumped by a paddleboard pinch, Part I

Spencer's photo on Flickr

As some of you know, I’ve spent the last few months living and working from a quiet bay on Baja’s Sea of Cortez. (If doing your dissertation literature review looks a lot like solitary confinement, why not confine yourself somewhere you can paddleboard?) But it’s not been all quiet.

Workplace Collaboration: Jumping together into skillful disruption

wrist lock spinning

Let’s try something Imagine you’re in a leadership development workshop with a group of people you like to learn with. Imagine I ask you all to stand up, pair off, and face the person you’re with. Imagine I’m demonstrating this from the front of the room: Stand facing each other, and clasp each others’ arms […]