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 […]

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 […]

What’s an “Elephant Whisperer”?

**Contributed by Deeper Funner’s own Elephant Whisperer, Karen Dawson Comedian Jim Gaffigan grabs audience members in the middle of his stand-up routines by saying in a stage whisper what they are likely to be thinking: “Does he really eat that much bacon?” If Gaffigan saw someone reading my business card, he might whisper on their […]

Habits, and how to notice what you’ve stopped noticing

Flickr user Ginny, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ginnerobot/with/3226941566

What do Barack Obama and Albert Einstein have in common? Besides stinging intellects and “they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done-so-just-watch-me” spirits, both fill(ed) their closets with similar items to eliminate decisions about what to wear. As Obama says, it’s less disinterest in fashion, and more preoccupation with running a superpower: “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating […]

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 […]

Conflict resolution: Stumped by a paddleboard pinch, Part II

julie huffaker and yacht

In Part I, I described a situation I was triggered – and stumped – by. Many of you dove into the water to help me out, and your perspectives went well beyond what I could see in the moment. Now: truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Here’s the surprising outcome. “Do you live here?” I […]

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.

Change Leadership: Check assumptions

Shaun Cassidy, 1977

“How did I go bankrupt?… Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” – Ernest Hemmingway, The Sun Also Rises This always pops into my mind when I’m thinking about how change happens. And not just the grim series of changes that leads to financial desperation, of course, but also the kind of change that leads to game-changing insights, […]