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DFCP’s core conversation starts here. The blog holds our rawest and most emergent ideas, plus the stuff that pushes and pulls our thinking. What’s your communiqué du jour from the front lines of change and creating? Chime in with your perspective or, if you want to share a longer thought in the form of a post, give a shout to our curator through superhero@deeperfunner.com.

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 […]

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 […]

Declaring a holiday

A billion years ago (or 25), I lived in Norway. Far, far to the north in the ice deserts of Finnmark – 35 kilometers south of the Barents Sea and 500 meters from what was then the U.S.S.R. One of the many things that delighted me about my time there was a particular spontaneous annual […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]