From Top Down to Radically Collaborative: Deeper Funner Change interviews Tasty Catering

How does an unlikely organization go from top-down, traditional and struggling to grow to become an award-winning organization – recognized by Inc, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, among others – that works in a radically collaborative way? In mid-October 2017, we partnered with former CEO Tom Walter from Tasty Catering to tell his company’s story […]

How do I get them to LET GO? Launching organizational change

Here’s a familiar puzzle, but with a surprising answer – an answer that points toward an essential ingredient essential, often overlooked, for launching a change effort. You probably know the instructions. Not long ago, we flashed them on the screen at a conference of leaders charged with leading a game-changing shift in how their company […]

How do I make sure they’re committed? Launching organizational change

Q: Why did so many dance with Matt? I learned about gaining commitment the hard way. (The same way I learn just about everything.) Some years ago, I had an inspiring vision for the work some of my colleagues and I were doing. Well, I was inspired. To communicate this vision, I rented an empty […]

How do I get them to be accountable?

This is such an important question. What gets my attention is everything I hear simmering inside it: Hope, and commitment: This future I’ve outlined, I really, really want it to happen. Interdependence: Getting to success is bigger than just me – it’s going to take you, too.  Concern, even fear: If you don’t do your […]

Secret of the universe #456: Wholeheartedness. (Check Brené Brown’s TEDX talk.)

I’ve noticed something. There is a certain shared quality I’ve seen across several of the groups I’ve worked with lately: people learning to drop down into a difficult conversation in an open, clear, productive way; groups willing to take risks together as they take on a challenging task; and several simply excellent leaders of people. […]

Game on: We have a winner(s)!

I, as my British colleagues say with classic understatement, am chuffed. This week was the finish line for a big experiment, the 28-day competitive conflict-skills-building game I’ve been running with a client group. The experiment succeeded well beyond my expectations. (For those of you just tuning in, catch the backstory in the Game On: Conflict competition […]

Game on: So what happened with the wild cards?

It’s been 48 hours, and you probably haven’t thought about anything but who scored what during Week 3. Who’s going to get that dessert? What’s it going to be? Let me put an end to your sleepless nights. (At least some of them.) Here’s where we landed.

Game on! An experiment to make skills sticky

I’ve just started a boisterous 4-week experiment with a client, and I could use your help. The idea came from my dental hygienist. She had a life-altering experience playing Game On!, the competitive health and fitness game invented by hilariously irreverent Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson of Gray’s Anatomy. “It was hard, it was a […]