Make Conversations Count: Opening Doors for ideas, insights, and wisdom

As a kid, activating the enter/exit doors was my favorite grocery store activity. I loved it, even anticipated it. I remember the big rubber mat on either side of the door. When you entered or exited, you stepped on the mat and presto, the door swung wide to welcome you or send you on your way. [...]

Make Conversations Count: Opening Doors for ideas, insights, and wisdom2019-07-21T15:09:22-04:00

“Coaching” at work is not a four-letter word

Adapted from, Intersections: Four Deliberate Actions That Help You Create Solutions And Achieve Results. Dave Fleming. c. 2017. Coaching is Your Friend Golf swings, musical instruments, exercise regimens and hundreds of other activities. It's no big deal to get coaching for any of them. You're not a failure if you do, get coaching. You're seen [...]

“Coaching” at work is not a four-letter word2017-07-11T21:10:32-04:00

Ingenuity Tip: When It Comes To Everyday Achievement, Stop Using The Word “Awesome”

The Universe. The human brain. The Grand Canyon. Any of the world's oceans. Quantum Physics. -- The things above deserve to be described as, "awesome." They fit the definition and spirit of the word. Here's one generally agreed upon definition of "awesome."     exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.   When [...]

Ingenuity Tip: When It Comes To Everyday Achievement, Stop Using The Word “Awesome”2018-12-10T13:43:16-04:00

Generate more solutions with these two types of thinking

Adapted from the book, Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team's Collective Ingenuity. c. 2016. Dave Fleming.   Explore and evaluate combinations of ideas through divergent and convergent thinking In order to be successful, your team needs to consistently create real-time solutions and results. The solutions you need come, in part, from insights you generate through your [...]

Generate more solutions with these two types of thinking2017-03-20T07:56:02-04:00

Ingenuity Tip: Upgrade The Moment

Here's another ingenuity tip from the Ingenuity Lab.   [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/306708715" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]  

Ingenuity Tip: Upgrade The Moment2017-02-08T14:45:12-04:00

Yes There Is an “I” In Team

Adapted from my book, Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team's Collective Ingenuity.   (2016). Dave Fleming. A Tribal Alchemy Resource.   The “I’s” Matter When I was growing up, there was a game in my house that I loved to play. It consisted of a round plastic plate, on top of which were approximately 15 individual plastic, bubble-like [...]

Yes There Is an “I” In Team2017-01-12T07:41:59-04:00

Coming Early Summer 2017: Intersections of Ingenuity

Close your eyes and picture an intersection. Make it one that you either walk or drive through on a regular basis. Got it? Now try and put yourself at the moment where you intersect with others. Imagine that you’re walking down the street— or driving in your car. The intersection, with all the people and [...]

Coming Early Summer 2017: Intersections of Ingenuity2017-01-09T12:14:16-04:00

Increase Collective Ingenuity Through This Practice

This is an excerpt from my book, Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team's Collective Ingenuity. The excerpt explores one quality of collective ingenuity: how a group behaves when they "circle" a challenge or opportunity.   How You Enter and Behave in the Circle Matters I live my life and do my work in the shadow of a simple [...]

Increase Collective Ingenuity Through This Practice2016-12-27T09:26:47-04:00

I Am Not So Smart. And No Offense But Neither Are You. Understanding Cognitive Biases. Pt. 2

In part one of this article we explored what a cognitive bias is and how they can wreak havoc on our thinking and living. In part two we'll look at how cognitive biases infect groups and I'll give you a four-step process to reduce the influence of biases.   -- What Do You See?   Take a [...]

I Am Not So Smart. And No Offense But Neither Are You. Understanding Cognitive Biases. Pt. 22016-12-12T12:10:52-04:00

Don’t Just Generate Ideas, Weave Them Together

Yesterday I sat with a team that had to make a pressing decision. The decision was fraught, as many decisions are, with "if-then" possibilities. You know how these conversations go, right? "If we do A, then B could happen. But if we do C, then D might happen." And of course, none of the possible [...]

Don’t Just Generate Ideas, Weave Them Together2016-12-09T07:13:04-04:00

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