Monday Morning Meeting #18

Welcome to another Monday Morning Meeting.  Here are some things we hope will inspire you to do better work this week.

Remember, asking someone "What do you do?" when you first meet them signals that your interest in them depends upon their answer. More here.

Who wouldn't want to play with these creative geometric magnetic toys?

A great look at how six-week sprints can help your team get stuff done.

Speaking of getting stuff done, here's an introduction to using Kanban at work.

We've been using a few of these simple icebreakers from IDEO.  A favorite is 3 Things in 3 Minutes:

Everyone partners up with someone, ideally a person they don’t know well. Each pair has three minutes to discover three things they have in common that go beyond the obvious, like “We’re both in this room together” or “We’re both wearing glasses.” After three minutes, everyone shares what they’ve learned with the group. Discoveries get pretty specific and have ranged from “We both have an adopted 11-year-old daughter from Guatemala” to “Our moms went to high school together in Detroit!” 

Though written from a teacher's perspective, this is right on for all learning environments -- including conferences and meetings: I stopped lecturing because I want my students to learn.

We don't have to lecture. We don't need to lecture. Lectures suck, because teachers do too much and students too little. Lectures are ineffective. The educational system is ripe for disruption. Disrupt it. Shift the old paradigms. Believe That You Have The Power To Change The World And Use It Often.

Lots of good ideas in this article on design thinking, but job one should be:

Create a team as diverse and international as the clients you serve.

More on the importance of diversity:

Most organizations haven’t evolved to create an environment that embraces the diversity of their people,” says Saxena. “Which places an additional burden — or you can even think of it as a tax — on the folks who have to strive to fit in with the prevailing culture. They basically have to be someone they’re not at work, and that’s exhausting.

That's all for now. See you next week!