Tag: Learning

Using listening to show courage and break silos

In our biweekly call last week, we reminded ourselves that courage is incredibly personal and individual. We briefly discussed how the context a person is in determines the definition of courage and then started talking about intellectual courage specifically. For intellectual courage, we talked a bit about continuing on your path, even when met with pessimism or difficulties. Steve suggested… Read more →

Fearing Failure to Fearless Innovation

We were pleased to welcome some new faces to this week’s Community Call. We’ve been using this call to talk about the 7 Shifts Greenpeace is making towards being a more inclusive, people-powered organization. Each week, we talk about one of these shifts and try to determine what makes them difficult inside of the Greenpeace context. This week, we talked… Read more →

Social norms: “professionalism”

I’m not sure if it came from a guidance counselor or my parents or some sort of magical “install social norm” button, but somewhere along the lines I learned these things about professionalism: Dress appropriately Don’t curse Don’t interrupt Don’t question people above you in the hierarchy These tips are subjective and truncated. I started thinking about how personality and… Read more →

How to run a Community Call

I originally wrote this article for Opensource.com Open organizations explicitly invite participation from external communities, because these organizations know their products and programs are world class only if they include a variety of perspectives at all phases of development. Liaising with and assisting those communities is critical. And community calls are my favorite method for interacting with stakeholders both inside… Read more →

2015 and done.

Here’s my reflective post for 2015: 2015 was crap. On to the resolutions: I didn’t make any except to clean up the kitchen, and I accomplished that task on January 1st. I am not resolving to do or be or learn anything. I’m not writing a checklist of books to read or habits to start. I’m not optimizing my morning,… Read more →

On Being Fearless

I wear my punk rock, bad ass, have jumped out of a plane and befriended homeless crack heads for an evening of drunken debauchery on my sleeve. Oh yes, my exploits and psychotic adventures are well documented and I am, all the people say, “hard core”. Except that I have to remind myself because I probably, might not believe that.… Read more →