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The Cost of Delay

By Melati Lee-Parker - September 29, 2022

Delay is the enemy of innovation. And if the goal of innovation is to create and scale novel solutions quickly, every cycle wasted takes us farther from that goal.

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The Power of the Narrative in Strategy

By Melati Lee-Parker - August 31, 2022

I’m obsessed with stories about time travel. It’s usually my answer when someone asks what my superpower would be if I could choose – the ability to travel through time.   Want to know a secret? I actually can travel through time. Okay, not like in a literal sense. I don’t have a tesseract or…

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Make it Productive: 5 Reasons to Meet In Person

By Steve Koch - August 25, 2022

These are five scenarios that are appropriate for in-person meetings, or, of course, offsites. When you find yourself in one of these situations, not only will an in-person gathering be valuable to you and your organization, your team will find value in it as well.

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Does Radical Kindness Lead to Healthier Teams and Beautiful Outcomes?  Yeah.  We Think So. 

By Melati Lee-Parker - August 18, 2022

Radical kindness, the way we practice it, is rooted in acknowledging constraints. In a way, constraints are boundaries. When we speak about boundaries, we recognize how people like to be treated. When people are treated with radical kindness, the yield is a quiet love. A soft re-commitment to reciprocate in kind. And love, at home or in the office or in your schools and communities, looks a lot like creativity and joy.

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Virtual Killed the Creative Star: Why In-Person Meetings Drive the Best Solutions

By Steve Koch - August 12, 2022

We got into the virtual life. We started to think we might not need to meet in person anymore. But now, we’ve learned that virtual environments can stifle creativity and complex communication.

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Product and the HiPPO in the Room

By Melati Lee-Parker - August 3, 2022

What is Influence Management? Hopefully, at this point, we can all agree that Product as a discipline isn’t just one thing.  It’s not just listening to your customers.  It’s not just optimizing dev spend.  It’s not just the newest design standard.  It’s definitely NOT just a feature factory. In my experience, developing digital products has…

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How to Ensure You Are Meeting with Purpose

By Steve Koch - August 1, 2022

Offsite meetings are vital for teams to get together, connect, build culture, and solve their most complex challenges. But an offsite meeting without a specific objective and plan can be costly.

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Working Remotely: What We’ve All Learned So Far 

By Steve Koch - July 13, 2022

In late 2018, someone on my team came to me with what I thought at the time was an unusual idea:  She wanted to reset her schedule to work two days in the office and three days at home each week. My initial reaction was basically “No way!” I wondered how we would collaborate, what…

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The Art of Relatability 

By Melati Lee-Parker - July 11, 2022

My first corporate job was for a non-profit health plan. I was a Financial Analyst for a state health plan for medically needy, medically indigent people. Noble cause. Using my Business Economics degree from ASU. I was stoked.  This wasn’t my first job, I’d worked my way through college doing lots of things…working in restaurants,…

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Ruminations on Good Offsite Sessions 

By Melati Lee-Parker - July 7, 2022

I’ve attended and facilitated hundreds of offsite sessions over my career, and the spectrum of the quality of those sessions range from Big Fat Waste of Everyone’s Time and Energy to We Did the Thing and We Didn’t Burn Relationships Doing It (and the lunch was AMAZING).   Sessions that go pear-shaped tend to follow themes.…

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