Today, we recorded a message about the Collaboration Card of the Day, please take one minute to check it out. The "Be an Action Hero" card is an important one. It reminds us that we are all leaders and sometimes permission to act comes from within. If you are out there looking for someone else to authorize you to act, today is the day to shift that narrative and give yourself permission to act. We have too many big, hairy issues to be sitting around waiting for some "other" leader to put you in play. Nike got this one correct!
Write of Passage: This card is in the Task and Me family meaning that it focuses on skills or behaviors that address when one is personally struggling to accomplish tasks. This card asks the individual to write out the roles of individuals in the group (self included) as well as the goals of the group. Then it asks the writer to share this info out with the group and discuss. A variation of this card would be to have everyone in the group do this and then share out.
This card is based on The Waterline Model (see below) which is the work of Harrison, Scherer and Short. The Waterline Model defines a path to troubleshoot times when task is not being accomplished in group work. The first tier to explore is labeled (Structure), and it asks people to explore the roles and goals within a group.
While we often decide in our brain that problems exist in people. Ex. "If Jim was only more focused", "If Suzie was less combative", "If the engineers were more proactive", according to the work of Harrison, Scherer and Short, problems most often occur on the level of (Structure). Individuals are not sure what their role is, or the group has not explicitly clarified the shared goal they are working towards. This card reminds people to check this, write about it, and then share out their thoughts with their team. Done well and on a regular basis, this practice can help a group avoid long delays based on faulty assumptions about what the issue actually is. Want more info on the Waterline Model? You can find it here.
Collaboration Cards: A while back we developed these cards to help teams and individuals when collaborating. We recognized that collaboration is valued, needed, and also messy and not explicitly taught. Greg Bamford and I sat down in a coffee shop and we brainstormed all of the different ways that individuals and groups could collaborate better. These cards have changed over time as people have used them, and we appreciate all of the feedback we have gotten.
In this short video above, we talk about how the cards are broken up, and we highlight just one card. Stay tuned to this blog as we will be highlighting a different card each day. There are over 200 cards, so the cards are well worth the low cost to pick up a deck. Check them out at: