Pomodoro – Get in the Zone

tl;dr: The pomodoro technique breaks down periods of work into short (typically 25-minute) intervals called “pomodori” (from the Italian word pomodoro for “tomato” – the shape of the kitchen timer creator Francesco Cirillo originally used), separated by brief breaks. The method is based on the idea that: Multitasking, context switching, distractions …

Collaboration – Hey, Would Ya Buzz Off? I am not Defensive!

Continuing on our experiential book club journey to get better at Radical Collaboration this post explores the roots of our defensive behavioral patterns. As covered in “Attitudes and Intentions” the first step toward not acting defensively is to become aware of when you are getting defensive. (See this post that covers Chapter 1 …

Collaboration – Unhooking your Buttons

In two previous posts, we worked thru developing awareness of our attitudes and intentions along with our personal history behind the defensive behaviors we demonstrate. In this post, we explore ways to unhook our buttons by creating a personal action plan, understanding the stories we tell ourselves and discovering the underlying fears that trigger …

Productivity: Disturb / Do Not Disturb

Interruptions Stink Let’s face it:  Interruptions and distractions are definitely issues that tamper with productivity. It doesn’t matter these days if you’re in an collocated workspace environment, or remote. Teamwork and collaboration requires frequent communication. Yet we want to make sure that doesn’t derail our train of thought. So instead of going back …

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