Author Archives: Michael Soto

Leading Together By Fostering Collective Insight

Leading Together By Fostering Collective Insight Authors: Michael Soto and Dave Fleming, author of Tribal Alchemy — “Why is it always up to me to have the creative idea? I’m tired of being the one that has to come up with … Read More

RCTs & International Development

Collaboration Over Coffee   Earlier this year, Sustain 17’s Revolutionary Roundtable brought together a broad range of actors to present their work focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  I was an invited panelist to discuss how the International Federation … Read More

The Generalists vs Specialists Debate: A Network Perspective

The Generalist Advantage The Generalists vs Specialists Debate In a recent HBR article, Generalists Get Better Job Offers Than Specialists, Jennifer Merluzzi explains her research with Damon Phillips that showed that specialists could earn less than $46,000 than generalists for … Read More

Organizational Network Analysis & Relationship Building

The Innovation Kaleidoscope Co-written by Jean Singer, co-editor of The Organizational Network Fieldbook, & Michael Soto, co-founder of Spark Collaboration. There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put … Read More

3 Networking Myths Debunked

3 Networking Myths Debunked By: Itzik Amiel, Bestselling Author of ‘The Attention Switch’; Founder & CEO, Power Networking Academy & Michael Soto, Co-Founder of Spark Collaboration It is important to network.  Networking well is critical to your success.  You’ve undoubtedly heard … Read More

Planting Seeds for Organizational Intelligence

Planting Seeds for Organizational Intelligence Co-written by Gary Lloyd, principal consultant at gardenersnotmechanics.com, & Michael Soto, co-founder of sparkcollaboration.com Jane took a deep breath as the meeting alert popped onto her screen. The whole venture was dependent on the development of a … Read More

Possibility Oriented Awareness

How To Discover Opportunities Hidden In Everyday Interactions Authors: Michael Soto and Dave Fleming, author of Tribal Alchemy — Think back to the moment you met a person who is now important in your life. Can you remember where you were? … Read More

Speed Networking

An Alternative to Speed Networking

What Would Slow Networking Look Like? Speed networking Speed Networking is a meeting format with a structured activity where individuals are paired for a short period of time (e.g. 5 minutes) and then switch to someone new each time a … Read More

Employee Engagement Misses a Network Perspective

Employee Engagement Misses a Network Perspective Almost all of us have had the experience of encountering someone far from home, who, to our surprise, turns out to share a mutual acquaintance with us. This kind of experience occurs with sufficient … Read More