Author Archives: Michael Soto

Casual Collisions Without the Bruises

Serendipity as Strategy For many, serendipity is simply an inexplicable lucky accident.  Such a view is neither useful nor historically accurate. Horace Walpole coined the term in 1754 to describe the ‘faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident.’ … Read More

Huffington Post

Michael Soto (Spark Collaboration), and Jennifer Gore (Weleet) published a piece entitled “Go Fika Yourself: A Proven Way to Work Better” via The Huffington Post. Job-related stress is causing companies hundreds of billions of dollars each year. According to one … Read More

3 Reasons to Eat Lunch With Your Co-Workers

Spark Collaboration was highlighted in US News and World Report: 3 Reasons to Eat Lunch With Your Co-Workers Here’s why you should kick the habit of eating at your desk. Take a good look at those leftovers sitting in your lunchbox. … Read More

A Simple Tool to Help Merger Integration – Randomised Coffee Trials

A Simple Tool to Help M&A Integration – Randomised Coffee Trials By Darko Lovric & Michael Soto, originally published on LinkedIn.   M&A activity is one of the most consequential bets a leader can make in shaping the future of mature … Read More

‘Collaborative Overload’ – A Response

‘Collaborative Overload’ – A Response There are countless stories of conversations that did not happen, but should have.  Coworkers unknowingly doing duplicate work, as well as seemingly unsolvable challenges whose answer is less than a skip, jump or hop away.  … Read More

Conversation at Work

The Power Of Conversation At Work

Every morning she walked past the reception into the elevator and pressed the button for the 7th floor.  She walked down the long corridor and turned left, at which point she could see her corner office at the end of … Read More

Two Simple Ways to Grow Your Network and Broaden Your Thinking

Michal Clements, Managing Principal of Insight to Action, highlighted Spark Collaboration in Two Simple Ways to Grow Your Network and Broaden Your Thinking. When you need to get or test a new idea, do you typically ask people in your immediate … Read More

The Art and Science of Network Weaving

Spark Collaboration co-founder, Michael Soto, published a piece entitled The Art and Science of Network Weaving via Nesta, the UK innovation foundation. In September 2012, Jon Kingsbury and I sent out an all-staff email to our Nesta colleagues inviting them to participate in … Read More

In the Age of Loneliness, Connections at Work Matter

Spark Collaboration was highlighted in Harvard Business Review: In the Age of Loneliness, Connections at Work Matter Loneliness is a feeling we’d all like to avoid. Research shows it’s terrible for our health; it diminishes cognitive performance and the immune system, … Read More