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How can coffee with a stranger improve productivity?

How can coffee with a stranger improve productivity? By: Gary Lloyd (Gardeners Not Mechanics), & Michael Soto (Spark Collaboration) A major US bank asked MIT to help them understand why the performance of their call center teams varied so much. To … Read More

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Implementing Randomised Coffee Trials

Implementing Randomised Coffee Trials: The Communication Plan Over the past several years, I have worked with hundreds of organizations interested in implementing Randomised Coffee Trials (RCTs), and it has become clear to me that many initiatives fail because they lack … Read More

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The Water Cooler Effect in a Digital World

  The Water Cooler Effect in a Digital World This week’s news that Verizon will buy Yahoo’s internet business has resurfaced Marissa Mayers’s 2013 decision to ban Yahoo employees from working from home. Explaining her decision, she said: “People are … Read More

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Size Matters: Internal Networking at Large Companies

Size Matters: Internal Networking at Large Companies By: Itzik Amiel, Bestselling Author of ‘The Attention Switch’; Founder & CEO, Power Networking Academy & Michael Soto, Co-Founder of Spark Collaboration   It’s the morning rush and a flood of your coworkers are … Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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