Brody MacLean

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Meeting Warm Up Games

Meeting Warm Up Games

Recently, I've been running a game of Pictionary, before our designer catch-up meetings, to break the ice and get the creative juices flowing.

You only need a few things to run one yourself, with both local and remote team members alike.

Ingredients

Nice to have

  • iPad with Apple Pencil & corresponding Whiteboard app

Recipe

  1. Pick team members of 2 at random.
  2. Share & display the whiteboard using the screen sharing/meeting app.
  3. Get team member ready, with canvas centered.
  4. Hit Generate on the whiteboard generator & privately show drawer the word/phrase.
  5. Start the 1-minute timer.
  6. Record the time remaining, when guesser correctly guesses. This is their score.
  7. Repeat for each team of 2.
  8. Highest score wins. 🏆

Enjoy! 👍

Warm-up Sketch

Warm-up Sketch

Read The Warning Signs

You can tell a lot about your initial experience with a company.
I've had poor experiences with both big and small companies.

Conversely, I've had well managed experiences, between initial interactions as well as onboarding, indicative of companies who are intentional about every part of the company.

The recruitment process is a highly tension-filled time, but don't ignore your spidey-sense about the clunky first experience, as it will most likely reflect the entire companies culture.

How 72andSunny practices optimism

How 72andSunny practices optimism

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
— Dalai Lama XIV

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— Winston Churchill

On the opening day of Semi Permanent 2017, Glenn Cole, co-founder of 72andSunny shared how he and his creative agency foster optimism.

Optimism isn’t a luxury, it’s a tool and a powerful weapon you can wield to shape things as you want them to be.

How to practice optimism

1. Acknowledge the bad. Focus on the good. Explore the possibilities.

Pause and take the time to acknowledge the bad, all of the bad, then do the same with the good. Assess all risk and opportunities and explore the possibilities.

2. Look for partial solutions.

With looming deadlines and inflexible stakeholders, you’re better off taking the small wins, going in the right direction then dwell on the possible perfect situation. Create momentum with those small wins and let the optimism snowball.

Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations

Adopt a whole different set of management principles and practices.

Reinventing Organizations by Frédéric Laloux comes highly recommended by Buffer’s, co-founder & CEO, Joel Gascoigne, so much so that it’s a prerequisite read for new hires at the startup.

  1. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
  2. The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence. It is to act with yesterday’s logic.
  3. Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing. You see things, not as they are, but as you are.
  4. Humanity evolves in stages. We are not like a tree that grows consistently, but like a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly.
  5. Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
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