Update: Thank you to everyone who joined us for a robust and productive discussion on sparking summer collaborations. We hope this was an informative and engaging conversation. We touched on everything from how best to share ideas quickly to emergent leadership. Here is the transcript via Storify:
The summer heat provides ample excuse to ratchet down -- everything from the pace at which you work to the nature of what you work on.
I came across this column from Cindy Krischer Goodman in the Miami Herald. In it she described ways individuals and organizations are trying to make the most of the summer slow-down. While some managers are using the time for vacation, others she writes, "are using the seasonal slowdown to improve teamwork and collaboration."
Multidisciplinary teams are at the heart of the d.school, from its daily operations to the way classes are taught. Every class is taught in teams, and students are rarely called on to work alone. On top of that, each class has students from a variety of disciplines. The goal is to achieve unforeseen outcomes by leveraging the diversity of skills present in the room.
These aspects of the d.school along with Goodman's piece got me thinking: how do you build a strong team during the summer slowdown when many of your usual team members may be out of pocket? How do you bring others into your work either at the beginning or in progress and light the creative spark?
This #dchat springs out of a challenge I am currently facing. The fellows have launched, and my colleagues' vacation schedules and my own have made it difficult for me to work alongside my usual collaborators. I experimented with going it alone on the blog last week and in terms of planning for next year, and I've discovered (no surprise here) that I work best when I work collaboratively.
I look forward to hearing your own stories around sparking collaboration and team-building in the summer months as well as if/how you plan to grow your organizations' collaborative energy. I'll be online from 6-7 p.m. PT on Tuesday and you can follow the discussion via the hashtag #dchat.