Last post

June 3, 2007

After a most enjoyable year of learning and writing about teams, teamwork and collaboration, I have decided to make this my last post to the blog. Taking on some new responsibilities professionally, I want to protect as much time for family as possible.

I am grateful for the support and readership you all have shown. The thoughtful discussion and feedback from those commenting has allowed my learning to exceed expectations. The sense of community among bloggers who are focused on personal and professional development is welcoming and inspiring. While I won’t be posting here, I will still be reading and joining the conversation whenever possible.

Thanks for reading and good teaming!


5 things I learned – March ’07

March 28, 2007

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Tim Milburn is host of this month’s Rapid Fire Learning at Joyful Jubilant Learning. Check out Tim’s item 4 and learn what he puts in front of his personal “greater than sign.”

Here are 5 things I learned this month.

Zac Crain for Dallas Mayor 2007. Paid for by the Crain for Mayor Campaign.1. Watching the unraveling of Zac Crain’s campaign to become the next mayor of Dallas, I (along with everyone else) learned that social networking alone is not enough to create a viable campaign. Despite having over 1500 “friends” on myspace, Crain was unable to secure the 473 valid voter signatures required to get on the ballot.

SXSW Interactive2. I learned that the next best thing to attending this month’s South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin is watching the videocasts or listening to the numerous podcasts offered online. [Just click on the image.]


jjl_lawb_banner.jpg3. I learned (from Dave) that if you “Cut off the arm of a starfish and it will grow a new one.” I also learned that JJL’s A Love Affair with Books introduced many outstanding books through a series of excellent reviews.

Social Media Club4. I learned that belonging to a particular generation (age) is only one of the determinates of whether individuals use social media to make online connections. I learned from Ann that curiosity and flexibility are factors, as well as how much utility one gains from online exchanges. Sunni adds that being generally comfortable with technology makes a huge difference when we start to use specific social media tools. Jason adds that the biggest factor may be how comfortable someone is with communicating personal messages in public, open forums.

go.jpg5. I learned practical techniques for identifying which professional activities make you feel strong and how to play to your strengths for the good of yourself, your team, and the organization. All of this courtesy of one book, Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham. I recently enjoyed hearing Marcus speak in person (a story for another post.) He speaks as well as he writes, with a pleasant British accent to boot!

Well that’s it for me. How about you? Why not share your Rapid Fire Learning by leaving a comment here or writing on your own blog with a trackback to Tim’s Post?


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Start a ripple

February 21, 2007

In a recent post at Joyful Jubilant Learning, I quoted Penelope Trunk who said, If you build a strong network, its effects will ripple.

I like the word ripple and what it implies about influencing your world, family, friends and teams.

There are many ways to create ripples and they spread in untold directions. They effect their immediate surroundings the most, yet can still make impressions on the other side of the pond.

Each individual splash adds ripples, creating new forms and combinations of ripples. Ripples are more frequent and sustainable than their larger counterparts, such as a wave or tsunami.

Ripples make a difference, but a difference that does not turn the world upside down. Ripples rock the boat, but they do not capsize it.

Effects that ripple keep going until thier reach is exhausted, often well out of sight of the original source.

Ripples require action, yet are so natural that they may go unnoticed. Without frequent “splashes” ripples give way to stillness.

Go ahead – start a ripple!

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Back from a Break

January 18, 2007

For those who have noticed, I took an break from blogging for about the last 6 weeks. Business and personal affairs finally caught up to demand my attention elsewhere.

While away, I was delighted and honored to be named an SOB (Successful and Outstanding Blogger) by none other than Liz Strauss. Thanks Liz!

I was also thrilled to have an article included in Rosa Say’s carnival of excellent posts about leadership and management, which were all posted last year by numerous writers. If you missed reading these posts over the holidays, make them part of your Winter reading – well worth the journey.

Blog Tag continued as well, with Raven’s 5 things you didn’t (want to) know. We really did want to know, Raven!

For me, 2006 was an incredible, learning experience in connecting with folks who offer so much of themselves to the rest of us. I look forward to posting anew about ‘all things teams’ and conversing with many of you in the months to come.


Tag; I’m it! Tag; you’re it!

December 4, 2006

It started… somewhere…

then Phil Gerbyshak, the relationship geek, tagged Liz.
In SOB fashion, Liz Strauss tagged Ann.
Ann Michael, who loves a challenge, tagged me.

Tag I’m it!  So here are 5 things about me that you didn’t know.

While in 2nd grade, my friend Anna and I were named elementary school King and Queen. We peaked early. Our theme was “mod” (think Laugh-In). I wore tie-die and bell-bottoms; Anna wore a mini-skirt with white Go-Go boots.

Speaking of mod, I hung-out with two particular friends so much in college that we became known as the Mod Squad. We didn’t look too much like the trio on the TV show, but we had the requisite hair styles for the comparison.

Despite being an urbanite, I had some rural-like jobs as a teenager. One job was haying: cutting, raking, baling, hauling and stacking hay. For another, I raised newborn calves. This involved giving each calf a bottle of milk before and after school every day, until they were old enough to eat solid food.

In November 2000, I voted early before traveling to Europe. For 3 days after the election I kept dragging my wife into coffee houses all over Prague to search for English-language television updates on the Florida recount. Who knew that it would take weeks before the courts would make a final selection.

I started blogging, in part, to catch up where I had lagged behind during the Internet revolution. Until sometime in 2005, I had never published a web page and was unskilled at even the basics of html. Not that I am highly skilled now, but at least I am more comfortable with publishing in the online world.

That’s enough about me. How about you… Stacey, Laura, Raven, Dan, and Lisa?

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