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  • Eugene Eric Kim 5:46 am on March 12, 2014 Permalink |  

    I loved yesterday’s bootcamp. I was so happy to see so many of you there, although I missed @anna341bc and @lauren. @marie and @eugenechan, you guys did a great job designing and facilitating, and I liked how you co-facilitated. Would love to see more of that! And @brooking, enjoyed our pair conversations!

    I’ve been sitting on, “I matter,” and the more I think about it, the more I like it as a proxy for thinking about aliveness (with @rapetzel’s objection noted).

    Finally, to whomever took pictures of the action, thank you! Was glad to have them, and I even snuck in on a few. I’m assuming it was @eugenechan, but don’t want to make any assumptions! There aren’t any whiteboard pictures there, as I didn’t get them all. Eugene, feel free to upload them to the Google Drive folder, and I can supplement if I have better versions.

    Thanks again! I’ll email everyone about April and beyond.

    • Eugene Chan 6:27 am on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks @eekim. It was a treat to get to work with @marie.

      It’s also quite amazing to watch people with high meeting IQs interact in a personal environment. Lots of interplay, some collaborative, some supportive, some dissentive, but all in the spirit of learning. I was fascinated and impressed.

      I thought that checkins would go way longer than it did. I wonder if was because the group wasn’t as familiar with each other that checkins were shorter.

      I did take the pictures as you guessed.

    • Natalie 6:45 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Eugene & Eugene & Marie. Even when I’m being crotchety, I’m still learning. 🙂

  • Brooking 6:49 am on January 9, 2014 Permalink |  

    Hey everyone – we’re on for the 14th from 3-5 at PolicyLink in downtown Oakland (Marie won’t be able to join/host that day unfortunately). TOPIC: designing for high performing networks! PolicyLink is walkable from 12th St Bart at 1438 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612. Eugene if there’s any info we should know for arrival/where to meet please share with the group! In attendance for sure we’ll have EEK & Eugene Chan, myself & Rebecca. @jessausinheiler ? @dana? @natalie @renee @anna341bc @lauren @amy you are welcome to join as well!

    • Dana 7:04 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey ya’ll I’ll be there!

    • Natalie 5:47 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So sorry I’ll be missing this. Next time?

      • Eugene Eric Kim 8:09 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Dislike! But I’m sure there will be others. @marie and @eugenechan are talking about convening the next one. Anyone *ahem* can do this. 🙂

  • Eugene Eric Kim 12:55 am on November 9, 2013 Permalink |  

    It was a fun little group dynamics exercise for me to watch you all talk about the possibility of continuing to meet, actually picking a date, and then exploring what you might want to do together on that date. Rather than simply enjoy the exercise in silence, I thought I’d also try to contribute something useful. 🙂

    First, my meta-observations: @jessausinheiler showed a lot of leadership in not only proposing a date, but also by making an offer. To me, that was classic do-acracy. @brooking showed a lot of leadership in committing to the date, then advocating for her interests. When there was conflict around what to do on the 10th, Brooking then showed skill by noting that there wasn’t shared clarity around what all of the individual goals were for continuing to meet.

    There’s a spectrum of ways to get that clarity. On the one hand, you can have a discussion, get all of your interests on a table, then try to come to consensus on a meeting goal and design for the 10th. On the other hand, you can let the person who organizes decide. If people aren’t interested in following, they won’t come.

    I would lean towards the “let the organizer decide” part of the spectrum. And, I’d like to step out of the observer role to make a suggestion and an offer.

    I would like to see two things happening at scale. First, I’d like to see people doing workouts on their own. Second, I’d like to see people doing “jam sessions” on their own. By jam sessions, I mean coming together and practicing by playing. That could mean making up the workout on the fly, or it could mean having one person pick the progression they want to try playing.

    One of the things on my list to do is to create “workout cards,” so that people can easily download and do these workouts on their own. I’ve started doing some of this to support @anna341bc and @lauren, but I want to push them all out sooner rather than later.

    I’d encourage you all to commit to meeting for five weeks, not just one. Since Jess organized the first session, I’d let her decide what she wants to do. She may choose to solicit input, or she may choose to do her own thing. Since Brooking has shown strong interest in a specific experiment, I’d let her have the second session.

    The rest of you can pick the remaining days. If you’d like to use one of my workouts, let me know, and I’ll prioritize pushing out the appropriate workout card.

    Finally, my offer to all of you is: 1. to come to all five sessions as a participant rather than a facilitator; and 2. to offer support and feedback for anyone who’d like help designing a session.

    How does that sound?

    • Jessica 4:35 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Eugene, I think my reply to your comment here got lost in the shuffle…

      …maybe I can solicit your and @marie and @eekim ‘s help in turning @marie ‘s “narrowing” challenge into our next bootcamp exercise (yes team … I’m “it”):

      1. Using a deck of “calling cards” by Richard Leider. The deck of cards showcase various “callings” (e.g., thinking critically, connecting to others, writing) and requires you to quickly identify what your core interests are. Would it be interesting to go through an exercise of narrowing down a set of skills to think about what you might be passionate and/or good at? (I have a sense that @brooking might have done this before)

      2. As part of a community of practice of which I was a part, we had Holly Minch present a “persuation framework” (see this link: http://networksguide.wikispaces.com/4-6+Creating+shared+language+and+talking+about+networks+and+network+impact) that helps you think about crafting highly targeted/relevant messages.

      Does anyone have a particularly negative reaction to either of these two?
      @impact hub? @eekim and @marie, you interested in helping a changemaker create a workout around either one of these?

      • Eugene Eric Kim 1:05 am on November 22, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Responded here.

      • Brooking 11:22 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Belated reply but Jess I am totally down and excited to do this calling card thing in our 1st session!

  • Eugene Eric Kim 10:54 pm on October 19, 2013 Permalink |

    This isn’t the favorite thing I’ve read by Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert), but there’s a section of the article that sort of reminds me of @eugenechan’s personal project of going from a task-orientation to a process-orientation:


    Throughout my career I’ve had my antennae up, looking for examples of people who use systems as opposed to goals. In most cases, as far as I can tell, the people who use systems do better. The systems-driven people have found a way to look at the familiar in new and more useful ways.

    To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.

    If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific, but only until you realize that you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction. Your options are to feel empty and useless, perhaps enjoying the spoils of your success until they bore you, or to set new goals and re-enter the cycle of permanent presuccess failure.

    • Rebecca 12:52 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d love to have a conversation about this. I heard him on NPR, and was intrigued. It’s also challenging, as I find goals really helpful for me in succeeding using a process (systems) orientation. I’m trying to be open-minded, while recognizing that by some interpretations this could challenge some core assumptions of how I do my work. I recognize he’s talking about individuals, not groups…

      • Eugene Eric Kim 3:01 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Next time I see you, I’ll bring the current Rockwood Leadership Institute strategy (which unfortunately is not available from their website). They’ve declared a “nature-driven” approach to strategy. I think it’s a bit overstated — it’s very similar to how we do strategy —but I think it’s a nice piece of work and worthy of examination.

        On a related note, you should think seriously about doing Rockwood! You could talk more with @renee about this, but I think the timing would be really good for you. @lauren did Rockwood on @renee’s recommendation, and I think she had a great experience.

  • Anna 5:09 am on October 8, 2013 Permalink |  

    Last Friday @lauren and I met for our first self-organized workout. We received workout cards from Eugene Kim prior to our meeting. It was a great start and I am so fortunate to be partnering with Lauren. She is a super thoughtful and insightful person and I am so glad that we have stayed connected. This will be my third time around doing Bootcamp but the first time as a self-directed series. I really enjoyed the practice I’m getting with this initial workout and all the helpful reminders that the 100 questions exercise brought up for me. We tried to be diligent about timing ourselves during the different exercises and felt comfortable making adjustments due to time limitations. I have to admit that there were some moments where I wondered out loud what Eugene might think of this or that. But for the most part (can you start a sentence with but?), we settled into trusting our instincts and ourselves.

    • Eugene 2:39 pm on October 9, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anna, I’m so happy that you and @lauren are doing this! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Looking forward to hearing how this goes, especially with new workouts that you haven’t experienced yet!

  • Eugene Eric Kim 4:10 am on July 26, 2013 Permalink |  

    More exit interviews! This time, it’s @lauren’s turn.


  • Eugene Eric Kim 6:06 pm on July 24, 2013 Permalink |  

    Dates, times, and even location are now confirmed for the next bootcamp. It’ll be Tuesdays, from 3-5pm, August 20-September 24 at Code for America. I’m going to announce it tomorrow, but if you’d like to reserve a slot before then, let me know. Thanks!

    • Amy 6:10 pm on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll spread the word. Would be really helpful to have one-liners from the participants about why they would recommend it to others and/or what they personally “got out” of bootcamp.

      Missed seeing all of you this week.

      • Eugene 6:07 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I got two great one-liners from Anna and Marie, and hopefully more coming. 🙂 My designer is helping me spruce up the homepage. Hoping to do a full blast on Monday.

    • Anna 6:14 pm on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am so thrilled that the official Bootcamp dates are confirmed but am so bummed that I cannot participate. I definitely want to find a way to workout and connect with others who plan to do something similar. I appreciate the offer to help past Bootcampers find creative ways to stay connected, Eugene. I know that I’m going to need your assistance.

      • Eugene 6:31 pm on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Anna, we’re going to figure out something. This goes for others who’d like to stay engaged but can’t participate this next round.

    • Anna 8:11 pm on September 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Eugene! Lauren and I have been in touch and we are going to be working out together in the East Bay. We are hoping to follow the schedule for the SF Bootcamp but will likely get together on Fridays. Still working out location and time but don’t anticipate any major obstacles for confirming a space. It’s going to be interesting 🙂

      • Eugene 11:08 pm on September 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Fantastic, @anna341bc! Thanks for letting me know, and so glad you and @lauren will be doing self-organized workouts. Would it be okay if I pointed others in your direction as well?

    • Anna 11:30 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m totally open to that. @lauren want to weigh in?

  • Eugene Eric Kim 7:18 pm on July 11, 2013 Permalink |  

    Difficult conversations role play from yesterday:

    Difficult Conversations Role Play

    • Natalie 4:04 am on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hereby request a bootcamp devoted solely to difficult conversations.

    • Anna Castro 5:12 am on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I second that. I could use the practice to work through some stuff I’m currently dealing with.

    • Eugene Eric Kim 5:14 am on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Given @lauren’s comment above and the two requests here, I’ll be sure to devote some time next week to more difficult conversations practice.

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