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What does “The Worst Song Ever” have to do with collaboration?

Debra Em

I took my daughter and her friend to see Disney on Ice’s Frozen. By now, I think just about everyone knows the chorus line, “Let it go. Let it go . . . the cold never bothered me anyway!” Yes, the song, “Let it Go” was voted the worst song ever by parents because they got so tired of hearing it played over and over and over and over again by their children. Back at the MODA Center in Portland, as the big moment arrived and the long awaited “Let It Go” song was sung to the glee of every child there, my mind (which often goes in directions that no mind should go) started thinking about the theme of the song . . . letting go. When do we let go when it comes to collaborating with others?

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How to Get More F’s in School

Debra Em

Now THAT got your attention, didn’t it? In today’s blog post I’ll be sharing a strategy that is highly effective but also nets you more F’s in school. No, I don’t mean F’s as in the lowest obtainable score one can achieve. I mean F’s as in Fun, Fun, and more Fun. When I interviewed the teams of successful collaborators, the word “fun” was often mentioned, meaning collaboration wasn’t some drawn out, snoozefest where nothing got accomplished and no one agreed on anything. Collaboration was an inspired work of art causing the wheels of instruction to turn smoothly and creating an environment that made the teams want to come to school and hang out with each other. Through collaboration, they put the “F” back into their day . . . Fun! One of the strategies they described, I ended up calling “The One-for-All Strategy.”  In my mind, I could see the Disney Three Musketeers (Mickey, Donald, and Goofy) with their swords held high squealing, “All for Fun and Fun for All!

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