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A few months ago, I organized my team’s first fully virtual “homesite” — an offsite held remotely from home.

We used the same format that we had for past in-person meetings. We set objectives, generated powerful discussion questions, and spun up a collaborative Google Doc. …


Building a career you love is in your hands. By focusing on the 5 Flow Coaching™ Dimensions, you can spend more time at work feeling satisfied.

The first Flow Coaching™ Dimension is Self-Graded Goaling.


We spend a lot of our lives working. Our lives matter, and we all deserve to feel professional satisfaction.

However, obstacles to fulfillment and productivity at work are all too common. Endless meetings, constant interruptions, and bad relationships can drain you. But, work doesn’t have to be this way.

As…


Incentives are everywhere: our workplaces, our homes, our communities.

As leaders, when we understand what’s driving decisions, we can effectively guide teams towards outcomes that are good for the organization and customers.

What are the types of incentives?

Incentives come in two types: implicit and explicit.

Explicit incentives are those which are publicly recognized by the…


I love my job. Every day I work with people who build amazing products, processes, and experiences. As masters of their crafts, each member of my team prides themselves on the quality of their work. Without a doubt, this has made us great as an organization.

However, there’s a shadow…


PC: Founder Factory 2017 in Philadelphia

In a startup, life comes at you fast. With a blink, what was once important becomes irrelevant. The pace quickens with each stride, like a marathoner exceeding a personal best.

In the heat of the chase, I’ve heard busy startup leaders describe learning as “a luxury,” “fluff,” or “something mature…


“And now.. again. But this time it’ll be same, same, different.”

These words, spoken often by a favorite teacher, have always served as a personal reminder that unfamiliar things are merely new expressions of what’s been practiced before.

Now, it’s my turn to say “same, same, different.”

My windy career has led me to a fast-growing technology start up where I solve learning design and organizational development problems every day.

The approaches I learned as an educator, school leader, and Edcamper will remain the same. The infusion and discovery of research and best practices will remain the same.

The environment, however, will be different. Instead of kids and teachers, I have managers and amazing team members. Instead of schools and parents, I have customers and learning bots.

Educators, readers, colleagues, and friends, thanks for coming along for the ride.

Kristen Swanson

Organizational Development Nerd, Edcamp Co-Founder, & Learning Scientist

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