Boost Economy

What does it mean to “Boost” another business?

February 12, 2014

Tweet A few weeks ago I sent my book proposal draft out to a few colleagues to get their feedback on the ideas. [**Trigger alert, for all you academics.] Asking for other people’s feedback is almost as hard as responding to their feedback, especially when the feedback is surprising.   In this case, I was […]

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3 Jobs Where You Can Lead The Boost Revolution

January 29, 2014

Tweet Hankering to lead the Boost Revolution in your own company?   You can boost other businesses while you build your own no matter what job you hold in your organization. All you need to do is shift to more generative practices for your day to day work.  But if you really want to get […]

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What’s a Generative Organization?

December 11, 2013

Tweet What word captures the central quality of a Boost organization?  Generative. What word seems weird to a whole lot of business people? Generative. Funny how that works.  Now, what to do about it? I had a very smart friend read over my book proposal, and he said that the word ‘generative’, along with the […]

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Working Out Loud In Public: A Boost Practice

November 21, 2013

Tweet One of the easiest ways for your organization to be generous and create opportunities for others is to share your learning. Keeping all your learning inside your own organization is a stingy behavior. It’s the organization’s form of knowledge hiding or knowledge hoarding. Sure, keeping your knowledge inside your own business’s walls keeps other […]

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My TEDxHoboken Talk: The Boost Revolution

October 22, 2013

Tweet It is a truth universally acknowledged: … that watching yourself on a grainy video talking about the ideas closest to your heart is rather mortifying.  So, with a little cringing, I’m excited to be able to share the video of my TEDxHoboken talk, The Boost Revolution: Expanding Possibilities for Business. It took some time […]

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How Can We Boost Other Businesses Through Our Products? Initial Ideas

September 12, 2013

Tweet Ever since I fell in love with the concepts behind APIs, I’ve been on the lookout for ways that companies can boost others through how they conceptualize, create and distribute their own products. There’s a traditional way that we think of products as ‘boosting’ others, which is simply by having that product do what […]

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Boost Practice: Offer To Eat Their Dogfood

August 29, 2013

Tweet Just this week I’ve started a conscious experiment with a really easy boost practice:  “Eating Their Dogfood”.   Normally, I just go ahead and stick my nose into other people’s businesses.  But this time, I’m being more deliberate. I’ve asked my students to use a social collaboration tool that’s in beta, and I’ve been […]

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How Coworking Fosters Boost Relationships

July 26, 2013

Tweet As a person who works more than half her time from a home office, I sometimes daydream about renting a desk at a coworking space in the city.  It would be in one of those cool spaces downtown, maybe connected to an accelerator, where I could work on my own stuff and be surrounded […]

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What would YOU call this kind of Boost Economy sharing?

June 19, 2013

Tweet Gift.  Investment.  Venture.  Share.  Starter.  Karma. Proactive Reciprocality.  Productive Altruism. Investment Sharing.  B2B Freemiums. ‘Give’N Maybe Get’. Networked Sharing.  Expectant Generosity.  Why don’t we have a word for Boost Economy sharing? I have tried each and every one of these words to describe a behavior in the Boost Economy, and none of these labels has […]

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The Correct Answer is: Build Capacity

June 17, 2013

Tweet “Fire him”. That’s the business school student’s default answer to the question that starts nearly every case conversation: “What should the manager do?” My role as a professor is to teach management students why “fire him” is almost never the correct answer — and to understand what always *could be* the correct answer. Management […]

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