March  2011



Alice came to the fork in the road.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland



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The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done  by Peter Miller



Peter Miller takes a look at our behavior in teams through the lens of natural history and shows us examples of intelligent group behavior, which he calls the "smart swarm". Peter shows us the intelligence of the group even in many cases where the individual only focuses on a few animals that are close to them because the smart swarm's biology (even in leaderless groups of ants, bees and others) unlocks secrets of group behavior.


Animals like ants with low individual intelligence perform remarkably complex feats in a community while other animal types, e.g. locusts produce dangerous results that sometimes turn the mob against itself.   


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# 1 - Choosing the Right Business Partners - The Interview Process


        The past few years we persevered, innovated, connected, and learned. As a result, our businesses are better off than they were a year ago.


        More than ever we learned about the power of partnership: staying connected to our clients, our employees and our suppliers has taught us a lot about the power of being connected. Now that the panic about the economy is beginning to subside, the question is: how do we bolster our overall success, what can we do that continues to give us the edge? Many entrepreneurs are realizing they could be a lot more successful if they collaborated with another person to benefit from another viewpoint and different skill sets.  


       Partnership shows up in many different places and can have many different forms. This series of articles will discuss relationships between two or more co-owners of a business or members of a management or project team as well as other topics that my associate Alejandro Levins and I have discovered to be keys to success in choosing the right partner(s) and having ongoing conversations with them that will minimize the risk of conflict and the cost (in terms of money, time and emotional energy) that can occur when a partner exits (voluntarily or otherwise).  In later articles I will focus on other areas of partnership -  joint ventures, within enterprises and with customers.


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Momentum has offices in Boston and San Rafael CA, and focuses on building partnerships in business through coaching (before, during and after), operational planning, organizational development, executive coaching and building high value customer relationships. For more information, send Paul Cooperstein an email at or call him at 617-328-7333. To access my website click here 

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