On Happiness

A T-shirt design from zaazle.com archly proclaims, “Happiness is a fragment of your imagination!” Happiness today is defined as a “a state of well being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy” [http://wordnet.princeton.edu]. Our original understanding was more complex, nuanced, and pragmatic. For example, ‘Hap’ in the Old English of the 1300s meant ‘fortune or chance’. This basic link …

Howard Esbin, PhDOn Happiness

Mapping Virtual Team Use Across Sectors

Introduction Five broad spheres of activity have been identified that make use of virtual teams: Business/Industry, Education, Military, Healthcare, and Non Profit Voluntary Organizations. All basically share the same fundamental challenges and opportunities associated with virtual teaming generally. That is, how can ostensible virtual strangers become high functioning collaborators without ever meeting face-to-face? Business / Industry The Business-to-Business channel has three sub …

Howard Esbin, PhDMapping Virtual Team Use Across Sectors

Universal Design for a Global Village

Marshall McLuhan, a most quintessential Canadian, coined the famous phrase, ‘The Global Village’. It‘s conjectured he may have been influenced by the ancient Vedic concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means, “The world is one family”.  Every group that plays Prelude creates its own unique set of iStars, iTags, weTags, and allTags. When these stages, from individual to whole group work, …

Howard Esbin, PhDUniversal Design for a Global Village

Virtual Teams: Emotional Intelligence & Trust

“Research on virtual teams … only began emerging in the 1980s … with a large increase in empirical research emerging in the 1990s that focused on trust, communication, leadership, and performance.”[i] Over the past decade plus, it’s become very evident that trust between virtual team members is the optimal solution to bridge the gap between high expectation and low performance. …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Teams: Emotional Intelligence & Trust

Virtual Teams: The Gap Between Expectation & Performance

There’s an immense gap between management expectations and actual outcomes. In one global study, 27% of virtual teams were found to be not fully performing![i] Another study revealed that only 18% of seventy global business virtual teams were found to be highly successful![ii] Essentially, 80% of virtual teams are performing significantly below capacity. The financial cost is enormous due to lost productivity, missed …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Teams: The Gap Between Expectation & Performance

Happiness & Rewarding Work

HAPPINESS has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing. To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility. It has been said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Social scientists have caught the butterfly. After 40 years of …

Howard Esbin, PhDHappiness & Rewarding Work