Appreciative Inquiry & Prelude

Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is the theory and practice of organizational transformation developed by D. Cooperrider and S. Srivastva in 1992 at Case Western University. AI focuses on what works well for people as opposed to what doesn’t. During the process, members of an organization co-create a picture of the positive future organization they imagine using images and words. Research shows …

Howard Esbin, PhDAppreciative Inquiry & Prelude

PowerPoint: Creativity & Games

Overview: Over 500 million people use PowerPoint, including 6 million teachers. This Microosft product garners 95% of the presentation software market. However, a great many users dislike using PowerPoint; hence popular expressions like ‘Death by PowerPoint’ and ‘PowerPoint Hell’. However, this is unfair. The critics confuse generally boring content and poor design with the medium itself. This is like blaming canvas for …

Howard Esbin, PhDPowerPoint: Creativity & Games

Virtual Team Management: Key Skill For Global Managers

In 2012, the American Management Association released its “Third Annual Study of Challenges and Opportunities: Developing Successful Global Leaders”. This study was conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Corporate Productivity and Training magazine. It outlined thirteen Key Findings. These are concerned largely with global management competencies and skills. For example, Key Finding 5: “When asked to identify the single …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Team Management: Key Skill For Global Managers

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