Mapping The Virtual Team Ecosystem

OVERVIEW It’s been calculated 1.3 billion people work remotely today. That’s about 17% of the world’s total population of 7+bn people. By 2020, it’s projected that one-third or more of the world’s labor force will work remotely. In the USA alone there will likely be about 100m remote workers. Virtual teaming is being used in practically every sector. As John …

Howard Esbin, PhDMapping The Virtual Team Ecosystem

Virtual Teams: Bridging The Gap Between Expectation & Performance

THE DISCREPANCY The Human Capital Institute and Capella University recently co-presented a webinar “Virtually Not Forgotten: Effective Engagement Strategies for Remote Employees”. Some 300 U.S. companies participated in the initial survey. The response to two of the survey questions is revealing. (1) “What does your organization do to make sure its remote workers are engaged and productive?” (2) “If you …

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

The Heliotropic Effect

 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, PhDThe Heliotropic Effect

Start Ups: The Challenge of Team Composition

A business start up’s team composition is one of the most crucial factors in determining future success. Indeed this “matters as much or more than the product idea” (www.steveblank.com). Businesses are typically complex and require multiple skills to operate. “Most people are good at one or maybe two of these, but it’s extremely rare to find someone who can wear …

Howard Esbin, PhDStart Ups: The Challenge of Team Composition

The Cost of Incivility: The Value of Being Nice

“Workers have new tasks on their to-do list: Say hello to colleagues. Don’t forget to smile. Companies may be reluctant to admit their offices are anything less than pleasant, but incivility—think belittling barbs or gruff responses—can lead to lost productivity, creativity and talent. As employees who are forced to do more work with fewer resources become more stressed, the rudeness …

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Interview: H.B.Esbin, Prelude Creator

Lisette Sutherland is a senior project manager with over 10 years experience with web-based collaboration tools and online community management. Her goal is to get the best people working together to solve problems regardless of location.Lisette recently co-authored “Engagement Management: a step-by-step guide to building a thriving social network“, and has helped over 40 organizations and businesses setup and run …

Howard Esbin, PhDInterview: H.B.Esbin, Prelude Creator

MaRS Future Leaders & iStar

“MaRS is a Toronto based business incubator that works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building the future… MaRS Future Leaders is a unique immersive and experiential program for 13- to 18-year-olds who are interested in both learning about entrepreneurship and gaining hands-on experience. This week long program enables high …

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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