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

Prelude to Design Thinking

Design Thinking (DT) appears to becoming more and more relevant to all kinds of organizations. While there may be specific specialist roles needed for a new team wanting to practice DT, we also wonder how to  foster a DT orientation with a pre-existing team of ‘generalists’. Prelude can help such generalist teams become more sensitized to DT principals and processes …

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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

Team Mental Models & Visual Thinking

Mental models are representations of the world around us that we hold cognitively, in other words in our minds. Such models help us to explain the relationships and situations we are in, condition how we act and react, as well as help us to predict what may happen next. Every individual has a unique mental model based on her or …

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Virtual Incubators for Enterprise Start-Ups

There are more than 7000 accelerators and incubators globally. Some 400 are linked to a university or college. Overall this represents a $56.2 billion market, which is projected to double in 2015. The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) has 1900 members in 60 countries (http://www.nbia.org). “Many people conflate business incubators with accelerators…A business incubator in the purest sense refers to an office …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Incubators for Enterprise Start-Ups

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