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 …

Howard Esbin, PhDPrelude to Design Thinking

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 …

Howard Esbin, PhDTeam Mental Models & Visual Thinking

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

Webinar: Building Trust On Virtual Teams

In today’s globally connected businesses, many teams are “distributed by default”. How do we make remote teams work? How do we build trust and raise the quality of our communication? Join us, your hosts, Howard B. Esbin of PlayPrelude and Lisette Sutherland, of Collaboration Superpowers, as we showcase cutting edge research and work in the virtual team management field with …

Howard Esbin, PhDWebinar: Building Trust On Virtual Teams

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 …

Howard Esbin, PhDThe Cost of Incivility: The Value of Being Nice

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 …

Howard Esbin, PhDMaRS Future Leaders & iStar