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

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

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

Virtual Teams & Creativity

“Virtual teams constitute a relatively new knowledge area that has risen from two recent changes: the globalization of industry and markets, and advances in information communication technology tools. Continual technological advancement is set against a backdrop of international mergers, take-overs, and alliances, which invariably leads to more distributed collaboration, both formal and informal. The concept of creativity is often at …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Teams & Creativity

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

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

Why Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

By: Cynthia Owens, Senior Consultant From: XPLANE xBlog Date: May 22, 2014 “We need this.” “This” is visual thinking and the “we” are professors from the top MBA programs around the world at the annual meeting for the Production and Operations Management Society earlier this month. Tucked into the challenging post-lunch slot, after papers on supply chain and before presentations …

Howard Esbin, PhDWhy Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

Virtual Team Best Practices

All fields using virtual teaming – Corporate, Medicine, Military, etc – have developed best practices for virtual teaming and leadership. Our research has identified twenty emerging best practices in virtual team management drawn from several fields and academic studies. They are about engaging and connecting the whole person and team emotionally in an integral way at the very start of …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Team Best Practices