The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Luis Suarez

So I thought I would go ahead and spend some time today covering those same 5 reasons she talked about extensively and build further up on some additional tips distributed teams could apply to help avoid those specific issues. Use collaboration to drive product development and R&D efforts.

The Future of High-Performance Work Systems – Towards Meaningful Work

Luis Suarez

Let’s have a look with some examples: Priceless quotes like “ Project teams at work are beginning to resemble movie production teams “, or “ Although home is still the most common location, millions of virtual team members work from just about anywhere “, or “ Employers will have access to a larger and more skilled workforce “, or even “ Individuals will have more freedom and power than ever before ” (One of my favourite quotes, by the way!),

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Chief Learning Officer Job Description: Change Needed

Dan Pontefract

The use of emergent social software platforms as well as formal and informal competence exchange processes, between companies, partners and employees, to improve both productivity and business results. Learnerprise is the combination of Enterprise 2.0 and Learning 2.0 concepts.

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Will offices still exist in the future?

Trends in the Living Networks

Some futurists suggest the massive city offices of today will transition into “vertical farms” which will be converted for food production. While an immense amount can be achieved in virtual teams, the reality is that extended physical proximity is an enormous enabler of mutual experience and trust, which in turn supports collaboration, innovation, and high-performance teams.

The Digital Transformation of the Customer Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Moreover, as companies struggle to differentiate their increasingly commoditized products, they are looking for new business opportunities by offering all kinds of services around their products, as well as all sorts of innovative products as-a-service. High quality and competitive costs are the key objectives of good products. Consumers have more choices than ever in virtually every category of products and services as well as in the channels used to acquire them.

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The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0

Dan Pontefract

Naively, it donned on me recently that the members come from everywhere in the organization; IT, Learning, HR, Consulting, Customer-Facing and even Social Media specific teams. however, do require both behavioural and technological changes and are therefore long-haul products.

Narration of Work

Harold Jarche

Hans de Zwart discusses a narrating-your-work experiment that had a 17 member team use Yammer to share daily experiences with colleagues. The formal documentation and stream of private emails that is the current output of most knowledge workers in virtual teams is not going to cut it going forward. So if I want to post about an interesting meeting I had with some learning technology provider with a new product I should post that in a group about “Learning Innovation”.

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Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

My primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. In other words - How do we collaborate together in remote work teams to be as effective or even more effective than a team that works down the hall?

Disruptive Innovations and Organizational Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Incremental changes are much easier, because you are essentially improving existing products and services while continuing to sell to and support a similar client base. But, with disruptive changes, the new products and services you will be working on are likely to be quite different from what you have done in the past. A virtual or matrix organization , is often the most practical way to launch a new venture that does not naturally fit into any of the existing units of the company.

Disruptive Innovations and Organizational Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Incremental changes are much easier, because you are essentially improving existing products and services while continuing to sell to and support a similar client base. But, with disruptive changes, the new products and services you will be working on are likely to be quite different from what you have done in the past. A virtual or matrix organization , is often the most practical way to launch a new venture that does not naturally fit into any of the existing units of the company.

How do you make talent shine in a world of distributed work?

Trends in the Living Networks

Tom points to three ways in which talent is contextualized: The team: Harvard Business School’s Boris Groysberg has documented the impact of teams on individual performance. We’ve all seen that: the hotshot who turns out to have needed his team more than anyone — especially the hotshot — knew. P&G, by contrast, likes to identify unmet consumer needs and then invent products to satisfy them; hence WhiteStrips, Swiffer, et al.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: ABC and the Future of Media

John Hagel

In addition to unbundling and rebundling of content, media companies face a choice: do they want to remain product businesses or do they want to become audience relationship businesses? (I If the answer is not very open, the company is primarily a product business.

Collaboration and the Future of Talent Retreat

Kevin Wheeler

World War II produced camaraderie and teamwork that boosted production and kept spirits up during a dark time in both England and the United States. Virtual teams and teamwork are the subject of many corporate meetings and events. They are experimenting with outsourcing, leasing employees, hiring contract workers, using more consultants and with breaking work into projects that interdependent teams work on.

Go straight to the finish line

Jay Cross

In the 2,000-strong department, things move so fast that normal courseware production isn’t viable. The virtual classroom and blended learning were also less prevalent in reported practice than anticipated. You want to make them feel part of your virtual team if at all possible.

The Smarter Planet University Jam

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM’s virtual worlds initiative was one of the recommendations coming out of the Jam. This kind of information-based intelligence will help us make companies, industries, organizations and economies more efficient, productive and responsive. Companies also want individuals who are comfortable working in project-based teams. In a poll conducted during the Jam, over eighty percent of those polled felt that virtual worlds would play a valuable role in learning new skills.

Innovation Teams 2.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The scientific and technological knowledge resulting from such research, then made its way to new products and services in the private sector, and advanced weapons for the military. Such a lab-centric model of knowledge and innovation, relied primarily on the scientists and technologists working in the labs to come up with new ideas and products, which they then threw over the transom to those responsible for marketing, selling and customer support.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth Kanter

The session is designed to answer three questions: Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what are the best practices to avoid it? When does technology boost personal productivity for nonprofit professionals and when does it get in the way? Having too many platforms and tools for collaboration can confuse and annoy your team and partners. Make Solo Time A Part of Your Team Culture.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Hamel on Management Innovation

John Hagel

As he notes at the outset, many companies understand product innovation and process innovation, but few companies focus on the form of innovation that matters the most: management innovation. I was also an architect of the original Open Text Virtual Teams portal.

Getting Insight from Facebook Insight Requires Sense Making Skills

Beth Kanter

Virtual collaboration: ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team. [link]. If you want extract value from your social media strategy, you need to use measurement. That means setting measurable goals, collecting the right data, making sense of it, and transforming it into actionable decisions. Sense-making is an essential workplace skill along with several others.

How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings

Beth Kanter

The list of conferences cancelled is growing, with some now being delivered a virtual gatherings. It’s time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. My first remote job was to work with a virtual team to manage an online network for artists, called Artswire. Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings.