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The Teams That Ate the Planet

Over the last decade, as we've been focusing on trends du jour -- from big data and leadership agility to mobile learning and gamification -- the prosaic and aging little trend known as virtual teaming has quietly taken over the planet.

We've hardly noticed it happening. Yet, a new study indicates that virtual teams are now dominant. They may well be the single most prevalent way we coordinate work circa 2014.

Consider this: According to research that the Business Research Consortium carried out in association with the American Management Association, virtual meetings have overtaken conventional meetings in terms of the number attended per month. For example, whereas 42% of the respondents (there were over 1,500 participants) attended 10 or more virtual meeting during the previous month, only 36% attended 10 or more face-to-face meetings. Here's one look at the findings.

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If you'd like more information about the study, please feel free to make inquiries at the Business Research Consortium.  And if you'd like to know more about the American Management Association, please visit their website.


I Have Said It Before And I Will Say It Again!

Sing along with me now…

Repetition is the mother of learning and the life force for positive change.

Take a look at Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s blog to see what I mean.

Like I said, I have said it before and I will say it again, again and again.

If you want to transfer learning and create positive change, it takes repetition.

Consider this!

How many tennis balls do you think Roger Federer has hit?
How many golf balls do you think Rory McElroy has it?
How many hockey pucks do you think Sidney Crosby has hit?
How many soccer balls do you think Lionel Messi has kicked?
How many baseballs do you think Albert Pujols has hit?
How many laps do you think has Jimmy Johnson has driven?
How many laps do you think Michael Phelps has swam?
How many passes do you think Peyton Manning has thrown?



Why Curbing Your Fear of Being Alone Leads to Better Thinking

Apparently hell is not other people but your own mind.

It seems that everybody always has to be engaged and entertained, from the divertissements of Netflix and swiping time away with your phone to a fevered expectation to keep doing stuff — be productive and social and busy! — as if all that defined a full life.



Layering on success

In a previous post, I talked about the layers around learning design.  One of the layers that’s increasingly interesting to me is the notion of the success skills, or meta-skills that are involved.  For example, the SCANS competencies are a decent suite of skills that recognize the general skills for success that cross different disciplines.

However, you really can’t focus on such skills in isolation. Like most meta-skills, they need to be applied in a domain.  As a consequence, they really need to be worked on while developing some other skills. That is, when  you’re developing a curriculum, you have opportunities to require using those skills, but they need to be explicitly included and better yet, assessed.


Advice for How to Create a Top Notch Resume

Expert tips for resume writing

Resumes—what to emphasize, words to avoid and how to catch the eye of the person reading your work summary—was the focus of my July HR Answers articles.

First up, it’s advice directly from those who review hundreds of resumes each day: Top Resume Writing Tips from HR Managers and Recruiters. I reached out to the many colleagues I know in the human resources and talent acquisition world and they generously offered these tips to job seekers.


Branding for the Not-So-Average Person

Recently a client asked me, “Why do I need a brand?  I am just an average person.  It’s not like I am an executive, celebrity, or an entrepreneur.”   My answer was, “That is exactly why you need to think about your personal brand.” Do you want to be perceived as average?   No; you want to be perceived as exceptional at what you do. Everyone is unique. You need a brand strategy.  Where do you begin?  How does the not-so-average person create a brand strategy to break out from the sea of average persons?  Follow these steps to branding success.

What’s Your Brand?


My One Best Question, Episode 6

As you know, the My One Best Question video series features writers, thinkers, coaches and executives sharing their favourite question. I hope these short but powerful questions spark something for you.

This episode features Madeleine Homan Blanchard of KenBlanchard.com, Les McKeown of PredictableSuccess.com and Molly Gordon of ShaboomInc.com.

Entrepreneurs: Think It Through

Bill Gates is considered a pretty smart guy and his Foundation has provided funding to find solutions to global problems.


The results haven’t always been stellar, let alone affordable.

And it seems as if they’ve done it again.


A Swiss Army Knife for the Network Era

PKM: A Swiss Army knife for the Network Era

PKM: A Swiss Army knife for the Network Era

It’s beginning to look like the Swiss Army knife of the network era. I am amazed at how personal knowledge mastery [PKM] is adapted to so many different situations, which attests to the usefulness of a simple framework to deal with complex problems. When it comes to workplace transformation, the key is getting people to accept change and more importantly change behaviours, especially those day-to-day routines that reflect the organization’s culture. Part of PKM is critical thinking, or questioning assumptions, which is why it may be threatening to certain management systems. But I am seeing a sea change, or perhaps at least a small tide of change.

Hello Goodbye: It’s Critical to Connect and Build Trust With All You Meet

As I looked into his eyes, I could see them welling with tears. As he began to speak, his voice cracked, “Mr. Ron we’ll will miss you so much. It has been my honor to know you.”

As I listened, my eyes teared up in synch. These guys had no idea what they have meant to me over this past year.
As I walked from department to department, the reaction was mostly the same — we were saying our goodbyes. Having spent close to 15 months in a new environment with a workforce that could rival the United Nations — including multiple languages and customs — I was proud of myself for having connected with them.

Every unique experience must come to an end