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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.



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, Les McKeown of and Molly Gordon of

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.


Patience – In Under 11 Seconds

I spotted someone expressing frustration at having to wait around yesterday, and this got me thinking…

Everyone’s in a hurry, right? Whatever it is, you need it now, if not sooner. I know the feeling. Hate to wait, hate to wait, hate to wait.

I managed to find the time to watch and enjoy the women’s Commonwealth Games 100 metres sprint final on TV a couple of nights ago. The race was won by Blessing Okagbare in a new Commonwealth record of just 10.85 seconds. Blink and you miss it.


An Overview of Key Insights from “The Extraordinary Leader”

This week I am attending my third Extraordinary Leadership Summit in Park City, Utah. This Zenger Folkman annual conference is a wonderful time to reconnect with ZF’s great people and international partners. These conferences provide updates of ZF’s new and revised programs and services. They also feature Clients outlining their successful approaches, plans for further […]

Stop flailing. You’ll draw too much attention. Start failing.

As every scuba diver knows, panic is your worst enemy: when it hits, your mind starts to thrash and you are likely to do something really stupid and self-destructive. – Daniel Dennett, Philosopher

To a lesser extent, it’s like that feeling I get walking through a store full of crystal and china. I think suddenly I’ll start flailing my arms around and break everything. Aaahhhh what have I done!

Story time.

Over 15 years ago (!!!) I developed a fear of running out of air after losing the ability to breath during a supposedly simple, yet botched, routine medical procedure. This fear essentially put the kabbash on scuba diving for me, something I enjoyed doing.


The Incredible Power of a Personal Thank You

TD Canada gets it. They recently surprised folks with their talking ATM (Automated Thanking Machine, in this case) that handed out thank you messages and gifts to a few of their long-time customers.

What makes these gifts so amazing isn’t just their size. (Some are big, some are small.) It’s that the company took the time to learn about their customers and give them a thank you gift that is truly meaningful to them and reflects the relationships that customer has built.

It’s a fantastic campaign that really highlights the emotional power of a thoughtful and individualized thank you. I was so moved by it myself that I had to share it with you.


The Wasted Right Hand of the Leader

For every knight, there is a squire. They are the stewards, the attendants, the equerries, the aides. They work behind the scenes, carrying shields, replacing swords, caring for horses. In short, they are the right hands of their bosses, making knighthood possible.

So what can Moby-Dick tell us about squires? In the great novel, the “squires” are the harpooners:

Each mate or headsman, like a Gothic Knight of old, is always accompanied by his boat-steerer or harpooneer, who in certain conjunctures provides him with a fresh lance, when the former one has been badly twisted, or elbowed in the assault; and moreover, as there generally subsists between the two, a close intimacy and friendliness.