In my last blog, I touched on the question of when to use technology and when to develop skills. In this blog I’m going to look at the payback on an investment in technology compared with a similar investment in training. We are often asked to create a financial justification for our training – if […]
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A current and very real trend is towards using technology to solve problems. Cars have sensors so that the car driver no longer turns the lights on and off – the car decides based on the car’s idea of when it is too dark. My car also decides when to wipe the rain off the […]
Overcoming the problems and pitfalls Many of our clients use the term “CoE’s” meaning either “Centres of Excellence” or “Centres of Expertise”. This is a way of organising where people with similar expertise, clustered in an organization, cut across traditional (usually national or regional) boundaries. Where it is being done For example, Human resources are […]
Internet Addiction? Connection Fatigue? “Present Shock”? The number of ways that we can communicate via technology has increased extremely rapidly over the past few years. This explosion of new technologies includes media such as Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, Huddle, etc. etc. not to mention blogging and web feeds. And over the past few years many of […]
The Multitasking Myth – or “How to speed up my Meetings by 30%” The question about whether multitasking is a good thing has been around for a while. This week I came across a piece of research that seems to provide the answer once and for all: multitasking is a myth. The research was done […]
Ostriches are famous for putting their heads in the sand when there is trouble. Well, ostriches do many things, but hiding their heads in the sand is not one of them it seems. This urban myth is attributable to Pliny the Elder who wrote of ostriches: …they imagine, when they have thrust their head and […]
Traditionally, trust has been thought to be the result of a personal knowledge of an individual’s past behaviour and therefore that our (mutual) trust builds over time as we work together. This view of trust means that I’ll trust you only when you have shown yourself to be trust-worthy through your actions. It also views […]
Continuing our series of ‘Matrix Monday’ posts, which take a look at the literature relating to matrix environments, today Global integration consultant John Bland looks at a paper which offers some insight into global virtual teams and their potential sources of conflict. All teams experience conflict, but a global virtual team has extra factors that […]
As part of our continuing series of paper reviews, known as “Matrix Monday”, today John Bland takes a look at an article on virtual teams. In his article “Enhancing Effectiveness on Virtual Teams”, Gregory R Berry of the Central Connecticut State University examines why traditional skills are insufficient in creating successful virtual teams. For Berry, […]
This is the rather striking title of an article which appeared in the Harvard Business Review in July/August 1990 – nearly 25 years ago. What makes it so interesting is that we at Global Integration have also reached many of the same conclusions – independently it seems. This article speaks on a topic that has […]
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