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Can People Collaborate Effectively While Working Remotely?

Can People Collaborate Effectively While Working Remotely? | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

As more workplaces become knowledge based, more companies will experience the tension of helping employees work together effectively while allowing them to do their jobs from almost anywhere.

 

One of the most important questions regarding the ability to work from anywhere is the effect it has on employees' engagement levels. On the one hand, working remotely offers employees a measure of autonomy that helps them feel better equipped to do their jobs well. On the other hand, employees must have positive, trusting relationships with their managers and coworkers to stay engaged, and such relationships may be more difficult to sustain with fewer opportunities for face-to-face interaction.

 

Gallup's extensive employee engagement research - presented in its recent State of the American Workplace report -- suggests that the ability to work remotely corresponds with higher engagement, but primarily among those who spend less than 20% of their total working time doing so.

 

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It could be we need to find what works best and when it works best. It might be less about working remotely or working side-by-side and doing both at appropriate times.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 16, 2014 6:58 AM

Gallup found that overall, remote workers are sllighlty more engaged (32%) than employees who work on site (28%). But there is a point of diminishing returns for engaging remote workers: Those who spend less than 20% of their time working remotely are the most engaged (35%) and have the lowest level of active disengagement (12%). These employees likely enjoy an ideal balance of both worlds opportunities for collaboration and camaraderie with coworkers at the office and the relative sense of freedom that comes from working remotely. #socbiz #agile

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, March 16, 2014 8:46 AM

seems like the ability to discipline self to remain engaged is important

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How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction - New York Times

How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction - New York Times | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction
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Technologies have always gone belly up, but tech extinctions may become even more common over the next few years.

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With the increased pace of obsolescence, or it seems that way, this is an interesting article. What does it mean? It is important in education to consider the skills and attitudes learners must have than the hardware or software. Are we able to adapt to an increasingly complex landscape? And, what does that really mean?

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Stop, Get Out, Unplug...And Notice

Stop, Get Out, Unplug...And Notice | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

"Great product design starts with understanding context, behavior, and motivation. With digital experiences in particular, it can be hard to..."

 

"Whether or not I’m looking for new ideas or testing new concepts, I like to get out without any agenda at all except “to notice.” It helps keep me inspired and to hone my observation skills."

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That is a great picture. People crammed together, not talking, and not acknowledging each other. It used to be that buses were places where people met. They still can be. I had a great hockey conversation in Seattle riding the rapid transit.

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Leadership As We Know It Has to Change

Leadership As We Know It Has to Change | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

Supported by their community and the power of decentralized network, the new leaders navigate a world where curiosity, vision and adaptation are more necessary than convictions and authority.


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Leadership does have to change. What is interesting is that today, as I looked for dissertation materials on leadership, this idea of a leadership crisis is not new, Many authors and thinkers complained of the same thing in times past. The challenge might be the pace of change is so rapid it presents new challenges.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:23 AM

Fortunately, in some places, leadership is changing.  Weirdly for me, Pope Francis comes first to mind as an exemplar.

Carol Carter's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:26 PM

Thoughtful article every MBA should read and fully digest. The only way to remain powerful, is to empower the people you are tasked to lead. This has always been true. Now it's crucial.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:36 AM

While I don't agree with the entire thought pattern here I do agree that Leaders reflect whats going on in our society. Leadership is going through one of its many changes over centuries of time. What once worked...won't tomorrow. Stay tuned....

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From Structures to Nets – Leadership in the Shift Age

From Structures to Nets – Leadership in the Shift Age | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

The vast majority of companies today have management structures or reporting hierarchies. That simply is the way it has been, at least since the beginning of the Industrial Age a bit more than 200 years ago. When humanity moved from the...


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I actually propose that the world is not flattened by the rapid pace of information and connectivity. The world is a more nuanced place than it has ever been with information coming unexpectedly from around corners. Certaintly, hierarchies could be flatter, but they usually not. Leadership in the 21st Century should be far more distributed to overcome the volume and pace. This has never been truer in education where the stranglehold of hierarchy and the intransigience of bureaurcracy and technocracy are stifling.

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3 Scientific Studies With Real Insight Into Social Media

3 Scientific Studies With Real Insight Into Social Media | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
It turns out social media may be even more influential than we have imagined, just not in the way many of us have envisioned. Let's take a look in these 3 scientific studies that prove social media has a real effect on sales.

Via João Greno Brogueira, Sharrock
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These studies seem to show what works in business, marketing, and branding. The risk is we take and put this thinking into education where learning is not the same as business, marketing, and branding.

 

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In 1964, The Brilliant Isaac Asimov Wrote Some Predictions For 2014 — Wait Until You See How Right He Was

In 1964, The Brilliant Isaac Asimov Wrote Some Predictions For 2014 — Wait Until You See How Right He Was | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Self-driving car? He called it. (In 1964 science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov predicted what life would be like in 50 years.
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There are few isaac Asimovs around today. There are many who would like to pretend they have this kind of insight.
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Tools for Reading, Writing & Thinking

Tools for Reading, Writing & Thinking | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
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This looks like it has lots of depth to it.

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Four Core Elements of Successful Digital Innovation

Four Core Elements of Successful Digital Innovation | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

In the digital era, incumbent organizations are challenged by new market entrants, lean organizations without legacy being able to launch more quickly new business models, products and services.


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It will still be about person-to-person relationships. Digital technology can help in some areas, but will not replace the human touch.

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How to Create a Killer Cover Page

How to Create a Killer Cover Page | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
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There are excellent points here.

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Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:38 PM

Not many people take heed of the dos and don'ts when it comes to PPT slideshows. 

Matthew's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:54 AM

Biznesowe Prezentacje

Marc Woltering's curator insight, December 12, 2013 4:06 AM

Helemaal mee eens: de eerste sheet van een PowerPoint is vitaal.

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Meet The New Serfs, Same As The Old Serfs | TechCrunch

Meet The New Serfs, Same As The Old Serfs | TechCrunch | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

Once upon a time there were things called jobs, and they were well understood. People went to work for companies, in offices or in factories. There were exceptions — artists, aristocrats, entrepeneurs — but they were rare.

 

Laws, regulations, and statistics were based on this assumption; but, increasingly, what people do today doesn’t fit neatly into that anachronistic 1950s rubric. I’ve had the pleasure of trying to explain to border officials that my “job” consisted of contracting in Country A for a client in Country B, while also writing books and selling apps. I don’t recommend it.


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Work has become more oppressive in many ways. The benefits go the monied elite and the worker has less time and is less able to do what they need to do for themselves.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, October 14, 2013 11:03 AM

#Sharing #Economy of #Servant Economy? 

 

We already know how software will eat manufacturing (robots and 3D printing) and transportation (self-driving vehicles.) This new servant economy shows us how software will eat much of the service sector; by turning many of its existing full-time jobs into a disconnected cloud of temporary gigs.

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U.S. ranks fourth in Internet freedom as surveillance grows worldwide

U.S. ranks fourth in Internet freedom as surveillance grows worldwide | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
The U.S. still cracks the top five in global Internet freedom, as surveillance appears to be a common trend.
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Interesting Canada did not make the top 10.

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Schools Teaching Social-Emotional Intelligence Skills in Class? - Decoded Science

Schools Teaching Social-Emotional Intelligence Skills in Class? - Decoded Science | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Schools Teaching Social-Emotional Intelligence Skills in Class?
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Should schools use resources to teach emotional skills, or should they stick to basic math, reading, and science?

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Mystics have known this for centuries.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, September 28, 2013 8:07 PM

"According to The New York Times Magazine, “The theory that kids need to learn to manage their emotions in order to reach their potential grew out of the research of a pair of psychology professors — John Mayer, at the University of New Hampshire, and Peter Salovey, at Yale.”

Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:39 AM

”...a meta-analysis of 213 school-based, universal social and emotional learning (SEL) programs involving 270,034 kindergarten through high school students. Compared to controls, SEL participants demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement.”

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The Who, What, When and Why of Mobile Learning

The Who, What, When and Why of Mobile Learning | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Mobile learning has clearly made its mark on the corporate world. With Smartphones being used to access so much content daily, adopting mobile as a training resource was inevitable. But is it possible that some organizations have been too hasty in adding mobile to their basket of performance support tools without really thinking it through?

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The questions make sense for business and educational organizations.

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How to Be a Better Leader Online

How to Be a Better Leader Online | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Want to influence more people and build your reputation online? Here are five ways to do it.
There was a time when the word "leader" brought a very specific profile to mind: strong, influential, and known around the world.

Via Donna Karlin, Bobby Dillard, Gebeyehu B. Amha
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Each point is valid. The one about take it offline and to a new level is intriguing. It is not just about online which suggests a holistic view of leadership. But, leadership is a murky concept and difficult to define. What do we mean by leadership? Just saying I am does not make me so.

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:49 PM

Genuine leaders are everywhere, not just in traditional workplaces.  Simply be the person others are inspired to emulate!

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10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education and how they learn

10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education and  how they learn | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Project Tomorrow's Speak Up Survey gives a good snapshot of how students across the country are using digital technology in and outside the classroom.

Via Lou Salza
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Good pedagogy would lead to the trends being in place and appropriately used.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:04 PM

Well this seals the deal for me-- laptops are so last century, mobile is  21st C. --Lou

 

Excerpt: "...The 2013 results represent more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country. Respondents included 325,279 students, 32,151 teachers and librarians, 39,986 parents, 4,530 district administrators and, new to this year’s survey, 1,346 community members.

1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices

According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. “If there was any doubt in our mind that we were beyond the tipping point in terms of kids carrying a computer in their pocket, backpack or purse,” she said, “we’re there.”

Specifically, said Evans, 89 percent of high schools students have access to Internet-connected smart phones, while 50 percent of students in grades 3 through 5 have access to the same type of devices. High school student access to tablets tops out at 50 percent and laptops come in at 60 percent. In addition to personal access, the survey found about a third of students have access to a device (typically laptops or tablets) in their school..."

 

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2. Internet Connectivity

3. Use of Video for Classwork and Homework

4. Mobile Devices for Schoolwork

5. Using Different Tools for Different Tasks

6. Paying Attention to the Digital Footprint

7. An increased Interest in Online Learning

8. Gaming is Growing, and the Gender Gap is Closed

9. Social Media in Schools

10. What Devices Belong in 'The Ultimate School?'
Read more at http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/02/03/10-Major-Technology-Trends-in-Education.aspx?Page=2#Pb8gP8szx2fhOJw1.99

 

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Jaron Lanier: Why Facebook Isn't Free

Jaron Lanier: Why Facebook Isn't Free | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating video and well-worth watching. I am not sure where I sit with his ideas.

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Conversation and collaboration: The future of enterprise technology - Your Better Business

Conversation and collaboration: The future of enterprise technology - Your Better Business | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Conversation and collaboration: The future of enterprise technology http://t.co/Hb8wopvDYx via @po_st

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This is interesting. Can real conversation happen digitally? It will interesting to follow.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:21 AM

The future of the world, hopefully, not just enterprise technology...

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Forget artificial intelligence. It's artificial idiocy we need to worry about

Forget artificial intelligence. It's artificial idiocy we need to worry about | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

Massive, inconceivable numbers are commonplace in conversations about computers. The exabyte, a one followed by 18 zeroes worth of bytes; the petaflop, one quadrillion calculations performed in a single second. Beneath the surface of our lives churns an ocean of information, from whose depths answers and optimisations ascend like munificent kraken.


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Consider the people who are out there blindly promoting technology.

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The Rules of Engagement: How Social Media Has Changed the Landscape | Social Media Today

The Rules of Engagement: How Social Media Has Changed the Landscape | Social Media Today | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Brand awareness and loyalty are critical pieces to the marketing puzzle for every small business. Are you doing what it takes, as a small business owner, to reach the right demographics through a system of targeted engagement?

Via Ivo Nový
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Social media is important, but is not the end-all-to-be-all. We still need face-to-face contact inside and outside our organizations.

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, January 10, 2014 1:15 PM

Social media should play a large role in external branding efforts. It makes sense; chances are high that the public any given small business owner is looking to reach is spending the majority of their online time on multiple social networks.

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Digital Workplace Technology Roadmap — Cosent

Digital Workplace Technology Roadmap — Cosent | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Exploring the future of knowledge work at the intersection of social and knowledge technologies.

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We need plans and they need to be flexible and adaptable to the context of each situation.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:45 AM

A well researched and written document that provides a conceptual framework for the digital workplace of the immediate future.

 

Guido's easy writing style drives you through the technology roadway, helping you make sense of the terrain, he explains the nature of enterprises as they exist now and boldly comments that the 'web has out-innovated the enterprise' and that 'technology is leaving the corporate world behind, once and for all ' 

 

The segment on Enterprise 2 provides a great overview of emergent software platforms within companies and he clearly explains and frames terms such as signals, links, authoring, tagging, extensions and search. There is even more value with a segment on the Application Landscape, spelling out in his easy style about wikis, blogs, activity streams, social search, mashups and more...

 

The roadway leads you to his final chapter on web 3.0 - which he titles 'Systems of Intent' which anticipate your needs, before you can even articulate them' Guido holds you spell bound with discussions around artificial intelligence, machine learning and what he calls the 'Semantic web' citing Google and Facebook are "building knowledge bases that are not just 'buckets of pages' but powerful conceptual models of the world, enabling machine reasoning"

 

This is important reading for any Knowledge Worker for we are now dealing with machines and an architecture that 'anticipates your needs, before you even articulate them'.

Eugene Fernandez's comment, January 11, 2014 3:21 AM
I agree Ivon. Flexibility, adaptability and resilience are going to be increasingly important both for individuals and organisations.
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Are Computers Making Society More Unequal?

Are Computers Making Society More Unequal? | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
The challenge isn’t just that the old economy has stagnated, Tyler Cowen writes. It’s that the nature of the work force itself is changing.

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This critiques technology in a much different way than I considered.

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Thoughts on “Collective Intelligence”

Thoughts on “Collective Intelligence” | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

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These spaces are not necessilarly mutually exclusive. What are teh overlaps and what do they mean?

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Think you're a social media expert? 10 reasons why you're wrong

Think you're a social media expert? 10 reasons why you're wrong | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

“ Memeburn Think you're a social media expert? 10 reasons why you're wrong Memeburn Being into digital marketing isn't just great. It's awesome. It's an ever evolving industry and nothing ever stays the same (especially with social media).”


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I know some people who qualify, because of the first one.

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Offices that are just like home

Offices that are just like home | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Your workplace could soon resemble your lounge room.

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This is an interesting concept.

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