Collaboration has gone global and high tech. Businesses can now choose from 1D, 2D, and 3D collaborative tools. But which is right for the project you have at hand? Do you want a simple event scheduling resource—such as Meeting Wizard—or do you want employees to have 3D avatars who meet in a customized digital environment? What spurs the innovation we need, as companies and as a global society? I personally discovered Second Life in the fall of 2010 and thought I was really on top of things. In fact, IBM has...
During a Veterans’ commemoration ceremony at my daughter’s school, I sat amongst veterans, parents, teachers, students, school staff and others that attentively listened to the principal recite The Gettysburg Address. I found myself “hanging” onto every word. While I had read this speech before, I was struck by the last part of the address: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here...
According to William Isaacs, professor, author and co-founder of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT alongside Peter Senge, dialogue is a vehicle for creative problem identification and solving. However, it is different than what is normally conceived as problem solving. The usual modality to tackle problems is discussion. We are used to expose our points of view, enter into a dialectic exchange and sometimes debate. In any of these cases, we are defending our ideas. Resolution or problem solving emerges out of consensus or a...
The rocky slopes of the Sierra del Escambray slipped into the darkened countryside moments before dawn as our car made its way along the winding autopista—a two-lane highway that cuts through the verdant expanses of central Cuba. We were heading toward the western end of the island that cool, May morning—specifically Santiago in Oriente province, nestled in the Sierra Maestra mountain range. Before we could reach Santiago, we had an important stop to make—a stop that made the first half of our journey a spiritual pilgrimmage...
Threats, Norms, and Culture: What a New Study of National Cultures Might Teach Us About the Cultures Our Organizational Systems Produce
Is it appropriate to kiss in a restaurant? How about in an elevator? Would it be socially acceptable to curse in a public park? Eat during a job interview? Turns out—and it’s not particularly surprising—that the answer to these questions has a lot to do with the country you live in. It also turns out that the ecological and historical threats a country faces correlate with how its citizens respond to the answers above, according to a study published this month in Science Magazine. The study, lead by Michele J. Gelfand...
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