November 2005

Team member responsibility problems

Team member responsibility problems

One of the main dilemmas for team leaders and members is the thorny issue of responsibility. We often fixate on the problem of leaders and members not taking enough responsibility but according to Dr Scott Peck they can also do damage if they try to take too much!


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Friendship rings versus social networks

An essay by Stuart Jeffries in The Guardian shows why it is important to have good friendship rings as well as strong social/business networks and how to tell the difference between the two.


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Can you define collaboration

perhaps but it won't help you produce it in your team!

Wikipedia makes an attempt at defining “Collaboration”. It comes from the Latin 'co' meaning 'with' and 'labore' meaning 'to work' and means 'to work together'.


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Are mobile phones turning us into cyborgs

The term cyborg is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and synthetic parts so designed to enhance its abilities via technology. William Mitchell a professor at MIT Media Lab believes that through our mobile devices we are all becoming mobile cyborgs and its for the better.


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Unusual mobile phone applications number 1

Sure its only me and could someone bring a shovel

BBC News (9 Nov) report that fears of being buried alive have prompted an increasing number of people to take their mobile phones to their graves, according to an Irish undertaker.


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Plagiarism and the internet

A web tool to check for plagiarism

The Wright State University reports in Web Site Helps Colleges and Schools Ensnare Plagiarists that plagiarism is such a big problem in universities that they are now using web-based software detection tools to spot potential cheats.


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Avoiding remote software collaboration disasters

4 key questions for your early warning system

About 6 months ago I commissioned two small pieces of remote software development. My motivation was getting the best value for money in the technology areas of Microsoft .Net and Flash animation. One was a success and the other a disaster - I think I now know why!

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Revolt against interactive voice response systems

We really value your call, so much so that we are answering it by computer!

If bioteaming is about making organisations and teams more alive then the current generation of Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRs) must be the complete antithesis of bioteaming.

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Sports teams and organizational teams both need the right culture

Developing a buy-in culture to get the most out of your sports or business team

Bioteam's Guest Article by Dave Cooper

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Men facing massive work life balance crisis

How to get your life back

It used to be that work-life balance was perceived as a female issue or only of interest to men in the 'B-League' of business/career ambition - but not any more. The problem runs very deep and some of the practical ways some men are trying to redress their balance include job partnering, better team working and trading money for time.

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