May 2006


Email does not communicate tone: research findings

Email does not communicate tone: research findings

Research in the December Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicates that there is only a 50/50 chance of an email recipient correctly interpreting the tone of an email.



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Animal Instincts in the office

Animal Instincts in the office

Just because we might have selfish genes it does not mean we have to behave selfishly; nature knows when to be nice as well as nasty and nepotism occurs in the biological world too with equal destructiveness as our world. This is according to Richard Conniff author of The Ape in the Corner Office and reviewed in the UK Guardian Newspaper (27 May).


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How symbiotic is your collaboration

How symbiotic is your collaboration

Symbiosis is a central tenet of bioteams which in bioteams means you should 'partner date' widely but commit to partners very carefully. But according to wikipedia there are four different types of symbiotic behavior possible between two different biological species.


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Team communication patterns: key lessons from nature

Team communication patterns: key lessons from nature

From studying nature's bioteams it seems there are 3 dominant patterns of communication which can be used in a biological group. All three also have their place in the electronic communications we use in our human teams. However one of them, if over-used, can be destructive or indicate the absence of crucial group support structures.


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Developing computer immune systems using natures models

Developing computer immune systems using natures models

THE way the body's immune system responds when its cells are under attack has inspired a new way of protecting computer networks from viruses and hackers according to an article in the NewScientist.com news service, 20 May 2006


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Recovering team and group Messaging Instincts

Recovering team and group Messaging Instincts

My research into biological teams has revealed that they make extensive use of short messages as their primary means of communications. For example, Ants use chemical messages, Bees use visual messages conveyed through dance and Dolphins use sonar: unlike human teams they all exhibit strong Messaging Instincts.


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Doing virtually nothing

Doing virtually nothing

In Busy doing nothing Steve McKevitt author of the book City Slackers describes how every company has a ‘city slacker’: they're always on the go but they never achieve anything.


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The power of crowds: collaborative consumer buying

The power of crowds: collaborative consumer buying

Paul Sweeney, European Marketing Director at voicesage reports that in China, the newest shopping craze is tuangou, or team buying, and it uses the aggregating power of the web and creates flash mobs focussed on creating bargains. Here's a taster…


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Top teams know how to swarm

Top teams know how to swarm

In a previous article, Seven 'model behaviours' for bioteam members, I discussed the work of Craig Reynolds and the three critical autonomous behaviours which enable birds to flock. Here I propose that human bioteam members need just seven autonomous behaviours to enable them to swarm.



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Using biological techniques to search the web better

Using biological techniques to search the web better

Richard Cross describes how new research is revealing how biological foraging strategies can be adapted to help users search out and find information more effectively on the web.


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