July 2006


Virtual Entrepreneurship

Virtual Entrepreneurship

Bioteams Guest Author Ray Symmes describes how virtual entrepreneurs inhabit the hidden spaces in and between enterprises.


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Swift Trust: essential for virtual collaboration

Swift Trust: essential for virtual collaboration

Science Daily, “Establishing Trust Online Is Critical For Online Communication Say NJIT Experts” reports the conclusions of a paper “Swift Trust in Virtual Teams".


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Could cell phones destroy civilisation

Could cell phones destroy civilisation

"Cell", the new novel by horror writer Stephen King, paints an all too plausible scenario where our addiction to cell phones enables a malicious virus to be pulsed to every phone in the world turning all who take the call into a flock of murderously mad zombies.


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Group Messaging Instincts: how to recover them

Group Messaging Instincts: how to recover them

Biological teams make extensive use of short messages as their main means of communication: Ants use chemical messages, Bees use visual messages conveyed through dance and Dolphins use sonar, however most human teams seem to have forgotten their Messaging Instincts.


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Virtual team improvement: a free instant assessment tool

Virtual team improvement: a free instant assessment tool

The Virtual Team Opportunity Iceberg is a very simple spreadsheet for letting you and your fellow team members instantly spot the potential for improvement in your teams. It's not intended to be precise - a show of hands will do - but it can be a great team ice-breaker!


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Is email dead

Is email dead

Probably not with 50 billion e-mails dispatched every day wordwide but the signal to noise ratio is getting pretty bad with The Times, July 15, reporting in ONLINE, ON THE PHONE, ON THE UP that 88% of them are junk.



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Ant communications: experience them through a simulator

Ant communications: experience them through a simulator

Ant communications are very different from the communications we typically experience in our organizational teams. In fact they are so different that to really understand them you have to try and find some way to experience them. Here is one way!


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Collaborative Thinking: 4 supporting team roles

Collaborative Thinking: 4 supporting team roles

In his unique book Dialogue and the art of thinking together William Issacs introduces the Four-Player System originally developed by David Kantor. This is a very important technique for supporting real collaborative thinking in teams.


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Leadership Styles: is your boss a fox or a jackal

Leadership Styles: is your boss a fox or a jackal

A new UK survey identifies 5 types of office bosses: tigers, gorillas, sloths, jackals and foxes and suggests ways you can tame each of them.



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Change Management: tips from wild animal trainers

Change Management: tips from wild animal trainers

In How I put my husband through the hoops Amy Sutherland writing in G2 for the UK Guardian describes how she used tricks trainers use on wild animals such as dolphins, elephants and african crested cranes to modify her husbands behavior!


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