March 2007


Mobile phone users: are we now cyborgs

Mobile phone users: are we now 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. In his book Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City which he discusses in an interview with James Harkin Mitchell describes how the new communications technologies have overlaid our city spaces with central nervous systems connecting us into the wireless ether via our mobile devices which act as umbilical cords to anchor us into the information society's digital infrastructure.


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Organizational teams: learning from nature

Organizational teams: learning from nature

Ken Thompson, writing for Insider Knowledge Magazine, in Why Penguins have no commanding officer reveals the two fundamental differences between biological teams and organizational teams and what we can learn from nature about effective teamwork.


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Effective team leading without authority

Effective team leading without authority

Roger Fisher, the world's leading expert on win-win negotiation, describes the power of having Lateral Leadership skills which let you get the job done when you are not the boss.


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Antisocial mobile phone use: introducing social mobiles

Antisocial mobile phone use: introducing social mobiles

Always-on mobile devices need supporting etiquette. A few years back The Economist ran a short article “Think before you talk” on how Ideo (the designers behind the Palm Pilot and Microsoft Mouse) developed 5 prototype “social mobiles”.....


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Feelings about change: the ten second test

Feelings about change: the ten second test

Instantly discover a persons main worry about an upcoming change by how they speak just five words: We cant do that here.


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Virtual Enterprise Networks VENs: a detailed introduction

Virtual Enterprise Networks VENs: a detailed introduction

I recently presented "Virtual Enterprise Networks - A proven network partnering model for SMEs" at the 14th National Quality Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Heres the full presentation.


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Good leaders clarify their teams values

Good leaders clarify their teams values

At a lunch for business leaders a couple of years back Jack Welch, once voted the most respected business leader of all time, was asked about the relative importance of right values versus making the numbers.


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Team performance: advanced relaxation techniques

Team performance: advanced relaxation techniques

Taking a break makes biological sense. In Harvard Business Review article, Are You Working Too Hard, leading Mind/Body Researcher Howard Benson describes how to use advanced relaxation techniques to produce breakthroughs where you or your team have got “stuck”.


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