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Delphi collective group intelligence tool: powerful and free

Delphi collective group intelligence tool: powerful and free

The Delphi Technique is a proven way to harness collective group intelligence (popularly known as the wisdom of crowds) in a wide range of applications.


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Improve team conference calls with a very simple trick

Improve team conference calls with a very simple trick

Create a single frame video conference using a peopleclock to help participants concentrate and engage better.


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The Bumblebees favourite team development techniques

The Bumblebees favourite team development techniques

People are always asking me about good, proven techniques for developing and supporting teams, networks and communities so heres an introduction to my favourite fifteen techniques for teams.


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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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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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The perfect mobile messaging system: pheromone signals

The perfect mobile messaging system: pheromone signals

Pheromone-based messaging is the oldest and most evolved form of biological signalling using chemicals to communicate through smell and taste. Today's virtual teams and mobile groups can use it to improve the way they use email, messaging and presence-aware technologies.


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What is your team communication distance

What is your team communication distance

Gerold Keefer, in a paper Project Success Prediction Based on Communication Reliability Analysis suggests that the effectiveness of a teams communication can be assessed in 2 dimensions: Reliability and Distance.


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Four deadly myths about teams

Four deadly myths about teams

There are four myths about teams which are particularly deadly because each of them is nearly true. Myth1: Talent is the most important thing in any team. Myth2: The team’s goals won't suddenly change without anyone realising it. Myth3: 'Collaboration' means basically the same thing to all team members. Myth4: You should always play 'win-win'


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Virtual Enterprise Design: the doughnut principle

Charles Handy is one of the true pioneers of virtual working: promoting the concept of the virtual organisation long before todays enabling technologies appeared.


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Improve your meetings: play bullshit bingo

According to The blathering boss (November 2005) one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve your meetings is using techniques like 'Bullshit Bingo' to reduce the use of meaningless phrases like Paradigm shift, Mission critical, Let's take it offline, Drill down, Drop the ball, Empowerment, Think outside the box, On the same page, Don't reinvent the wheel, Proactive, Create synergies, Ramp up, Raising the bar, Touch base and Win-win. On the other hand perhaps no one would be able to speak at all!


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