In our industrial society, we measure ‘progress’ by the speed of technological progress: The more inventions and the faster our technology evolves the more progress or society makes, right?
Technology = Progress?
Introducing new technology used to take time: The telephone took 75 years to reach 50 million people, the radio just 38 years and the TV even less, only 13 years, and the Internet and Facebook each less than 4 years. Countless new apps and smart devices become available every day. We invite them into our lives more and more allowing them to penetrate our space and privacy deeper and deeper, such as smartphones glued to our hand and omnipresent smart speakers surrounding us, for example. This is progress, right?
With all new technology, though, come intended consequences.
As humans, we had a generation or two to get…Continue
Many leaders still struggle with leading virtually. The issue is not so much that they reject the notion of having a virtual workforce all-together - let's face it - in the 21st century and beyond, the virtual workforce is a permanent fixture of life moving forward - and it has tremendous benefits like reaching far-flung talent that heretofore was not accessible.
The challenges have more to do with the mystery of why people don't behave as expected. Leaders can get frustrated when members of the virtual workforce act in ways that run counter to their leader practices.
It's a major issue - so much so -…Continue
Please check out the Theconversation.com article on on Virtual Distance and Kids.
This topic has been growing in urgency and importance. Along with helping the business world deal with virtual workforce issues, Virtual Distance has also been used as a powerful tool and sense-making framework, to begin helping our young ones stay away from the downside effects of social media and other screen-based ills.
For example, the latest article I participated in deals with the growing "selfie culture" and kids - and what that might be doing to their ability to handle life with ease and strength as they get older.
Check out the…Continue
Silicon Valley is nothing short of an economic miracle. Over the years, it has become a veritable hotbed of innovation, the birthplace of exciting new technologies, and the home to numerous startups that have grown to become multibillion-dollar companies. Currently, the region boasts the highest concentration of high tech employees of any metropolitan area and the highest average salary for those workers. And there’s one other important thing about Silicon Valley -- it’s also a place where some say or sell one thing but do another. Let me explain.
Many of those multibillion-dollar businesses in Silicon Valley sell the latest in high tech products that help us to telecommute, collaborate on virtual teams, and stay connected to our families, friends, and co-workers no matter…Continue
I can hardly believe it has been more than 10 years, since Virtual Distance International was born. I remember the moment the concept came to life. It was during the late summer in August of 2004. Earlier that month, on the day of the…Continue
As I browsed through my email today I saw a headline that read, “3D Food Printers Hit Home”. As I scrolled down the screen squinting to see the fine print on my newly purchased iPhone, I learned about how food was now being produced by machines. I wanted to know more. As I landed on the page the link connected to, I first noticed a picture of a GQ-esque looking robotics engineer named Hod Lipson from Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab. I thought he looked yummy at least.
I must have really missed the memo on this guy. I did a bit more research and found that he is among the engineering glitterati - speaking at TED events, cited by the NYT, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and so on. He has written over 200 technical articles, a book, etc., and, according to his profile page at Cornell, he will be moving to Columbia in 2015…quite an impressive guy to have as my…Continue
In today’s busy world, around the globe, the car GPS has become a staple for many families and business people. Plug in the address and off you go! You never need to worry about such troublesome things as landmarks or wrong turns (unless there’s roadwork that’s not in your GPS database).
What you may not realize is that we are losing the joy of getting lost. Think about it…what happens when you get lost. First of all, you have to deal with the anxiety, anger, frustration or whatever emotion boils up in you first. This is actually one of things we avoid most with the GPS. But its important. Why? Because, once you pass through that moment, emotionally and cognitively you are stronger. You experience the ability to “get through it”. And the next time something difficult arises,…Continue
I have so many mixed reactions to the recent leaked Yahoo memo in which the company informed its employees that they could no longer work from home. A part of me was so disappointed that a major corporation (in the high tech business, no less) would implement such a rigid policy that flies in the face of the overall trend toward greater workplace flexibility. But I was also grateful that Yahoo’s memo spurred such intense debate and controversy because I welcome the opportunity to clear up some of the misconceptions and pure myths about telecommuters and those who work on virtual teams.
Perhaps one of the greatest myths…Continue
For many of us, working internationally means that we put a lot of energy into "virtual" presence with colleagues in multiple time zones. We don't have a choice. These days, many would argue that EVERYONE is working virtually, even when their colleagues are only a few steps away in a conference room or cubicle.
Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer, recently made a surprising move when she asked all of Yahoo's telecommuters to begin working at Yahoo facilities instead of working from home. My first reaction was surprise - because Yahoo's business is virtual. However, I think Mayer has acknowledged a very important fact. If you want people to work together and get things done, you need to be sure that everyone is paying attention.
Many of us have experienced the frustration when “telecommuting team members” seem to drift – to be “partially engaged” when the team needs them…Continue