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The Continuing Virtual Leadership Challenge

Posted by VDI Community Director on October 1, 2016 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

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 -…

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Virtual Distance is Rewriting the Rulebook for Human Interactions

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on September 13, 2016 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

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.

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on September 8, 2016 at 8:30am 0 Comments

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…

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THE LONGEST JOURNEY STARTS WITH A SINGLE STEP

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on August 24, 2016 at 2:30am 0 Comments

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…

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GIVE A MAN A FISH...OR A PRINTER - A 3D FOOD PRINTER THAT IS..

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on July 20, 2016 at 1:00am 1 Comment

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…

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A Lesson From Yahoo

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on March 8, 2016 at 11:30am 6 Comments

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…

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What?! Is Yahoo moving AWAY from the Virtual model?

Posted by Dave Ranson on March 1, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

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…

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Another Lesson from the Boston Marathon

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on May 15, 2013 at 9:54am 2 Comments

Last month, after two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, many in the city lost their cell service. This only added to the confusion and chaos, as people weren’t immediately able to reach their loved ones to confirm that they were indeed safe. Tragically, three people were killed and hundreds others injured, many seriously with life-threatening injuries and the loss of limbs. That horrific event was totally different in nature from Hurricane Sandy, which struck the East Coast last fall, and yet both are reminders of how dependent we’ve become on instantaneous communications. That dependency can be a double-edged sword. When a daughter who’s away at college posts on Facebook that she’s ill, we appreciate the easy convenience of being able to call her and immediately hear her voice to check to see how…

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The Courage to Act: Facing Down Daily Cognitive Dissonance

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on September 24, 2012 at 3:45pm 2 Comments

Almost every day now I talk to managers and executives who tell me that something is wrong at their organizations but they just “can’t explain it”,  or “something’s not right”. 

 

In a state of controlled agony, they tell me that even though they can’t put ‘it’ into words, they know that ‘it’ is interfering with their ability to compete – whether its for talent or customers or market position. 

 

In fact, over the past 10 days, I’ve had four or five conversations that revolve around an executive’s concern that their organization may be losing a competitive edge given this indescribable state – like carbon monoxide, odorless yet deadly.

 

Today for example, I was talking to a CEO of a major services company.  She told me that they were thinking…

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Digital Mourning

Posted by Karen Sobel Lojeski on July 16, 2012 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

A friend of mine sent me a letter – a real letter, in the mail with a handwritten address.  I was delighted.  In it I found an article from USA Today entitled, “Mourning 2.0”. 

 

One of the things it made me think of was the notion of "perspective".  While I think that on the one hand, its good for people to have an outlet for their grief online, on the other hand, a post about one's deceased uncle "looks and feels"…

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