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Karen Sobel Lojeski
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What does it mean to be "virtual"? - Please join the discussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Community Director May 3, 2011. 1 Reply

Dear VDI members, I often have discussions with executives and academic colleagues about what it means to be a virtual worker.  This question makes a difference because in order to institute…Continue

Tags: organizational, policy, distance, work, flexible

Ideas for $200K per day...face-to-face brainstorming...everything old is new again

Started Dec 19, 2010 0 Replies

The front cover of the December 19th, 2010 edition of the New York Times' Magazine showcases a…Continue

Tags: operational, face-to-face, interactions, distance, affinity


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Stony Brook University & Virtual Distance International
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Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski is a Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University and Founder of Virtual Distance International (VDI), an advisory firm helping organizations boost productivity and innovation in the virtual workforce.

Karen is a leading expert on virtual teams, leadership, and collaboration. She is the co-author of “Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise”, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Her upcoming book, “Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century”, showcases interviews with executives from IBM, Merck, HP, AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Crayola, and others. In it she shares best practices on how great leaders successfully leverage the growing virtual workforce.

Both books are part of the Microsoft Executive Leadership Series.

Karen is the pioneer who discovered Virtual Distance, a measurable, Digital Age phenomenon that strongly impacts innovation, financial performance, job satisfaction, leader effectiveness, and more.
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Skills or areas of expertise you possess that could benefit your peers?
Learning, Collaborative decision making, Developing trust, role and goal clarity, Nurturing environment with organizational citizenship behavior, Decision quality, Innovation, Project success, Effective leadership, Job satisfaction, Motivating team members, relationship building, Creating Context, Cultivating Community, Co-Activating Leaders
Areas you would like to improve or learn best practices from your peers?
Learning, Developing trust, role and goal clarity, Nurturing environment with organizational citizenship behavior, Decision quality, Innovation, Project success, Effective leadership, Job satisfaction, Motivating team members, relationship building, Creating Context, Cultivating Community, Co-Activating Leaders

Karen Sobel Lojeski's Blog

Virtual Distance is Rewriting the Rulebook for Human Interactions

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Please check out the 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…


Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted 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…



Posted 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…


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At 7:30pm on December 13, 2010, Karl Walinskas said…

I'll do my best to add value to this group based upon my consulting at Smart Company Growth.  Your Leading the Virtual Workforce book is next on my list to download to my reader!  The mid-market companies using Virtual Sales Teams and Virtual Project Teams (read that outsourcing PM and engineering work) need to understand VD and care for it if they ever want to reap the cost saving rewards in the grand scheme of company bottom line.

At 12:01pm on December 14, 2010, Richard Russell Reilly said…

Thanks Karen.  I look forward to helping make Virtual Distance a part of the solution to many of the problems spawned by communications technology.

At 12:04pm on December 15, 2010, Ellen Pearlman said…

I can't believe it has been 6 years since we met. My how time flies when you are having fun, engaging in lively conversation and learning so much. I look forward to continual excitement and engagement with you and VDI.

At 2:49pm on March 22, 2011, Sewa Bhatt said…
Thanks Karen. I am looking forwards to participating on the Virtual Community. I am very happy to see the growth in the resources on this community.
At 1:12pm on March 30, 2011, Tina Saltmarsh said…

Thank you Karen and I am excited to be a part of this great community.  Looking forward to learning and sharing. 

At 12:33pm on May 10, 2011, Barbara Ivey said…
Thanks, Karen.  Glad to be part of this community working together on solutions to Virtual Distance.

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We are a private online community of like-minded executives, managers and individual contributors facing increasingly significant challenges in the remote workforce and who want to champion best practices of Virtual Distance, leadership, and innovation in their organizations.

The Virtual Distance Institute is led by the industry expert on Virtual Distance, Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski and powered by Virtual Distance International (VDI)

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