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The Continuing Virtual Leadership Challenge

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.…

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Added by Community Director on October 1, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Virtual Distance is Rewriting the Rulebook for Human Interactions

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…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on September 13, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on September 8, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

THE LONGEST JOURNEY STARTS WITH A SINGLE STEP

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on August 24, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

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

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

THE JOY OF GETTING LOST

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…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on June 16, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

A Lesson From Yahoo

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…

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

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

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…

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Added by Dave Ranson on March 1, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Another Lesson from the Boston Marathon

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,…

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

Digital Mourning

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, “…

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

ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT VIRTUAL DISTANCE INTERNATIONAL...Stand-by on New Website

Dear Colleagues,

We are in the midst of launching a new website at www.virtualdistance.com.  Please stand by as the DNS servers "do their thing".  The new site should be stable and available by Thursday, May…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on May 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Seeing the World Through "Google-Colored" Glasses

Its not enough that Google has invaded every corner of our world whether we like it or not.  Now the tech company is on target to literally put themselves between you and me, even when we sit side by side.  A new initiative at Google (and I’m assuming other tech giants) will have us wearing glasses that can pump…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on February 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Virtual Distance Hits Mainstream Business Culture

Yesterday I noticed that the term "virtual distance" popped up at Forbes.com.   

The article can be found at: …

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on November 1, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Waging War on our Children: How our children are becoming the casualties of the high-tech pursuit of marketshare

The New York Times recently reported that many technology executives PAY EXTRA to send their kids to schools that don't have any screens - NONE!  As one  person in the…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on October 26, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Why Children Still Need to Play - With Each Other, Parents and The Real World

Virtual Distance is everywhere.  And it is creeping into our home lives more and more.  As many of you know, my research is heading in the direction of understanding how screen time/technology creates Virtual Distance among kids.  In many conversations I have, people 'know' this in their head, but think…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on October 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A Poignant Reminder

With the loss of Steve Jobs, there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands of books, articles, documentaries, and more about his life and times.  It’s likely that everyone has his or her own “Apple” story.  I can remember when I was newly out of college my first large-scale programming project was done on a Lisa…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on October 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Guess What - We're All Virtual

The idea that virtual workers are somehow limited to those that work from home or who are far-flung from other team members is an archaic idea.  Being in an office does not necessarily translate into human interaction.  In fact, many workers whose main work location is an office, are often virtual from one…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on September 12, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

American Executive Magazine Showcases Virtual Distance

Dear VDI Members,

 

I hope this message finds you all well.  I thought you might like to see the latest article on Virtual Distance showcased in American Executive Magazine.

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on April 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Are formal titles costing us millions?

In a large financial services company located in the NY/Metro area, employees were required to 'punch a clock' every day.  Working away from the office was not allowed - mostly (only in special cases).  Each morning, employees would swipe their card through the turn style mechanism and do the same on their way out.…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on April 7, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Virtual Distance Beginning to Appear in Pop Culture

Welcome, welcome!  In only one week we already have over 100 members.  What a wonderful and exciting time.

I wanted to share with you an…

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Added by Karen Sobel Lojeski on March 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Welcome

Welcome to the Virtual Distance Institute!

We are a community of like-minded executives, managers and individual contributors facing an increasingly significant challenges in the Virtual Workforce.

We act as the hub for those who want to champion best practices on the challenges of Virtual Distance, leadership and innovation in their organizations.

We are a private invite only community looking to leverage one another as advisors.

It's all packaged into a full-featured Social Network we refer to as a Private Online Community with full concierge service delivery.

You won't have to worry about filtering through the personality quizzes and other non-essential info found on public social sites - just focused, relevant advice from your true peers led by the industry expert on Virtual Distance, Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski.

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