Leadership

Articles about managing and leading virtual teams, and how leadership plays a role in a virtual team.

What does humanizing your business mean?

What does humanizing your business mean?

In my teaching, I have often emphasized the need for businesses to use social media to humanize and build an emotional connection with their customers. This is extremely critical for small businesses that don’t have a lot of money for expensive promotions. Of course, when using social media, promotions are generally not as successful as emotional engagement but some businesses… Read more →

manage temporal diversity

How Important Is It To Manage Temporal Diversity in Virtual Teams?

  During the last weekend, I had a chance to observe a couple of workers who were installing new backsplash in my kitchen. One of them was setting the tiles as quickly as he could. It was clear that he wanted to finish his task and get out as quickly as possible. The other went about his work patiently. He… Read more →

Yes, Leadership Changes in a Web 2.0 World

Yes, Leadership Changes in a Web 2.0 World

A recent Harvard Business Review blog post by James Champy argues leadership does not change in a Web 2.0 World. Mr. Champy’s core points are that (a) leadership requires relationships and personal engagement and (b) technology does nothing to alter this requirement in leaders. Based on his points, Mr. Champy seems to suggest that the most appropriate way forward for… Read more →

Becoming a Better Leader Through Blogging

Becoming a Better Leader Through Blogging

  The blockbuster film Avatar showed us how easy it is to move from one reality into another environment where the rules are different.  Where a person can be reborn into a 10 foot tall, blue, non-English speaking, dragon-creature-flying, environment-protecting militiaman.  So is it all that hard to fathom that leadership inside the four walls of an organization morphs into… Read more →

How Blogging Affected a Business Leader

In my last post, I mentioned that the best way for business leaders to understand Twitter or other social media is to begin using them. I recently saw how experimenting with social media can help business leaders appreciate its power. I had an opportunity to advise a business leader, Ms. Peg Breen, about blogging. Peg was without employment like thousands… Read more →

Can Twitter Benefit Business Executives?

  It has been a while since I blogged. It feels good to be back! The usefulness of Twitter continues to be debated. Last week, George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, wrote that he wants to yell Stop every time he hears about Twitter.  With constant updates, Twitter only adds to the overwhelming amount of information we… Read more →

Using Technology for Teamwork and Collaboration Critical, Says John Chambers

Using Technology for Teamwork and Collaboration Critical, Says John Chambers

I have long admired John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco. In my various readings of Cisco, I have observed how Mr. Chambers has been able to produce a strong culture of customer satisfaction at Cisco.  In my personal interactions with those working at Cisco, I have found Cisco’s employees (including executives) to be extremely helpful and willing to spare their… Read more →