I had a very interesting conversation yesterday with a woman who works for one of the Big Four auditing companies. She's essentially what I would call a virtual employee: her supervisors are in cities across the globe, her peers are across the globe, the employees she supervises are across the globe. In other words, they're basically doing everything over the phone or online using various collaboration tools. I felt like I was immersed in Wikinomics.
She then proceeded to ask me some really hard questions about 'virtual management' and 'virtual leadership development':
- How do you effectively lead a workgroup of people you've never met face-to-face (and may never meet)?
Having never been in this situation, of course I had no good answers for her. I did recommend that she contact some of the big technology companies or other global companies that are her firm's clients and ask their Human Resources people her questions. I'm guessing that they have done some work in this area as they develop their geographically-disparate workforces.
Any thoughts on this issue? Anyone know of work that's been done in the business arena on this?
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The navigation tool has placed a school in the sea, among other things.
- Google has apologized for the sudden instability of its maps in Japan.
- Errors may stem from Google's long-time map data provider Zenrin – or from the cancellation of its contract.
- Speculation on the latter option caused Zenrin shares to drop 16% last Friday.
This gives credence to the 5-2 diet, which has recently gained in popularity thanks to a large celebrity following.
Chances are you're probably thinking about food right now in some capacity. Maybe it's close to dinner and you're wondering what you are going to eat. Maybe you had a really good lunch and are fondly reminiscing about your BLT, or whatnot. Or maybe, just maybe, you're thinking about not eating food for a while.
A new computer model solves a pair of Jovian riddles.
- Astronomers have wondered how a gas giant like Jupiter could sit in the middle of our solar system's planets.
- Also unexplained has been the pair of asteroid clusters in front of and behind Jupiter in its orbit.
- Putting the two questions together revealed the answer to both.
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