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The Superintelligent Organization: create total competitive advantage?

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I have been studying one of the most highly regarded books on the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence), "Superintelligence - paths, dangers, strategies" by Nick Bostrom.

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The Prisoners Dilemma, Trust, Cooperation and Effective Teams

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Image Source: Chalkdust Magazine. I have been reading Lord Sacks daily thoughts "Celebrating Life" and was impressed by his piece on "The Prisoners Dilemma" which I have written about previously and in my new book.

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Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

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Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch.

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Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

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What do we mean by "Teamwork"? We often talk about Teamwork as if its a singular thing however in nature there are 4 different types - each of which have a very precise meaning. I call these Solowork, Crowdwork, Groupwork and Teamwork itself.

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The five major theories of how people "learn": a synopsis

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Carlton Reeve has written an excellent series of five articles in Play with Learning which compares and contrasts the 5 main theories of learning ( Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Constructivist, Experientialism and Social Learning ) which underpin personal learning.

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High performance leadership/decisions: business game findings

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Over the part few years I have been running in-house business games with a number of major enterprises who form executive teams for a global enterprise for a three year period over a single (intensive) day. So far 15 teams, of different levels of seniority, have fully completed the game.

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Personal Management Software destroys internet authenticity and democracy

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The Guardian reports on the growth in "Persona Management Software" which individuals use to engage in web conversations using multiple identities on forums and social sites. The aim is to create the perception of a (fake) upswell in sentiment on a given topic (a practice is known as astroturfing ).

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A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)

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I am pleased to release a new white paper " A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs) ".

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Launch Offer: Get Ken Thompson's 4 Systematic Guides for the price of 1

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To celebrate the official launch of my Systematic Guides to Management and Leadership, for a very limited period I am discounting each of the 4 books by 75% off their retail price of £15 (or dollar/euro equivalent). Team Leadership Development

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Rules and warnings for building successful online communities

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Most online communities are simply online ghost towns. People register, get their login details, visit once, decide its not for them and never return. This pattern is repeated over and over. Maybe online communities are not for you?

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The Huffington Post: Biohacking the Organization

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An excellent article on Bioteams by Doug Kirkpatrick, US Partner at NuFocus Strategic Group concludes: "The power and elegance of bioteaming is indisputable.

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New Deloitte Collaboration Study laments meetings & distractions costs

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According to a new Deloitte Australia report, The Collaborative Economy, overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects are costing their economy $5.4 billion per annum.

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Business Continuity Management: The Ideal topic for Business Simulation

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I have invited leading Business Continuity Management (BCM) expert Pierre Wettergren to write a short guest blog on Bioteams.com to introduce this increasingly critical topic.

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The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

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Over the last 6 months I have been designing, testing and piloting an exciting new Change Management Game for leaders and teams which lets them experience what it is like to lead a complete 9-month change management project over the course of a single day.

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Why you should apply Living Systems Theory to Social Network Design

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With the explosion in social software and the recognition that these types of systems need to reach critical mass to survive and prosper it is amazing that so few people are applying the well-established philosophical principles of living systems ( autopoiesis ) to design for sustainability.

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A free Leadership Development Benefits Estimator Tool

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" How do you justify investment a specific people development activity (e.g. Leadership, Change Management, Learning or Behaviour Change), such as a business simulation game , in a straightforward but credible way"?

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New Research on Hard Benefits of Online Customer Communities

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According to a 2011 survey, almost 50% of the top 100 global brands host some kind of network or community but are there any indications that these investments are paying off? Strategy and Business Magazine have just published an article which suggests the answer is "YES". Virtual Communities

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Building an Integrated Social Media Dashboard

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I have been looking for way to monitor and track all my websites/blogs plus all my social media accounts (linkedIN, Twitter etc) from a single dashboard. I figured this would be pretty easy - a thing that most people would want to do! Not so - despite the abundance of great social media tools I found it surprisingly difficult to find one which met all my requirements. Social Networking

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15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning

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I develop custom business games for team-based experiential learning workshops which usually have a significant computer element.

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New interview with Ken Thompson on bioteams and games

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I had a fascinating conversation with Rini Das , CEO of Pakra Games , where we discussed my work on business games and how it related to the theories and practices of bioteams which Rini subsequently published here. Business Simulation

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McKinsey spotlights The Networked Enterprise

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New McKinsey research shows that a payday could be arriving faster than expected. "A A new class of company is emerging--one that uses collaborative Web 2.0

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White Label Online Change Management Game (cohort) from Bioteams Design

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Bioteams readers might be interested to know that I have just launched Cohort - an Online Change Management Game which challenges players to explore different strategies to gain the support of a group of senior executives for a major change initiative.

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Four rules for collaborating well in meetings

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A lot of my work involves facilitating large meetings where groups need to collaborate to resolve difficult issues or develop future plans for working together.

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The Stakeholder Collaboration Game

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One of the challenges for teams is that the achievement of some of their goals are not fully under their own control - they need to be achieved in partnership with, or even in spite of, external parties (stakeholders) who are working to their own agendas and priorities.

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How to be Resilient - Face Reality, Find Meaning, Creatively Improvise.

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Diane Koutu , writing for Harvard Business Review , suggests 3 very useful distinctions around being resilient.

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Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example

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One of the most useful aspects of Microsoft Excel is its ability to quickly slice and dice customer data from live systems to identify important trends and behaviors which can inform strategy.

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RepKnight creating a storm in social media monitoring

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RepKnight is an exciting Belfast-based software start-up in the reputation monitoring, crowd-sourced news and public opinion space.

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The End of Management and the Rise of Bioteams

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Public Shared Services Design: the service cost and quality balancing act

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I recently worked with colleagues to identify savings through collaboration between different local councils. Each council delivers the same basic services to their citizens and the brief was to identify potential shared savings which would not compromise service quality.

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Collaborative thinking: four key roles

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In his unique book "Dialogue and the art of thinking together" William Issacs introduces the Four-Player System originally developed by David Kantor. This is a very important technique for supporting real collaborative thinking in teams. Team Leadership Development

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Best practices for better meetings

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"If we want to do something creative, outside the box, innovative and un-traditional I am doubtful that sitting in a traditional meeting room, having a traditional meeting and following a traditional meeting script is going to move us toward that vision".

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All you ever learned about meetings is wrong

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I have developed a radical new approach to meetings which I call "Egoless Meetings" which addresses three popular unwritten rules about good meeting practices which are unfortunately totally wrong. RULE 1 is that everybody gets to speak. RULE 2 is that discussions in themselves can be useful. RULE 3 is that when you meet you must work as a team not as individuals. Let's look at each of these so-called rules in turn: Old Rule 1: Everybody gets to speak.

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The Bioteaming Manifesto: 6 years old!

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This week marks the 6th anniversary of the publication in April 2005 of The Bioteaming Manifesto by ChangeThis.

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Ten practical tips to profitable business relationships

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Bioteams.com has previously published a number of articles on Social Networking which have addressed the Analysis perspective.

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The reason why top performers sometimes choke?

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Very interesting article by Matthew Syed , a former Commonwealth table tennis champion. which suggests that experts (Unconsciously Competent) can suddenly flip under stress to "beginner mode" (Consciously Competent) with the accompanying degradation in their performance.

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Teams and Nature: New Video

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I have collaborated with Jeff Peel and his Business Evidence Thought-Leadership blog to produce a new 4-minute video on Natural Teams - how we can use simple ideas from nature, sports teams and families to radically improve our work teams.

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Data visualisation - which diagram should I use?

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Here is an excellent web link plus two great books which address the question which diagram or chart should I use to effectively present information visually. With at least 40 types of diagram and new ones being added daily this is a very hot topic! Think Differently

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The 3 ways great teams make decisions : short video

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I spoke at the inaugural TEDx event in Belfast on March 23 on "The 7 secrets of High-Performing Teams". Here is a link to a nice blog post by Alan in Belfast on the whole Belfast TEDx event with a collection of short video interviews with all the speakers. The 7 secrets of High Performing Teams.

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Online healthcheck complex project risk

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In a 12-minute video Michael Cavanagh discusses the difference between complicated and complex projects and describes the additional project management techniques needed to succeed in the latter.

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Prime Minister declares war on public sector procurement

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The Guardian reports David Cameron as declaring war on "The public sector procurement managers who think that the answer to everything is a big contract with a big business and who shut out millions of Britain's small- and medium-sized companies from a massive potential market.".

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