Dropmark brings dead simple collaboration into the cloud [invites] Every once in a while, there’s an app or product that comes out and blows everybody’s minds. Not long ago, Dropbox opened our eyes to how simple sharing and storing files in the cloud can be. Oak, a design studio based out of Brooklyn, NY, has been quietly working away on Dropmark, and released a teaser video (below) nearly a year ago. Finally, the time has almost come for the whole world to see the fruit of Oak’s labor, and rest assured, this product is so perfect and dead simple that it just might knock you off your feet like Dropbox did. Dropmark lets you drag and drop files and links from your desktop and Web browser to be instantly uploaded into collections in the cloud. So, a place to save and share content with a fresh interface sounds interesting, but certainly isn’t ground-breaking. From Dropmark: Drop files right from your computer or the web to create organized collections—bringing together information like never before.
25 Business Lessons and Life Lessons from AIESEC - Transpiral A month ago I had the wonderful opportunity to chair an AIESEC conference after five years of being missing in action. It was amazing to reflect on and realize how much I have grown after my five-year investment into AIESEC. AIESEC has been the major defining factor of my success because it gave me loads of opportunities to fail… yes to fail, because if are not comfortable with failing then you can never succeed. Here are 25 business lessons you can learn from AIESEC. 1. Every AIESECer has to do this no matter how ridiculous. I think about the Harlem Shake I was part of or belly dancing in front of 1000 people in Estonia and realize without AIESEC I wouldn’t have done those things. 2. When I joined AIESEC, I could barely speak in front of a crowd. During my experiences, I even had the opportunity to run workshops internationally in Singapore, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey to over a 1000 people from 100 countries. 3. 4. 5. The art of acknowledgement! 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
The Single Largest Collaboration-Killing Mistake You’re Unaware Of There’s a lot of talk about how to get the most out of teams today. Do you define strict roles for each team member? Is it all about outlining the approach? Traditionally, when teams set out on a project they are handed a detailed approach by their leader. Instead of this “traditional” view of team projects, Erickson suggests that team leaders should take a new approach. “research has shown that … collaboration improves when the roles of individual team members are clearly defined and well understood – in fact, when individuals feel their role is bounded in ways that allow them to do a significant portion of their work independently. Turns out that assigning roles, not the approach, actually increases team collaboration. In this new approach to team collaboration, team leaders should take it upon themselves to “ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the team members are clearly defined for the specific project at hand.” Image Source: www.iStockphoto.com Related
Group cohesiveness When discussing social groups, a group is said to be in a state of cohesion when its members possess bonds linking them to one another and to the group as a whole. Although cohesion is a multi-faceted process, it can be broken down into four main components: social relations, task relations, perceived unity, and emotions. Members of strongly cohesive groups are more inclined to participate readily and to stay with the group. Definition There are different ways to define group cohesion, depending on how researchers conceptualize this concept. Cohesion can be more specifically defined as the tendency for a group to be in unity while working towards a goal or to satisfy the emotional needs of its members. This definition includes important aspects of cohesiveness, including its multidimensionality, dynamic nature, instrumental basis, and emotional dimension. Its multidimensionality refers to how cohesion is based on many factors. Causes Attraction Factors
Why Teamwork is Overrated Does teamwork always enhance the performance of organisations? It might seem like a question that’s too obvious to ask. Practically every job description ever written demands ‘a good team player’. Teams of all kinds pop up everywhere in organisations and the assumption is that they enhance organisational performance. In fact the evidence for the supposedly stupendous power of teams is pretty weak. Far from finding a huge boost to performance from teamwork, the studies are neutral or only show small benefits (Allen & Hecht, 2004). High performing groups are not normal, instead groups often have huge variations in ability from top to bottom.People in groups often waste time squabbling over goals.Groups frequently suffer downward performance spirals. The message from the research is clear: the benefits of teamwork are nowhere near as clear as the fashion would suggest. Obviously sometimes people do work together much better in teams. But many, many jobs don’t have these characteristics.
isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/wigintro.html Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University | ONLINE DOCUMENT A Note to Faculty and a Quick Guide for Students Ellen Sarkisian, Derek Bok Center Many students have had little experience working in groups in an academic setting. Contents Getting Started is an overview that can be used alone (or together material from the Note to Faculty below on the reasons and benefits of group work). A Note to Faculty Some reasons to ask students to work in groups Asking students to work in small groups allows students to learn interactively. Some benefits of working in groups (even for short periods of time in class) Students who have difficulty talking in class may speak in a small group.More students, overall, have a chance to participate in class.Talking in groups can help overcome the anonymity and passivity of a large class or a class meeting in a poorly designed room.Students who expect to participate actively prepare better for class. Large projects over a period of time References
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team So Rozovsky started looking for other groups she could join. A classmate mentioned that some students were putting together teams for ‘‘case competitions,’’ contests in which participants proposed solutions to real-world business problems that were evaluated by judges, who awarded trophies and cash. The competitions were voluntary, but the work wasn’t all that different from what Rozovsky did with her study group: conducting lots of research and financial analyses, writing reports and giving presentations. The members of her case-competition team had a variety of professional experiences: Army officer, researcher at a think tank, director of a health-education nonprofit organization and consultant to a refugee program. One of her favorite competitions asked teams to come up with a new business to replace a student-run snack store on Yale’s campus. Rozovsky’s study group dissolved in her second semester (it was up to the students whether they wanted to continue). Photo