Via Twitter I found this Webcast, sponsored by Cisco. It’s a +twenty-minute conversation with Jessica Lipnack (who also shared her experience in doing the webcast – “How BusinessWeek makes sausage, I mean, webcasts“, sic!) and Karen Sobel Lojeski, author of “Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise”:
This is an interesting discussion, that somehow bridges across time – connecting the old-timer “virtual collaboration” with the young guns of 2.0-enabled collaboration. No real conflict in there, like with Knowledge Management many good ideas were formulated back then, that are gaining visibility and traction now thanks to a wider diffusion of tools and connectivity (and a changed understanding and dare I say, acceptance of underlying principles and methods, too).
So, when the both of them are putting the fire on outdated management models I applaud them, even when I don’t agree with everything they hold (oh, this overdrawn focus on face-to-face, a few seconds before they’re saying that we’re having a romantic notion of face-to-face working). But this is normal, given that we’re talking about a really complex subject here, technologies (shared teamrooms, videoconferences, whatever …) are rather easy to figure out in comparison.