How Did I End Up In The Construction Business?

The commercial audiovisual contractor is the most recent entry into one of the world’s oldest industries. In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And the next thing you know, someone wanted a light installed, and with that, the electrical industry was born. The guy who did the first installation – he was the “geek” Read the full article…

 
What You Can Feel But Cannot See

I knew it was out there! I could feel it, I just could not quite see it. What I could not see was the back-end of a semi-truck trailer. I was driving on the Alaska highway in near whiteout conditions, and its lights were frosted over and its trailer was grey – the camouflage was Read the full article…

 
Two Trends and a Hockey Stick

From the early days of technological innovation, people have struggled to adapt. We tend to think of this as a relatively new trend that began with the advent of the computer, but it really began much earlier. Recently, while watching the first season of Downton Abbey, I was struck by how the characters struggle to Read the full article…

 
Keeping Up 2.0 – It’s about recruiting the best staff!

“We want to look like we are keeping up with technology.” – Seventeen years ago when I first entered the industry known as Professional Audiovisual it was common place to hear some form of this phrase during Client meetings. The phrase reflected one aspect of an organization’s logic as they stepped into the emerging field Read the full article…

 
Technology - The Leadership Conundrum

Is Top Management unknowingly sabotaging its organization’s competitive advantage? We generally think of the people who hold the top management positions in an organization as “the most experienced”; leaders that are qualified to make the tough decisions, set competitive strategies and chart the course for the future.  We make the assumption that they know what Read the full article…

 
Collaboration: What is it?

Collaboration is not a technology; it is a behavior.  To be precise, Collaboration is the process where two or more people, or organizations, work together to realize a shared goal ~ a pretty straight forward definition, right?  So, why do I bother to define it? I make the distinction because the word “collaboration” is quickly becoming the Read the full article…

 
Collaborating in the Virtual Workspace…

A face-to-face meeting is generally the most creative, collaborative and productive type of meeting that we can experience.  Having the ability to see someone’s expression, notice their body language, and hear the mildest voice inflection heightens the likelihood of participation, enthusiasm, and understanding.  A face-to-face meeting also offers easy access to collaboration mediums, whether it Read the full article…

 
The Last Days of the Technology Revolution (Part 3) - The Technology-Biology Interface

How do we work together and share information in a group setting?  (Keep in mind that, today, a “group setting” no longer means that all of the participants are in the same location.) When you walk into a conference, meeting or classroom room… How do you share the information that you have collected/created with others?  Read the full article…

 
The Last Days of the Technology Revolution (Part 2)

In my last post, I wrote: We are in a time that Historians will define as “The last days of the Technology Revolution”.  I agree that this statement sounds a little extreme – So, what do I mean?  In order to answer that question, we need to understand how Historians define the Industrial Revolution. Wikipedia Read the full article…

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