Online Collaboration Tips for the Tech-Savvy @ Dublin Institute of Technology in Second Life

Always a pleasure to guest lecture for “Is One Life Enough” at Dublin Institute of Technology’s campus in Second Life. Course module information is at

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1. Guest Lecturer, Sitearm Madonna
2. Dean of Arts and Tourism, John O’Connor, addressing students
3. Facilitator, Locks Aichi, chatting with Sitearm and John

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Models, Oh My

InStyleImagery.comModelsAboutFaceDesignTeamOrlandoSandyPucHandsonTourPhotographyFashionBehindtheScenes06One of my personal mentors once said, “all models are lies; some are useful.”
Another said, “you know, there are no gurus.”
And another once said, “do more better!.”

Of course they (and I) are right.

Each of us, in growing and developing, latch onto multiple role models as we develop. These include Mother, Father, Sibling, Role Model. Ultimately, we become (ideally) fully functioning adults in our own right, identifying and dealing with each other.

Difficult subject: why? FFA’s realize that it is meaningless, but that it is meaningless is also meaningless. So we simply strive, in an infinite game, to simply connect and empathize with each other.

In my own case, I am curious about theories (models) of: a) physical matter and energy and the cosmos, and b) consciousness and awareness and reincarnation.

Where some doors close…

Where some doors close…
Other doors open….


Evocative vs. Prescriptive Consulting

girl watering a treeAbout 15 years ago, while still working for The Corporation, I took a wonderful training course on Staff Consulting. Let’s face it, a consultant’s primary job is to tell people what to do (or even, as a friend of mine said recently, to tell them where to go).

I learned several key insights including, "The measures of success of a consultant are: 1) Does your client follow (some of) your counsel?, and 2) Does your counsel succeed?

I also learned the difference between evocative (ask questions) vs. prescriptive (give commands) consulting. Effective consultants do both: LISTEN (ask questions) to evoke what your client / friend really wants; then RECOMMEND (give commands) to prescribe next steps to achieve their goals.

In today’s highly dynamic environment you need to check in with your client regularly (e.g., monthly/quarterly or even daily/weekly) during highly dynamic periods of change.

Image courtesy: Duct Tape Marketing

How to succeed in life without being trying

alienredThinking and planning ahead is a prerequisite to a successful project. BUT there is an additional leadership tip that will help you keep your sanity: Letting Go.

Here’s the process in a nutshell:

1. Visualize the ultimate outcome.

2. Identify what you need to get there from here.

3. Fill in the details (whose help do you need, what needs to be done when, etc.).

4. Intend that it is more important that the outcome succeed, than that it fail.

5. Now… let go.

Your role is to keep the ultimate outcome clear, and to go with the flow of everything that happens between now and then. It’s all part of the process.


Chaotic System Change Model
Project Operating States
Team Process and Team Power Curve

The Third “T” is for Tolerance

tolerance image by gonzaga universityLast year I reported on Richard Florida’s work, presented at The UP Experience, on “World Mega-Regions and The Creative Economy.” Paraphrased, Florida reported that there are “Three T’s” predicting community success, as in a strong economy and a high quality of life. These are: Technology, Talent, and Tolerance.

In a recent presentation about The Creative Economy In Second Life, I suggested that the third “T,” Tolerance, is one of the current issues regarding SL’s predictable continued future success.

Issue: Tolerance of Non-Humanoid Avatars (e.g., Furry)
Issue: Tolerance of Corporate Enterprise (e.g., Corporations)
Issue: Tolerance of Alternative Lifestyle (e.g., Gay / Lesbian)
Issue: Tolerance of Sexual Expression (e.g., XXX)

The rules of “Netiquette” are that, for the estates you manage, you publish your standards so that visitors may know and observe them. But also, that when visiting or working with other estates, you take the time to learn and honor their standards as well.

Whether you agree with them or not, you are in their “home”.

tolerance image courtesy Gonzaga University

The Future Of Work by Margaret Regan

I heard Margaret Regan, CEO of FutureWork Institute, speak last week and was immediately intrigued by her research and perspective on current and future trends in work. Here is an interview she did, en avatar, on Metanomics. This material is au courant. Listen, enjoy, and be engaged.

NB: The interview is split into three, video, “sight bytes,” each about 3 minutes with a topic as listed under the the clickable image.

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