Much of collaboration occurs face-to-face, in both formal and informal spaces. But technology has heralded a new form of collaboration too, those that take place in virtual places – on social networks, online forums, intranets, wikis and numerous other social platforms. Technology has made it much easier to work with people across geographies, connect to subject experts, and form communities.
In our personal lives, social collaboration is a blast. We develop art projects together on Pinterest, form our interest groups on Facebook, Facetime our friends to plan our next adventure, and share abundantly across Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
At the rate the world is changing, there is always something new to learn.
We choose to learn perhaps out of a personal interest; a new programming language, sport or hobby might have caught our fancy. Or maybe we choose to learn because our jobs require it; there might be new processes, technologies, business models, competition or customers to study and acquire skills and knowledge on.
Alas, in this age of information which has started to feel more like an age of information overload, a lot of us end up skimming through, missing out essential details, and managing to muster a rather shaky grasp of what we choose to learn. We want to learn things fast, and be great at it quickly
It’s often been said that a happy workforce is a more productive workforce. Happier employees not only work harder, produce more and better work, but also stay longer. And of course we can’t discount the positive vibes they infuse into the office – keeping the place where we spend most of our days from becoming the Debbie Downer of our lives.
So it’s probably good reason why companies like Google, Microsoft and Zappos go out of their way to make their employees happy. Some of them offer generous benefits, ample opportunities for career development, great work-life balance, unlimited vacation days and exceptional incentives, among a good many other things.
In the future, I imagine arriving at work via a teleportation machine like the ones they had on Star Trek; which would beat having to jostle for space on the public commute.
I also imagine working alongside human colleagues and robotic colleagues. Preferably robots which come equipped with both jaw-dropping features aka EVE from Wall-E, and a heart-warming disposition aka Wall-E from Wall-E.
Throwback Photo: Back in 2011 with my team, X-Pest, at SAGE Global in New York.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to judge at the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship Singapore (SAGESG) Nationals. Having not been in touch with the Youth Entrepreneurship scene for a while, it was thrilling to be surrounded by teams with so much energy and people who were excited about their ideas to change the world.
Personally, I have been involved in SAGESG through various stages – as a university mentor, a trainer and a judge; and through this journey, I have gained more insight on what it means to be an entrepreneur. Let me share with you two of my biggest takeaways: