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The ability to communicate effectively is so important for business leaders that top MBA programs are now featuring courses that teach “soft skills,” like how to receive feedback well, speak respectfully to subordinates, and control emotional responses to conflict, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
Although “hard skills” like finance and accounting are important and are included in most MBA programs, these skills become less relevant as employees climb the corporate ladder and start entering management positions. Managing a staff, handling disagreements, and decision making skills are abilities most will learn on the job and not the classroom – until now.
As companies invest in collaborative technology solutions that enhance communication, the need to be able to use them effectively is increased. Visual communication is on the rise, whether it be through video conferencing, Web conferencing, or streaming solutions. An effective communicator will use these solutions to his or her advantage to effectively manage teams remotely, negotiate with clients, and collaborate with remote members of the board or management teams. Business schools are recognizing what we in business are now increasingly experiencing – the value and necessity of being a skilled communicator.
Bridging the Gaps Concert
Special TelePresence Event
Bridging the Gaps Concert
In association with the Urban Entertainment Institute
With a special appearance by Dr. Maya Angelou
Join us on May 6, 2011, at 11 am, U.S. Pacific Time, for a live broadcast of a TelePresence concert featuring students from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Students will share their music, vocal, dance and spoken word talents with each other and the world and have the opportunity to interact with renowned poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou, acclaimed television and film producer, Norman Lear, and legendary casting director, Reuben Cannon. This concert will demonstrate how TelePresence can be used as a tool to bridge gaps in education, enable 21st century learning and preserve art programs in schools.
Participating schools include:
• DreamYard Preparatory School, New York City Department of Education
• Jordan High School and the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Los Angeles Unified School District
• King College Prep High School, Chicago Public Schools
This event grew out of an innovative partnership between Cisco, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Urban Entertainment Institute, who collaborated to provide the first Cisco TelePresence systems in the LAUSD and demonstrated how education can be transformed by integrating the arts, academics and technology.
Polycom is right on the money with its UC offerings and recent additions to its telepresence product portfolio:
According to a press release that just hit the Web, Polycom’s new EagleEye Director creates a user experience that we haven’t seen before. This dual-camera tracking system actually makes sure that whoever is speaking is always highlighted (zoomed in and centered), creating a more personal and realistic meeting experience.
Polycom’s Eagle Eye should limit the need for camera and remote control adjustments.
“Unlike simple camera tracking technology of the past, the EagleEye Director gracefully transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room, allowing users to replicate a life-like conversation and drive more productive meetings.”