XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:24:55 -0700 email@addresshere.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:24:55 -0700 Bike Commute Challenge http://xblog.xplane.com/bike-commute-challenge-/ In our Amsterdam office, biking is by far the main mode of transportation, most don’t even own a car. In the Portland office, biking isn’t quite the main mode, but a lot of us do our best to bike to work as much as we can. As part of that effort, for the last 4 years our Portland office has participated in BTA’s annual Bike Commute Challenge.  About 30% of the office participated this month. We logged nearly... Improve the Remote Experience One Meeting at a Time http://xblog.xplane.com/improve-the-remote-experience-one-meeting-at-a-time/ As an organization that specializes in collaboration and serves clients all over the globe, it’s critical for us to have the remote meeting experience dialed in. Through the use of virtual meetings with screen share, tablets for live drawing, and experienced facilitators we were able to achieve a fairly successful experiencefor our clients. However, our internal meetings were really suffering. With two offices... The Magic of Discovery http://xblog.xplane.com/the-magic-of-discovery/ Put 9 experts from 9 different organizations on a project without much direction and you are likely to have at least 9 different opinions. But in the case of the public-private partnership on ID Theft and the Nexus with Illicit Activity team, that didn’t happen.   The team was tasked to explain the increasing risks of Identity theft and make some preliminary recommendations for public and private organizations for the Director of... Curious Minds Survey http://xblog.xplane.com/curious-minds-survey/ Ideas come from many places, what publications inspire you? At XPLANE we are constantly learning and looking for new places to find inspiration. What magazines, blogs, or newsletters are among your favorite reads?   hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: '375601', formId: '8a3e4e31-4559-49d2-be55-9fec16808808' }); Sharing is Caring 9.26 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-926/ Tired of the endless debates that never reach resolution, there is a ridiculously easy fix for that. Walt Disney may have created the iconic mouse but his leadership philosophy is pretty noteworthy as well. Did you wait in line for hours for your beautiful iPhone 6 only to have to immediately cover it with rubber and plastic? Don't fret; your iPhone can be protected and pretty! A Simple Trick for Better Discussions Want to skip... Solving for Singles, How To Have A Parent Friendly Work Environment That Benefits Everyone http://xblog.xplane.com/solving-for-singles-how-to-have-a-parent-friendly-work-environment-that-benefits-everyone/ Just as you stand up from your final bow after implementing a new family friendly work policy, you feel the white hot glare of all the single people in your office. All the people that are now going to have to pick up the extra shifts, work the holidays, and travel more to accommodate this new and progressive program.    Is it possible to implement a family friendly work environment without adversely impacting singles?   This... If There Were No PowerPoint…A Plea For Conversation and Connecting to Your Audience http://xblog.xplane.com/if-there-were-no-powerpointa-plea-for-conversation-and-connecting-to-your-audience/ Slide decks can be amazing. When used right PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, and all the other presentation tools can inspire, persuade, educate, mobilize and motivate. At XPLANE we love creating unique and compelling presentations to reach all kinds of audiences. But there are times when slide decks aren’t the best way to communicate. Recently, a lot of clients have complained about the 50-slide decks that monopolize business meetings... Design Week Portland 2014 http://xblog.xplane.com/design-week-portland-2014/ You are invited to XPLANE's Open House Monday, October 6 from 4p-7p! Bring your thinking cap and your opinions. This event will be participatory and co-created with Portland’s own design talent, freelancers, contractors, and whoever else shows up at our door.   XPLANE is a business design consultancy. We help large organizations clarify, communicate, and achieve their goals. What we do and how we do it is a result of... Interview with Tanner Lee Bechtel, new VP of Business Development http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-tanner-lee-bechtel-new-vp-of-business-development/ Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE: "My role with XPLANE is to drive new topline revenue. Learn about the customer, understand their needs and focus and pursue a relationship that builds trust, creates an opportunity for guidance and provides XPLANE the opportunity to provide our expertise in exchange for a handsome monetary reward."   Provide a brief overview of your background and experience" "I am, by... The Secret Genius of Weird Al’s “Mission Statement" http://xblog.xplane.com/the-secret-genius-of-weird-als-mission-statement/ Weird Al Yankovich’s triumphal quest to parody the known universe has taken a well-deserved jab at business-speak. Anyone who has endured a corporate job at any level has to smile at his latest video, “Mission Statement” and it’s assault on how business leaders talk. What’s wonderful about this video is that the result is greater than the sum of its parts. Weird Al masterfully strings-together corporate...