Welcome Boomtown Boulder entrepreneurs!

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I look forward to working with you as a Boomtown mentor! Schedule time to meet with me to discuss your business development goals or dilemmas. Let’s talk about how I can help you build your business.

I can provide coaching in the following areas:V2L logo

  • Online Qualitative Business Research
    • What do we need to know about whether our approach is the best one? User, customer or market research.
    • How can we quickly get feedback? Questionnaires, interviews and/or focus groups.
  • Leadership & management
    • What kind of leader do I want to be? Who are my heroes?
    • How will I motivate and inspire others?
    • Will the organization be top-down, bottom-up, flat or?
    • How will decisions be made? By me, by consensus, or?
  • Teamwork & collaboration
    • When do we need people to work collaboratively versus individually?
    • To what extent do we want workers to collaborate face-to-face or virtually?
    • What planning strategies or project protocols are needed to promote collaborative efforts?
    • How can we manage virtual teams/remote workers to get work done?
    • How will we reward excellence in collaborative efforts, versus individual excellence, when measuring performance?
  • Ethics & social responsibility
    • What is our organizational character, what character is associated with our brand? And how do we want to be known in local and global communities?
    • Do we want to contribute towards meeting the UN Sustainability Development Goals discussed in Paris? If so, how?
    • How do we build and maintain credibility, trust and respect online?
    • How do we deal with cultural differences about the meaning of ethical business?

 

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Online Interviews for Active Learning Webinar (Archive)

View the recorded webinar here.

See sample exercises: E-Interviews for Active Learning in Class Projects.

Communications technologies allow us to keep in touch with far-flung friends and family, to work remotely, and to teach and learn online. We probably make different choices for the technology we use when we want to see the new baby across the country, versus when we are trying to finish a report we are writing with a colleague who is in another part of the world. Similarly, when we decide to use online communications technologies for research interviews, we need to make numerous decisions about which mode best supports the goal of the exchange. Then, we need to decide how to go about conducting the interview given that technology– how to create trust, develop rapport, and ask questions that will generate rich answers. Even though we may feel comfortable with our skills to communicate online, doing interviews requires another level of thinking and planning. How do we learn such skills? The availability of online communications tools means we can use e-interviews as experiential learning exercises in classes to achieve curricular goals as well as to develop online research skills.

This session will focus on use of online interviews in a) research methods courses to give students practice in planning and conducting interviews and b) in courses on other topics, where instructors want to bring real-world expertise into the discussion by having students interview practitioners. In either case, students are learning scholarly research skills and developing digital literacies in addition to gaining real-world perspectives on course content. Sample exercises will be offered that you can adapt for your own classes.

 

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