Knowledge Ability News
Since 1993 Knowledge Ability has provided training and consulting on virtual teaming and flexible working. In 2017 we are now reducing our service profile (see home page) to advice and mentoring on these topics for UK projects, groups and communities. However, to illustrate our experience, below is the collection of news items that we have built up over the years. (Expired links and references have been removed.)
July 14: John Gundry returned from his twentieth workshop tour of Australia.
March 14: John Gundry will be undertaking his twentieth workshop tour of Australia in late June 2014, delivering the one-day Virtual Team Manager Masterclass in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.
December 13: John Gundry returned from his nineteenth workshop tour of Australia.
September 13: Knowledge Ability celebrates its twentieth anniversary. John Gundry formed the company in September 1993 to provide training and consulting on the (then new) networked knowledge economy. Amongst the first products was the Working by Wire TM course on virtual teaming. We are still going strong having delivered training and consulting to thousands of people from hundreds of companies on three continents.
May 13: John Gundry has joined the Telework Leadership and Management Network, established by the Australian Government's Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy.
May 13: John Gundry will be undertaking his nineteenth tour of Australia and his third of New Zealand in November 2013.
July 12: An interview with John Gundry, Q&A: Homeworking During the Olympics, is published on the IT Donut website. The introduction says "With the London Olympics approaching fast, many businesses are considering allowing staff to work from home to avoid busy roads and overcrowded public transport. But how easy is it to introduce homeworking at short notice? We asked homeworking expert Dr John Gundry, director of Knowledge Ability Ltd, for his advice."
April 12: John Gundry returned from his eighteenth workshop tour of Australia, and his second of New Zealand.
January 12: John Gundry will deliver our short course Don't Travel - Work Remotely (What To Do When It Makes Sense To Stay Home) remotely between 14th and 18th May 2012. He will also deliver our class Audio Conferencing Best Practices as an audio conference on May 9th 2012.
June 11: John Gundry returned from his seventeenth workshop tour of Australia, and his first of New Zealand.
April 11: John Gundry was invited to a meeting with Department for Transport Minister Norman Baker MP and his officials to hear about the Department's Alternatives to Travel - Call for Evidence.
February 11: John Gundry will deliver our short course Don't Travel - Work Remotely (What To Do When It Makes Sense To Stay Home) remotely between 11th and 15th April 2011. He will also deliver our class Audio Conferencing Best Practices as an audio conference on April 6th 2011.
December 10: John Gundry was interviewed on the (Australian) ABC Western Queensland radio network by Nicole Bond for her programme Teleworking: Pie in the sky or creating career opportunities? broadcast on December 9th. John talks about resistance to teleworking, its extent in Australia, the importance of face-to-face time, and how rural economies could be helped if telework-suitable work was "outbacked" rather than outsourced abroad.
December 10: John Gundry's article The Future of Work is Anyplace is carried by the Australian online publication The National Times.
December 10: John Gundry returned from his sixteenth workshop tour of Australia.
November 10: John Gundry will present an invited paper Better Ways of Working at the National Business Travel Network Members Conference on November 12th in London.
September 10: Our newly-developed Carbon And Telework Model shows how UK organisations can save over 2 tonnes of CO2 per employee per year through telework (working at home).
June 10: John Gundry visited Australia in May and June for his fifteenth workshop tour.
April 10: Our new remotely-delivered short course, Don't Travel - Work Remotely (What To Do When It Makes Sense To Stay Home) is for anyone who wants to cut their commuting, business travel and time spent in office buildings. John Gundry will deliver this as a public course remotely part-time between 26 and 30 July 2010.
October 09: John Gundry visited Australia for his fourteenth workshop tour.
August 09: John Gundry presented his paper No Option: Reactions When Teleworking Is Compulsory as a Keynote Address on the Business Day of the International Telework Academy Conference in Pori, Finland.
July 09: Revised course. Our redesigned Working Remotely Workshop is the essential curriculum for members of virtual or remote teams, complementing our training courses for managers.
May 09: John Gundry delivered training in every Australian state and territory capital.
March 09: Quotes from John Gundry about managing email are featured in the article Don't get mad, get even by Kath Lockett in the My Career section of The Age (Melbourne) newspaper on 7th March.
February 09: New course. Our new one-day Successful Telework Workshop is the essential curriculum for teleworkers and their managers. We have also re-designed our popular Virtual Team Manager Masterclass and Managing Virtual Teams Workshop courses.
January 09: John Gundry has been invited to present the Keynote Address at the corporate day of the International Telework Academy's 14th Annual Conference in August.
November 08: John Gundry concluded his twelfth workshop tour of Australia, having delivered workshops on remote working, virtual teaming and e-mail best practices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide..
June 08: John Gundry concluded his eleventh workshop tour of Australia. He delivered public and private workshops on virtual teaming and remote working in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Bendigo.
April 08: John Gundry was invited to discuss managing remote workers as one of an expert panel convened at British Telecom's Business Experience 2008 event in London. The roundtable discussion explored the challenges faced by small businesses in implementing remote and home working. The panel comprised experts from British Telecom, the Centre for Future Studies, the Future Work Foundation, the Work Foundation, Work Wise UK and of course Knowledge Ability.
March 08: John Gundry is now a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Journal of E-working.
March 08: An article Virtually there: Creating virtual teams featuring extensive quotes from John Gundry is published in Human Capital magazine, Issue 6.2.
February 08: We have re-commissioned our course on E-Mail Best Practices (first delivered in 1998). E-Mail Best Practices (incorporating 'Overcoming Information Overload') aims to prevent productivity-slashing e-mail misuse and e-mail overload. Do you want to be host to "The Workless Workplace"?
September 07: John Gundry concluded his tenth workshop tour of Australia. He delivered public and private workshops on virtual teaming and remote working in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin.
May 07: John Gundry concluded his ninth workshop tour of Australia. He delivered public and private workshops on virtual teaming and remote working in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
November 06: John Gundry concluded his eighth workshop tour of Australia and SE Asia. He delivered public and private workshops on virtual teaming and remote working in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Dubbo and Singapore.
October 06: For the third year, the annual Asia-Pacific GOING VIRTUAL – The Future of Work conference (co-sponsored by Knowledge Ability and co-chaired by Dr John Gundry) was a unique opportunity learn, discuss and network around the topic of remote, virtual working. Delegates from federal and state government, education and academia, the voluntary sector and large and small businesses heard a curriculum of case studies, expert insights, policy awareness and leading-edge research and application.
August 06: John Gundry's article The Value of Collaboration appears in the 22 August issue of Human Resources magazine. How much organisations collaborate was recently identified as a major driver of business performance. John argues that HR can lead in making collaboration, particularly e-collaboration, a value-generating organisational capability.
August 06: John Gundry has been invited to be an Expert Advisor to the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women's research project on teleworking.
May 06: John Gundry concluded his seventh workshop tour of Australia, delivering public and private workshops on virtual teaming. He will be returning to Australia in October and November.
March 06: John Gundry spoke to the Future Work Forum on Trust and Remote Work, based on his invited submission to the Australian Telework Advisory Committee.
September 05: Once more, the GOING VIRTUAL - The Future of Work conference attracted a wide range of delegates and national and international speakers to Brisbane to explore teleworking, virtual teaming and virtual classrooms. Continuing the momentum created by last year's conference, GOING VIRTUAL is set to be a regular event in the virtual conference calendar.
September 05: An article about teleworking in The Australian Financial Review (the Australian national equivalent of The Financial Times) on 6 September included a substantial interview with John Gundry, in connection with the 2005 GOING VIRTUAL - The Future of Work conference (see above). John was also interviewed live on air about teleworking by Brisbane 4BC Radio's Tony Murphy and ABC Radio's Drive Time presenter Spencer Howson.
May 05: John Gundry makes an invited submission to the Australian Telework Advisory Committee. His submission is about trust and teleworking.
May 05: John Gundry concludes his fifth tour of Australia, running Knowledge Ability's Virtual Team Manager Masterclass and Working Remotely Workshops in Melbourne and Sydney for public and private clients.
April 05: John Gundry is quoted extensively in an article about cognitive distraction and overload caused by email - based on new research conducted for Hewlett-Packard - in an article in Ergonomics Report Online.
April 05: An Explosion of Virtual Work - an article by John Gundry and Stephen Slater (Worldwide Associates Ltd) appears in the April issue of e-learning age magazine. The article investigates the implications of the Government's public consultation on extending British flexible working laws, which could see up to 6.3 million people eligible to request flexible working arrangements.
March 05: Knowledge Ability's White Paper Managing Through the Internet is republished in the South African technical publication Chemical Technology.
January 05: Knowledge Ability is pleased to announce that GOING VIRTUAL - The Future of Work 2005, the second Asia-Pacific Conference on Remote Virtual Working will be held on the 8th and 9th of September 2005 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, with three pre-conference workshops on September 6th and 7th.
September 04: John Gundry concludes his fourth tour of Australia, running Virtual Teaming Workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, presenting to Southbank Institute Brisbane on An Agile Institute, as well as co-chairing the GOING VIRTUAL conference (see below).
August 04: Applauded by one delegate as addressing "the most important economic and political issue to face Australia for a decade," GOING VIRTUAL - The Future of Work (co-organised and co-chaired Dr John Gundry) attracted a wide range of delegates to Brisbane in late August for intensive learning, exchanging and networking around remote virtual working and virtual teaming. Delegates from industry, government, academia and education rated the conference as addressing crucial topics while being a first-class professional and personal experience.
July 04: Brad Howarth's interview with John Gundry and Greg Conlon of Worley Ltd about virtual teaming, titled Virtually There? appears in this month's edition of MIS Australia magazine.
June 04: John Gundry completed a highly-successful tour of Australia delivering workshops on virtual teaming and remote management. Articles about virtual teaming and John's workshops appeared in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
June 04: John Gundry had the pleasure of speaking on teleworking and virtual teaming to business owners from the Shire of Nillumbik (Victoria, Australia) on June 1st as part of an evening seminar Home-Based Businesses in the 21st Century organised by the Nillumbik Shire Council.
March 04: John Gundry spoke to The Management Forum for Excellence in Software Development on March 11 on Launching a Virtual Team. He described how a thorough launch, using Knowledge Ability's proprietary Virtual Team Builder process, sets the foundations for sustained collaboration.
February 04: John Gundry has been invited by Ark Group to attend and write an evaluation of their Adaptable Enterprise seminar to be held in London, 15 March 2004. This one-day educational event will define what utility computing and agile business process management can really do for organisations, highlighting practical implications.
September 03: Knowledge Ability celebrates its tenth anniversary. John Gundry formed the company in September 1993 to provide training and consulting relevant to the (then new) networked knowledge economy, based on his five years' prior experience. The first products were the Working by Wire TM portfolio of training in virtual teaming and online collaboration, and Networked Learning consulting in collaborative e-learning. Our first clients were The British Council, Digital Equipment Corporation and AT&T.
June 03: In the first week of June, concluding his Australia tour, John Gundry delivered workshops on Virtual Teaming and Virtual Work to the Australian National Training Authority, TAFE Frontiers, and the Government of Tasmania Department of Post-Compulsory Education.
May 03: John Gundry presented to the Melbourne Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement on Tuesday 27 May.
May 03: Press articles about virtual teaming to coincide with John Gundry's Australia tour appeared in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on Tue 20 May, and again in The Sydney Morning Herald on Wed 21 May. John also contributed to a feature by Laura McGeoch about virtual teaming for the online publication CPD Communicator. Another article featuring John had already appeared in Leadership Letter in April.
May 03: John Gundry presented a keynote speech How Flexible is E-Learning? to over 700 attendees at the Government of Western Australia's Training Forum 2003 in Perth. Questioning whether quality e-learning can be delivered as flexibly as often claimed, John explored issues arising from blended learning, learning objects and mobile learning. John was interviewed on these topics for an article appearing in Campus Review. Later, John ran workshops for conference attendees and local business and training organisations on E-learning, Knowledge Management, and Working Virtually.
November 02: John Gundry is interviewed about email abuse and information overload by Martin Farrent in the German-language computer magazine c't - which has sales of 380,000 per issue. Called Intra-Spam the article is in c't number 24 (November 18).
August 02: Training material licensed from Knowledge Ability contributed to a highly successful workshop on remote working delivered by Northern Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education. June Moroney of NMIT delivered the 'Introduction to Virtual Work' workshop for educators last month at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE in Mildura, north-western Victoria, a predominantly agricultural region. She used the Knowledge Ability courseware plus her own hands-on exercises. June said: "I was delighted with the result. Attendees said how valuable and relevant the workshop was and we got evaluations in the 8-10 range. It shows the widespread need for the skills to work remotely but closely with our colleagues. It's not just for big business - thousands of people can benefit."
May 02: Knowledge Ability names TUNA as a major source of wasted time and overload in the electronic workplace, and asks for examples of TUNA you've encountered.
March 02: John Gundry is invited to take part in the virtual think-tank "Click-Debate-Connect: Fit for Success". This online debate, organised by virtual publishers Headstar and sponsored by British Telecommunications, brings together 150 senior policy-makers, academics and industry leaders to discuss how organisations can become more adaptable and survive in the information age.
December 01: Publication of the IRS Handbook of Flexible Working: Law and Practice by Industrial Relations Services / LexisNexis, London. Louis Wustemann is editor and main author; John Gundry contributed material on Managing Teleworkers.
September 01: John Gundry completes an extraordinarily successful VirtualEdge tour of Australia, running a dozen workshops in Melbourne, Wondonga, Canberra and Perth, for nearly 200 participants. John was the subject of an article in The Age newspaper (Melbourne) on September 4.
June 01: John Gundry speaks to the Strategic Planning Society (Thames Valley Region) on the subject of Corporate Agility.
June 01: John Gundry presents to the Future Work Forum at Henley Management College on the subject of virtual teaming.
June 01: John Gundry presents his paper Informal Learning and Knowledge Management to the executive forum Exploring the Principles of Online Learning organised by the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry and the Open University Institute of Educational Technology.
April 01: John Gundry's provocative article The Human Factor - Psychological Implications of M-Work appears on the m-Commerce World website. (June 01: Now on our site.) If you think you're stressed out by messages now, just wait!
February 01: John Gundry is interviewed on E-mail Strategies and Information Overload for Business Essentials - a subscription audio magazine covering strategic management issues.
February 01: John Gundry chairs IQPC's International E-Work Conference in Dublin and presents his paper Understanding the Effects of E-work on your Employees.
December 00: John Gundry presents his paper Virtual Teaming: Planning Confidently For High Performance And Close Collaboration Amongst Remote Individuals And Groups Who Multiply Their Knowledge And Create Or Implement Integrated Plans And Strategies Wherever They Are to ICBI's International Strategy and Planning Congress in Amsterdam. Because of domestic problems, John cannot travel to present the paper in Amsterdam, and so presents remotely from his office in Malmesbury. A virtual presentation about a virtual topic.
November 00: John Gundry is interviewed live online from Melbourne about online learning, virtual teaming and agility for the Australian national NET*Working 2000 Online Learning Festival and Exposition.
November 00: Our Beating E-mail Stress service is mentioned in an article in the UK national newspaper The Mail on Sunday.
October 00: John Gundry's paper Managing Through the Internet appears online at RMR's virtual conference Communicate2000.
September 00: John Gundry speaks on A Vision of An Agile Learning Strategy at SMi's conference Online Learning, held in London.
July 00: John Gundry's article Distant Relations - Contracting with Remote Workers is published in Flexible Working, Vol. 5, No. 5, July 2000.
July 00: Jay Bal (Warwick University), Richard Wilding (Cranfield University) & John Gundry publish a paper titled Virtual Teaming in the Agile Supply Chain in The International Journal of Logistics Management Vol. 10 No. 2, 1999, pp. 71-82.
June 00: John Gundry is quoted on time management and communication overload in the June edition (Vol. 5, No. 6) of Harvard Management Update.
May 00: An interview with John Gundry on Online Learning — E-commerce for the Brain appears online at RMR's virtual conference ForBusiness2000.
April 00: Bal and Gundry's paper Virtual Teaming in the Automotive Supply Chain (see below) is selected by the Editorial Team of Team Performance Management as "Outstanding Paper of 1999".
November 99: John Gundry and Dr Jay Bal (Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick UK) publish a paper Virtual Teaming in the Automotive Supply Chain in Team Performance Management Vol. 5 No. 6, 1999, pp. 174-193
October 99: John Gundry speaks at the IQPC Virtual Office 99 Conference in London on Virtual Work Skills - The Psychological Implications of Virtual Work.
September 99: John Gundry speaks at the Giga Information Group's Integrated Enterprise Applications Conference in London on Virtual Teaming.
July 99: John Gundry speaks at the IQPC Internal Communications Summit, Café Royal, London, on Communications Training for Virtual Organisations.