Nick Keca

Nick Keca, former Ironman triathlete, I’ve never stopped wanting to change the world, it’s just harder than I first thought. I’m motivated by life’s challenges and inspired by life’s endless opportunities.

Hi, I’m Nick Keca and I’d like to welcome you to my website where I’m developing a digital platform to share my research on PersonalityCollaboration, and Performance of Virtual Teams. The site is a work-in-progress so, if you’re interested in organisational development, the challenges of composing virtual teams, collaboration within and between virtual teams, and/or coordinating virtual teams in distributed structures, please revisit from time to time and check for new stuff.

Personality and Team Performance

A Personal View by Nick Keca

Hi, I’m Nick Keca, and having held a number of senior executive roles in various industry sectors, I’ve often thought about the challenges faced by teams working virtually in distributed structures, and the related practices within organisations. In my experience, many of these result in ‘unexpected’ outcomes, as often as not. Despite this they are still widely adopted by organisations who are searching for competitive advantage.

The use of psychometric assessments in recruitment, selection and team composition (e.g. personality, emotional intelligence, etc.) are an example of this where, regardless of expertise, the predicted behaviours and performance of individuals was rarely consistent with the expectations set by such assessments. This fascinated me, and the desire to understand the reasons for these anomalies and how we might better understand their usefulness is what drives my interest in management research, and enthusiasm to share it on this site, and elsewhere on social media.

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not….Albert Einstein

Je pense, donc je suis…René Descartes

Business leaders today face a ‘perfect storm’ of challenging conditions that degrade the performance of their organisations. Conditions, that include: the increasing role of the knowledge economy and demographic shift to knowledge work, increasing task uncertainty and complexity, competitive pressures, globalisation, flattening and de-layering of hierarchical structures,  increasingly frequent re-structuring, multiteam membership, shared leadership, self-managing teams, outsourcing of strategic non-core activities, technology development, functional fragmentation and specialisation, increased diversity and colliding cultures, pluralistic management systems with conflicting demands on scarce resources. All of these combine to create uncertain conditions, compromise engagement and communication, and disrupt coordination between individuals and groups within organisations. More importantly, the impact of these conditions is amplified by gaps in understanding, in research and practice. Put simply, the adoption of virtual working practices within organisations has progressed beyond our understanding of what is required to enable predictable, and repeatable outcomes.

If you’ve read this far, you may have an opinion, or insights of your own. Clearly these are not trivial issues since they have a profound consequence for organisations and the people that work within them. Therefore, improving understanding and finding solutions to these issues is what I, Nick Keca, and the pages of this site are dedicated to. If you’re interested in organisation design, leadership, and people management more generally, please browse the site, and revisit from time to time. My aim is to continually update and add new stuff.