My colleague Aili McConnon broke news last week on an interesting bit of research done by the folks over at Big Blue. Yes, it supports IBM’s push into creating virtual worlds for clients to collaborate online, orient new hires and train new employees. But it also has an interesting finding: That geeky guy over in cubicle three who’s always stealing company time on an online game may just be your next CEO. Multi-player games such as World of Warcraft may seem like they’re only good for developing geeks’ skills at slaying dragons in some far corner of the virtual world. But, IBM says, those same capabilities (rallying people you’ve never met to your cause, quickly learning new skills, finding people who have the right talent for the right moment) are exactly what’s important for today’s modern managers.
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