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Your Next CEO? The Case for Your CMO

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For marketers, the corporate ladder traditionally is missing a rung or two. Climb to the lofty heights of CMO-dom, sure. Oversee a billion-dollar marketing budget, no problem. But run the whole show? That was best left to the masters of finance, operations and business development. “Looking back a bit, it is not surprising that the person who, essentially, managed the advertising …

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3 Sayings That Have Helped Shape My Career As CEO

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When you work in business as long as I have, you pick up a lot of sayings, clichés, idioms, what have you that can be useful to drive points home or make analogies. Some get practically beaten to a pulp (No one’s “thinking outside the box” anymore), but others can really stick with you and ultimately start shaping who you …

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Transforming Connections into Productivity

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We’re all connected, all the time. Whether it’s synchronously through real-time meetings, both in-person or online, or asynchronously through email, team workspaces or even memos left on a desk, communication is not hard to come by in the workplace. But what good are all of these connections if they don’t help us get more work done more efficiently? In our …

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Watch and Read: PGi CEO Boland Jones on Balancing Innovation

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“I find myself, a lot of times, as the CEO of a technology company, getting worn out with how fast things change.” – PGi CEO Boland Jones In the above video and in a recent blog on LinkedIn, PGi’s Boland Jones has been exploring the idea of balancing innovation, and how the breakneck speed of technological innovation can be a …

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The Convergence of Innovation in Tech and Business

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The word “innovation” means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the latest and greatest gadgets and technology, from smartphones and wearable tech to cloud computing and big data. For others, innovation is the pursuit of more efficient processes and methodologies, thinking “outside the box” (to use a tired cliché) and disrupting organizational conventions in the pursuit …

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Is Telecommuting Policy a Sign of Corporate Success?

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Telecommuting is a hot-button issue for modern businesses. Some believe it to be a killer of productivity and company culture and have outright banned it. Others embrace fully flexible work styles, designing entire workspaces around employees that come and go at will. Many businesses, however, find themselves in the middle. They’ve begun embracing some of the benefits telecommuting can provide, …

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Ditch Best Practices for Best-for-You Practices

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In my experience as an entrepreneur, business owner and CEO, I’ve found that business leaders tend to be passionate people. The concerns of our work keep us up at night. For me, I’m always on the lookout for the “boogie man,” the unforeseen disruptive technology that’s coming to steal our business away. Or are we creating our own boogie men …

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Why Everyone Should Learn to Lead Others

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The world needs leaders. Sometimes we all need to be inspired, persuaded and guided. We all have leaders in our lives, and navigating that relationship requires experience and effort on both sides. But there are a lot of definitions for the word “leader.” There’s a certain archetype that’s traditionally associated with leaders: bold, brash, confident, loud, extroverted, unafraid to take …

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Strange But True Facts About Leadership That I’ve Learned

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Defining leadership is difficult, and defining yourself as a leader is more so. I’ve strived throughout my professional career to inspire and motivate those around me, whether they’re employees, friends or peers. I’ve challenged myself and others to move past long-held business and workstyle beliefs through innovation and technological application. But one of the hard truths of leadership is that …

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On the Third Day of Telework My Workers Gave to Me an Increase in Productivity

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Over the years at PGi, I’ve had the same conversation with executives and managers in a variety of fields about telecommuting. They say that telecommuting doesn’t work for their company, their industry or their people. They feel like they have to see their workers to know they’re doing what they’re being paid to do. This isn’t just an antiquated model …

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The Force of Intrapreneurship and How to Nurture it Within Your Company

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Entrepreneurship is a tough road. One of the toughest. The risk, the change, the volatility—it’s not for everyone, in spite of the benefits. Even the most creative minds might feel more at home in the comfort of a larger company, free to hone their professional skills without the worries that come with being an entrepreneur. However, knowledge workers in particular …

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The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship: Trends to Watch

Entrepreneurship is very near and dear to my heart. While my title and responsibilities may have changed over the years, I still picture myself as the young kid paving driveways at sixteen, passionate about having a business of my own. I’ve said many times over the years that the entrepreneurial spirit can be summed up in two words: risk and …

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Work is Not a Place: PGi Founder, Chairman, CEO Boland Jones on Flexible Work and Collaboration

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Earlier this year, our friends at Plantronics hosted their Smarter Working Event in San Francisco, CA, and PGi was on hand to demo our integration between the Plantronics Voyager Legend™ UC headset and iMeet®. A highlight of the event was the Smarter Working panel, where influential analysts, bloggers and executives, including PGi CEO Boland T. Jones, discussed everything from the …

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