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Collaboration Across Cultures: Two Perspectives, One Meeting

This article was written in collaboration with Indra Freeman. This world is more connected than ever before. Technology has allowed us to collaborate across cultures, eliminate our geographical limitations and create relationships without consideration to distance. Working for a company with global offices has expanded my international relations and knowledge immensely. I often meet with associates in Australia, Ireland and …

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What’s your favorite way to connect?

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Telecommuting is on the rise. Approximately 20-30 million people work from home at least one day a week, according to the United States Census Bureau. Advances in communication and information technologies have made collaboration easier for employees who may not be physically located in the same office—or even the same time zone. Telecommuters are taking advantage of the explosion of …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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The Truth About Millennials in the Workforce: 5 Things to Do to Keep Them On Track

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Millennials are sometimes referred to as Generation Y or, like generations before them – from Baby Boomers to Generation X – the ‘me generation’ (or by Time Magazine last month, the “Me Me Me Generation”). Magazine editors, at least, view each new generation as more narcissistic than the last, so we won’t dwell too much on Millennial traits and values …

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How Plantronics Promotes Collaboration and Telecommuting Through Design

I recently came across a video featuring our good friends at Plantronics. In it, SmartPlanet takes a look at how Plantronics has radically redesigned its aging office spaces to promote collaboration and provide flexible working environments for its employees through the use of vibrant colors, multiple desk options and open design principles. Collaborative spaces are lit with natural light through …

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3 Simple Ways to Cut Business Travel Costs

With rising prices all across the travel industry ($4/gallon, anyone?), businesses everywhere are searching for ways to reduce their travel budgets without risking their bottom line. Here are three simple (and relatively painless) ways to cut business travel costs without damaging your business or employee morale. 1. Cross-train your employees. The average two-person field sales team (sales rep + specialist) …

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The New Competition: Collaboration at Work

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Competitive environments have long been valorized as the best way to bring out individual strengths, thus contributing to a stronger future organism and body as a whole. As the basis for natural selection, competition surrounds us and is inherent to our fundamental biology. This concept is also true for capital markets and business environments. Collaborative behaviors, while perhaps less assertive …

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Five Tips for Managing Employees Remotely

Everyone who manages employees knows there is value in being on site. Hands-on direct participation by managers helps ensure the team is running at its best. When I first became a manager, I was concerned that I could do the job effectively since I am a remote worker. I was afraid my physical absence would impede the team’s progress, but …

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In honor of Presidents’ Day: What I’ve learned about meetings from politics

Presidents’ Day is about more than mattress sales and a holiday from work; it’s a time to reflect on our country’s history. Today—the day traditionally observed as the birthday of George Washington, Father of our Country—we honor the lives and legacies of all our country’s presidents. Because we at PGi like to sometimes connect noble inspirations and daily achievements, we …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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Tech Tools That Make Collaboration Easier

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At first glance, collaborating in today’s tech-centric business world can seem a bit daunting. How are you going to meet? How are you going to schedule it? How are you going to remember that you scheduled it? And how are you going to meet effectively to maximize the benefit of your collaboration, whether meeting with your team in the office …

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Get the free eBook now! The Future of Business Collaboration

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Experts from PGi, Jive Software, Plantronics Developer Connection, BrandGlue, Jonathan Farrington & Associates and Frost & Sullivan bring you an exciting new eBook, The Future of Business Collaboration. The free eBook reviews the hottest trends in business collaboration today: Crowdsourcing and Social Business Technology The Consumerization of IT (BYOD, BYOA and more) Mobility and the Mobile Worker Social Media and …

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New Year’s Resolutions for Women in Business

Something about the changing of the calendar feels like an opportunity to begin anew, revive forgotten goals and live abandoned dreams. I find myself looking with fresh eyes upon the past and experiencing renewed energy into a future bright with possibilities. Like the other 72 million women working in America today, all with families, mortgages, kids’ soccer practice, the dinner …

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Fun Presentation Ideas for Festive Holiday Meetings

For those of us working through the last weeks of 2012, it’s tough not to gaze jealously at the empty cubicles or Out of Office messages of vacationing colleagues. Instead of bah-humbugging through your next presentation, here are 10 presentation ideas to add a little cheer to your holiday meetings. 1.       Decorate the conference room with holly and evergreens. Start …

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Are Cloud Collar Workers the Future of Work?

Information workers are taking over business everywhere. With over 600 million people who specialize in knowledge, not production, the brain trust is spreading from traditional CIOs down to Millennials just entering the workplace. All thanks to cloud technology, from mobile apps to virtualized data centers. With the rise of the new Cloud Collar Worker, are we seeing a preview into …

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3 Steps for Creating a Sustainable HR Function: Green Recruitment Trends

It feels good to be green — especially in Human Resources. With the desire to be environmentally conscious and maximize HR effectiveness, green recruitment trends are quickly becoming top-of-mind action items for businesses across the globe. Over the past 10 years, environmental sustainability trends have cropped up throughout the enterprise, and HR departments are leading the charge. And for good …

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7 Ways to Rescue a Bad Meeting

Presentation Ideas, Meeting Management Tips from PGi, the Meetings Expert

We all have a love-hate relationship with meetings. Most of our meetings are so bad that “Ugh Meetings” is one of the most popular meeting trends on Twitter. Whether it’s that guy that never stops talking or just an inundation of invites on your Outlook calendar, meetings take up a huge portion of the 40-hour work week — an inconvenient, …

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The 4 Principles of Collaboration & Teamwork

The past two-plus years here at PGi have afforded me the opportunity to work on a variety of teams. Small, close-knit teams that shared cube walls; Teams stretched out across the world in multiple cities and time zones; Teams with folks I have never met in person, and teams made up of old friends. The unique experience with each group …

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CEO’s 7 Step Guide to Intrapreneurship and Creative Brainstorming

When I think intrapreneurship, I think Google. Google employees have invented the impossible, helped in part by the Google 20 percent time rule to foster innovation while working on their own projects. In corporate America? The land of the 60-hour work week? As we look at the innovations from status quo disruptors like Google, Facebook and Lockheed’s Skunk Works, more …

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Virtual Teaming Breaks the Office Mold

There are many ways that workplaces are going green, and one of the biggest is telecommuting. From 1980 – 2009, the percentage of employees working from home has grown 86%. Along with this remote work rise, more and more virtual teams are being born. When I first heard of virtual teams, I wondered how anyone could manage employees effectively when …

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