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Digital Nomad Tip #33: Welcome Enterprise Technology to Your Home

Konnichiwa and greetings from Tokyo! Nowhere else have I found a culture so strongly dedicated to efficiency, commerce and technology. From futuristic robots to loos smarter than most humans and the world’s largest broadcasting tower, Tokyo got it covered. Over the past 10 months on the road, visiting PGi’s 30+ global offices, I have used PGi’s virtual meeting solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet, to join meetings, …

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Ten fantastic brainstorming techniques

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When you bring a group together to generate creative ideas, chances are, there will be a few participants who dominate the discussion, a few who do nothing but criticize and a few who do nothing at all. This dynamic discourages innovative thinking, leading to the same old stale solutions. That’s why it’s helpful to learn about brainstorming techniques that produce …

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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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Are your workplace tools driving the business results you need?

Last month I attended the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit where Tom Austin presented on People-Centered Strategies (PCS).  In his presentation, Austin defined PCS as an organizational strategy that empowers people to take on demanding, non-routine tasks, enhances employees‚ abilities to make valuable contributions that has an impact on the business, and increases the workforces ability to do what …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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Digital Nomad Tip #28: Don’t Let a Few Miles Keep Your Team From a Big Opportunity

G’day mate and greetings from down under in beautiful Sydney, Australia! After taking a week off in the Hobbit capital of the world, South Island, New Zealand, we made our way to Sydney and have been enjoying some of the best weather the city has to offer. In the short time we’ve been here, my colleagues have taken me to …

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A focus on the intersection of the future and the way we work: #ShiftSXSW

Beginning tomorrow, PGi will engage thought leaders, strategists, and business visionaries in a three-day conversation that intersects at the interactive hub of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Our offices, located the top of the Frost Bank Building, will serve as host for the second #shift conference. This pop-up event empowers, studies and celebrates exciting new fields as well as …

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The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results

Successful sales professionals are making heavy use of online environments to prospect, create relationships, and close deals. But how are they translating the “art” of selling (once thought to be require face-to-face interactions) to an online environment? Last week, I led a webinar with Selling Power‚ The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results. I shared tips and tricks for leveraging …

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Collaborating Gives Rise to Pioneers like John Glenn – Celebrating a Historic Flight

On the morning of February 20th, 1962, millions of Americans collectively sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation of one man’s exploration into the great unknown. Within a tiny cramped space capsule that was as aesthetically pleasing as a garbage can, astronaut John Glenn embarked on a journey to renew America’s national morale and hope during a time …

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PGi Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Product Line Strategy Award

We are proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in research and analysis, has recognized PGi as their 2011 Product Line Strategy Award winners. This prestigious award recognizes PGi’s accomplishments in delivering industry-leading products and solutions that advance videoconferencing software as a service. iMeet and GlobalMeet were designed with the user in mind and above all, to …

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iMeet’s Ahead of the Curve: 12 Tech Trends for 2012

Aimlessly surfing the web this weekend using StumbleUpon as my trusty guide, I came across an immaculately arranged page, peaking my interest enough to stay and read for a bit. What I discovered was Fast Company’s Co.Design blog. The topic: twelve technology trends that will command 2012, which only engaged me further. As I read through the predicted directions of …

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How to Recover and Regroup After a Soul-Sucking Meeting

You probably know what it’s like to have a meeting that makes you feel worse after it’s over, as though you’ve accomplished less for attending than if there had been no meeting at all. You aren’t clear on your next steps, attendees are frustrated, communications were cloudy, tense, or worse, or maybe even some of the primary stakeholders weren’t even …

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PGi’s Top 10 Teleworking Articles for the Mobile Workforce

Happy Chinese New Year from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Last night Will and I welcomed the auspicious year of the dragon in the heart of Kuala Lumpur surrounded by old friends, good food and new traditions. As we look forward to a prosperous 2012, we want to set our fellow teleworkers (and teleworker wannabes) up for a successful year of mobile …

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iMeet and Human Resources: When Distance Doesn’t Matter

PGi focuses on delivering an optimal customer experience wherever possible. It’s built into the details of our video conferencing solution, iMeet, from its sleek interface to its security settings to the latest development, the integration of Evernote‚ a creative and dynamic organization and note-taking tool that allows for greater collaboration. In the human resources department at PGi, our customers include …

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The future of our networked society

This week, I found myself inspired by the video “On the Brink” and as soon as I watched it, I wanted to share it with my #Shift readers. It explores the rapid change we are all in the midst of and a part of, and how technology now enables humans to more fully actualize what we truly are. This new, …

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Happy Holiday Wishes from PGi

 

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Video: Face-to-Face is the Future of the Sell

Most of the time I spend on here, I try to offer key industry research and relevant insight. For example, I recently advised staffing and recruiting agencies how they can stay ahead of the curve by choosing top talent with video. Last week, I offered sales tips for building powerful connections with today’s customer in this post: Cold calling is …

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Working longer hours now that you’re working from home?

I believe in telecommuting. I love the freedom, the space, the solitude and the comfort of working from home—and I certainly don’t miss the commute. I especially value that I am saving twenty pounds of carbon emissions a day by not driving to work. There are diverse advantages to working from home, not the least of which is repurposing the …

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Steve Stoute attends #ShiftNYC

One of the most exciting events during #ShiftNYC was Steve Stoute’s conversations around social media, cultural impact and importance, and the influence of hip-hop culture on overall mainstream values and corporate brands. After speaking with the standing room only crowd, Stout signed copies of his new book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of …

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Get Face-to-Face with Employees to Build Trust and Improve Performance

You may be familiar with the Edelman Trust Barometer, which measures the public’s trust of business, government, NGOs, and media. But have you thought about how much your employees trust your company and its leaders? According to the Interaction Associates 2011 Building Trust in Business Survey, employees express trust in their peers but are wary and distrustful of leaders. They …

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