Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, knew the importance of collaborative work. “He believed that Apple’s great advantage was its integration of the whole widget – from design to hardware to software to content-he wanted all departments at the company to work together in parallel,” writes Walter Isaacson in his biography, Steve Jobs. Jobs involved all departments in the development process. “Our method was to develop integrated products, and that meant our process had to be integrated and collaborative,” Jobs said.
But funnily enough, this collaboration took place around a big table, where various departments would thrash out ideas and offer their own perspectives. Imagine how he would receive the array of online business collaboration tools now making their way into the workplace!
For elite performance, you have to think like an elite performer first. And in this post, we’re going to look at modelling the mindset that fuels outstanding success.
Key 1: The Thinker
Life follows thought; so be careful what you think. Where your thinking goes, your energy flows. There’s no point in setting goals and outcomes and then having uncontrolled thoughts about not achieving them. Make sure your thinking supports the outcomes you desire. Make this a daily practice and activate the positive thinker behind the thoughts.
It’s an all-too-common scenario: You’ve been asked to join a project that involves co-workers in one country and stakeholders in another. Meanwhile, you’re stuck in the middle, time zones apart.
Although in-person, telephone and email interactions have their place for projects like these, the ability to meet together online, see each other via webcam and collaborate on documents can speed up the process substantially.
So you may have heard the term “video conference” (also referred to as a video teleconference, video meeting or web conference), but what exactly is it? Here is a quick guide.
Summertime for many of us means packing a stack of good books and heading off on the hallowed family holiday to somewhere sunny. But you know full well that it’s not that easy to simply switch off — the business certainly won’t, after all — and this can make holidays more stressful than being at work! With that in mind, we’ve put together the following guide to help business-minded holidaymakers get the most out of their trips.
It’s a biggie. And it even has its own name: glossophobia.
But the term “public speaking” no longer refers to just talking in front of a physical audience. It can also mean presenting to a virtual audience through online events, meetings, conferences — however you call it.
Now I hate speaking in front of large groups of people, yet I love picturing that standing ovation after delivering a great speech. (You have to dream big, right?)
When I started my first business several years ago, I found myself working around the clock to grow my client base as quickly as possible. My evenings and weekends were no longer my own. And since I worked from a home office, it just became second nature to wake up, turn on my computer, have breakfast at my desk and just stay there until almost midnight.
My mind and body never had a chance to unwind, and as a result, I hit a viscous cycle of insomnia. This crippling lack of sleep told me it was time to scale back, and while I did not reach total burnout, I certainly came close.
For many, public speaking is one of the most feared aspects of business. And for some people who don’t like to stand up and deliver presentations, that fear extends to speaking in front of virtual audiences.
In a recent webinar, ‘Presenting with Style and Confidence’, Lynne Copp, director of The Worklife Company shared her top tips and techniques for effective presentations, both face-to-face and virtual.
Here are Lynne’s responses to three of the questions asked during the webinar.
Time management is one of those areas that many of us struggle with. Nowadays our lives are so busy, with our attention constantly divided across an array of connected devices, that the art of focusing and managing time is becoming more and more challenging.
My brain has always functioned better in the evening than the morning, and over the years I’ve needed to find ways to manage my time more productively at the start of the day particularly. It’s taken years of trial and error, and while everyone needs their own approach,
Since I work with team members all over the globe, scheduling meetings can be a pain. It sometimes takes me longer to find a single time that works for five people in four different time zones than the actual meeting itself.
But I recently discovered a tool that makes scheduling meetings with international colleagues lightning fast: a time zone converter. If you plan any sort of events, webinars, conference calls or web conferences with overseas participants, you absolutely need to check this out!
When was the last time you cried?
Properly cried, all snot and spit, like Juliet Stevenson in the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply”?
When was the last time you laughed so hard that people could see your fillings and you made that funny snorting sound?
You can probably remember those moments in some detail. You know who you were with and you know what you were doing.
But can you remember the last time you felt a bit “meh”? Sort of OK, but nothing special?
Emotion helps memory move from short-term to long-term storage, and there’s research that suggests emotional memories are even prioritised in the consolidation process.
Having just returned to work from maternity leave, I’ve developed a slight obsession with the word “productivity” (as well as an obsession for cake, but perhaps I’ll save that for another post).
Now that I have a little person, I have had to look at how I organise myself so I can be super productive — otherwise I run the risk of becoming overwhelmed.
This has subsequently led me to re-evaluate the way I work. I need to be able to focus and work as well as I can in the hours I have so I can leave work on time to be with my daughter. I need to be more productive, which has led me to research and test a few new ways to work.
Here at Citrix we love a good webinar. We regularly use them as a lead-generation tool because they’re a cost-effective way to share our content with a big audience.
One of the most common questions we are regularly asked is “how do I engage an online audience?”
Your attendees are surrounded by a ton of distractions — emails, instant messenger, social media, phone calls, personal devices, colleagues — so the challenge to keep them watching your webinar is pretty fierce.
You know what it’s like — work can be pretty intense at times. With so many changes in our fast-paced world, keeping up isn’t easy.
Here at Citrix, we have been providing valuable research, reports and best practice guides for many years about the changing workplace, but we haven’t always had the opportunity to truly interact with you in the past. That’s why we wanted a new way to make you part of the conversation — a new way to share our insights on a different way of working.
This blog is our space to discuss how we can work better together. We’ll look at everything from how to prepare an outstanding presentation to how to be even more productive in the little time you have.