There’s a growing backlash against structuring companies using a management hierarchy. They’re slow, rigid and at their worst, de-humanising. But the alternatives can be unhelpfully chaotic and lead to death by consensus or the watering down of a single ambitious vision.
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Those who are entrepreneurial-minded are never short of business ideas. Often it can be a case of having too many, and not knowing which idea to pursue first! But getting a new business idea off the ground can be extremely tough and rife with challenges, and if this is your first business, knowing where to start is often the most difficult bit.
The number of individuals taking on part-time freelance work, on top of their full-time job, is sharply on the rise. According to a recent study by LinkedIn, “side-gigging” (as it tends to be called in the US) is growing more than three times faster than full-time freelancing. Furthermore, the share of users within top professional fields who are undertaking top-up freelance work has more than doubled in the past five years.
The open plan office was set up to encourage disclosure, discussion and debate. At the time it broke down traditional office hierarchies, sitting managers among the ‘workers’ and promoting a more flexible and democratic way of working. It saved companies money too, as the need to construct large, fancy offices for senior management was drastically reduced, as was the overall volume of office space needed.
Co-working is a fast-growing trend.
Initially, it was the domain of start-ups who’d outgrown their bedroom-based offices and needed a flexible, affordable space for their growing business. But over time the popularity and number of co-working spaces has blossomed, with more and more professionals wanting to decide for themselves how and when they work, so that they can spend more time with family, waste less money on travel and operate from an environment that inspires and motivates them.
The workplace has been steadily evolving over the past year or two, and big changes have come afoot in the first part of 2016. In the UK, the shift towards co-working has exploded, which has been led in part by the increasing number of individuals choosing to go freelance, who want more flexibility and control over where and when they work. Currently there are 1.4 million freelancers working in the UK, and the continued growth of virtual collaboration tools and technology, as well as the increasing acceptance of remote working, has given the freelance economy a tremendous boost.
When Katy Tuncer decided to launch Ready, Steady, Mums, a fitness business aimed at new mothers in the UK, she didn’t leave her day job at a consulting firm. Similarly, Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter, who launched their own micro-brewery outside of New York City, didn’t leave their jobs working at a car dealership. Like Katy,they liked their day jobs and they appreciated the financial rewards and the stability that came with full-time employment. They also didn’t want to put their families’ lifestyles at risk for a chance at building something of their own.
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Since the 1960s, one name in particular has become synonymous with power, charisma and success: Sir Richard Branson. He’s become famous not only for his entrepreneurial ventures, overwhelming successes and bizarre public stunts, but for his ability to inspire others as well. Many of us look to him for leadership guidance, but how exactly can we learn from him?
Sometimes you just have to travel.
And as much as I love being able to catch up with my wonderful colleagues in Germany and Australia through an online meeting tool (GoToMeeting of course), sometimes you have to jump on a plane and get in the same room as someone.
Well, Citrix has done it again!
Gartner has released their Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing – and we’re thrilled to announce that Citrix and our web conferencing tools – GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining and remote support tool GoToAssist have yet again been recognised as a leader in the market.
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Now that the countdown to Christmas is in full swing, it’s always nice to reflect on the highs of 2015, and in our case, the blog posts that really got our readers thinking and sharing. So just before we kick back with a glass of mulled wine and call it a wrap for 2015, we thought you might like our Christmas Top 10 of the posts that grabbed the most eyeballs this year…
Within his book, The Virgin Way, Richard Branson shares a letter written by his mother, Eve Branson. He says he was a child full of curiosity, determination and a thirst for exploration, and in his mother’s words, “utterly determined to do his own thing”. Most parents would want to protect their child from the hurt that’s associated with failure, but Richard Branson’s parents gave him the scope to explore his crazy business ideas. Many ended in disaster, but he learnt by his mistakes. His parents were there to help him pick up the pieces, and encourage him to soldier on. It turned out these were just “the growing pains of a budding entrepreneur”.
It’s safe to say that wearables have successfully carved themselves a place in the consumer market: smartwatches, fitness trackers and notification devices are playing an increasingly prominent role in our day-to-day existence. Rapid advancements in flexible display technology mean that we’re able to expand our notion of what wearable tech can do, and where it can be used. But where do they fit in during working hours? Can wearables actually help us do our jobs?
When I wrote the book ‘Go Global’ back in 2011, I interviewed more than a dozen exporters in order to share their trading tips and stories of success. Many of them referred to themselves as Accidental Exporters. They had taken to social media platforms and powerful marketplaces and, in so doing, had attracted customers and fans from across the globe. It proved the point that technology has been a key enabler when it comes to accessing new markets, and that entrepreneurs do not shy in the face of opportunity. Rather, they rapidly respond and learn as they go along.
A decreased ability to cope with stress, less energy and a reduced capacity to concentrate are common traits displayed by those who are sleep-deprived according to an infographic produced by Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
It’s a tricky situation. As an employer, you hope that your best employees will stay forever. But, realistically, if you’re not promoting them, then it might not be long before they decide to go. Of course, many people are contented in their work, without any prospect of promotion. But, for others, a lack of advancement will certainly have them on the move.
We live in the age of information where people hardly have time to hear themselves think clearly, let alone absorb the plethora of instant communication they are bombarded with.
That presents a significant challenge in itself for most speakers when they are called upon at work to impress their colleagues with that all important presentation. Intelligent, busy people who are working extremely hard to meet deadlines and deliver unreasonable targets often find themselves just striving for survival in the cut and thrust or corporate complexity.