Category Archives: Leadership

Big presentation? Go from stressed to your best

Presenting to senior management remove stress

When you give an important presentation, without doubt one of your biggest hurdles is the stress or nerves you feel.

A little nervousness is a good thing because it keeps you on your A-game. But feeling too much of it comes across as discomfort, which makes your audience uneasy too, and hence they’ll be hesitant about your message. What’s more, intense nerves hinder your thinking, which makes it harder to convince people about your message.

7 mistakes to avoid when presenting to senior management

Presentation to senior management

I still remember the very first time I was invited to make a presentation to my senior management team. I couldn’t sleep for days; my mind was filled with dread, and every nerve, cell and fibre of my entire being felt like they were preparing for a major meltdown. I was only in my early twenties, but I believe that even the cuff on a blood pressure monitor would have been trembling.

You know what motivates your employees, don’t you?

Motivated employees

When a company values its employees and the staff are engaged and motivated, it creates a pretty special working environment that people want to be a part of.

The benefits of a motivated workforce are substantial and include increased productivity, better collaboration with colleagues, a higher quality of service to customers and lower levels of absenteeism and staff turnover.

Peek inside 7 of the coolest offices on earth

Citrix Rayleigh Office

Google
There is only one place to begin a round-up of the coolest offices in the world: Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California. People find Google’s HQ so comfortable, that a number of employees decided to make the ‘Googleplex’ campus their permanent address for more than a year. With perks like free meals, nap chairs, haircuts and a laundrette, it’s easy to see why they thought they’d save on rent and other personal costs for a while.

Leadership: The key to inspiring others

Business leader inspiring others

When you type the phrase ‘inspiring leaders’ into Google, the results are most likely what you’d expect — images of Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. But have you ever stopped to consider why these usual suspects show up time and time again in conversations about inspiring leadership, and what they might have in common, in terms of the way they think, act and communicate?

The weekly round-up: Public speaking tips

Public speaking tips

Welcome to the Citrix Weekly Round-up. Every week we’ll be bringing you a round-up of the latest and best posts shared on social media over the last week, grouped into key themes that affect our day-to-day working lives.

The theme for this week is public speaking. Read on for a selection of stories, tips and advice articles.

7 simple tips for creating memorable presentations

Create memorable presentations

Despite the fast-paced online nature of business these days, presentations are still a cornerstone of communication — be it for an internal meeting, industry conference or pitching to a potential client or investor.

But so often, audiences remember very little from presentations, since they’re commonly seen as a chore and thrown together in a slapdash kind of way with the main consideration being “get everything in!”

Shared Parental Leave: Everything you need to know [Infographic]

Shared Parental Leave

On 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) legislation will come into force in the UK. This new policy will give eligible parents, partners and adopters the flexibility to decide who will care for their child in the first year of its life. And it looks pretty popular so far, with 4 out of 5 future parents saying that they ‘d consider taking SPL.

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How to deal with difficult conversations remotely [Webinar]

How to handle difficult conversations

How do you announce redundancies, discuss negative customer feedback, manage poor performance or resolve conflict with teams and individuals who work remotely?

Watch this webinar recording with Lynne Copp, Founder of the Worklife Company, as she explores this tender strand of communication and shares four tips for communicating effectively during difficult conversations with remote workers.

The decision you’re making five times a second (whether you like it or not)

employee engagement

Can you imagine what it was like for Ferdinand Magellan? Columbus had failed in his 1492 quest to reach the Indies – Southeast Asia – and had bumped into the Americas instead. The Portuguese had moved quickly to claim the eastern routes to Asia, so by 1519, the Spanish were desperate for a westward route that would secure trade with the Asian kingdoms.

Let it snow – perhaps now is the time to test flexible working

Let it snow business as usual

Most of the country has been issued with a snow warning in anticipation of the arrival of the “Beast from the East” – a stretch of cold air heading our way from Siberia. How lovely.

Back in 2013, 77% of organisations were affected by severe weather. Yet despite it being acknowledged as one of the biggest threats to UK businesses, few are often prepared for the disruption it causes.

How can the UK’s politicians win the small business vote?

What do UK politicians need to do to win the SMB vote

With last week marking 100 days until the 2015 General Election on 7 May, the leaders of the major political parties are likely to make a renewed commitment to showing they are in touch with the issues facing Britain’s army of small-and-medium-business employees (who numbered over 15 million last year according to the FSB). So what are the big focus areas that our potential future leaders need to concentrate on to win these votes?

Why we need a management shift

Management shift

The media paints a fairly negative picture of the workplace. Wages are too low. There’s gender inequality. Work-life balance is a problem. Productivity or skills are poor. There are scandals of every variety and mistakes in mergers, outsourcing and financial trades. Today’s workers are frustrated, unproductive and miserable – or so you would think from the coverage.

Vital business lessons The Apprentice taught us this year

The Apprentice What We've Learnt

We’re getting closer to finding out who will be named this year’s winner of the prestigious partnership with Lord Sugar himself, and we think this might just have been the best season of The Apprentice yet. There’ve been the usual personality clashes, the hilarious soundbites and the fist-bitingly awful gaffes, but that’s precisely what makes the programme such an addictive watch.

Working from home is all about duvet days, right?

working from home

I remember listening to a scientist a long time ago who was making the point that while we make astounding advances in certain areas of science, other areas remain frustratingly the same. Take for example, the way in which blood is extracted in medicine. The humble needle is still the primary tool – a tool, which hasn’t changed significantly in a considerable period of time. This point came to mind the other day when I listened to a conversation on the radio about working from home. It appears that attitudes to remote working have not evolved significantly while work practices and other attitudes relating to our work lives have changed greatly.

Don’t take your company’s good reputation for granted

Building your reputation

Your company’s reputation is its most valuable non-tangible asset.

We work to make sure that in business we have a ‘good name’. Yet, like a character out of ‘Downton Abbey’ we know that society will shun us for the slightest misdemeanour… I don’t mean getting a house-maid pregnant or shooting a footman… that’s taking the whole ‘Downton’ thing a bit far… But if you have a reputation for poor customer service, or shoddy goods, or not delivering what you promise, whether B2B or B2C you will get, what the Dowager Countess would call (with a raised eyebrow and a slight tilt of the head) a ‘reputation’.