This World Productivity Day, find out how future tech will drive our time gains

Over half a billion results populate on Google in less than a second when you search for “productivity” – most likely servicing people who are finding things to read while procrastinating. That irony aside, our infatuation with productivity and maximizing every minute of every day as a quantifier of success has led us to the present day: a global day just for productivity. June 20th is World Productivity Day, and one which causes us some reflection as to where humans are indexing on a productivity healthiness scale. Continue reading

Use this framework in your career to get your next promotion without burning out

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Saying yes to everything at work is often seen as the surest way to your next promotion. But having managed teams for more than a decade, I’ve seen the negative side to this and developed an alternative approach. I’m constantly curious about what drives my team to perform within a global organizational structure. A lot of my role is focused on empowering them to get the job done to a high standard, and it’s always rewarding to see people fulfill their potential. But I see one thing repeatedly in highly ambitious people that is costing them an accelerated career path. Read on to find out how to focus your time and make career-minded decisions based off of this framework. 

 

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Why the future of innovation hinges on technology for team collaboration

At a keynote speech this month in London, global advertising agency Iris Worldwide shared their outlook on innovation; particularly how it differs from everything else an organization does and how it calls for human-to-human collaboration as a key ingredient. The message was clear: innovation requires collaboration. Read on to find out how remote work is affecting office spaces, why there is a gap in perceptions of global connectedness and how technology will be crucial to fixing it.

 

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How a modern-day tech company innovated to grow 150 years of heritage

What if I told you that a modern tech company was founded in 1869? My guess would be that your brain serves up a non-compute. Because in a world defined by Silicon Valley, tech unicorns and venture capital that fuels the rocket of today’s tech utopia, heritage is not a word we associate with the pace of innovation needed to be an industry leader in 2019. And while companies like AT&T and IBM were founded in 1901 and 1915 respectively, you need to go back a full 150 years to get to the beginnings of the Great Northern Telegraph Company. Continue reading

4 High-performance organizational strategies for privacy and collaboration

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There’s an enormous restlessness in today’s society, both at work and at home in how we relate to one another across the multitude of communications platforms, in offices and remote-working conditions. Attributable to many things, but centered around our adoption of technology, I often focus on the workplace and how technology can help us both collaborate and take time alone to be productive. Read on to see why both are important and four organizational strategies you can implement at your organization to make your office space work for your employees.

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Study shows US companies investing in tech to solve open-office productivity

In 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported, “The Rise of Knowledge Workers Is Accelerating Despite the Threat of Automation”, and now, a 2019 Jabra study reveals how management is planning to involve technology and AI to aid this continued rise in knowledge workers and increase productivity rather than automate it. Read on to find out what the rise in knowledge workers has lead to, and find out how senior US business executives view technology and AI in relation to knowledge worker productivity.

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How to achieve life balance when you commute between countries for work

Exactly 1000km separate my front door from the entrance to my office. It’s a journey that takes me around 272 minutes, or just over four and half hours.

 

If the minute breakdown seems a little OCD, it’s because I am when it comes to time. Clichéd as it is, when the one thing we can’t buy more of is time, each day is centered around optimizing mine. And though I work in another country and travel extensively around the world for work, I have a better work/life balance than if I was working on my doorstep in London. If you read on, I’ll tell you why, and more importantly how. 
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Jabra’s new study reveals productivity insights from top management

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As the best connected workforce in history, technology has enabled us to communicate and collaborate globally, allowing for new levels of output and creativity in business. With these changes, optimizing productivity has also risen to become a key concern at a global level. And yet as much as technology is delivering on its promises to enhance productivity, it is also creating new challenges and distractions in the workplace, a part of the evolving office spaces and infrastructure and more complex channels for interaction.

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How to master listening and build deeper business relationships

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Have you ever found someone who you admire and has been successful without listening to others, or being listened to by others? Listening, really listening, is perhaps the most under-invested in skill. It’s not about hearing – it’s about understanding. And at a time when people are realizing that their communication relies more on the spoken word than the written one, it’s also on the decline. As someone whose work centers around enhancing our ability to focus, I have been obsessed with what makes people work well, and in turn, how people listen well. Here, some of the tools I’ve adopted to make sure I listen with intent, maximizing my communication to build better business relationships.  Continue reading