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Great Teams Win! We Aussies know all about teams. We have the AFL the NRL, the Premier League, not to mention cricket, hockey, swimming, tennis, netball, bowls and of course the local drinking team...
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The Power of Marginal Gains I first heard of the power marginal gain as a student. Back then “the power” of ideas such as marginal gain, marginal pricing, marginal costing, marginal probability an...
"The Essence of Leadership” I recently completed a series of short presentations on the 10 key aspects of SME Management. They are deliberately short, condensed and to the point, so much so ...
Users of the social network watched a total of 118 million hours of video in January, according to comScore— a huge, sudden leap.
According to the many advertising leaders we surveyed, connected devices and wearable technology--or, more broadly, the Internet of things--are top of mind for 2014.
But where the last decade of digital experimentation has generally made technology front and center of an experience, the feeling is that the general relationship with technology has now matured to a point where it doesn’t need to be the star of the show. Instead, people are predicting a more seamless integration of technology into brand’s efforts. Or, as Scott Prindle, partner/chief digital officer, Made Movement puts it: “I think we'll see interesting opportunities to use technology to save us from technology.”...
Creative professionals share their own plans for a more creative 2014.
According to a Google+ post from Daniel Waisberg, Google+ Page dashboards now include Google Analytics monthly metrics.
Many years ago — sometime in the nineties — when the field of competitive intelligence was exploding, I was asked how many Fortune companies created competitive-intelligence functions. Since this has been my area of expertise, I was supposed to know, right? Well, I had no idea since I revile networking. So I said: 97%. I figured the interviewer would hear me laughing and realize I am making fun of the question.
That number stuck. It kept showing up in columns and interviews about CI. The empirical source was never revealed, let alone questioned
Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular...
Albert Einstein accepted the modern cosmological view that the universe is expanding long after many of his contemporaries. Until 1931, physicist Albert Einstein believed that the universe was static. An urban legend attributes this change of perspective to when American astronomer Edwin Hubble showed Einstein his observations of redshift in the light emitted by far away nebulae -- today known as galaxies. But the reality is more complex. The change in Einstein’s viewpoint, in fact, resulted from a tortuous thought process. Now researchers explain how Einstein changed his mind following many encounters with some of the most influential astrophysicists of his generation.
This supersonic private jet ditches windows with the aeronautic equivalent of a television fireplace.
"It's time for a reality check. Businesses aren't half as cool as their owners like to think they are."
Especially in small businesses it is very possible to become 'loved' by your customers. Everything is more personalized, you have to work better than your competitor and 'over-deliver'.
Do better than what the expectations are, and create your own image by really catering to what your client is looking for. Go the extra mile. Word-of-mouth will do the rest.
A great example of a business that is love very much is SBI/Sitesell, a company that teaches you how to find your niche, combine that with the right keywords, and set up your website around that. They host, teach, provide forums (very active and friendly), customer service (second to none) and show ways on how to 'monetize' your site. Here is a link: http://www.sitesell.com/welcome23.html
emotions means in motion...
Growing numbers of senior citizens are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely
Our experience suggests that many older people expect services on line, but delivery, particularly from physicians, may lag.
Although many tech-savvy older patients are expecting online resources for managing their health, supply may lag.
Vincenzo Marino does an excellent reporting job on the International Journalism Festival news site, by summarising and distilling the good stuff emerging from an interesting and sustained debate on Twitter (Business Models for Journalism - Storify) on the state of online journalism and its potential future business models, initially kicked off by entrepreneur and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen.
Among the highlights, what Andreessen calls “the most obvious eight business models” for now and the future:
1. Quality journalism for high-quality ads2. Succeeding in making readers subscribe and pay for value products
3. Premium content worth buying
4. Relying on live conferences and events
5. Investing across multiple channels
6. Crowdfunding ("Gigantic opportunity especially for investigative journalism")
7. Offering the option to pay in Bitcoin for micropayments
8. Keeping an eye on philanthropy (like ProPublica and Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media)
One stratospherically important point to take home from this valuable roundup is the following:
"The role played by quality, however, is crucial especially when analyzed in the light of the tendency of the market to expand, creating less accurate content.
The challenge is to make a product (or brand) a point of reference, a lighthouse in the night of uncontrolled content and viral hoaxes."
Informative. Resourceful. Insightful. 8/10
Original article: http://www.journalismfestival.com/news/state-of-the-media-and-possible-business-models/ by Vincenzo Marino
Reading time: 12 mins.
What Do Women Know About Business……? Quite a lot actually! My offensively sexist headline was used as a “hook” to encourage you to think about gender equality in business. In my years in business v...
The Power of Positive Pricing! And how to use positive pricing to double your profits!!! When discussing management theory some subjects are greeted with much more enthusiasm than others and...
Last week someone asked me:How do you build a community?I paused. I hadn’t thought about it before. For the past three months, much of my time and focus has been on growing the Product Hunt community. I never considered myself...
If you’re publishing content that nobody consumes, does it help your brand? Unlike the riddle of the tree in the forest, this question has a conclusive answer. Without an audience, your content can’t have an impact.
I’m going to show you exactly how you can in fact mention a Person or Business any time you post to your Google+ business Page using Buffer.
How to Mention Google+ People Within BufferAs promised, here's the parallel piece written specifically for Buffer. +Jaana Nyström was kind enough to point out that there is in fact a way you can mention someone within a Buffer crafted post if you use their full Google+ User or Page ID number.So while Buffer doesn't support name look-ups, it's still a useful trick!Learn more: http://owl.li/tNrC4 #GooglePlus #Buffer #BufferTips
Yes, you can improve your vision through an app although what you’re really training is your brain. A team of baseball players used UltimEyes and can on average see clearly 31 percent farther than before.
For only $5.99 (a lot cheaper than eye surgery) you can sharpen up your eyesight.
UC Berkeley engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.
For assistant professor Reza Alam, an expert in wave mechanics, the seafloor “carpet” he is proposing will convert ocean waves into usable energy.
“There is a vast amount of untapped energy in the oceans, and with increasing worldwide demand for power, the need to find cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels is critical,” said Alam. “We are also seeing greater population growth along coastal cities, so the ocean-based system we are developing would produce electricity in a carbon-neutral way right where it is needed.”
Apparently waves are pretty energy dense and could be used to generate power in a simple way..."Alam estimated that one square meter of a seafloor carpet system could generate enough electricity to power two U.S. households.
He added that wave energy from just 10 meters of California coastline, or about 100 square meters of a seafloor carpet, could generate the same amount of power as an array of solar panels the size of a soccer field, which covers about 6,400 square meters."
its interesting to see what the great minds of this generation have proposed as alternatives to cleaner energy methods. seemingly plausible with little disturbance to any human activity. but what was unsettling to me was the fact that oceanic wildlife was not taken into account and what repercussions this potential project could bring to the organisms currently seeking refuge in the ocean.
Our conceptions of work have shifted, and work is more about finding meaning and independence. Companies that refuse to offer flexible, autonomous, and creative work environments, won't be able to attract the best people.
Business sounds remarkably like school.
"... the only part of work we seem not rank above the flu is socializing at work."
“We’ve got to the stage where people you don’t know endorse you for skills you don’t have (on LinkedIn).” McMurray cofounded Somewhere in 2012 to “put people back at the heart of and in control of telling the stories of their work,” as he told me. He believes that “work should not deny our humanity, it should welcome it. Work, more than ever before, is personal.”
Sometimes corporate culture manifests itself in a make-your-own-taco party in the office kitchenette. Sometimes you can see it when an outdated phone bank is converted into an on-site ice cream shop. And sometimes it’s on display when senior leaders pick up paintbrushes to turn formerly bland office walls into electric blue work spaces. These are examples of the “Culture Blitz” at work at Southwest Airlines Company, where a 40-year culture is still going strong and is further invigorated by traveling teams who volunteer every year to visit hundreds of employees to show their appreciation. And it’s infectious
The culture of a firm can make productivity leap ahead and people enjoy working their. Get it wrong and work is a dreadful place where there is confrontation and pain. Many British firms could benefit from looking innovatively in ways to change their culture for the better.
"A keystone habit, Duhigg has noted, is “a pattern that has the power to start a chain reaction, changing other habits as it moves through an organization.” Companies that recognize and encourage such habits stand to build cultures with influence that goes beyond employee engagement and directly boosts performance."
A long article but full of delicious meat and potatoes. I recently was disturbed to see an article describing culture in the tech industry as being superficially attributed to having lunch provided, kegs of beer with meetings & a ping pong table in the common area.
Culture - particularly one steeped in providing depth of employee engagement initiatives and alignment with brand strategies - is so much more multi-faceted than non-cash pieces in a compensation program. I like pizza as much as the next person but I don't get up in the morning going "yayy" can't wait to get to work to get my free lunch. I learned a long time ago that man cannot live on pizza alone.
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Everyone brainstorms a little differently, but over on the MIT Sloan Management Review they've put together a seven step plan that should help make the brainstorming process more fruitful.
Different groups are always going to brainstorm a little different and every project is different, but the authors at MIT Sloan Management Review have a pretty simple gameplan everyone can follow:
Define the problem and solutions space: Basically, create boundaries and rules for your solutions so you don't waste time thinking of solutions that aren't feasible.Break the problem down: Make the problem easier to tackle by breaking it into smaller parts using diagrams or mind maps.Make the problem personal: Think about how the problem effects you personally.Seek the perspectives of outsiders: Try and find as many people as possible who might have input and see what they have to say.Diverge before you converge: Breed a little conflict into the discussion when you can. One way to do this is to have everyone write down their ideas before the meeting starts so everyone doesn't rally around the first idea just to get out of the meeting quickly.Create "idea resumes": An "idea resume" is a one-page document that breaks down the basics of a solution.Create a plan to learn: Start designing a way to test your ideas and write out what you hope to learn from those tests.
The above seven steps certainly aren't the only way to brainstorm, but they do provide a pretty solid foundation for work off of.
The Discipline of Creativity | MIT Sloan Management Review via INC
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Market research and competitive intelligence are distinct methods of inquiry. They each take separate paths to answer business questions. When used together as different approaches – or tools – to understand the marketing issue at hand, they can lead to value-added insights that better inform business decisions.
Qualitative Research Consultants Association member Randi Stillman will identify practical ways in which marketing and market research professionals can apply the skills of competitive intelligence to obtain a more complete picture of a marketplace in motion and consumers’ experience of it.