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A Seven Step Plan for Effective Brainstorming

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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: Partners in the Marketing Toolbox (webinar)

Market Research and Competitive Intelligence: Partners in the Marketing Toolbox (webinar) | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

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.  

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Intelligence Drives Open Innovation at DSM

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At DSM, it has been explicitly stated that “innovation is key for reaching DSM’s Vision 2010”. Market driven growth and innovation along with increased presence in emerging economies have further been listed as the company’s strategic objectives. By 2010, DSM should have generated EUR 1 billion in additional revenues through active innovation efforts. With a vision and objectives like this, it is hardly surprising that intelligence activities play a vital role in facilitating innovation and product development at DSM. 


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The Myth of the Bell Curve

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There is a long standing belief in business that people performance follows the Bell Curve (also called the Normal Distribution). This belief has been embedded in many business practices: performance appraisals, compensation models, and even how we get graded in school. (Remember "grading by the curve?")

Research shows that this statistical model, while easy to understand, does not accurately reflect the way people perform. As a result, HR departments and business leaders inadvertently create agonizing problems with employee performance and happiness.


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dan's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:06 AM

#humanbrain

Don Cloud's curator insight, February 22, 2014 1:20 PM

A mentor of mine shared with me, "Spend 90% of your time leading 90% of your people", and this article reinforces that very idea.

 

That is, bell curves only apply to static distributions.  So how should we account for the fact that people can grow and change?  How might we compare the leaderhip and organizational culture of very successful organizations against those that are mediocre or failing ... in regards to how they treat their people?

 

What might be the key difference between the two?  Might I suggest that perhaps the vital difference is the perspective and actions of  leaders that prioritize the selection and development/growth of their people, as comprared to managers who pigeonhole their people on a bell curve and consider employees a cost center to be reduced?

 

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BOLD: Bold Leadership is Not What You Think

BOLD: Bold Leadership is Not What You Think | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

 

Bold leadership isn’t reserved for the chosen few, and it certainly isn’t limited to popular culture’s definition of big, brash, loud leadership.

 

Bold leadership is about the everyday behaviors we use to build trust, focusing on the needs of others, leading with confident humility, and vulnerably engaging with our people in authentic and genuine ways.

Be BOLD!

 


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Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip


Gaetan Klein's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:52 AM

It is intereting to think about what is bold leadership. One must have quality in my opinion is presence : the quality of the relationship.

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How to Successfully Market Your Small Business

How to Successfully Market Your Small Business | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Carmen Troche's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:38 AM

Shake Your Tail Feather

Tooliers's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:06 AM

The talk of the new millennium in an article on marketing your small business, thanks to @realbusiness.co.uk

Tiffany Crosby's curator insight, February 21, 2014 1:01 PM

Marketing for small businesses is critical but finding the time can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are lots of social media tools available to help with the administration and they are affordable even on a tight budget. 

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Two of Venture Capital's Senior Women Start a New Firm

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Theresia Gouw of Accel and Jennifer Fonstad of Draper Fisher Jurvetson are opening Aspect Ventures, a tech investment firm through which they said they planned to invest in mobile start-ups and illustrate the value of diversity.

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malek's curator insight, February 9, 2014 7:35 PM

More women in the grilling world of financing.

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4 Words to avoid in 2014

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4 Words to avoid in 2014   I have never really believed in New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps because as a child I constantly resolved to behave better the next year only to be involved in furthe...
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8 ways startups are changing the healthcare industry

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Few industries stand to gain more from recent innovations in technology (and certain federal legislation) than healthcare.

In 2014 and beyond, consumers will finally start to benefit ...

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5 SEO Metrics You Need to Know About Your E-Commerce Competitors

5 SEO Metrics You Need to Know About Your E-Commerce Competitors | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

Competitive intelligence has always been important, particularly in retail sales. Years ago, it was done by checking out your rival's window display. Let’s take a look at the competition metrics that are easiest to uncover, and result in the greatest amount of actionable information.


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Sahdannah's curator insight, January 27, 2014 6:57 PM

Good food for thought.

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Risk and responsibility in a hyperconnected world: Implications for enterprises | McKinsey & Company

Risk and responsibility in a hyperconnected world: Implications for enterprises | McKinsey & Company | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

For the world’s economy to get full value from technological innovation, it must have a robust, coordinated approach to cybersecurity. A new report from the World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Company looks at how that could happen.


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Mind Reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Team Every Week

Mind Reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Team Every Week | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

I have found that regularly asking questions is an agile and lightweight way of keeping up with what’s really going on. Answers become conversations about what is most essential and meaningful for the team and the company, and those conversations transform into action.

 

The first place to start is by asking the right questions. Here are some of the best I’ve found:

 

1. What’s going well in your role? Any wins (big or small) this week?

 

This is a great place to start. Employees get to celebrate and even brag a little about all the positive stuff that happened that week by simply answering that question.

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:38 PM

The quickest way to overcome challenges and get unstuck is to say, “I’m stuck!” When we can identify where we’re stuck and then bring someone else’s attention to the challenge at hand.

Brian Martin's curator insight, January 22, 2014 8:47 AM

10 great questions for every leader's tool kit to help foster teamwork, engagement, and innovation.  Use the questions individually, or bring them into team meetings. 

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Statista - The Statistics Portal

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Find statistics, consumer survey results and industry studies
from over 18,000 sources on over 60,000 topics on the internet's
leading statistics database...

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Chris Agro's curator insight, January 20, 2014 9:16 AM

Another tool to help refine your target audience. -Chris Agro (@agrotising)

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Older internet users demand digital health services

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Growing numbers of senior citizens are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely

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Dr Martin Wale's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:58 AM

Our experience suggests that many older people expect services on line, but delivery, particularly from physicians, may lag.

Dr Martin Wale's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:03 AM

Although many tech-savvy older patients are expecting online resources for managing their health, supply may lag.

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Business Models for Journalism: Where The Real Opportunities Are

Business Models for Journalism: Where The Real Opportunities Are | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 9, 2014 5:46 AM



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 ads

2. 
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.





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14 Ways to Engage Your Employees

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 16, 2014 6:14 PM


Business owners everywhere face multiple challenges, not the least of which is increasing the engagement levels of employees, in order to facilitate greater productivity and ultimately profitability.


One way in which business owners can increase the engagement of their employees, is to look closely at how successful franchise groups help their franchisees to remain engaged with the franchisor's offering, and ensure that their staff are also engaged with the relevant brand.


This excellent article written by the leader of a franchise group, stresses that in any change process it is important to remember and value your employees in all of the changes you make, and it outlines 14 ways his group is approaching the employee engagement challenge in the coming 12 months.

John Michel's curator insight, February 16, 2014 7:36 PM

Just as leadership style can be redefined and perfected, so can -- and should -- a company's culture. As president of a franchisee system, I know it's important to constantly innovate and improve to keep all team members on board, and here are the tips I'm applying to make 2014 a banner year.

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Pedagogy of MOOCs

Webinar given for University of Cape Town 17-Oct-2013 exploring the pedagogical differences between cMOOCs and xMOOCs. Pedagogical recommendations given alon...

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 17, 2014 6:21 AM

Some good points mentioned as a reminder but quality overal

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How to Create a Compelling Explainer Video

How to Create a Compelling Explainer Video | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

Ever want to make an explainer video for your company? Learn how to do so with these expert steps.


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Bitcoin: How its core technology will change the world - tech - 05 February 2014 - New Scientist

Bitcoin: How its core technology will change the world - tech - 05 February 2014 - New Scientist | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it
The virtual currency is about more than money – the real innovation is what people are doing with the technology it is based on

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BITCOIN has been called many things, from the future of money to a drug dealer's dream and everything else in between. But beyond creating the web's first native currency, the true innovation of Bitcoin's mysterious designer, Satoshi Nakamoto, is its underlying technology, the "block chain". That fundamental concept is being used to transform Bitcoin – and could even replace it altogether.

So what is the block chain? It is a ledger of transactions that keeps Bitcoin secure and allows all users to agree on exactly who owns how many bitcoins. Each new block requires a record of recent transactions along with a string of letters and numbers, known as a hash, which is based on the previous block and produced using a cryptographic algorithm.

Miners, people who run the peer-to-peer Bitcoin software, randomly generate hashes, competing to produce one with a value below a certain target difficulty and thus complete a new block and receive a reward, currently 25 bitcoins. This difficulty means faking a transaction is impossible unless you have more computing power than everyone else on the Bitcoin network combined. Confused? Don't worry, ordinary Bitcoin users needn't know the details of how the block chain works, just as people with a credit card don't bother learning banking network jargon. But those who do understand the power of the block chain are realising how Nakamoto's technology for mass agreement can be adapted. "You can replace that agreement with all sorts of different things and now you have a really powerful building block for any kind of distributed system," says Jeremy Clark of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.


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Tim Berners-Lee: We need to re-decentralize the Web

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The greatest danger is the emergence of a balkanized Internet.

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10 Tips to Organize a Successful Business Meet

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  10 Tips to Organize a Successful Business Meet What do you do to ensure that the business meet you organized doesn’t fizzle out? As a top entrepreneur in the lead, you must take the initiati...
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The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business

The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Des Kirby's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:18 AM

Some  financial management health checks to help you keep your business profitable.

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:45 PM

Very Basic, but essential.  The key from my point of view ? Make sure  that the "checking the number" becomes a monthly routine that you stick to stubbornly. Block the time, no compromise!

Marie Clement's curator insight, January 30, 2014 12:28 PM

This is an excellent article that helps you to get a grip really quickly on the information that needs to be reviewed constantly and encourages setting up schedules to do this.

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Is Mainstream Finance Picking Up The Crowdfunding Vibe?

Is Mainstream Finance Picking Up The Crowdfunding Vibe? | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it
To date, crowdfunding has been downplayed in Wall Street's Concrete Canyon. But that may be about to change.

Interest in crowdfunding from traditional finance players like private equity’s Bain Capital is growing, even though skeptics have downplayed crowdfunding in serious corporate finance.  

RockThePost, a crowdfunding platform that seeks money for startups, holds monthly "Demo Days," where startups pitch ideas to wealthy investors, angel investors, family office investors and institutional investors.

The latest Demo Day hosted pitches from five companies seeking crowdfunding. Representatives of Bain Capital, along with venture capital firms like Emerald Stage2 Ventures and Fresh Track Capital, attended.

Companies selected to pitch include those that are trending on RockThePost’s crowdfunding platform, which has raised $23.5 million for its startups since its March 2013 launch. Each startup has ten minutes to make its case before investors rate them publicly and later send feedback.

To read the full article, click on the title.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:17 PM

Good deal for Startups. Interest is growing from VC's. There are many benefits to Crowdfunding.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:53 PM

Crowdfunding cannot be ignored and it is sparking many more products and services which have been designed and launched to help those seeking crowdfunding to be prepared to go through the process successfully. 

Anake Goodall's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:14 PM

IMHO crowdfunding is step-change territory. It always intrigues me how long it takes for the incumbents to identify the significant wind shifts ...

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3 Scientific Studies With Real Insight Into Social Media

3 Scientific Studies With Real Insight Into Social Media | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it

It turns out social media may be even more influential than we have imagined, just not in the way many of us have envisioned. Let's take a look in these 3 scientific studies that prove social media has a real effect on sales.


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A Feature on todays world full of Surveillance Technology

A Feature on todays world full of Surveillance Technology | SME's, Management, Busines, Finance & Leadership | Scoop.it
Todays Surveillance Technology
A great video with a feature on Surveillance Technology
and how it exists in various forms around us today,
everything from CCTV Surveillance, cellphone tracking to

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Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, January 20, 2014 2:01 AM

Civil liberties and general privacy.

Richard Platt's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:34 PM

Long video, but if you can spare the time, decent enough