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Is Coding the New Literacy? - Mother Jones

Is Coding the New Literacy? - Mother Jones | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Is Coding the New Literacy?
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In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a crippling snowstorm.

In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a crippling snowstorm. They were there as part of Code for America, a program that places idealistic young coders and designers in city halls across the country for a year. They'd planned to spend it building a new website for Boston's public schools, but within days of their arrival, the city all but shut down and the coders were stuck fielding calls in the city's snow emergency center.

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How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes

How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We're already more than a week into January, but I'm still slowly working my way through all the "best of" year-end lists out there (there are so many of them!). Combing through these recommendations may be time-consuming, but it's worth the commitment, I've found, as sometimes you turn up an absolute gem you missed earlier in the year.

 

Take the post titled "The Two Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever," by marketer Josh Spector, for example. As short as it is useful, the piece is one of the most recommended posts of 2016, Medium informs me. It's not hard to see why.

 

Spector offers five dead-simple changes you can make to basically any piece of writing in a matter of seconds that will make it more forceful and compelling. We'd all enjoy reading a bit more if more writers followed his tips.

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Simplify, get to the point, eliminate unnecessary wording.

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Super quick changes, outsize impact.

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Stop focusing on what works for others so much | AlphaGamma

Stop focusing on what works for others so much | AlphaGamma | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Success pieces of advice for young entrepreneurs and millennials. Do not try to copy other's ways of success. Find your own!

Like many people, I have read business, self-help, inspiration and many other books in this genre over my 20+ year career.

But recently, I got asked what has really worked for me; what has helped me grow my career and personal brand.

I thought a lot about this and it finally hit me: trial and error. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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There's only one way to do things: your way.

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The 21 hottest women-founded startups to watch in 2017

The 21 hottest women-founded startups to watch in 2017 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
These women-run companies are about to do big things this year.

There has never been a better time to be a woman in the startup world.

There's no denying we have a long way to go. After all, venture capital firms are made up ofmostly men, and some continue to suggest that women aren't cut out for the tech world at all. And way more VC money is offered to male founders than women.

But more and more women are building multimillion-dollar startups, and venture firms like Forerunner Ventures, BBG Ventures, and Female Founders Fund all focus on companies founded by women.

It's paying off. 2016 saw female founders launch innovative companies and raise millions to help them grow, while startups in their second or third year of life began gaining ground.

And 2017 will likely be even bigger. Here are some of the most exciting women-run companies to keep an eye on in the coming year.

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Wow! Great creativity in the #startup world. #Women approach startups differently.

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‘James Bond of Philanthropy’ Gives Away the Last of His Fortune

‘James Bond of Philanthropy’ Gives Away the Last of His Fortune | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Charles F. Feeney, who started Atlantic Philanthropies, is a man who spent most of his life avoiding the spotlight.

As it happens, Donald J. Trump is not the only person to announce plans to shut down a personal philanthropy, just the best known.

This is the story of a man who made and kept that same promise.

Nearly five years ago, Charles F. Feeneysat in a cushy armchair in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan, grandchildren’s artwork taped to the walls, and said that by the end of 2016, hewas going to hand out the last of a great fortune that he had made.

It was a race: Mr. Feeney was then 81, and Atlantic Philanthropies, a collection of private foundations he had started and funded, still had about $1.5 billion left. Flinging money out the window or writing checks willy-nilly was not Mr. Feeney’s way.

Last month, Mr. Feeney and Atlantic completed the sprint and made a final grant, $7 million to Cornell University, to support students doing community service work.

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Wow, talking about making a difference. Read the whole article and see how #trump compares to this #billionaire.

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10 Success lessons from JK Rowling – “Billionaire Author” for entrepreneurs

10 Success lessons from JK Rowling – “Billionaire Author” for entrepreneurs | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Rowling, has a net worth of $1 billion and world’s richest author. Harry Potter is the highest-grossing film series of all-time with $7.7 billion in at the global box office. Rowling, has a net worth of $1 billion and world’s richest author. J. K. Rowling says, “I believe in hard work and luck, and that the first often leads to the second.”

British author JK Rowling wrote the first Potter books while a single mother living on welfare. Written on a manual typewriter, the manuscript for the first Harry Potter novel was rejected by 12 publishers and paid her just £1,500 as an advance when finally accepted. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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PB173: How to Use Quotes in Your Blog Content Legally and Ethically

PB173: How to Use Quotes in Your Blog Content Legally and Ethically | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Using Quotes in Your Blog Legally and Ethically In today’s lesson, I want to talk about using quotes on your blog. I’m regularly asked – particularly by new bloggers – what the etiquette and legalities are around using content that others have written in your own content – or the practice of quoting others. Read more: click image or title. 

 

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Excellent advice. For those of you who don't like #podcasts, there is a full transcript available that you can quickly scan through.

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Good to know; always want to be legal.

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10 Great Books Guaranteed to Spark Your Inner Genius in 2017

10 Great Books Guaranteed to Spark Your Inner Genius in 2017 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Creativity isn't just a "wonderful to have" asset anymore, it's a strategic part of business survival. Here are 10 great books on creativity for 2017.

 

Creativity isn’t just a “wonderful to have” asset anymore. It’s a strategic part of business survival in a world crowded with businesses. Creativity, whether it’s in product design, a marketing campaign or service delivery, is what sets a business apart from the rest of the pack. It allows a business to create the future instead of focusing their efforts on outdoing present-day competitors. Creativity is also a strong organizational asset for increasing employee productivity and engagement, as well as maintaining a pipeline of ideas that could be called upon to capitalize (or defend against) a change in company strategy.

Developing and maintaining creativity in a business setting isn’t something that comes naturally to many business owners. For so long, creativity has been pushed off as and neglected because business was supposed to be about the numbers. Business is still about the numbers but the way to achieve the right numbers is through strategic creativity.

One way to get started in thinking differently is reading differently. That’s why you can find a list of 10 books selected to help you do just that. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Take a break, read, get new ideas and be #creative.

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New Leaders Should Always Do This First

New Leaders Should Always Do This First | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

CEO John Ryan's guidelines for first-time leaders.

Back when I was a 23-year-old, newly minted pilot, the Navy put me in charge of my first flight squadron division. It was a role that called for leading a team of about 40 highly trained aviation technicians. Like any first-time leader, I was thrilled with this opportunity and could hardly wait to greet them with an inspiring talk.
While I prepared this speech, which would surely rival anything from John F. Kennedy, the leader of this team of technicians – whose rank was chief petty officer -- stopped by for a visit. 

“Lieutenant Ryan,” said this man, who was 14 years older than me, with nearly 20 years in the Navy, “the guys have heard good things about you as a person and a pilot. They’re excited to work with you.” 

“Me, too,” I told him, already a little curious about what the chief might want to convey. 

“I want you to get off to a good start, so if you don't mind,” he said, “could you tell me what you’re planning to tell them?” 

Now, a little off balance, I tried to explain, rather inarticulately, what I had in mind. 

The chief petty officer listened and then offered some sage advice. “You’ll be our third boss in five years,” he said, “so I can tell you what they would like to hear and, even more importantly, see." Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Excellent advice for new #leaders.

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6 Signs Throughout the Sales Process Your Prospect Isn't Serious

6 Signs Throughout the Sales Process Your Prospect Isn't Serious | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Don't invest valuable time and energy into prospects who are unlikely to buy.

On average, how many of your deals end in “no decision”? According to CSO Insight’s’ 2016 survey of 675 companies, 23.8% of forecast deals wind up in this category.

There are several potential reasons for this outcome.

First, an internal event beyond your control occurred at the prospect’s company: Your point of contact left her job, the company changed direction, there was an unexpected budget problem, and so on.

Second, you didn’t create enough urgency. The prospect has a legitimate challenge, but you didn’t reveal the immediate and significant costs of inaction.

Third, the prospect wasn’t a good fit. Your product didn’t answer all of their needs or add significant value to their life.

Fourth, the prospect never intended to buy in the first place. Some prospects talk to salespeople knowing they’re not ready or in the right position to sign off on a purchase.

Although none of these outcomes are ideal, there is a silver lining. Apart from the first item on the list, you can eliminate all these blockers. By keeping an eye out for the six red flags below during each stage of the sales process, you can pinpoint when a deal is about to be lost. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

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By keeping an eye out for the six red flags below during each stage of the sales process, you can pinpoint when a deal is about to be lost.

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10 Bad Reasons to Avoid Risk

10 Bad Reasons to Avoid Risk | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

When you’re in charge of running a company or a team, it’s easy to convince yourself that playing it safe is the responsible choice. Going out on a limb may be the last thing you want to do. But you need to take risks if you want to do more than just scrape by—especially in today’s economy.

The truth is, risk avoiders are also opportunity missers. Hoping that sales will get better or conditions will improve is the wimp’s approach. You can’t wait for everything to be perfect, because it never will be. You have to take action—accept risk and make things happen.

Following are 10 common risk avoidance excuses that may be holding you back. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Risk is an essential part of doing business. Mitigating risk is good practice. Just don't tell yourself continuously not to commit, it'll stifle your business.

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Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice

Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Speech recognition must get much better if we are to speak naturally to our gadgets. So the tech industry is vacuuming up all the conversations it can.

Amazon's Echo has made tangible the promise of an artificially intelligent personal assistant in every home. Those who own the voice-activated gadget (known colloquially as Alexa, after its female interlocutor) are prone to proselytizing "her" charms, applauding Alexa's ability to call an Uber, order pizza or check a 10th-grader's math homework. The company says more than 5,000 people a day profess their love for Alexa.

On the other hand, Alexa devotees also know that unless you speak to her very  clearly . . . and . . . slowly, she's likely to say: Sorry, I don't have the answer to that question. "I love her. I hate her, I love her," one customer wrote on Amazon's website, while still awarding Alexa five stars.  "You will very quickly learn how to talk to her in a way that she will understand and it's not unlike speaking to a small frustrating toddler." 

Voice recognition has come a long way in the past few years. But it's still not good enough to popularize the technology for everyday use and usher in a new era of human-machine interaction, allowing us to talk with all our gadgets—cars, washing machines, televisions. Despite advances in speech recognition, most people continue to swipe, tap and click. And probably will for the foreseeable future. 

What's holding back progress? Partly the artificial intelligence that powers the technology has room to improve. There's also a serious deficit of data—specifically audio of human voices, speaking in multiple languages, accents and dialects in often noisy circumstances that can defeat the code. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Keeping up with #Technology and #AI

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A psychologist shares the 10 qualities of the most authentic people

A psychologist shares the 10 qualities of the most authentic people | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

They approach life with a different mindset.

In a society roided-out on bling, cash, ego, nakedness, and status, we have lost our authenticity.

We have lost morals and what it means to be ourselves. So many are caught up in following the crowd they have gotten lost in it. How can any type of true success come from being a follower?

Followers are lost to their authenticity and are chasers of "status" and "wealth." Followers are competitive, insecure, and consistently positioning and provoking to one-up each other. The stand-out successes we all admire are not in the crowd, they aren’t chasing cash, or being cool.

It doesn’t mean they don’t love nice things or indulge in them; it means they approach success from a different mindset. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Authenticity, a good goal to strive to.

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Avoid Bad Decisions With These 3 Strategies

Avoid Bad Decisions With These 3 Strategies | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Set yourself up for success with these three decision making strategies.

With holidays and new year celebrations slowly marching their way forward, along with them come the (un)wanted smorgasbords of sugar and other less-than-healthy foods that typically induce two things: a food coma and an inspiration to lose weight.

As tasty as some of these yummy foods are (I’m not a big desert guy but I’ve been known to crush some homemade apple pie), they only satisfy a short term craving, and then poof!, the high is over and you’re back to feeling fat, dumb and happy (or maybe that’s just me), and perhaps a little regretful.

The real problem in making all these seemingly tiny decisions is this: small decisions made over and over again lead to decision fatigue, and the last thing you want when faced with a complex choice is to be so tired that you “can’t even think straight.

Decision fatigue is a very real thing. I know I’ve been at the point where the thought of making another decision is just tiring in itself. With the average adult making roughly 35,000 decisions every day (which way to open the door, which direction to walk toward, whether or not to stop and have a conversation with so-and-so), it makes sense to optimize how you decide and set your decisions up for success. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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How to make it through the day facing 35,000 decisions. 

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The Simple Phrase That’s Poison to a Sales Follow-Up Email

The Simple Phrase That’s Poison to a Sales Follow-Up Email | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Like writers, sales reps often develop bad habits. But without paying attention to what they’re doing and examining their behavior, these habits can cause mistakes that end in deals falling apart, annoyed prospects, or missed quotas.

 

Just like a double negative can wreck an otherwise solid paragraph, all it takes is one cringeworthy phrase to kill a sales follow-up email. The phrase I’m thinking of is nothing short of poisonous to deals, and should be cut from the vocabulary of every sales rep.  Can you spot it in the following email?...

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The simple stupid things we say sometimes and blow everything we did before away.

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Discover the seemingly innocent phrase that might be doing more harm than good in your sales emails.

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The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus.

 

That’s good to know. But if you’re a chronic multitasker who finds it hard to focus, is there any hope of getting your attention span back?

 

While neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession won’t speak definitively for everyone, he says there are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Focus is essential in our life, all the time. Stay focused and you'll be successful.

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Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.

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There are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective.
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Top 15 ways to plan for startup success | AlphaGamma

Top 15 ways to plan for startup success | AlphaGamma | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

There are plenty of startups in the world, yet there are plenty that fail.

In fact, 90% of all startups fail.

So what does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur? What is the roadmap to get into the elite 10%? Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Eric Nicole, Founder and Editor of YFS Magazine, interviewed 50 successful startup founders and shared the startup wisdom in her book titled “50 Ways to Plan for Small Business Success”. Here are the Top 15 ways to help you plan for startup success.

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The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking

The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Constant negativity can get in the way of happiness, but with practice, you can learn to disrupt and tame negative cycles.

“The more you dwell on the negative, the more accustomed your brain becomes to dwelling on the negative,” said Dr. Hanson, who suggests asking yourself, “Are my thoughts helping to build me up, or tear me down?” Read more: click image or title.

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

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Don't think yourself out of the picture. Make things happen.

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negativity can easily be conquered by with happiness. Now happiness is on sale: https://goo.gl/rQeo5U
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The Marketing Technique That Made This Entrepreneur Over $1 Million In Six Months

The Marketing Technique That Made This Entrepreneur Over $1 Million In Six Months | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

These strategies and techniques helped Brian Clark build a massive following and monetize at exactly the right moment.

It's no secret that we live in a world of ubiquitous content. It's everywhere.

We read, stream and binge-watch content at all times of the day: on the train before work, during our lunch break, with friends at the bar.... even when we're on the toilet. (Warning: Just don't drop your phone.)

With so much competition these days, many of us simply give up without even trying. "It's too hard." "I won't get noticed." "People wouldn't care anyway."

Guess what? These are all lies.

Don't start by focusing on the money. If you build an audience first, the financial rewards will come later. This strategy is called "reverse-engineering."

I recently spoke to Brian Clark, CEO of content marketing company Rainmaker Digital (formerly known as Copyblogger Media). When Clark founded Copyblogger, his goal wasn't to make money. As he says, "I just really wanted to become a writer."

Over the first 18 months of his website, Clark's audience grew to 200,000 readers. At that point, he decided to monetize the website for the first time, and brought in over six figures in the very first week. Six months later, he was a millionaire.

These are six steps he used. Hopefully, they can help you reverse-engineer your way to the top, develop a killer content strategy and attract loads of followers along the way. Read more: click image or title.

 

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10 tiny gadgets every minimalist needs

10 tiny gadgets every minimalist needs | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Tech doesn't always have to mean more: it can also mean doing more with a lot less. Here are 10 elegantly designed products that pack form and functionality.

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Last minute gifts? 

Don't you love less clutter and #innovative solutions?

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7 Tips for Growth Hacking Your Way to the Top of Your Industry

7 Tips for Growth Hacking Your Way to the Top of Your Industry | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Remember the hit series Mad Men?  The television drama focused on the personal foibles of marketing executives on Madison Avenue, but there was also plenty of insight into the marketing strategies used by companies in the mid-1900s.

While the types of marketing strategies we use to snag customer attention may have changed through the years, the goal has not. Marketing is still about finding the best way to get customers interested in our products. What has changed is how we go about doing this.

Thinking outside the box and other great talents

The successful marketer today is much like the polished professional of Madison Avenue in the 1960s in one way: creativity creates opportunity in marketing1. Today’s marketers are encouraged to “think outside the box” and find new ways to engage consumers. The ability to do this is the hallmark of a great strategist and will result in successful ad campaigns.

What is different today is that marketers are no longer plugged into a single role. Today’s marketers now must possess a distinctive blend of coding and marketing skills as well as creativity. There is no single, isolated roles for the successful marketer in today’s world.

This brings us to growth hacking. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

Jerry D. Erickson

President/CEO

FryBrid Cars


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#GrowthHacking explained by Jef Bullas. Great.

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Puntogar's curator insight, December 25, 2016 8:31 AM

7 consejos para encontrar tú camino en el marco del Growth Hacking hacia el liderazgo de tú sector

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10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader

10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

To build a great team, do these 10 simple things.

I remember the first time I became a leader, I called a meeting with my team and said, "Here are my expectations of you." When I finished, I asked if there were any questions, and one of the team raised his hand and said: "Do you know what are our expectations of you?" As this was my first leadership role, the question took me by surprise -- and to be honest, I didn't, as I had only ever thought about leadership from the perspective of the leader. It was understanding their perspective and what was expected of me that allowed me to improve my leadership.

Here are 10 things teams expect from their leader. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

Jerry D. Erickson

President/CEO

FryBrid Cars


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What do YOU expect from a leader?

 

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, December 26, 2016 11:58 AM
10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader
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Leaders who meet all 10 of these expectations will have built a loyal, committed team that they can rely upon, a team that is engaged and will do its best to be successful.
 
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'Don't be a donkey': Tim Ferriss shares why single-tasking can be a super power

'Don't be a donkey': Tim Ferriss shares why single-tasking can be a super power | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
In a world where multi-tasking and distraction are the norm, single-tasking can be a super power.

 

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There is power in #focus. Brief video clip with #TimFerriss

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How to stay informed without losing your mind | AlphaGamma

How to stay informed without losing your mind | AlphaGamma | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I’ve decided to give up consuming news online, and I think you should consider doing the same. Here’s why.

 

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#Information overload: how to systemize staying informed in a timely manner.

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How the Rich Get Rich (and the Best Way for You to Get Rich, Too)

How the Rich Get Rich (and the Best Way for You to Get Rich, Too) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
There's definitely a proven path. But don't just take my word for it -- the IRS backs me up.

Epictetus once said, "Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants." And he's right... but that doesn't keep people from wanting to be rich. Even though we all define and success differently -- as well we should -- most of us factor wealth, at least to some degree, into our success equations.

So how can you get rich?

Here's an unlikely but extremely telling source: the 400 Individual Tax Returns Reporting the Largest Adjusted Gross Incomes, a report periodically issued by the IRS. (The latest report is for 2014, which to you and me was a long time ago but to the government is pretty up to date.)

While the IRS Statistics of Income division sounds like a place where fun goes to die, it turns out there's some interesting data buried in all the charts and tables. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Why honor is the most important trait in business | AlphaGamma

Why honor is the most important trait in business | AlphaGamma | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

"If you want to escape death, make sure no one wants you dead."

Good business is powered by good business My mother would consistently tell me of my great-grandfather while I was growing up and how he built his empire based on the honor and respect he earned from those around him. From these lessons, I always found one to be extremely poignant and something my mind drifts to whenever I see unsavory characters in the startup scene. Read more: click image or title.

 

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"If you want to escape death, make sure no one wants you dead." By George Beall

 

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