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Truths, Threats, Motivations and Opportunities

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Curation is taking over the digital content scene. With related applications and platforms multiplying, the act of collecting and sharing content has become second nature for most of us.

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Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management

Historical and fictional accounts of King Henry V show how powerful the two disciplines can be when used together.
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Management is the “what” and leadership is the “why.”  

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HJJP's curator insight, Today, 11:50 AM

The old argument... Leaders... managers... etc, etc... are they complimentary? Antagonistic?

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Are You Ready to Get Creative?

Are You Ready to Get Creative? | digitalNow | Scoop.it

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At the heart of the Innovation Accelerator is an online attitudinal survey. It asks employees questions about what they do, and evaluates the answers accordingly. For example: “How does your company acquire customer insights?” Or, “What do you do to encourage creative thinking?” The way you answer these questions, and others, sheds light on your innovation readiness and how effective your investments will be.

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E-Books By The Numbers

E-Books By The Numbers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
This chart gives an overview of the e-book industry.
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Even though the global e-book industry is worth $8.5 billion, this still pales in comparison with print's $53.9 billion. The pace of the digital reading revolution has slackened considerably with growth plumetting to just 5 percent in 2013. Meanwhile revenue stagnated between 2012 and 2013 at just over $3 billion

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The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things industry will soon encompass the largest device market in the world.
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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-the-internet-of-things-market-will-grow-2014-10#ixzz3Hh8FdQxT

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When to Use Which User-Experience Research Methods

When to Use Which User-Experience Research Methods | digitalNow | Scoop.it
20 user-research methods: where they fit in the design process, whether they are attitudinal or behavioral, qualitative or quantitative, and their context of use.
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While many user-experience research methods have their roots in scientific practice, their aims are not purely scientific and still need to be adjusted to meet stakeholder needs. This is why the characterizations of the methods here are meant as general guidelines, rather than rigid classifications.

In the end, the success of your work will be determined by how much of an impact it has on improving the user experience of the website or product in question. These classifications are meant to help you make the best choice at the right time.

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New Report Shares Global Practices for Competency-Based Ed

A new report from ComptencyWorks offers lessons about competency-based education from abroad.
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  • A transition towards learner-centered, personalized learning pathways;
  • A shift towards national core curricula with clearly identified learning standards;
  • The use of teacher-led, classroom-based assessment; (a particular favorite is the internationally benchmarked Cambridge Assessment, offered by a not-for-profit organization);
  • A concern for student well-being, both physical and emotional;
  • Redesigned learning spaces that place students face to face; and
  • A global outlook to identify pockets of innovation.
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Build Something Better

We have all heard that if you build a better mouse trap the world will beat a path to your door. The lesson to be learned here is that if you can take something simple and make it better, you could...
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Take a simple idea such as a garbage can. It is even simpler than a mousetrap. It is just a receptacle where we put unwanted items. Eventually, someone comes along and empties it. Could you make an innovation with a product that simple? Someone aleady has.

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Why fear makes you a better leader

Why fear makes you a better leader | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As we’ve seen from some of the world’s top leaders, adversity makes people stronger, says Camille Preston, founder and CEO of AIM Leadership.
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 Adversity can make us stronger people and better leaders. In fact, the Center for Creative Leadership reports that over 66% of leadership capabilities are forged through challenges. 

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To Be More Productive, Work Fewer Hours

To Be More Productive, Work Fewer Hours | digitalNow | Scoop.it
To discover what its most productive workers do differently than its less productive ones, The Draugiem Group studied their work habits with a time-tracking app. The results might surprise you.
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the organization's top 10 percent in terms of productivity—share a similar work pattern. They work intensely for 52 minutes, then they take off the next 17 minutes.

What is key about the 52-minute work periods is that these most productive employees treat them as "sprints," according to Julia Gifford, a Draugiem Group manager, and they work during them "with intense purpose."

- See more at: http://www.cioinsight.com/blogs/to-be-more-productive-work-fewer-hours.html#sthash.DCZg74xB.dpuf

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Why do some things get invented while others don’t?

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So I will end with just a few ways that you can stop good ideas going bad.

1. Be open-minded and pragmatic. Being broadly right is always better than being precisely wrong – or as the Nike slogan says: “Just do it”

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9 recommendations for closing higher ed's workplace skills gap

9 recommendations for closing higher ed's workplace skills gap | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A report by New America senior analyst Mary Alice McCarthy lays down the problems with higher education's approach to preparing students for careers. 
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To have any chance in today’s job market, you need a college degree.According to the report, people without a college degree are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as those with a degree, and they make half as much money. In 2013, individuals who graduated from high school had an average hourly pay of $16.20 per hour, compared to $29.46 for college graduates.

Post-secondary certificates are the fastest-growing higher education credentials. More than 25% of higher ed credentials are certificates, up from 6% in 1980. Of all undergraduate credentials awarded in 2011-12, 53% were for career education programs.

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The Surprising Facts About How Much Time People Spend On The Major Social Networks

The Surprising Facts About How Much Time People Spend On The Major Social Networks | digitalNow | Scoop.it
All the important statistics on social media engagement. Americans spend more time on social media than any other major Internet activity, including email.
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The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Older social networks are reaching maturity but there are still distinct demographic skews, as newer messaging apps pick up users.
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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/2014-social-media-demographics-update-2014-9#ixzz3Hh8jsgpU

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Art of Managing—Moving Beyond A Failure to Execute

Art of Managing—Moving Beyond A Failure to Execute | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There are no simple solutions for business execution challenges. It’s a journey that starts with senior leadership and all of management focusing on what counts
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7 New Habits to Help You Move Beyond a Failure to Execute:

1. Start and sustain a company-wide dialog over direction. Everyone who walks through the door in the morning must know where the firm is headed and why. The lack of context for direction and specifically for how team and functional priorities connect to corporate priorities is a guarantee of poor execution. Fixing this starts with the right, regular conversations.

2. Work hard to link functional and individual goals to the corporate goals. While this sounds like some advice from our friend, Captain Obvious, it’s more the norm that I find firms where corporate goals are vague and there’s little cohesion between individual and functional goals and corporate direction. The failure to align here guarantees failure.

3. Move faster and smarter. Redefine the operating cadence to reinforce communication on performance and to encourage learning and improvement. Consider applying Agile approaches to your operations meetings, where reinforcement and focus on priorities occurs constantly and the emphasis is on identifying and solving problems. Frequency, speed and focused built upon a foundation of accountability…priceless. End the debating society culture that pervades most operating meetings and focus on talking about what it takes for the firm to win…one decision at a time.

4. If you are the CEO, rethink your role. Seriously. If you signed on for the job…all of this is on you. You control the corporate agenda, you are a major contributor to forming and framing the working environment and you own bringing clarity and direction to confusion. If you’re not the CEO help him/her succeed with these important tasks.

5. Give the customer a chair in every meetingLiterally. A nameplate at the table, a stuffed animal or a cardboard cutout…I don’t care how you remind yourself that the customer is present, just do it. If the focus is on new markets and future strategies, these new…even blank-faced customers must be present as a reminder that no strategy works and no execution plan is worthwhile unless it aims to do something for someone who can pay you for it.

6. Invigorate mid-level management. Help them recognize their critical role in execution success and ensure that senior leaders, give them support to improve instead of giving them hell when things don’t go right. If this layer of talent is weak, top-grade the talent to build strong management here. These are your future senior leaders.

7. Get the whole company involved in the wins and the lessons learned. Build the excitement and creative tension to improve by celebrating and sharing the small and big victories. The workforce at large has to buy into the idea that execution and continuous improvement are their responsibility. Management must bring this to life by ensuring that the heroic efforts, great victories and even challenging lessons are made visible as part of the daily culture of the firm.

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The Leadership Secret to Getting More Done

The Leadership Secret to Getting More Done | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Barriers can show up in many ways, and I cannot begin to adequately address them all in this brief article. I can offer three actions you can take to help in the identification and removal process…

Ask your team members what slows them down. Do they need a form to streamline communications and requests? Are they required to use a form that no longer works?
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Observe their work flow. Is a piece of equipment installed so that they have to take ten extra steps 15 times each day? Do they have to handle the same piece of paper multiple times?

Listen to their frustrations. Do they consistently joke about how ridiculous a certain process step seems to them? Do they talk about things they have to do to work around broken or slow equipment?

When you invest your time and energy into finding and removing barriers to task completion – especially the ones that impact several people – you multiply your efforts and you get more done.

Your Now Steps: Plan thirty minutes within the next 48 hours to consider the work processes used by your team. When you consider the work processes, focus on identifying barriers, duplicated effort, and outdated practices that hinder efficient task completion. Then initiate a change to remove that barrier to task completion.

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Edward Pierce's curator insight, Today, 9:38 AM

Great insight - i also believe in "planning for unplanned" as well - while surprises cannot be foreseen, spooling up for an unforeseen issue can be practiced

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Six Questions to Ask for Successful Collaboration

Six Questions to Ask for Successful Collaboration | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Is there a problem?

I might see a problem. Others might not. Before we can reach an agreement on the best solution for the problem, we have to agree that a problem exists.

How do you define the problem?

How you solve a problem hinges on how you define the problem. If you define it one way and I define it a different way, we will never agree on the solution.

What are some possible causes for the problem?

Once we agree that there is a problem and that we both define it the same way, we can analyze the causes. If we assign different causes to the problem, we will not be able to agree on how to solve it.

What are some different ways we could solve the problem?

This is the brainstorming and creative stage. We want to identify as many possible solutions as possible so that we can pick the best one rather than the first one that we identify.

What would a successful solution look like?

Most of the problems we solve using this process could be solved in many different ways and every solution will have its own set of benefits and drawbacks. At this stage of the process, we agree on the criteria we will use to evaluate the possible solutions. For example, if we must trade quality or time in order to save costs, how much quality or time are we prepared to sacrifice to save money?

Which of the possible solutions best fits the solution criteria?

Finally, we can wrestle with deciding which solution best fits our agreed upon criteria.

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Jack Christiana's curator insight, Today, 12:14 PM

Collaboration is about compromise and agreement

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You Have to Have a Goal to Achieve a Goal

You Have to Have a Goal to Achieve a Goal | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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  • Thinking about doing something is not the same as setting a definite goal. You must set a specific goal for what you hope to do or the results you hope to achieve. Otherwise, you will coast along and “think about it” a great deal without taking consistent, focused action towards it.
  • You have to share your goal with someone you trust. Very few of us are good at holding ourselves accountable, and accountability is a key ingredient of goal achievement. My wife also set a weight loss goal at that time. I knew her goal, and she knew mine. We helped each other, and we held each other accountable.
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Things that might disappear by 2050 | What's Next: Top Trends

Things that might disappear by 2050 | What's Next: Top Trends | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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the next time

the next time | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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“And it occurred to me that in this new millennial life of instant and ubiquitous connection, you don’t in fact communicate as much as leave messages for one another” Chang-Rae Lee

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