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Truths, Threats, Motivations and Opportunities

Truths, Threats, Motivations and Opportunities | digitalNow | Scoop.it

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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5 Leadership Biases that Hinder Success in Business

There is a natural conflict of interest between companies and customers. It’s natural for any organization to have goals that don’t align perfectly with the goals of their customers. The company …
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The “It will work if we give it more time” bias

Leading a bold new initiative is daunting. After fighting for support and holding team briefings to get employees aligned and motivated, it’s difficult to admit when the end results are not working.


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Leading Through Conversations

Leading Through Conversations | digitalNow | Scoop.it
One-on-one talks can promote innovation and strengthen relationships.
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Conversation can be the lifeblood of an organization. Alignment and one-on-one conversations create motivation, lead to innovation and strengthen relationships. And great relationships build great organizations, so keep the conversation going.

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How to Effectively Communicate With Different Brain Types

Knowing the way your audience processes information can greatly help you structure your most important points.
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Using brain types to understand your audience makes effective communication much simpler because you can customize and organize what you say to match the information needs of those you’re addressing. Information needs include the who, what, where, when, why and how of any given situation or task.

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How to Choose the Right Digital Marketing Channel

How to choose the right digital marketing channel for my business? Here is a review of the options and strengths of each digital marketing channel.
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While the demise of traditional media is greatly over-exaggerated, there’s no denying it’s a digital marketing world for small business. And that’s a good thing because you can be effective with a smaller budget using digital tools. But it’s also a bad thing because there are so many options, and businesses make one of three mistakes.

  1. They choose the least effective option for their marketing purpose.
  2. They try to do too many things.
  3. They can’t decide amongst all the options and choose to do nothing at all.

To be most effective at digital marketing you should first choose one thing, the most effective thing for your business (more on that below), and master that before moving into additional digital marketing channels. 

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Lead by Asking

Sometimes the most obvious questions are the most crucial.
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Be sure to listen to the answers, not just use the question to fill a gap in the conversation.

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Leadership begins with opening the door to on ongoing dialogue with your team, and your asking thoughtful questions is a great way to open that door.  Don't forget to have the courage to listen.

 

More importantly, ask yourself how do you as the leader encourage others to have the courage to ask questions and to listen?  If you don't have a good answer to this question yet, then it's time to start asking more questions.

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When You’re a Leader, Not Everyone Will Like You

When You’re a Leader, Not Everyone Will Like You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Be comfortable with the fact that not everyone will like you at work, in your neighborhood, and in your community activities; they never will.

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Leadership Ethics – The Golden Rule

Leadership Ethics – The Golden Rule | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You're their role model. You're their measuring stick. They're following your version of the Golden Rule. Is that what you want?
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Really, it all comes back to the basics.

As a leader, you are by default a role model. Whether you like it or not, that responsibility comes with the title. As a leader, it is imperative that you do your job and work for your organization’s success. However, you also must personally exhibit day in and day out, the types of behaviors and attitudes you expect of your employees. Your employees follow your lead – or they follow what you allow.

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Management intuition for the next 50 years

Management intuition for the next 50 years | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The collision of technological disruption, rapid emerging-markets growth, and widespread aging is upending long-held assumptions that underpin strategy setting, decision making, and management. 

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The new wave of emerging-market companies now sweeping across the world economy is not the first. In the 1970s and 1980s, many US and European incumbents were caught unaware by the swift rise of Japanese companies that set a high bar for productivity and innovation. More recently, South Korean companies such as Hyundai and Samsung have shaken up the leading ranks of high-value-added industries from automobiles to personal electronics. The difference today is that new competitors are coming from many countries across the world and in numbers that far outpace those of past decades. This new wave will be far tougher on some established multinationals. The shift in the weight of the global economy toward emerging markets, and the emergence of nearly two billion consumers who for the first time will have incomes sufficient to support significant discretionary spending, should create a new breed of powerful companies whose global expansion will take place on the back of strong positions in their home markets.

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Valuing Attitude, Valuing Employees, Retaining Employees

Organizations are struggling to maintain productivity with a smaller workforce, the only way to assure success, is to have staff on hand with the right attitude. What's yours?
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Think about your employees for a minute, especially those with great attitudes.

Ask yourself, "If they were teased with an offer from another firm, what do we offer that would make them want to stay here?" If you have a hard time answering that question, I can guarantee your employees will find it relatively easy to move on. Why? Because whoever has made them the unsolicited job offer, WANTS them. That alone is incredibly appealing. In addition, the new organization, may offer some of the benefits listed above to add further appeal.

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The New Rules of the Social Age

The New Rules of the Social Age | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Industrial Age has ended. In this guest post, Ted Coine shares 3 rules for leaders to ensure their organization survive, and thrive, in the Social Age.
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What does this mean for your leadership?

You’re either going to love leading in the Social Age, or you’ll hate it, depending on your outlook. Regardless, none of us gets a vote on these three changes to how we lead at work:

1. In the Social Age, transparency rules.

Peel back this grossly-overused buzzword and explore what transparency really means to you and your company. It means there’s no hiding – lies are either ignored or plastered all over the Internet.

Companies that are led ethically have a huge advantage.

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4 Counterintuitive Office Rules We Swear By

4 Counterintuitive Office Rules We Swear By | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The business books told you not to do this, but real-life experience trumps conventional wisdom.
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When you launch your own business, it is equal parts exciting and daunting to realize that you get to start from scratch when determining how to structure both your company and your workplace — that environment that can push you forward or hold you back. You don't have to have a strict vacation policy…but you can if you choose to. And how are you going to tackle setting office hours, motivating employees, keeping a handle on expenses, and, generally, getting things accomplished and making sure everyone else can, too?

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What It Costs to Be a Tourist Across the U.S.

What It Costs to Be a Tourist Across the U.S. | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Fast food, hotel stays and movie ticket prices vary across the U.S. Check out our interactive graphic to see the breakdown in 14 major cities.
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To a certain extent, popular items do tend to cost more, depending on where you are. Want to watch Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D on a whim? That'll cost about $19 in Los Angeles, but only about $15.50 in Chicago. Hungry for a quick bite at Domino's? A large pepperoni pie will be an easy $11.99 in New Orleans, but a steep $19.74 in San Francisco. And this is all beforetax.

We compared the costs of recognizable brand items found in 14 major cities across the U.S. For contrast, we added in common costs for the same items in Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas, the nation's poorest metropolitan area in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There are about 415,557 residents in the combined region (as of 2013), 36% of whom live below the poverty level, according to local newspaper The Brownsville Herald. Statewide across Texas, that number is only 17%.

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Cut Down on Paperwork and Emails With These Streamlined Apps and Tools

Cut Down on Paperwork and Emails With These Streamlined Apps and Tools | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Platforms, apps and software that businesses can use to maximize workplace efficiency.
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Platforms for maximizing workplace efficiency

The below platforms, apps, systems and practices can help cut down on inbox clutter, eliminate superfluous meetings and connect team members across states, time zones or oceans.

Employee satisfaction and workplace efficiency go hand in hand: The easier it is for employees to communicate, work together and access the information that they care about, despite their location, hardware or time-frame, the fewer frustrations arise and the more productive and satisfied they'll be. In addition, an efficient workplace can more effectively foster creativity, as well as a relaxed and collaborative environment.

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Shifting the leader's mindset from "me" to "we" | SmartBlogs

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  • “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Henry Ford
  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
  • “We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.” Bill Richardson
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How The Most Successful People Manage Their Time

How The Most Successful People Manage Their Time | digitalNow | Scoop.it

They plan their time, track their time and are always thinking about theopportunity cost of their time.

The first question you need to ask is “Where is my time actually going?” Not where you think it’s going, where is it actually going.

This does not involve leaning back in your chair and kinda sorta guessing about what you vaguely remember doing.

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The Future Could Work, if We Let It

The Future Could Work, if We Let It | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A book offers an optimistic view of the effects of technology, but its arguments have one big blind spot: human behavior.
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What if people find commuting in autonomous vehicles so comfortable that they move out farther from the office, contributing to urban sprawl? What if people ditch public transportation because cars become much more fun?

“And if I’m traveling 60 miles to work, well, maybe I want a much larger vehicle,” Dr. Bhat said. “Maybe I’ll have a place to shave in my vehicle, or maybe I’d like to take a nap. In the extreme case, what if we all want recreational vehicles?”

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The Secret Life of Teams

The Secret Life of Teams | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Teams are complex organisms. The team itself is often greater than the sum of its membership. Like musical collaborators, there are the individual participants, and then there is the concept of the “team,” which becomes almost another individual element of … Continue reading
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why do teams underperform so frequently? Poor mission focus and process rigor. We often seek comfort in our teams that can work against us. Like a bridge or a guitar, teams require a strong frame from which the team can grow. This team framework comes from two places – mission focus and process. Lacking in either causes the team structure to buckle under the weight of individual motives and personalities. Weak team leadership. Today more than ever, teams need strong leaders who drive the process, not a specific outcome. We team leadership manifests with  incomplete options, inaccurate analysis, and favorites for solutions. Not enough trust. The “forming-storming-norming-performing” process is inwardly focused. As teams move up the Tuckman food chain, non-team members can become disenfranchised because the team’s focus has not been on managing these external relationships. Too many tools. Teams have access to a vast (and largely free) library of tools and techniques to support an effective team process. Successful teams today often select a narrow set of tools. - See more at: http://line-of-sight.com/general/the-secret-life-of-teams#sthash.ivBBmiD8.dpuf

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Combining Strategy With Innovation Can Create a Competitive Advantage

Strategy and innovation are shown to be two primary contributors to sustained financial excellence and competitive advantage. Unfortunately, very few organizations are able to bring these two disciplines together.
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The common denominator for both strategy and innovation is insight. Insight is described as the joining together of two or more pieces of information or data in a unique way to come up with a new approach, product, service or solution that delivers value. Insights come from the ability to wade through the waves of input we receive each day and mentally connect the dots in new and creative ways. As Apple founder Steve Jobs remarked, “Creativity is just connecting things.”

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Organizational Change: Five Paths Forward

Organizational Change: Five Paths Forward | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There are so many different approaches to effect change in an organization. Sometimes its like a circus that comes to town, other times its like marching an army over a mountain pass. Every major change event has its own character … Continue reading
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The Marquee. Put this project on Broadway – it has lights, dancing, a big kickoff, a logo of its own, and loads of consultant power. You can’t swing your arms without hitting an MBA. The travel budget alone could bring the circus to town. Marquee projects are big, branded, and often fail spectacularly. But when they win, the results can save a company. Think IBM under Lou Gerstner. Now that’s entertainment! - See more at: http://line-of-sight.com/general/your-chosen-road#sthash.iSUWyErc.dpuf

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Revisiting the convergence of Metcalfe's Law, Shannon's Law and McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message"

Revisiting the convergence of Metcalfe's Law, Shannon's Law and McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message" | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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What happens to software when it collides with the network effect?

The answer being it fragments into a collection of function points. The network being the database and the future of software, if not the now, being combinatorial on demand. An endless mash-up, nay a remix, of functionality.

The price? Free of course. At least for anyone who can pay the price of entry... to the telcos. The new media monopoly.

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The Gentle Art of Creative Destruction

The Gentle Art of Creative Destruction | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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In his never ending quest to remain at the forefront of the avant-garde of the sharing economy the great MobCon is presently conducting an experiment in the art of creative destruction. 

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Smarter Education: The Rise of Big Data in the Classroom

Smarter Education: The Rise of Big Data in the Classroom | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Will big data be the catalyst that pushes American schools into the 21st century?
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Education technology companies are leveraging big data to improve classroom engagement and make learning more effective. They're focusing on everything from online courses to personalized testing to standardized APIs for K-12 schools, and investors are champing at the bit to fund their data-driven initiatives. Knewton, an adaptive platform that collects real-time data based on students' learning habits, has received $105 million in funding to predict failure in subject areas and enable smarter, more dynamic learning that's tailored to the ways in which students learn best.

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It Takes a Mentor

It Takes a Mentor | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Gallup says successful students had one or more teachers who were mentors, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school.
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Employers used to take generalists and train them into specialists for their industry. But fewer employers want to do that today or can afford to in a globally competitive economy, especially when they fear they’ll train someone who will then leave for a competitor. So everyone wants employees out of college or technical schools who are as ready to plug and play as possible. That’s why government has a role in fostering more and more employer-educator partnerships — this is the new, new thing — which businesses, small and large, can benefit from, as well as all would-be employees

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How to Really Stop Checking Your Email Constantly

How to Really Stop Checking Your Email Constantly | digitalNow | Scoop.it
“Don’t check your email all the time!”
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again as a way to improve your productivity and stop being a slave to your inbox. Obviously, th...
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1. Turn off the push notifications

As Levitin hinted at in his article, push notifications on your phone can greatly up your anxiety over leaving emails unanswered (after all, hearing that ping every five seconds is distracting). So, take back control. Disable your push notifications, and only check your email when you’re ready to commit some time to it.

2. Turn email off

If you’re still checking email constantly on your phone, just take your email accounts off altogether so that you’re not tempted to sneak a quick peek in between meetings or during business lunches.

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The 3 Things Leaders Must Do To Build Meaningful Communities

The 3 Things Leaders Must Do To Build Meaningful Communities | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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It is unrealistic to expect extraordinary effort and performance without creating an environment in which people feel extraordinarily valued.

1. Give Thanks
My practice of writing over 30,000 thank you notes during my tenure as CEO of Campbell Soup Company is somewhat well known. But this important ritual of giving thanks began way back when I was working to find a new job in the Spring of 1984 – after being suddenly fired from my job as the Director of Marketing for the Parker Brothers Toy & Game Company. I was devastated — I had two small children and one very large mortgage and I felt every bit the victim.

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