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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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Why Is It So Hard to Think Different?

Why Is It So Hard to Think Different? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The Think Different formula: Look at the target market; figure out what customers want or will want; build a product that encompasses that; and bet the farm on the result. That may look easy, but it's scary risky, which is why there are so few CEOs like Jobs, Bezos or Musk. Most others are like the runners who just stare at the leader's butt and then wonder why they never win the race. - See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/trends/80285.html#sthash.aceilVhK.dpuf

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Don't Overlook the Mobile Searcher

Don't Overlook the Mobile Searcher | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The mobile browser is not dead, exactly, but if it were an animal it might be on the endangered species list. Mobile users are spending more time using mobile apps and less and less time surfing the Web from their mobile devices, based on recent statistics from Flurry. Apps took up 86 percent of the average U.S. mobile consumer's time online, or 2 hours and 19 minutes per day, the firm reported.
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Forty-five percent of mobile searches are "goal-oriented," and are done with an eye to accumulating information to make a decision or purchase in the near term. The mobile search is an important indicator of buying intent. It increasingly is becoming part of the "last mile," meaning a searcher who goes to mobile to seek out information typically is close to pulling the trigger on an action. - See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Dont-Overlook-the-Mobile-Searcher-80304.html#sthash.Whj9UrGu.dpuf

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The Cloud's Long Tail: Industry-Specific SaaS Solutions

A new wave of opportunities is emerging to create industry-specific Software as a Service and cloud computing vertical market solutions. A number of new examples of this phenomenon have crossed my radar over the past few weeks which clearly illustrate the long tail effect of the cloud. The most prominent recent example of SaaS verticalization has been Veeva's successful IPO.
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Adopting an industry-centric go-to-market strategy isn't a new business model, but it is a key milestone for businesses that have reached a level of maturity such that their basic horizontal software offerings are no longer sufficient to meet the needs of their most important customers and prospects. However, it isn't about the high end of the market alone. - See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/The-Clouds-Long-Tail-Industry-Specific-SaaS-Solutions-80281.html#sthash.CsVp2gtc.dpuf

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The Internet and the Web in 2025

The Internet and the Web in 2025 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
We are now living during a wave of social change, and we will not know how the Internet has affected society until we look back on it in the future. A great example of this: When Alexander Graham Bell obtained his patent for the telephone in 1875, no one could have foreseen that a lawyer from Texas could make a cellphone call from the Great Wall of China in 2005, but I did!
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2025 reports these 15 themes or scenarios about the digital future in 2025 based on its survey of open-ended questions about the Internet:


  1. Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.
  2. The spread of the Internet will enhance global connectivity that fosters more planetary relationships and less ignorance.
  3. The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and big data will make people more aware of their world and their own behavior.
  4. Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback on daily life, especially tied to personal health.
  5. Political awareness and action will be facilitated and more peaceful change and public uprisings like the Arab Spring will emerge.
  6. The spread of the 'Ubernet' will diminish the meaning of borders, and new 'nations' of those with shared interests may emerge and exist beyond the capacity of current nation-states to control.
  7. The Internet will become 'the Internets' as access, systems, and principles are renegotiated.
  8. An Internet-enabled revolution in education will spread more opportunities, with less money spent on real estate and teachers.
  9. Dangerous divides between haves and have-nots may expand, resulting in resentment and possible violence.
  10. Abuses and abusers will 'evolve and scale.' Human nature isn't changing; there's laziness, bullying, stalking, stupidity, pornography, dirty tricks, crime, and those who practice them have new capacity to make life miserable for others.
  11. Pressured by these changes, governments and corporations will try to assert power -- and at times succeed -- as they invoke security and cultural norms.
  12. People will continue -- sometimes grudgingly -- to make tradeoffs favoring convenience and perceived immediate gains over privacy; and privacy will be something only the upscale will enjoy.
  13. Humans and their current organizations may not respond quickly enough to challenges presented by complex networks.
  14. Most people are not yet noticing the profound changes today's communications networks are already bringing about; these networks will be even more disruptive in the future.
  15. Foresight and accurate predictions can make a difference; 'The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/80253.html#sthash.Di8EVdYX.dpuf

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Develop a leadership code of behavior

 Is the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior changing as you shift a culture or as you struggle with different generations of leaders who have
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Respect others: We know it’s possible to understand a colleague without agreeing with their opinion. We respect each other by listening to understand, even if we disagree. When we disagree, we verbalize it in a direct manner, calmly, and with kindness. When we respect others, it is returned not only to us, but to our customers and clients. Give feedback: We provide feedback to each other in an open and honest way as soon as possible after we observe a situation that calls for our reaction, criticism or advice. We give critical feedback privately and praise publicly. When we deliver feedback with respect in this way, we create culture of trust. Communicate: We communicate clearly, openly, and honestly as much as we can and as soon as we are able. We communicate things consistently and often, and in more than one way often using more than one tool. We don’t gossip or speculate about others’ motives; we ask them respectfully to clear up any misunderstandings or confusion. When we communicate in this way, we are all are better informed and better able to act consistent with our organizational mission. - See more at: http://www.aspire-cs.com/develop-a-leadership-code-of-behavior#sthash.UbPR1WNl.dpuf

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Reimagine Your Enterprise

Make human-centered design the heart of your digital agenda.
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Human-centered design represents a new way of life for business. It cannot be easily achieved with the embedded controls and constraints of a typical mature enterprise. In the digital world, time really is money. Companies no longer have the luxury of carefully developing new products and business models via a bureaucratic and waterfall-driven stage-gate process. Instead, successful companies evoke many of the attributes of a startup—creativity, speed, bias for action, flexibility with risk, and radical collaboration. People work fluidly across functions and business units and collaborate readily with outside vendors and business partners when specialized expertise is needed. These companies are less likely to force their talent, whether internal or external, to run the gauntlet of restrictive finance, IT, legal, and HR processes. Finally, the digital process is a viable contributor to the business, with significant revenue and profit growth rates.

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What to Do When You Are Your Own Worst Critic

Getting rid of your shame-based self-image
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When you look at other people, you can see their qualities through their words and actions without hearing the labels they give themselves, while you may not be able to see yourself so objectively. My client was curious, "What can I do about this when I just find it very hard to see myself in any other way?" When your self image is rooted in shame, you fear being exposed as flawed, insufficient, or just plain bad. You are not likely to believe your successes are anything other than accidents but that your failures are the logical outcome of who you "really are." Your belief system has likely been around for a while and it is self-reinforcing. You are not allowing positive feedback to get into your self-image and change it, while you allow negative experiences to reinforce the shaming labels you apply to yourself. 

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Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation

Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Alex Pentland says data, sensors and smartphones are opening the door to what he calls social physics. It is the subject of his new book, about the implications of being able to monitor and measure the flow of ideas in companies, markets and communities as never before. The payoff, he says, should be the acceleration of the pace of innovation.
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Reality mining, for example, examines the data about what people are actually doing rather than what they are looking for or saying. Tracking a person’s movements during the day via smartphone GPS signals and credit-card transactions, he argues, are far more significant than a person’s web-browsing habits or social media comments.

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How Teen Entrepreneurs Can Lead A Maker Revolution

How a self-taught 15-year-old started his own demin brand in the crowded maker space.
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I think more emphasis needs to be put on the stories, people, places, materials, and construction processes that go into the products we buy, and not just for marketing purposes alone. The terms “handmade” and “made in U.S.A.” are thrown around very loosely right now. Now that I understand more of what goes into making a quality product, I really respect small craftsmen making well-made and unique products they care deeply about.

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Food Printer Creates Easy Meals For The Elderly

Food Printer Creates Easy Meals For The Elderly | digitalNow | Scoop.it
German company Biozoon is developing a machine that produces food which dissolves quickly when eaten.
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5 surprising stats about user-generated content

5 surprising stats about user-generated content | digitalNow | Scoop.it
We know two things about millennials: They will soon have record-breaking purchasing power, and they spend tons of time with content created by their peers
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Who Invented the Internet? And Why?

Who Invented the Internet? And Why? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Gifs, Memes, Message boards, Twitter, Youtube, porn and fishing emails. Who was the genius who came up with all of that? The internet is such a crucia
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When Leaders Lose It

It was one of those moments that you wanted to take back right after it happened. I was discussing some equipment concerns with Sid, our facilities d...
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First, I came to terms with myself. I could have walked away and hid for the remainder of the day. This was a critical juncture for me. Fortunately, Sid and I not attack each other, just the problem. I decided not to let this derail all the efforts we spent to make some positive impacts, and that I had to make things right with everyone immediately. So as soon as I recognized and resolved what to do, I acted.

Second, I apologized to my staff right then and there. I explained how bad I felt for what just happened, and that I strive to act more professionally at all times in order to set a good example. A few of them said “That’s all right, it happens” and were pretty forgiving. I believe this step helped them see how human I was, and that it made me more of a real person in some ways to them.

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Gartner indicates rise in IT focus for CEOs

Gartner indicates rise in IT focus for CEOs | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Gartner 's 2014 CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey shows that growth dominates key business priorities in 2014
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Gartner also noted strong interest in basing business operation in the cloud and in using data-driven decision-making via business analytics, big data and data science. Process-centric themes, which tend to associate with back-office efficiency uses of technology, are much further down the list where we see items such as business process outsourcing, dynamic business process management and electronic service enablement. - See more at: http://www.information-age.com/industry/uk-industry/123457896/gartner-indicates-rise-it-focus-ceos#sthash.WFgWSeLn.dpuf

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Gap Cred: How We Really Decide Whether To Trust Each Other

Your credibility in reporting on the gap between who you are and want to be
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Such gap closing optimism is famously good for resilience and even long-term health. But it has its negative side effects.  An important one is to your gap cred, your credibility in self-reporting accurately about your goals and your progress toward them. 

All of us intuit who to trust in their claims about their effort and success.  We all know people who we intuit are more gap-posers than gap-closers, legends in their own minds, people who think they’ve closed more gap than we think they have. 

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Learning By Thinking: How Reflection Improves Performance

Learning By Thinking: How Reflection Improves Performance | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Knowledge plays an important role in the productivity and prosperity of economies, organizations, and individuals. Even so, research on learning has primarily focused on the role of doing (experience) in fostering progress over time. To compare the effectiveness of different sources of learning, the authors take a micro approach and study learning at the individual level. They argue that learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection—that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience. Using a mixed-method approach that combines laboratory experiments and a field study in a large business process outsourcing company in India, they find support for this prediction. Further, they find that the effect of reflection on learning is mediated by greater perceived ability to achieve a goal (i.e., self-efficacy). Together, these results reveal reflection to be a powerful mechanism behind learning, confirming the words of American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey: We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience.
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The Exceptional Motivational Power of Pizza

The Exceptional Motivational Power of Pizza | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Small things make a big difference in employee engagement.
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Of course the real reason she was so pleased had nothing to do with pizza or Pepsi or saving $3.25 - it was the recognition she received.

It was the simple gesture from her supervisor acknowledging that she was working diligently and doing well. The message was tangible and clearly communicated… and who doesn’t enjoy a slice of pizza?

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The Default-Thinking Method of Problem Solving

It’s vital for a business to understand the difference between the uncertainties present on an average day and the uncertainties of a major cultural shift
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The Three Levels of Business Problems

1. A clear-enough future with a relatively predictable business environment. You know what the problem is, and you can apply a proven algorithm to fix it. “If I invest $ 1 in media spending for advertising, I know that I will get something like $ 1.5 back because of market stimulation.” “The industry has average admin costs of 8 percent of total revenue. Mine are 10 percent. We should cut that back.”

2. Alternative futures with a set of options available. You have a feel for the problem and might have seen something like it before. It makes sense to test your hunch as a hypothesis. For example, “Our sales numbers are down even when we invest in more salespeople, but we have seen the same pattern in the European Union and China. We might be hiring too many new salespeople too quickly and expecting them to deliver the same payback that the existing salespeople are delivering.”

3. High level of uncertainty, with no understanding of the problem. You simply don’t know what the problem is, let alone the solution. You can see that something is wrong, but have no clear idea about what to do. For example, “Our media division is losing business to internet start-ups,” “We are investing more in customer service, but our customers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with us,” and “We are designing products that seem right for the marketplace, but the marketplace isn’t interested.”

Most of our problems tend to be in 1 or 2. Uncertainty, remember, happens when wefail to know the range of possible outcomes (and, correspondingly, their probabilities.) These are really messy problems.

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How to ‘Thrive’

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“One of the recent changes we made that has been very significant has been making it clear that no employee is expected to be on work e-mail after hours. When they are off, they are off.”

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Better Deals Through Level II Strategies: Advance Your Interests by Helping to Solve Their Internal Problems

While most of us focus on our own interests in negotiation, our counterparts are more likely to say yes to a proposal if it meets their interests. Frequently, their interests entail satisfying, or at least not annoying, their behind the table constituencies. These may include a boss, board, investor group, spouse, client, union membership, community group, NGO, political party, or the United States Senate that must ratify the treaty that negotiators prepare on behalf of the President. The author of this paper argues that a potent barrier to success in negotiation is often the prospect that your or the other side's constituents will reject the deal. While most negotiators are highly sensitive to their own constituencies, they tend to pay far less attention to the other side's constituents: that's their problem. Let them solve it. Yet one low-cost way for negotiators to advance their own interests can be help the other side solve its internal constituency problems-in a manner consistent with each both side's interests. Sophisticated negotiators have been amazingly inventive in coming up with practical and highly valuable approaches to this often‐unexplored challenge. This paper develops and illustrates several such approaches.
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  • Many negotiators experience the effect of constituencies that must formally or informally approve an agreement.
  • In negotiation, Level II challenges are the other side's internal or "behind-the-table" dilemmas.
  • Even where Level II parties do not have formal ratification power, they may often facilitate the implementation of agreements that they like and effectively block those that they do not.
  • Negotiators can meet their own interests by helping the other side resolve its Level II dilemmas.
  • There are several categories of practical measures that negotiators can use to advance their own interests by focusing on the other side's Level II negotiations.
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Why Design Is The Key To Solving Everyday Problems

Why Design Is The Key To Solving Everyday Problems | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The President of design company Quirky chats about the magic that happens when you harness the creative potential of the crowd.
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Our community is solving everyday problems. We are in touch with the heart and soul of the end user. This is a designer’s holy grail. Most product companies are separated from their end users. Companies rely on their R&D and product managers to produce the next new thing. We rely on the people that would use it to tell us what they want.

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Is your leadership presence a true reflection of who you really are?

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Here are five questions you can ask yourself and others to help determine those distinctive qualities that define your leadership.

  1. When I’m at my best, how would I describe myself?
  2. When I receive compliments, what specifically do people praise? Is there a theme to the praise?
  3. In what types of situations do I easily slip into “the zone” — meaning, with confidence and fluidity?
  4. Ask a colleague, “In what ways have I been a help to you?”
  5. Ask three people you know well: “Name five things about me that you can count on me to do.”
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Why Wearable Tech Needs To Focus On The Ear, Not The Wrist

Why Wearable Tech Needs To Focus On The Ear, Not The Wrist | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Are Google, Apple and others getting the wearable trend all wrong?
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“Hearables” are the the new wearables apparently.

According to wireless tech expert Nick Hunn, the tech industry needs to stop obsessing over the wrist and start focusing on the ear. Hunn is currently working on a thorough market forecast report on the wearable tech craze, analyzing its potential and where it’s headed. In his preview, which can be read in full herehe expects “hearables,” also known as smart earbuds, to be worth over $5 billion by 2018.

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How Tablets Are Bringing Boundless Creativity To Life

How Tablets Are Bringing Boundless Creativity To Life | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A new set of applications are turning touch devices into a mobile suite of creative tools that empowers artists.
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Like so many other technologies, tablets are tools that are helping people enrich their lives. As they continue to improve and become more prevalent in people’s lives, tablets will lower the barrier for many newbie artists

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Breaking Free From The Business Of Time

"Time is a reflection of the civilization that chooses to define it," says the Creative Director of ThePresent, an annual clock.
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Clearly the established system of time is sleeping in and needs a wake up call from the 21st century. I’m equally opportunistic, amazed and embarrassed that 365 day clocks are not more commonplace yet.
I’m in the process of discovering that the only way to ‘rethink’ any established system, especially one as calcified as time, is to provide a tool that magnifies the value of the alternative.

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