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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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Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives

Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Researchers are working on a new version of an algorithm that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of Things.

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How NOT to Motivate People

Here are strategies guaranteed to kill motivation. Don’t do these!
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 Which motivational strategies kill motivation, and which actually work?

1. Punishment. It is astounding how many people (e.g., managers, parents, etc.) try to use the threat of punishment to motivate others to work or behave appropriately. Punishment is designed to stop undesirable behavior. It does nothing to motivate people. In fact, this can backfire with resentment (we dislike people who punish us) and attempts to look busy rather than actually be busy.

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And also how to motivate as well - good to have a reminder

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Make Small Talk Work for You

Make Small Talk Work for You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Research reveals that most of us really don't like silence.
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In social situations, small talk may be preferable to silence, but when it comes to predicting overall happiness with conversations, people seem to prefer “big talk.” University of Arizona psychologist Matthias Mehl and his collaborators (2013) compared the happiness ratings of nearly 80 undergraduate students at the end of each of 4 days, during which they recorded snippets of all their conversations.

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How to Make Frustration Work for You

How to Make Frustration Work for You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Overcoming obstacles is the natural way to feel good.
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Our frustrations are often blamed on modern society, but monkeys had the same frustrations 50 million years ago. They could climb a high tree for a juicy mango only to have it snatched from them by a fellow monkey. But they evolved a brain that thrives on frustration, and we have inherited it. Our brain releases happy chemicals when we overcome an obstacle. But unhappy chemicals serve us too, by letting us know when Plan B is a better use of our energy. Frustration leads to new ways to feel good

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Tech Marketing Budgets to Increase 3.5% This Year

Tech Marketing Budgets to Increase 3.5% This Year | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Rebounding after several sluggish years, marketing budgets at technology companies will be up an average 3.5% this year over last year, and revenue will be up an average 3.7%, according to an International Data Corp. study released today.
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Pearson's REVEL aims to replace the traditional textbook

Pearson's REVEL aims to replace the traditional textbook | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Can the latest in instructional design research and advanced learning tech finally make students complete their reading assignments?
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According to the release, REVEL is already being used at 50 institutions in courses like Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Public Speaking. It remains to be seen whether the platform succeeds in alleviating professors' woes when it comes to students who show up to class without reading assigned materials, but feedback cited in the release is, as you would expect, positive. We'll have more details on REVEL as our Educause 2014 coverage continues.

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The Four Roots of Engagement

The Four Roots of Engagement | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Haven’t we talked about employee engagement enough? Nope! Because despite the amount of time, energy and effort that organizations around the globe are investing in helping engage people in work, things aren’t improving much. Weekly pizza socials, guest speakers and telecommuting options are certainly appealing. I like pizza as much as the next guy. And, […]
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Haven’t we talked about employee engagement enough? Nope! Because despite the amount of time, energy and effort that organizations around the globe are investing in helping engage people in work, things aren’t improving much. Weekly pizza socials, guest speakers and telecommuting options are certainly appealing. I like pizza as much as the next guy. And, sure, a monetary bonus and summer hours will certainly put a smile on someone’s face. But here’s the issue – none of these things will motivate your people day in and day out

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You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach

You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Ask, don’t tell. As a manager, you have a high level of expertise that you’re used to sharing, often in a directive manner. This is fine when you’re clarifying action steps for a project you’re leading or when people come to you asking for advice. But in a coaching conversation, it’s essential to restrain your impulse to provide the answers. Your path is not your employee’s path. Open-ended questions, not answers, are the tools of coaching. You succeed as a coach by helping your team members articulate their goals and challenges and find their own answers. This is how people clarify their priorities and devise strategies that resonate with what they care about most and that they will be committed to putting into action
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Create and sustain a developmental alliance. While your role as a coach is not to provide answers, supporting your team members’ developmental goals and strategies is essential. Let’s say that your employee mentions she’d like to develop a deeper understanding of how your end users experience the services your firm provides. 

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The Pursuit of Excellence is a Choice

The Pursuit of Excellence is a Choice | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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It’s the System, Stupid!
The late, great quality expert, W. Edwards Deming spent much of his career chastising managers for the systemic failures they perpetuated through their sloppy practices. He offered: “85% of organizational problems are system related and only 15% are related to people.” While I’m not certain of the derivation of those precise metrics, I’ll wager my 30 years of management and leadership experience that his theme is spot on.

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Living Our Core Values: Responsiveness

So the challenge with responsiveness comes down to balance. We have to balance our days so we respond in a timely manner, while taking the necessary time to offer a thorough, positive response. We have to find the ways to motivate ourselves to speed up or slow down- whichever is our greatest challenge- and we must always find a moment to take a breath and look at the quality of our response.

Responsiveness is the core value that is teaching me the most right now. I will be honest — I’m not always a willing student. Years of a deadline-driven mentality aren’t easy to shake, but I’m trying. Everyday.
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Merriam Webster defines responsiveness like this: reacting in a desired or positive way; quick to respond. We all probably think about speed when we think about responsiveness, too, but how many of us take the time to make sure our responses are positive?

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The declining economic value of routine cognitive work 

The declining economic value of routine cognitive work  | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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What kind of schoolwork do most American students do most of the time? Routine cognitive work. What kind of work is emphasized in nearly all of our national and state assessment schemes? Routine cognitive work. For what kind of work do traditionalist parents and politicians continue to advocate? Routine cognitive work.

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Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better

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One could be excused for thinking the value of a college degree is in a downward spiral. With overall student-loan debt topping $1-trillion and tuition racing upward, to college graduates facing high levels of underemployment and stagnating wages, it might appear college simply isn’t worth it.

However, a study released on Tuesday by two researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concludes the opposite is true: The value of a bachelor’s degree is near an all-time high.

The researchers, Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, found that despite some “alarming trends,” a bachelor’s degree for a 2013 graduate was worth $272,693, on average, and when adjusted for inflation, the value of a degree has hovered around $300,000 for more than a decade.

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Great Doers Don’t Necessarily Make Great Leaders

Great Doers Don’t Necessarily Make Great Leaders | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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If we want great people in management, does it make sense to promote the best doer? Not necessarily.

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A New Era for Search: The Zero Moment of Truth is Now Defined by Shared Customer Experiences

A New Era for Search: The Zero Moment of Truth is Now Defined by Shared Customer Experiences | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Searching beyond keywords: The questions that people ask over and over again.

What comes back in the Zero Moment of Truth: Patterns and context of questions, what customers find that helps them make decisions, and also why customers err to locate or value traditional content.

The communities and people of value: Where people are finding and sharing experiences outside of Google or other traditional search engines (this introduces new touch points in the customer journey).

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What an Economist Brings to a Business Strategy

What an Economist Brings to a Business Strategy | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Although many business executives sat through one, or perhaps several, courses in economics while in school, most probably took away little more than the supply and demand graphs to which they were introduced early in their first course. Ask them if they apply much else from else from economics in their actual business careers, and you’re likely to hear “not much.”

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Digital Transformation and the Race Against Digital Darwinism

Digital Transformation and the Race Against Digital Darwinism | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The answer to digital Darwinism is digital transformation. Digital transformation is the use of technology and methodology to address shifts in behavior by upgrading or overhauling processes and systems that amplify existing and unforeseen opportunities.

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Marriott Uses Oculus Rift to 'Teleport' Travelers to Hawaii, London

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Marriott Hotels has jumped onto the virtual reality bandwagon as part of its "Travel Brilliantly" campaign aimed at connecting with next-gen travelers.
The hospitality chain is taking to major cities a display in which consumers, wearing an Oculus Rift headset, can step into a phone booth-like "Teleporter" and be whisked to Black Sand Beach in Hawaii and the top of Tower 42 in London. Marriott Hotels paired up with creative studio Framestore and agency Relevent to create 3-D, 360 live-action video and photos and mix them with computer-generated imagery and elements such as mist, rumbling and wind. The Teleporter started its tour in New York City last week and will travel to eight cities before ending in San Francisco in November.

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Don't Override Your Gut; Train It For Wiser Intuitions

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Lifelong curiosity about these questions is a wonderful way to gain wiser intuitions. There are lots of tools to aid your curiosity, for example things to read that deal with these questions directly or indirectly, meditation on them as you go about your business, conversations with others about them. Just keep these questions in the back of your mind and wiser intuitions will come. The roomies will get along better and better

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In Challenging Times, Keep Fear and Failure Outside Looking In

In Challenging Times, Keep Fear and Failure Outside Looking In | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Every manager looks like a genius when the tide is rising. All too often however, the rising tide masks the real issues of performance and strategy and
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It’s the rough patches that teach you and require you to cultivate your leadership character, and part of this is keeping fear at bay and the specter of failure out of mind and out of the vocabulary of your team.

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There’s No Low-Hanging Fruit in Innovation

There’s No Low-Hanging Fruit in Innovation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Innovation efforts often start by looking for quick wins. The problem is that quick wins don't solve tough problems, and solving tough problems is what leads to competitive advantage. We're better off by going after the tough problems first.
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There is No Low-Hanging Fruit

Ihear this idea a lot when organisations are trying to ramp up their innovation efforts:

“We need to find some quick wins to get this going, so we’ll look for the low-hanging fruit.”

Here’s the thing: there is no low-hanging fruit.

If there were, we’d have picked it already. I mean, we’re not stupid, right?

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Shawn Nason, Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, September 30, 7:53 PM

Interesting perspective...I am one that believes in going after low-hanging fruit and getting quick wins, but I also want to build innovation excellence and innovation capability. Thoughts?

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The Magic Happens…

How you show up online significantly impacts your ability to make a difference in the world.
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The obvious and most impactful difference we can make in the world happens when we are present with people in real life situations.

Why? Because our in person impact is limited by geography, constrained by our personal limitations. We can only do so much in real life: speak, write, consult, train. As we show up in real life, our influence is limited to the number of people we can talk to and spend time with.

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Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online

Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The problem, however, is that the spread of rumors, misinformation and unverified claims can overwhelm any effort to set the record straight, as we’ve seen during controversies over events like the Boston Marathon bombings and the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration manipulated unemployment statistics.

Everyone knows there is dubious information online, of course, but estimating the magnitude of the problem has been difficult until now.
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It’s no surprise that interesting and unusual claims are often the most widely circulated articles on social media. Who wants to share boring stuff?

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The Attacker’s Advantage

The Attacker’s Advantage | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief it’s not finding a great idea that is the most challenging part in a corporate or start-up venture. One of the most difficult tasks is the search for the right business model to support your idea. It’s hard work and the threat of failure lurks around every corner
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As we face competitive turbulence, the key question to ask is: if we were starting our business right now do, would we do this?  If you were starting a newspaper right now, would you invest 90% of your assets and resources in print?  If you were starting a bookstore, would you make it massive and undifferentiated, in a retail location with high rents?

No.

That’s the attacker’s advantage – every time the answer is no, they don’t have to do it the old way.  They can innovate the business model.

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eLearning Future: 6 eLearning Trends

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Learning is Social
People are social animals and eLearning has become a collaborative experience full of resources to take advantage of. eLearning courses must promote the sharing knowledge, experiences, and opinions. Courses must include opportunities for interaction between learners through new technology. There are plenty of resources at the disposal of such programs including discussion boards, telecommunication tools such as email and chatrooms, social collaboration tools and blogs.
Learner-Centered Courses Are No Longer an Option But a Must
A shift to a learner-centered design model allows designers to meet the needs of all learners while maintaining rigorous expectations and quality content.By meeting students’ individual needs, the trainer can encourage them to acquire knowledge effectively.

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Always Learning

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Mobile Device Usage Overall

Mobile device usage is high and growing among elementary, middle and high school students. Older students tend to use smartphones, while younger students use tablets more often. Among notable findings:

66 percent of elementary students and 58 percent of middle school students regularly use a tablet. In 2013, 52 percent of elementary school students and 43 percent of middle school students reported that they regularly used a small or full-size tablet.
While 75 percent of high school students regularly use a smartphone, only 42 percent of high school students regularly use a tablet at home or school.

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