digitalNow
Follow
Find
18.7K views | +6 today
 
Scooped by Don Dea
onto digitalNow
Scoop.it!

No One Saw It Coming: Business Prediction

No One Saw It Coming: Business Prediction | digitalNow | Scoop.it
I’m terrible at predicting. It seems like I don’t see stuff coming until it’s just about over with.
Take Crocs for example.
more...
No comment yet.
digitalNow
Exploring leadership, management, innovation, and technology issues and trends; impacting associations & non-profit organizations in the digital age.
Curated by Don Dea
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

A Simple Formula for Distraction Subtraction

A Simple Formula for Distraction Subtraction | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 corporation, a pre-IPO start up, or a government agency, the simple formula of choose, transmit, and filter can make the difference between success and failure. In fact, many leaders who under-deliver on their goals or fail in their roles, do one or two of these things well, but not all three.
Don Dea's insight:

Fixing Failure to Choose

Here’s what I hear when I interview the leader’s colleagues:“She says “yes” too often, and we end up having 10 big priorities – that’s too many, and we lose focus.” And, “He changes priorities too frequently. If it’s a “shiny object,” then he wants to try it, and we’re left saying ‘What just happened?’”

Fix it: To deliver most effectively you first need to narrow down the universe of the “important” to a small number of key priorities that: a) are within your / your group’s capabilities, b) will directly propel your organization or initiative to its overall desired goals within a set time frame, and c) will address and remove key obstacles along the way. These priorities need to be likely to remain as important a year from now as they are today, and highly correlated to your organizational strategy.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

Marketplaces Are Eating Firms | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s..
Don Dea's insight:

Whether individual marketplaces are successful or not, the writing is on the wall that agencies and firms of any kind are in a precarious position. I believe the top firms in any industry will continue to thrive for decades to come, but there will be an overall shrinking of the bottom and middle tiers of firms as they yield to well-run marketplaces.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Is the College Model Ripe for Disruption?

Don Dea's insight:

With the rising costs of mounting student debt, education innovators are exploring ways to change the traditional college system. What might college 2.0 look like?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Skills & Attributes of today’s students

Skills & Attributes of today’s students | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Don Dea's insight:

While some of us look to the skills, some to the technology, and maybe even some to the individual, it is clear that somewhere there needs to be a generic and ‘global’ view of the learner, the (learning) climate,  and requirements for the world in which they are being prepared for. No one skill is more, or less, important than another, but it may take priority over others at different times or in different circumstances. - See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/elearning/skills-attributes-of-todays-students/#sthash.e3IeHbgW.dpuf

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014

THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The mobile industry is shifting. Mobile revenue is moving into software and services.
Don Dea's insight:

The future of mobile is being redefined. The smartphone and tablet markets are nearing saturation. The days of heady hardware growth are long gone.

BII


Mobile growth is moving into media, advertising, software, and services. Meanwhile, new devices are expanding the meaning of "mobile."



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-the-mobile-industry-2014-11?op=1#ixzz3JxcfhM6W

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Seven Reasons the Flipped Classroom Matters

Marc Sperber and Craig Roberts describe seven benefits of applying flipped classroom techniques in your courses.
Don Dea's insight:

These principles, and your future flipped class, look like this…

1. Faculty spend less time answering basic questions and more time engaging in activities and discussions that accomplish higher-level learning goals.
2. Students help each other to fill in knowledge gaps using language that makes sense them as peers, and defend their solutions to challenging real-world problems.
3. Structured readings, activities, and discussions enable students to focus more quality time on learning.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

New Pew Internet Report Looks at Perceptions and Attitudes on Privacy and Government Surveillance in the U.S.

When it comes to their own role in managing the personal information they feel is sensitive, most adults express a desire to take additional steps to protect their data online; 61% say they “would like to do more,” to protect the privacy of their personal information online while 37% say they “already do enough.”
“Far from being apathetic about their privacy, most Americans say they want to do more to protect it,” said Lee Rainie, Director of the Internet Project and a co-author of the study. “It’s also clear that different types of information elicit different levels of sensitivity among Americans.”
Don Dea's insight:

At the same time, the survey finds a universal lack of confidence among adults in the security of everyday communications channels—particularly when it comes to the use of online tools:

• 81% of adults feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using social media sites when they want to share private information with another trusted person or organization.

• 68% feel insecure using chat or instant messages to share private information.

• 58% feel insecure sending private info via text messages.

• 57% feel insecure sending private information via email.

• 46% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” calling on their cell phone when they want to share private information.

• 31% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using a landline phone when they want to share private information.

“One of the most notable findings in the study is that those who have heard the most about government surveillance are more privacy-sensitive across an array of questions in the survey,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Those who are more aware of the monitoring programs feel considerably less secure using any communications channel to share private information.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Do You Trust the Internet?

Do You Trust the Internet? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Why lack of trust undermines the effectiveness of Internet advertising
Don Dea's insight:

while 70% of US online adults trust brand or product recommendations from friends and family and 46% trust consumer-written online reviews, just 10% of these consumers trust ads on websites and 9% trust text messages from companies or brands. Since consumers don’t trust brand advertising on the Internet, Forrester concluded that marketers should integrate brand messages into online content rather than use overt forms of advertising. This hybrid message is called “branded content.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Why Corporate Boards Pay CEOs More

Why Corporate Boards Pay CEOs More | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The limits of transparency
Don Dea's insight:

“Let’s be honest,” wrote Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times, reporting on the study, “compensation at the top level is rarely based on a true marketplace. Unless a rival company tries to poach a chief executive, it is hard to determine exactly what they should be paid.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

My Intentions Are Good, Don’t They Count for Everything?

Why some declared intentions make us feel safe and others drive us crazy
Don Dea's insight:

Boring, impersonal messages that fail to inspire action are a big no-no. The subscriber’s wants and needs should be the focus of every email you send, so resist the temptation to send a message just because you want to make an announcement. Make emails enticing by keeping them brief and punchy and packing them with content that makes life more fun and more convenient for your readers.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

5 Questions You Have to Answer Before Asking for Advice

5 Questions You Have to Answer Before Asking for Advice | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Who you ask, and how you ask them, makes all the difference.
Don Dea's insight:

When we have problems or dilemmas in our lives, we often ask others for advice: “Do you think I should call him?” “Should I ask my boss for a raise?” “How can I get my teen to clean his room?” “Which cell phone should I get?” “Do you know a good therapist?” We hope for suggestions, insights, or solutions to clarify the path forward.


Except…

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

How Your Company Can Create Leaders

How Your Company Can Create Leaders | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If your company can create future leaders, it will have long lasting effects for your company.
Don Dea's insight:

In my opinion, the best leaders are the ones that are inclusive, collaborate, and really listen to their employees. The best leaders are the ones who instead of micromanaging, encourage employees to work on side projects or to explore new ideas.

more...
Eloquens's curator insight, November 23, 9:22 AM

Leadership is as much about creating leaders as it is being one.

Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

5 Rules of Emotional Intelligence for Small Business Owners

5 Rules of Emotional Intelligence for Small Business Owners | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Part of being an emotionally intelligent boss is learning to anticipate emotional responses and use them to create a more productive workplace.
Don Dea's insight:

Part of operating a successful small business is understanding how emotions affect our employees, our clients, and our customers. Whether dealing with joy or sorrow, anger orcomplacency, emotions can both help and hinder productivity. Part of being an emotionally intelligent boss is learning to anticipate emotional responses and use them to create a more productive workplace.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Why Your Fans Aren't Following You on Social Media

Why Your Fans Aren't Following You on Social Media | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Our new consumer research shows that "if you build it, they will come" isn't true for social media after all. Learn why.
Don Dea's insight:

Not surprisingly, Facebook and Twitter are the most popular platforms -- 84% of respondents expect you to be on Facebook, and 64% expect you to be on Twitter. YouTube clinches third with 44% of consumers expecting you to have a presence on the platform.

Then, things get messy: Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ have around 30% of respondents. Their differences shake out when we segment social platform expectations by age group and gender.

Instagram is more popular among the younger set (18-44) while Google+ is expected more from older consumers (45+). But that doesn't mean Google+ doesn't have an age-diverse audience -- while most platforms see a pretty big gap between what most age groups expect and what those over 60 expect, the oldest cohort sits just 1% off from the median when it comes to Google+.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

These Charts Show Just How Far The Newspaper Industry Has Fallen In 10 Years

These Charts Show Just How Far The Newspaper Industry Has Fallen In 10 Years | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Bad news.
Don Dea's insight:

Advertising revenue has fallen off a cliff. In 2000, ad revenue at newspapers was $63.5 billion. It fell to $23 billion by 2013. At the same time, Google ad revenue is rising.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

52 Of The World's Most Widespread Myths And Misconceptions, Debunked

52 Of The World's Most Widespread Myths And Misconceptions, Debunked | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A dropped penny won't kill you, alcohol doesn't keep you warm, and swallowed gum doesn't take seven years to digest. These are just three of the more than fifty rumors debunked in this compendious collection of common myths and misconceptions.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network

The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Facebook still skews significantly female. The demographic data for every social network.
Don Dea's insight:

LinkedIn is actually more popular than Twitter among U.S. adults. LinkedIn's core demographic are those aged between 30 and 49, i.e. those in the prime of their career-rising years. Not surprisingly, LinkedIn also has a pronounced skew toward well-educated users.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25

One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
When you strike the right balance between a positive and negative outlook you lead more skillfully and live a better life, and help others do the same. It’s not magic: By resetting to 75+/25- each day, you enable engagement, creativity, good health, and reduce stress.
Don Dea's insight:

A 75/25 balance between a positive and negative outlook is ideal, according to Emotional Intelligence experts -- thus answering the quesiton once and for all if it's best our glass is half empty or half full. 3/4 full works best.

Yet the daily avalanche of wireless and live workplace interactions supports the more half empty, negative outlook. In fact, problems and demands are so dominant that positive messages can sound weird. You’re much more likely to hear “What’s the problem?” than “What’s going well here?”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

12 Great Job interview Questions

12 Great Job interview Questions | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Hiring well means doing interviews that result in insights about each candidate. That begins with good questions that increase the likelihood you'll get some type of x-ray of the person – showing more of them than they are likely to want you to see. Here are 12 of my favorites for your consideration.
Don Dea's insight:

“Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine." -David Ogilvy

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

The Surprisingly Simple Secret To Getting Smarter Faster

The science of quick-study wisdom
Don Dea's insight:

Grant me the tenacity to promote my ideas when they’re viable, the humility to admit defeat when they aren’t and the wisdom to know the difference.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

5 Reasons Customers Unsubscribe from Your Email List

5 Reasons Customers Unsubscribe from Your Email List | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Do your best to avoid these common email marketing pitfalls, and your email lists should grow consistently.
Don Dea's insight:

Boring, impersonal messages that fail to inspire action are a big no-no. The subscriber’s wants and needs should be the focus of every email you send, so resist the temptation to send a message just because you want to make an announcement. Make emails enticing by keeping them brief and punchy and packing them with content that makes life more fun and more convenient for your readers.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

5 Ways Minimalism Can Make Your Small Business More Efficient

5 Ways Minimalism Can Make Your Small Business More Efficient | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The idea is the same whether you’re applying minimalism to running a small business or decorating a tiny apartment: less is more.
Don Dea's insight:


Too many choices can lead to confusion and inaction. It’s true for you, and it’s also true for your customers. You can use minimalism to limit choices for your customers and actually see better results. This is true in almost every area of your business. Limit the number of clickable links on your web pages to move customers through the sales funnel. Reduce your product and service offerings to a handful in order to make it easier for customers to weigh the pros and cons of each option. Then, enjoy how much easier it is to support, market, and advertise three products instead of a dozen.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Are Selfies and Smartphones the New Comfort Food?

Are Selfies and Smartphones the New Comfort Food? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
How Millennials satisfy the "empty self"
Don Dea's insight:

What gives the ‘empty self’ special relevance today is research about the Millennials consumer segment which suggests that this concept may be influencing their attitudes. While post-World War II cultural change influenced consumer behavior during the last half of the twentieth century; a continuation of this change may be influencing the behavior of the young consumer segment associated with the twenty-first century.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Don Dea
Scoop.it!

Is Zero Anger Optimal? Yes (with Footnotes).

Is Zero Anger Optimal? Yes (with Footnotes). | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A brief argument for why the 'right' amount of anger is none at all, pretty much
Don Dea's insight:

So a 100% non-angry individual would theoretically stand to lose in these regards: He wouldn’t get that adrenalised boost in fighting [though he wouldn’t want it if he had skill or options, and wouldn’t need it if he was scared enough]; he’d negotiate a little less forcefully with strangers who lacked bargaining power [but would achieve almost the same outcomes with calm persistence]; his righteous in-group might find his views a little too tame 

more...
No comment yet.