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26 Apple Designs That Never Came To Be

26 Apple Designs That Never Came To Be | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from Design Forward: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change (Arnoldsche Art Publishers), edited by Hartmut Esslinger.In 1982, Apple was in its sixth year of existence, and Steve Jobs,...
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We then determined that the next generation of a compact and “insanely great” Mac--dubbed BigMac and Baby Mac--had to bring Apple to the absolute forefront as a source of cool and friendly digital machines that everyone could use. We worked with Toshiba on a new cathode ray tube (CRT) front in order to avoid the cheap look of a regular CRT screen, and we also looked at flat-screen technology. To make the Mac as small as possible, we experimented with wireless keyboard and mouse connections. During the development of the baby Mac, Steve brought on prominent new team member Allan Kay. Given the great progress we were making with both our software team and Susan Kare’s work on the user-interface side, I felt that the Baby Mac would become one of the greatest products ever. But fate was against Steve and me; he lost a power struggle with John Sculley and was kicked out of Apple. With that, Baby Mac became my best design never to be produced. And with Steve gone, Apple had lost its soul, only to regain it twelve years later, when Steve returned in 1997.

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Why we need to declare war on war words in the workplace

Why we need to declare war on war words in the workplace | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Are your troops killing it as they go to war in the trenches? Rethink your battle plan.
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Individuals occupying a lower-ranking position tend to form highly positive perceptions of their superiors’ competence, leading them to believe that those individuals should make more of the contributions. Chris Argyris, a Harvard professor and business theorist, argued that employees in lower-ranking positions become more dependent on their superiors and defer to them more, similar to the way children become dependent on and defer to their parents

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What are the best times to post updates to social media?

What are the best times to post updates to social media? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
This infographic about the best times to post updates to social media can help.
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Light Core's curator insight, January 30, 12:13 PM

What if your audience spans time zones across the globe? Good content will always find its audience.

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Social Media Update 2014

Social Media Update 2014 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Multi-platform use is on the rise: 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from 2013, when it stood at 42% of internet users.
For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors.
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Light Core's curator insight, January 30, 12:10 PM

There's only so much growth that Facebook can have now that they have over 1.39 billion users monthly. 

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Study: Just half of Millennials watch video on TV

It also found 84 percent of this age group has streamed a full-length TV program over the past six months, while only 54 percent watched live TV and 33 percent viewed DVR content.

Fifty-one percent dub their Netflix subscriptions “very valuable,” compared to 42 percent for broadcast and only 36 percent for cable.

Meanwhile, among Generation Xers, video on demand is big. Among those who have access to VOD, three-quarters use it at least once a week.

And sorry, advertisers: Gen Xers say they employ DVRs in order to avoid commercials.
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New research from E-Poll Market Research, performed on behalf of NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association, found that just 55 percent of people 13-34 consider television their primary viewing platform.

The report predicts other platforms, including laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices, are poised to become the dominant media.

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Word of mouth is worth $6 trillion in spending

Word of mouth is a valuable piece of the advertising puzzle.

A recent study by (admittedly biased) Word of Mouth Marketing Association found that online and offline word-of-mouth recommendations account for 13 percent of consumer sales, which works out to a total of $6 trillion in spending annually.
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For higher-priced categories word of mouth is an even larger factor, accounting for nearly 20 percent of sales.

While social media no doubt plays a role, traditional face-to-face word of mouth produces about two-thirds of WOM’s measured business impact, compared to just one-third for online WOM.

The study also estimates word of mouth amplifies the effect of paid media by 15 percent on average, and that its impact happens closer to the time of purchase than traditional media, usually within two weeks.

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Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me!

Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me! | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A message to managers: stop trying to motivate employees with methods that just don't work!
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  1. Recognize you cannot motivate me because I am already motivated. I am always motivated. But your leadership can make it more likely for me to experience high-qualitymotivation. Take the time to talk to me about why I am motivated as I am. You’ll be amazed where we can go from there.
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10 Ways to Retain Great Employees

10 Ways to Retain Great Employees | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The cost of turnover is expensive and often way underestimated. The cost of turnover is even higher when you lose a great employee, so read more for 10 ways to help retain those superstar employees.
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Retention starts with the hiring process. Hiring great employees isn’t just about finding employees with the right set of skills and experiences. It’s important to find out what motivates the employee, what they find satisfying and dissatisfying in a job, what their short and long range career goals are, the type of boss they like to work for, and assessing for cultural fit. You have to go beyond the resume and LinkedIn profile, and dig deep with phone screens and in-depth interviewing.

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Encourage and empower through contribution management

Encourage and empower through contribution management | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Performance management is important. An effective performance-management system identifies desired targets and goals at the start of the year (or of the performance period), and tracks efforts and progress towards those relevant goals.
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Performance management is important. An effective performance-management system identifies desired targets and goals at the start of the year (or of the performance period), and tracks efforts and progress towards those relevant goals.

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6 Trends That Will Define The Workplace In 2015

6 Trends That Will Define The Workplace In 2015 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Generation Y is on charge. But how long for?
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From a huge increase in job-hopping and the bizarre trend of working from petrol stations, to a worldwide Gen-Y takeover, corporate life will see some significant shifts this year.

Understanding these is imperative to success in the corporate world, both as an employee and an employer.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/6-trends-that-will-define-the-workplace-in-2015-2015-1#ixzz3Q5ls9S2f

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The do-or-die struggle for growth

The largest corporations rarely sustain strong growth unless they compete in the right places at the right times. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Growth is once again top of mind for business executives. As they turn their attention from improving the operational performance of their companies to making those companies grow again, many of them will follow the standard message: consistently strong, value-creating revenue growth lies within reach of major corporations that pursue best practice in strategy, marketing, operations, and organization.

Or does it? Execution and fundamentals are certainly vital, but growth, particularly for the largest companies, requires more than best practice. At the median annual revenue level of today's Fortune 100—about $30 billion—a corporation would in effect have to create a $2 billion company each year to sustain 6 percent top-line growth. Can investors and capital markets reasonably expect that kind of performance? How do some companies achieve it?

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Just-in-time strategy for a turbulent world

Uncertainty and rising levels of risk make it impossible for companies to determine the future. But a portfolio-of-initiatives approach to strategy can help ensure that companies take full advantage of their best opportunities without taking unnecessary risks.
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The classic approach to corporate strategy starts with a presumption: that with sufficient analytical rigor and an adequate assessment of the probabilities, strategists can pave a predictable path to the future from the matter of the past. In this world, they make reasonable assumptions about the evolution of product markets, capital markets, technology, and government regulation and, in effect, "assume away" most risk. Chief executive officers articulate strategy every few years, often in the context of a change in top management.

Such traditional strategy formulation often pays lip service to the perspectives of the capital markets, to changing industry structures, and to the forces at work in the environment. But in reality, a "visionary" corporate strategy is often an internally driven reflection of what the company wants the world to look like.

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, January 28, 10:53 AM

Nice approach, but far easier said than done, and I reject the basic premise that the future cannot be seen. This is like sailing into dense fog and reacting after you hit rocks.

Marc Picornell's curator insight, January 29, 4:29 AM

Are you sure about that? Taking risk is the only way for a good ROI and high margin!

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Planning on resilience

Batch processes gives you a fallback. If the first printing is a little off, you can fix it in the second (if the first printing is small enough). When you know the email address of the people you're dealing with, for example, you can easily reroute people and change expectations. If you know how to contact the ticket holders, you can let them know in advance that the theater roof is under repair. You can fix things today and get them right for tomorrow without disappointing a mob of people in real time.

There's a huge difference between interacting with customers one at a time, one after another, and learning as you go, vs. interacting with everyone, all at once, in parallel.

The arrogance of most web launches (from hip new sites to healthcare signups) is that they assume that nothing will go wrong if they do it live. So they try to do it live for everyone, at once.

When someone you have no data on bounces, you have no way to ask them to come back.

The only part of a launch that should be live is the part that benefits from being live. Everything else ought to be in a batch, reserved, asynchronous and capable of recovery.

It's a journey, not an event, and working in asynchronous batches is a smart way to stay resilient.
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That thing you're launching: what if it fails to function?

The challenge of doing something for a crowd in real time is that if it doesn't work, you're busted. You have no way to alert people, to spread out demand, to reprocess inquiries. 

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Average is just another word for mediocre

Average is just another word for mediocre
If you think your organization needs a bigger marketing budget, maybe you just need to be less average instead
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Will your employees report wrongdoing by higher-ups?

If someone were taking inappropriate or illegal actions in your organization, you, as a business leader, would hope that another employee who was aware of these actions would report the matter. You strive to set up an organization in which reporting a concern could be done without fear of retaliation.
But what if an employee believed that any action taken by someone higher on the corporate ladder was, by default, appropriate; or blindly assumed that senior management was aware of these questionable activities?
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Individuals occupying a lower-ranking position tend to form highly positive perceptions of their superiors’ competence, leading them to believe that those individuals should make more of the contributions. Chris Argyris, a Harvard professor and business theorist, argued that employees in lower-ranking positions become more dependent on their superiors and defer to them more, similar to the way children become dependent on and defer to their parents

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Amazon WorkMail Takes On Microsoft And Google For Enterprise Email And Calendars

Amazon WorkMail Takes On Microsoft And Google For Enterprise Email And Calendars | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Amazon has a new product called WorkMail debuting today (via Forbes), which is an email and calendaring service that aims to provide those tools for corporate customers. The tech is based on Amazon Web Services, and aims to best the reigning champs (which include Microsoft, and to a lesser extent, Google) in terms of ease of use and security.

The WorkMail product is compatible with existing client software like Outlook, and as such it could be easier to substitute for legacy Exchange email service offerings in place at many big corporate institutions provided by Microsoft. WorkMail is also encrypted once they’re sent, according to the Wall Street Journal, and then decrypted via a company-controlled key at the other end of the tunnel when received by the intended target. Emails are stored on Amazon servers located in geographic areas designed by its clients, marking another security feature that may be especially appealing to European customers post-NSA revelations.

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My top 10 tech trends

My top 10 tech trends | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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First, social media IS the new media. Get over it. Social media is about learning, connecting, creating. It’s about relationships. It is our landscape, and it’s thorny, but it’s here—and we need to leverage it and teach in it. Our students deserve agency and the ability to engage and share their voices creatively and academically.  If social media is blocked in your district or school, get it unblocked. In 2015, this is an urgent equity issue. It’s an intellectual freedom issue. Lead the teaching in leveraging social media to model authentic ways to communicate, and collaborate, to build community, and to let our children participate!

2. Transparency is the new platform (for student work and student reading)

Platforms like Google Classroom and Subtext allow us to enter students’ work formatively, to intervene in the writing and research processes, to observe products and growth. We should take advantage of opportunities to guide, comment, and analyze, and reflect on student work.Michelle Luhtala, department chair at New Canaan (CT) High School, who is watching Google Classroom evolve into a real learning management system, believes that both Hangouts and Classroom increase co-teaching opportunities. We can be in more places at once. We model the use of new tools and increase our own time w

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Humility and the Effective Leader

The most effective leaders I know are simultaneously courageous and humble in the face of ambiguity and adversity.
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the art of leading and managing effectively is knowing which decisions you can outsource and which you and you alone must be accountable for. Don’t shirk your responsibility to make decisions that enable action. Just don’t confuse this with the need to make all of the decisions.

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Study: More people multi-tasking while watching TV

A recent study from TiVo, the digital video recorder company, found that the percentage of folks who multi-task while watching the tube has soared over the past year.

It has gone from 51 percent to 36 percent, according to a survey of 856 respondents. They said they multi-task either every or almost every time they watch TV.
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Still, TV remains people’s most important activity while multi-tasking, with 47 percent reporting they pay primary attention to TV.

Just 27 percent of their time is focused on only watching TV, compared to 35 percent last year.

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With mobile devices, we're all different

With mobile devices, we're all different | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The personal nature of mobile requires a personal and tailored approach to advertising to truly influence customers’ purchase decisions.

Marketers need to learn not only who are their most receptive consumers and how they are using mobile devices across their path to purchase, but also when to reach them with the most relevant message during their mobile activities to drive further action and conversion.

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Survey: People trust the internet, for now

When it comes to the future of privacy, the experts surveyed by Pew are divided. Some believe governments and corporations will continue to expand their tracking and monetization of personal information, while others think new methods will emerge that allow people to better control their online identities.
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One thing many in both groups agreed upon is that living a public life online is the new default, though there are very different arguments on whether this is harmful or helpful.

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How to Become a Conscious Leader

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Conscious leadership is not accidental.  It is intentional.  In our experience, this intention and commitment is not a one-time decision.  In life we all commit.  We commit to lose 10 lbs, to be a more present parent or to achieve our sales goals.  We commit and then we drift away from our commitment.  We find ourselves eating a cookie, zoning out while talking to our kids or doing something other than the next action step to reach our sales goal. 

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The granularity of growth

A fine-grained approach to growth is essential for making the right choices about where to compete. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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What are the sources of corporate growth? If, like many executives, you take an average view of markets, the answers may surprise you: averaging out the different growth rates in an industry’s segments and subsegments can produce a misleading view of its growth prospects. Most so-called growth industries, such as high tech, include subindustries or segments that are not growing at all, while relatively mature industries, such as European telecommunications, often have segments that are growing rapidly. Broad terms such as “growth industry” and “mature industry,” while time honored and convenient, can prove imprecise or even downright wrong upon closer analysis.

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Learn to tell a great story

Learn to tell a great story | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Now more than ever great leaders are great storytellers. Storytelling helps executives weave rich narratives that inspire their organizations, set a vision
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While it sounds wonderful, storytelling can be hard work and labor-intensive. You don’t want to tell just any story, but rather one that really captures your call to action. These steps, adapted from an article by Robert Thompson, can help you develop effective stories for your workplace

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11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day

11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day | digitalNow | Scoop.it
By getting to the heart of what makes some leaders truly great, you can become pretty remarkable yourself.
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What's happening in the world today?

The best leaders begin their day with the news because they know that what's happening in the world today can have an effect on their business. They stay ahead of technological and industry advances so that they — and their companies — can evolve along with the rapid pace of change.



Read more: http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/11-things-remarkable-leaders-think-every-day.html#ixzz3Q5kVPJii

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Six Things to Keep in Mind Before Goal Setting

Six Things to Keep in Mind Before Goal Setting | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Too often goal setting is a waste of time. The problem is not with goals. It's with the goal setting process itself. Here are 6 tips to set goals that work.
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The problem is not with goals. Goals provide focus, create momentum and help us stay on track.

The problem is with the goal setting process itself – choosing the right goals and setting up the right support for them.

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