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Facebook by the Numbers as of May 2013

Facebook by the Numbers as of May 2013 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
How powerful is Facebook? Let us review their recent statistics as of 2013.
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Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It

Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The skills gap is not mainly about too little schooling. Survey respondents made clear that the skills learned in school differ from those required on the job; so while schooling is important, it’s not sufficient preparation for success at work. Of survey respondents who went to college, only 41% reported that knowledge learned in college helps them succeed in their current job. Seventy-two percent of respondents report that they needed to learn new skills for their current job.

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Emotional intelligence: Key to our success

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To be an effective leader, we need to be encouraging and, yes, uplifting. We want to boost people’s confidence and have a can-do attitude. This comes with positive energy, seeing the good and the potential in people, and being enthusiastic. Our EQ skills help us to truly be a highly effective leader.

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The Case for Delayed Adulthood

The Case for Delayed Adulthood | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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If brain plasticity is maintained by staying engaged in new, demanding and cognitively stimulating activity, and if entering into the repetitive and less exciting roles of worker and spouse helps close the window of plasticity, delaying adulthood is not only O.K.; it can be a boon

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To Inspire Employees, Speak Their Language

To Inspire Employees, Speak Their Language | digitalNow | Scoop.it

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, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ A company must connect with employees in their language, and help them discover how their actions lead to the fulfilment of a truly meaningful aim. Gallup says that in order to win customers, companies must win the hearts of their employees. If so, the next value creation opportunity may be right inside your company: helping the 87 percent discover enthusiasm, helping them cross over to the other side.
Read more at http://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/to-inspire-employees-speak-their-language-3580#8fdy3QoChERCElXH.99

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Most People Don’t Want to Be Managers

Most People Don’t Want to Be Managers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Of the thousands surveyed, only about one-third of workers (34%) said they aspire to leadership positions – and just 7% strive for C-level management (the rest said they aspire to middle-management or department-head roles). Broken down further, the results show that more men (40%) hope to have a leadership role than women (29%), and that African Americans (39%) and LGBT workers (44%) are more likely to want to climb the corporate ladder than the national average
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The online survey polled a nationwide sample of 3,625 full-time workers in government and the private sector, across salary levels, industries, and company sizes. It’s the first time CareerBuilder has asked about leadership aspirations in a worker survey (they now plan to track it semi-annually or annually), so we don’t know if these numbers signal an increase in people who don’t want to be leaders

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CEOs Can’t Ignore the Digital Revolution Anymore

CEOs Can’t Ignore the Digital Revolution Anymore | digitalNow | Scoop.it
This is an age of disruption. You want to be in a position where you’re anticipating the technology, its use and how it’s going to have an impact on the way business is today. Doing otherwise is likely a road to irrelevance, if not ruin.
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The enthusiasm and willingness to evolve and embrace a new way of doing things in this new age of the customer is essential.

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Leading with small, everyday gestures

What if your own everyday interactions with the people who support the work of your organization included:
Kindness: Deliberately focus on what others need. It’s often very simple: a kind word, delegation of a new and challenging project to work on or an understanding of tough times others are going through. Give them the kind words they need or the day off to help them cope. Look for moments when those around you do well and let them know that you noticed.
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Respect: Show respect to others every day and in every way you can. Simply focusing and listening to someone (even when you don’t want to or don’t have the time) is a way of showing respect. Watch the judgments, assumptions and sarcasm that may be sitting on the tip of your tongue and replace them with encouragement. Treat others with civility, particularly when stress is high.

Service: How might you be able to help those who support your organizational mission? Take time to notice when someone needs assistance and ask how you might help. Coach others because it’s an effective way to help them without getting caught in the trap of doing their work for them. Remain alert to how you can be of service in even the smallest of ways.

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A crude view of technology

A crude view of technology | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Look at the Forbes list of the 92 people who are worth ten billion dollars or more in 2012. Where do they make money? 11 of them made it in technology, and all 11 were in computers. You’ve heard of all of them: It’s Bill Gates, it’s Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, on and on. There are 25 people who made it in mining natural resources. You probably haven’t heard their names. And these are basically cases of technological failure, because commodities are inelastic goods, and farmers make a fortune when there’s a famine. People will pay way more for food if there’s not enough. 25 people in the last 40 years made their fortunes because of the lack of innovation; 11 people made them because of innovation.
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The amazingness of those decades owed a great deal to government. Not because government was inventive, but because it did things inventors in the private sector couldn't: it prioritised a high level of aggregate demand which forced the private sector to economise on labour and capital, and it invested massively in public infrastructure to maximise the benefit of past inventions

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Leadership: Do it like Ants !

Leadership: Do it like Ants ! | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Have you ever wondered  how ants demonstrate leadership qualities ?  
They are tiny. But they are never afraid to pick up objects which are sometimes bigger than them ! Wehumans get intimidated by our goals or tasks. Sometimes so much that we are afraid even to start working on them.  We give up without even trying.  But the ants just get on their job headlong.  However impossible their work might look, they just do it. They are not unnerved by the workload !
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The Top 4 Qualities of Great Mentors

The Top 4 Qualities of Great Mentors | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Courageous candor:

Compassion isn’t an excuse for dishonesty.

Fuel for courageous candor:

  1. Commit to another’s highest good. (They must believe and feel it.)
  2. Participate in their journey Don’t stand aloof.
  3. Accept mentees for who they are.
  4. Focus more on maximizing strengths than fixing weaknesses.
  5. Find paths forward that suit mentees, be flexible.
  6. Clarify goals and purpose. A powerful “why” softens the blow of tough truths.
  7. Know yourself. Mild mentors may need more candor, bold less.
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Agglomeration and Innovation

Agglomeration and Innovation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
It is well known that population and economic activity are spatially concentrated or clustered. But why does innovative activity tend to occur in clusters? What is the best way to measure this concentration? And what is the economic impact of this concentration?
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  • Empirical measurement in urban economic studies has made substantial strides forward in the last two decades, but much remains to be learned.
  • We need better insight into the long-term lifecycles of innovative places. This is true within countries-innovation cores have shifted between Detroit, Boston, Silicon Valley, etc. and will continue to do so-but also true across countries.
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Hotel Bites Internet - Internet Bites Back

Hotel Bites Internet - Internet Bites Back | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Online reviews are a modern-day fact of life for any company operating in the hospitality industry, but an Internet maelstrom erupted when one hotel's surprising response to that reality was brought to light. Namely, the Union Street Guest House in upstate New York threatened to charge those who booked wedding parties at the venue $500 for every bad review posted online by any of their guests.
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"It's amazing that companies actually do this type of thing," Hyken said. "I understand why they're concerned, but they're making the rule up for a very small percentage of people that are probably going to complain no matter where they go or what they do.

"We all hate to get a negative review, but there's always an opportunity to respond," he added. "I encourage companies that get a negative one to respond and address the issue, and hopefully get the customer to follow up with a positive one."

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/80837.html#sthash.uxNTkTv7.dpuf

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Why You Should Still Care About Moore's Law

Why You Should Still Care About Moore's Law | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Ironically, the greater IT accomplishments become, the harder they are to see. Consider Intel's latest achievement: the new Broadwell architecture that shrank microprocessor manufacturing from the previous generation 22nm Haswell process to 14nm. Since a nanometer is a millionth of a millimeter, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference without an electron microscope.
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Taking Moore's Law too literally is a mistake, especially as vendors near the lower end of practical scalability, where manufacturing challenges become increasingly severe and two year calendars tends to lengthen. However, Intel as an organization continues to take deep inspiration from Moore's postulation. The fact is, the IT industry always has prized the pursuit and capture of the impossible. - See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/80913.html#sthash.yDLsCqCT.dpuf

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9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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 Nine factors emerged as the most common paths to poor decision making. Here they are in order from most to least significant.

  1. Laziness. This showed up as a failure to check facts, to take the initiative, to confirm assumptions, or to gather additional input. Basically, such people were perceived to be sloppy in their work and unwilling to put themselves out. They relied on past experience and expected results simply to be an extrapolation of the past.
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The secret ingredient of social business success | SmartBlogs

The secret ingredient of social business success | SmartBlogs | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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One of the biggest challenges in implementing a brand advocacy program is changing the organizational culture. If you want to control every aspect of your business and not co-create and use the help of your customers, then you’ll find it very difficult to have a successful brand advocacy program.
The second challenge is to get a framework or system to help you create a successful brand advocacy program. Just like you don’t just sit down and start creating a building. You create a plan build a framework and then put the building up. Similarly, you need to create a brand advocacy program using a framework which will help you build a program which keeps in mind your business objective and the needs of your brand advocates.

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3 must-have apps for your next event

3 must-have apps for your next event | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The third application which I used recently at one of my events is Vivino, the #1 wine scanner app. I use the app to keep track of wines I’ve chosen for parties, events, or when I’m traveling. Simply take a photo of any wine label to tap into the wisdom of more than 5 million wine lovers. But first let me set the scene again: Close your eyes. No wait…. You can’t read with your eyes closed. Keep them open. Now, just imagine this: You’re on vacation in northern Italy. It’s a perfect summer day. You find this amazing little trattoria, and decide you want to order some delicious spaghetti carbonara. And of course, there’s no chance you’re going to spend the next two hours eating the best food on Earth without ordering the perfect bottle of wine to go with it.

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How big brands are making their packaging interactive

How big brands are making their packaging interactive | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Social media and product packaging may seem like unlikely bedfellows, but an effective marriage of the two will ensure your brand penetrates every level of the consumer experience. If you’re just getting started with packaging design, we highly recommend taking a browse through this guide to get you going. And of course, make sure you let us know on Facebook or Twitter about all of your success!
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The term “guerrilla marketing” is something you probably associate with outlandish stunts, like dropping a 600-pound ice block in front of a conference a competitor is hosting just to make a point, or painting a sewer to look like a coffee cup just to sneak your coffee brand into a customer’s subconscious awareness. 

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3 social marketing tools that come with super powers

3 social marketing tools that come with super powers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
For businesses looking to increase their reach everywhere, including Facebook, ShortStack can be a huge time-saver. With ShortStack, marketers don’t have to create a separate campaign for each marketing channel (website, Facebook, Twitter etc). Instead, you can create one campaign and promote it anywhere on the web.
ShortStack is also great for building landing pages, creating web forms and collecting user-generated feedback from a voting or essay contest.
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The guys over at Post Planner have created a time-saving product that does a whole lot more than just schedule posts to your Facebook Page. Once you dive into their product, you’ll notice that they make the hardest part about posting to Facebook (coming up with ideas!) a lot easier. Post Planner can generate Status Update ideas, suggest photos and even show you trending content to help you look like an expert with every post.

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Content Curation Versus Content Aggregation

Content Curation Versus Content Aggregation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Business goals: Content curation versus content aggregation
Content curation provides more business power because it establishes thought leadership in a specific niche. This positioning is key to your brand and/or business.
Content aggregation supplements your content offering by providing more information on your specific niche. It’s core value to your brand is limited because it lacks original commentary. 
Content curation goes deeper than content aggregation to help sow the seeds for your brand development and long-term value. 
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Business goals: Content curation versus content aggregation
  • Content curation provides more business power because it establishes thought leadership in a specific niche. This positioning is key to your brand and/or business.
  • Content aggregation supplements your content offering by providing more information on your specific niche. It’s core value to your brand is limited because it lacks original commentary. 

Content curation goes deeper than content aggregation to help sow the seeds for your brand development and long-term value. 

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内容策展与内容聚合的区别

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What ‘ASAP’ Really Means

What ‘ASAP’ Really Means | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Does anyone take “as soon as possible” seriously anymore? Sometimes I work late or rearrange priorities to complete an ASAP request — only to learn later that the project sat on someone else’s desk, ignored, for days or weeks afterward.
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Has this kind of request become so ubiquitous and vague as to be meaningless? How can I politely request a specific, and accurate, due date? Naturally, I need answers ASAP! EUGENE

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Puppyforce: A case study in employee engagement

Puppyforce: A case study in employee engagement | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Life-Work Infusion, which is based on four premises:
People are equally important assets to manage properly in any organization.
It is virtually impossible in this technologically-obsessed era to totally separate one’s personal from professional life.
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  1. A happy and fulfilled person is a more engaged, more motivated, more successful employee.
  2. When you keep valued people “Infused,” there is far greater likelihood of success in keeping customers, colleagues, vendors, shareholders, partners, and other consistencies delighted.
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Chief Sustainability Officers: Who Are They and What Do They Do?

Chief Sustainability Officers: Who Are They and What Do They Do? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As a CSO gains more authority, she becomes less central in in the organization by allocating decision rights and responsibilities to the functions and business units.
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A number of studies document how organizations go through numerous stages as they increase their commitment to sustainability over time. However, we still know little about the role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in this process. 

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Merging Knowledge and Information Management for Real Results

Merging Knowledge and Information Management for Real Results | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Regardless of what you may choose to call it, this is the approach that Enterprise Knowledge takes on all of our initiatives.  We’ve defined a KIM maturity continuum to help our clients understand the knowledge/information lifecycle and identify the range of potential tools, technologies, processes, and methodologies that may support their goals.

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When It Comes to Technology, Humans Are Idiots

There are a lot of things going on at the moment. Israel is tactically defending itself against Hamas -- winning the battles but losing the war, because the Israeli government can't see the big picture. The U.S. is still blaming Snowden for leaks, even though Russia clearly is able to pull damaging information pretty much anytime it wants without Snowden's help.
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At the core of each of these examples is one of three things: an excessive focus on finding someone to blame rather than doing causal analysis (understanding why the problem exists) and focusing on the actual problem; an unwillingness to do the hard work to actually fix the problem; and a stronger need to appear right than actually to be right (argumentative theory).

For instance, the goal of advertising isn't to get people to see ads; the goal is to change viewers' behavior and sell a product or idea. Let's take Hamas and Israel. To actually solve the problem, one side has to go away -- the choice is change, move or die. Unfortunately for both, the easiest path is death, which isn't exactly the smart choice for either.

Technology can help us become smarter, but it can't force us to act smart -- and that may be at the core of the world's problems, because it is also a force multiplier. It can make our dumb decisions far more dangerous

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/80832.html#sthash.OfCJw53g.dpuf

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Too Many Marketing Teams Are Stuck in the Past

Too Many Marketing Teams Are Stuck in the Past | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Five areas you need to bring up to date.
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two camps of organizational transformations in the digital age.

Camp one is characterized by cycles of digital misalignment across the company. The company makes significant investments in digital marketing, infrastructure, product design and technology to optimize digital performance, only to gut everything and start over again every two to five years. This is not only disruptive to the people in the organization but also to your company’s bottom line.

Organizations in the second camp define a pivotal moment at which they will become a digital-first company with a commitment to invest in digital marketing, technology infrastructure, and digital talents. From this point on, the organization reorganizes its workforce, strategy roadmap and investments to build a new marketing organization that fully integrates traditional and digital marketing in a sustainable way.

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