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Teachers Don't Work Hard Enough? Think Again!

Teachers Don't Work Hard Enough? Think Again! | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Think teachers don't work hard enough? Think again! This infographic looks into an average teacher's day.
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The Apple Watch Will Make Work More Delightful and Reshape Employee Engagement

The Apple Watch Will Make Work More Delightful and Reshape Employee Engagement | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Apple Watch will make work easier and more impactful. Through a constrained interface, powerful one-tap actions, and intimate data it will collect, people will be better at their jobs and form new bonds with coworkers previously not possible.
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Forget about Social Media for a moment. What’s your mobile strategy?

Forget about Social Media for a moment. What’s your mobile strategy? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Who on your team is thinking about designing mobile experiences? How is mobile tied to the overall digital strategy? How is social and mobile complementing your web strategy? More importantly, how are people connecting or attempting to connect with you and how would they define the experience?
Answering these questions will help you design for tomorrow’s digital strategy right now. The future of online experiences is distributed, but it is also integrated in its ability to tell your story while delivering exceptional experiences optimized for each channel. Like the classic web and social media, mobile is just one of the many channels that requires a dedicated approach. And, as we’re learning, mobile will become one of the most if not the most important channel for customer engagement.
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6 Traits To Look For When Hiring Executives

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If you have not hired an executive for a specific functional area before, you can do the following homework:

Find the best people in the industry for the position you are hiring, and ask them for the specific traits you should look for.  E.g. when hiring a CFO, ask the best regarded CFOs for their advice in what to look for in a CFO.
Talk to other CEOs who have recently made a similar executive hire.  How did they go about the process?
Engage a search firm.  Often a search firm will help you find a strong set of candidates for executive hires.
Ask your board members for help in terms of the job req, contacts to pursue, or interviewing the candidates for a function - especially if the board members has had past operating experience in the function, or has worked with an excellent set of executives for the function in the past.
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B2B Marketers on Their Most Important Go-to-Market Strategies

B2B Marketers on Their Most Important Go-to-Market Strategies | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Not surprisingly, understanding buyer needs or pain points (69%) counts as the most important go-to-market strategy for a product launch, according to a Regalix survey of senior B2B marketing executives and business leaders, a significant share (39%) of whom hail from the software & internet industry. The survey finds that websites and email are the top digital channels used for product marketing, while trade shows are easily the most popular offline channel. As far as content marketing goes, respondents cited product videos as the most suitable for introductory and growth phases of the product lifecycle.
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Career Decisions

view this as the most important thing to optimize for in a job.  Network includes both who you work with, and for, day to day.  But equally important, who are the network of people at and around the company (founders, employees, investors, advisors, etc.)?

In Silicon Valley networks of people work together repeatedly.  If you fall in with the right crowd, you will have outsized opportunities over time.  Being part of the original PayPal network exposed you to companies like LinkedIn, Yelp, Tesla, SpaceX, and Facebook.  Similarly, ex-Googlers are now senior executives or VCs involved with the top companies in Silicon Valley (Facebook, Sequoia, Dropbox, Pinterest, etc.).  People who were early at Google now know people at every major company in Silicon Vally.

The people who invested in, partner with, or advise the company you join may get to know you over time and impact your career in large ways.

Falling into the right network early on usually means a career full of interesting opportunities.  I would overweight this factor as well as market/growth rate below.
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Rekindle Your Leadership with Rookie Smarts

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Leading successfully in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world demands rapid learning. As Jack Welch observed “an organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

Learning under conditions of uncertainty is a topic addressed in the book “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” by Liz Wiseman which describes a study that explored how experienced versus inexperienced people learn and tackle problems.
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Should You Hire A COO?

Why A COO?
A COO is not about the title, but rather the background and experience you are looking for.  Optimally, you want someone who will come in to complement, operationalize and execute your vision as a founder.  Many technical or product focused founders want to (and should) remain focused on the product and overall market strategy.  In parallel the COO would build out and manage areas that the founders lack bandwidth, interest or experience in.  E.g.:
Add executive bandwidth and a business partner for technical or product focused founders.  
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5 People Who Destroy Your Culture

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5 People Who Destroy Your Culture
The old saying "one bad apple spoils the bunch" holds especially true for company culture.  Keeping around any employee who is a bad culture fit can destroy your team's working environment. If people think bad or counterproductive behavior is acceptable they will imprint on this and either start acting badly themselves or want to leave the company to work in a more positive environment.
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Why leadership capacity is not the goal

High-performance organizations …
Bet on leadership. High-performance organizations make the strategic decision to invest — actually, it is more of a bet — on leaders and emerging leaders. It’s a bet because the return is uncertain. Think about men and women you have “bet on” in the past. Some of these bets have probably paid off big, while others may have been a complete bust. High-performance organizations continue to place thoughtful bets, weighing the odds along the way, because they know if they fail to prepare future leaders, they are preparing to fail. The organization with the most leaders wins!
Act as one. Alignment multiples impact. Have you ever been part of an organization traveling at high rates of speed with no clear direction? It is exhausting, frustrating and futile. High-performance organizations work diligently to prevent this. This takes different forms in different organizations, but the principle is the same: Everyone in a high-performance organization needs to know what’s important and why. Clarity at this basic level can transform an organization. And it is possible! A lack of clarity is a lack of leadership.
Win the heart. Does your organization care about your employees? Certainly you want them to be successful at work — how about successful in life? What do your employees dream about? Do you know? Are you helping them fulfill their dreams? When people believe an organization really cares about them, you have a shot at winning their heart. Combine extraordinary levels of care with ownership, accountability and meaningful work aligned with their personal strengths, and you’ve created a fully engaged worker. When this happens, you begin to see the untapped potential resident in every person. For every pair of hands you hire, you get a free brain, but the key to this potential resides in the heart. Engagement energizes effort.
Excel at execution. No organization can pretend to be a high-performance organization if they cannot execute consistently. Recently, a leader told me he was only concerned with execution. The word picture that immediately came to mind was the gymnast who decides she just wants to do the dismount. Of course, this is absurd. Where do the height, energy and momentum come from to execute the dismount and stick the landing? From the routine which precedes the dismount! The same principle is true in high-performance organizations: Execution is the dismount and it certainly matters. However, to bet on leadership, act as one, and win the heart greatly increases the chances of sticking the landing.
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New leaders: Quell the fear factor

Research tells us that when presented side by side, fear will always trump opportunity. It is that powerful. Routine and predictability give us a sense of control. When there are big changes, we are suddenly thrown into a state of uncertainty. “What am I doing wrong,” we ask ourselves, “to make my employer think that things should change?”
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Unleashing the introverted leader

Unleashing the introverted leader | digitalNow | Scoop.it
An introvert can make it, I believe, in such positions if he remains aware of who he is and how he may be perceived. Remember that many of your co-workers prefer extroverts or extroverted qualities of open communication and accessibility. This is particularly true when that is what they have come to expect from those that they report to (such as if your predecessor was an extrovert).
Make sure that people understand that your preference for quiet and delayed, thoughtful responses does not reflect in any way on them and does not communicate dislike or distance. It’s simply how you recharge and process information best.
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Why the CEO Needs to Be the 'Consistent Emotional Orchestrator'

The CEO needs to be mindful of others’ desire for balance, while guiding and inspiring them to focus on the action required at the moment. Understanding and teaching that it doesn’t matter what the doing is, focus singularly on the doing and you will drop your worries, anxieties, jealousies, anger, grieving and distraction

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” ~Zen proverb.
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8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

In business, a leader’s ability to strategically plan for the company’s future is of the highest importance. Your company will not be successful if you don’t have the strategies and execution plans in place to reach your objectives.

Great plans stem from great planning sessions. However, planning sessions are traditionally viewed as boring and unproductive. In fact, according to a recent survey, 71 percent of professionals in the U.S. felt that meetings were fruitless. This is a direct result of poorly executed meetings.
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Social media is not your saving grace: Experiences should first be defined and supported

Social media is not your saving grace: Experiences should first be defined and supported | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Social media experts will tell you, and they’ll make a pretty good case too, that it is the golden key to unlocking meaningful customer relationships and the gateway to surprising and delighting them over time. So how does social media do this? Well all it takes is to listen, be part of the conversation, curate great content, run native advertisements, and oh yeah, be transparent and authentic. Done and done.
Well, wrong and wrong.
Social media isn’t going to save your business nor is it going to make it. This may sound commonsensical, but to succeed in business takes much more than a Facebook or Twitter account. Hostess baked over 400,000 likes on Facebook and yet the iconic American brand is now shut down. Even small businesses are not immune to the real world. According to the SBA, over 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years. Social media isn’t saving those businesses either.
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5 Proven Principles of Effective Goal Setting

5 Proven Principles of Effective Goal Setting | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Nearly 2300 years ago the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about four causes of change and one of the causes he identified was what he called the final causes – an exploration into why things came about. Aristotle identified the final cause as one of the as change happening as the result of a defined purpose or end goal. The idea being that purpose or an end result is a catalyst for change.
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The Future of Business is About Experience Architecture

Digital Darwinism is forcing businesses to #AdaptorDie. Many realize that customers are different. At the same time, leaders understand that how employees want to work is also changing. Yet, they’re frozen in the past, undermining the future simply because they do not know what to do and how. After all that is known, it is the unknown and the fear of venturing into the unfamiliar that becomes paralyzing.
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Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit

Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit | digitalNow | Scoop.it
It’s frequently said that those who lead, read. Research has shown that reading keeps leaders smart, creative and social. For those who want to lead, reading is not a nice to have or a luxury, reading is a habit successful leaders consider critical to their success.


“In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren(Buffett) reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out”.” – Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
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Habits are the Invisible Architecture of Everyday Life

Habits are the Invisible Architecture of Everyday Life | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. Research shows that each day, we repeat about 40 percent of our behavior, so our habits shape our existence, and our future.
If our habits work for us, we’re far more likely to be happy, healthy, and productive—and if our habits don’t work for us, we’ll find it tougher.
So if we want to change our lives, changing our habits is a great place to start. But that observation just raises another question: Okay, how do we change our habits?
Many experts offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Do it first thing in the morning. Do it for thirty days. Start small. Give yourself a weekly cheat day.
It’s tempting to look for a magic, universal answer—but as we all know from tough experience, no magic answer exists.
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Rekindle Your Leadership with Rookie Smarts

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Leading successfully in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world demands rapid learning. As Jack Welch observed “an organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

Learning under conditions of uncertainty is a topic addressed in the book “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” by Liz Wiseman which describes a study that explored how experienced versus inexperienced people learn and tackle problems.
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How Marketers Can Thrive in an Era of Digital Darwinism

How Marketers Can Thrive in an Era of Digital Darwinism | digitalNow | Scoop.it
I share the rise of Generation C and how an era of connected consumerism created the perfect storm for digital Darwinism to accelerate. We also discuss how the future of marketing takes more than technology, it takes a philosophical shift to create meaningful and shareable experiences.
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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute | digitalNow | Scoop.it
It turned out that everyone was a little competitive on online donation platforms: people on average gave about £10 more after seeing others' large donations.
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But men donating to attractive female fundraisers were extra competitive. They contributed £28 more than the last guy, on average.

"The results were quite surprising, actually, in that they were completely in line with the theory that men are hardwired to act competitively in this way," says Sarah Smith, an economist at the University of Bristol and a one of the researchers behind the study.

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10 Behaviors of Smart People

10 Behaviors of Smart People | digitalNow | Scoop.it
They can reason.
I will never get this as long as I live: Even when presented with irrefutable evidence that they’re wrong, many people will consistently hold their ground as if their life depended on it. Without critical thinking, logical reasoning, causality, and the scientific method, we’d still be living in the dark ages.

They don’t follow fads.
We live in the golden age of fads and pseudoscience. Frankly, nothing speaks louder to the dumbing down of society that was portrayed so accurately in Mike Judge’s futuristic spoof Idiocracy. Urban Dictionary calls it a "movie that was originally a comedy, but became a documentary.” Truth.
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How Power Affects Your Productivity

For leaders, deepening your self-awareness will help you acknowledge that people see you as powerful (and maybe even a bit scary). Never forget for a moment that your whisper is a shout. As far as your employees are concerned, you hold their fate in your hands, and your emotions spread easily to them. In the end, knowing how to use your power will enable you to consciously choose to create a climate in which everyone can be and do their best.

Let’s not give in to the dissonance that has become the default in so many companies.
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B2B Vendor Websites: Whats Important, and Whats Lacking?

B2B Vendor Websites: Whats Important, and Whats Lacking? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Only 12% definitively said that B2B company blogs aid them in the vendor discovery process, with 19% saying the same about social media;
While 4 in 10 said these channels sometimes help them, more than one-third reported that blogs (34%) and social media (38%) do not play a part at all in their discovery process;
Similar breakdowns were found for these channels’ roles in establishing credibility, with only about one-fifth saying they definitively do;
Buyers were generally as likely to say that social media activity and blogs don’t establish a company’s credibility as they were to say they “sometimes” do;
Respondents were more likely to say that a company’s social media activity and blogs are not a factor in the vendor decision-making process (46% for each channel) as they were to say that these channels have a lot (3% each) of impact or that they’re important but not a deal-breaker (20% each).
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When is Revenge Most Satisfying?

When is Revenge Most Satisfying? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The researchers found that people who retaliated against members of close-knit groups found the revenge far more satisfying. Despite the fact that the person who was receiving the punishment was entirely blameless, hurting them felt good. “These results show that revenge that is directed against seemingly innocent third-party targets can actually have hedonic benefits and achieve a state of re-established justice in the eyes of victims,” the researchers write.
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