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The Unmasking Of Ego

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Great leaders often pride themselves on having a great mind. They are often thought of as brilliant philosophers, scholars, savants, sages, intellectuals, or geniuses by the outside world.
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Unmasking of the ego is getting to the heart of what matters.  

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Smartphone Market To Grow 24% In 2014

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By contrast, emerging markets -- spanning countries like China and India -- will see a 32.4% surge in shipments as consumers snap up low-cost devices.

Still, even that rate is below the 38.4% growth for the entire smartphone market in 2013.

"The smartphone market, which has experienced runaway growth over the last several years, is starting to slow. Mature markets have slowed considerably but still deliver strong revenues with average selling prices (ASPs) over $400,” stated Ramon Lamas, research manager with IDCs mobile phone team, in the release. Smartphones in emerging markets, meanwhile, typically sell for less than $250.

More affordable phones mean higher sales. IDC expects smartphone volume in emerging markets to rise to 920.8 million, or 73.5% of that total. Android devices remain the catalyst, projected to account for nearly nine in 10 (88.4%) smartphones shipped in high-growth regions. The research firm estimates some 150 phone manufacturers support Google’s Android platform, driving its proliferation.

Android-based phone makers -- especially Samsung -- also helped lead the shift toward larger screens. In that vein, IDC projects so-called phablets (smartphones with 5.5” to 7” screens) will more than double to 32.2% of the market in 2018 from 14% this year.

Apple will help to drive that increase with its expected introduction of an iPhone model featuring a 5.5-inch screen next month (along with a 4.7-inch screen model). “Apple has the ability to drive replacement cycles in mature markets despite the slower growth,” according to IDC.

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Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy, Research Shows

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In addition to all its obvious benefits in terms of cat pictures, more and more research suggests that social media has some substantial drawbacks including negative social and psychological impacts. The latest such study was performed by two Italian academics, whose research, described in a paper titled “Online Networks and Subjective Well-Being” and published on arXiv, focused on measures of “social trust.”

“Social trust” refers to the individual’s tendency to assume – or not assume – that strangers, as proxies for society in general, are benign and trustworthy, in the sense that they will “observe the rules of the game” in basic social interactions by being polite and so on.

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How Google can really help news & media

How Google can really help news & media | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, folks from Google invited me along with Kara Swisher and Audrey Cooper for a conversation about the future of news. Towards the end of the conversation, we were asked what Google could do in order to help the news and media industry. Obviously, we joked about buying the New York Times, but…
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Reinvent, Reimagine

One of the great things about the web is that it has totally and completely exploded the notion of traditional journalism. It has allowed fresh air into newsrooms and basically allowed us to reinvent what it means to be in the media business. Listicles are what made Cosmopolitan, big, fat and happy and they’ve helped Buzzfeed attain a valuation of $850 million. Data-driven feature pieces (they used to call them infographics) were commonplace in technology and business magazines like Wired and Red Herring. 

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Facebook Expands Event Ads To Mobile

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In the latest tweak to its ad system, Facebook is extending its ad format for promoting events to mobile screens, along with adding other enhancements.

Previously, the social network’s Event ads ran only in the right-hand column on the desktop. But in the coming weeks, brands with a presence on Facebook will be able to create ads to highlight events and drive responses in both the mobile and desktop news feed. The ads can be created through the self-serve Ad Create tool or Power Editor.

Along with other changes, brands and other organizations hosting events will be able to get more information about the performance of their ads, including the number of people who saw a link to the event or viewed the event, and the number of joins, saves and “maybes” it has received.

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Media Fragmentation Means Ad World's Future Based On Audience, Not Content

Media Fragmentation Means Ad World's Future Based On Audience, Not Content | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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However, as fragmentation continues, content will become less and less critical to marketers, seen more clearly as a means to an end in the ad media world, not so much the end itself -- the role it largely enjoys today.

What do you think? Will the future of media be founded -- and defined -- primarily by audience, not content?

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Web Sites, Newspapers Blur Visual Cues Of Sponsored Blogs

Web Sites, Newspapers Blur Visual Cues Of Sponsored Blogs | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Because search ads are, in effect, native ads themselves, the same issues around disclosure addressed in the FTC letter could apply by extension to in-stream ads appearing in social media feeds and other Web sites. The agency last year also updated its .com Disclosures guidelines for online advertising, taking into account the rise of mobile devices and social media marketing.

But none of that has had much impact on search engines or publishers, suggesting that the Wild West of native advertising won’t be tamed any time soon. “It’s actually going to get more interesting as consumer groups and advocates push for more [ad] transparency, and we’re all for that,” said Polar’s Vlismas.

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Data Never Sleeps 2.0 | Domo

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how much data is created by common web services every minute. Since the internet landscape changes so quickly, we thought it would be interesting to revisit the topic and see what’s changed, through the same ‘one minute’ lens.

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What Motivates Teachers?

What Motivates Teachers? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Teachers overwhelmingly report that they love their jobs, but hate their workplaces. Teachers weigh in on why they love the classroom and how things could change to make their lives easier.
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Of all the professions we studied in the U.S., teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment,”

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New Studying the Long Term Effects of Online Education

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Would you rather have 20/20 vision, better hearing than a dog or twice the amount of nerve endings in your fingers? The answer could be telling into your learning world. Neil Fleming, an experienced New Zealand teacher, started a system to better suit the preferences of students based on neuro-linguistic programming that is widely used in schools today. Fleming divided learners into three types: visual learners, auditory learners and tactile/kinesthetic learners. That 5th grader who can remember the page numbers of test questions: visual learner. The sophomore who checks out audio books instead of paperbacks: auditory learner. How about the middle schooler who’s boss in a science lab or shop class: tactile all the way. When it comes to your own personal learning style, you might already have a hunch but we’ve designed this quiz to help determine what fits you best. Don’t be surprised if you can relate to pieces of all three; it’s not uncommon to have a mix of preferences. With this knowledge under your belt, you can conquer the world! Well, you might not conquer the world (right away) but you might be able to study for that history exam in record time.

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The Difference Between Great Leaders And Posers

This may sound harsh, but the truth often is... I've witnessed far too many people in positions of leadership that wouldn't recognize an opportunity if it hit them squarely in the face. If you cannot recognize, attract, and acquire opportunity you should not be in a leadership position. Just this week [...]
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 The following list contains 5 suggestions for how to spot and evaluate opportunity:

  1. Alignment: The opportunity should be in alignment with the overall values, vision and mission of the enterprise. Any new opportunity being evaluated should preferably add value to the core, but if not, it should show a significant enough return on investment to justify the dilutive effect of not keeping the main thing the main thing. The core should be used to align, but not necessarily to exclude.
  2. Advantage: No advantage equals no opportunity. If the opportunity doesn’t provide a unique competitive advantage it should at least fill a void bringing you closer to an even playing field. Be careful however not to fall into the trap of “me too” innovation – don’t copy; create. Instead of leveling the field, think about tilting the field to your advantage, and where possible, the creation of a new field altogether.
  3. Assessment: Is the opportunity affordable, feasible, adoptable, and most importantly, is it actionable? An opportunity which cannot be implemented isn’t really an opportunity – it will likely be just another very costly distraction. Conduct your diligence before you pull the trigger, not afterwards. A ready – fire – aim approach to opportunity management usually fails to hit the target. That said, don’t be guilty of moving to slowly. Be decisive; cautious yes – hesitant no.
  4. Accountability:  Keep in mind great ideas are not always the same thing as great opportunities. Ideas don’t always have a corresponding vision, nor do they always contain a framework of accountability which helps to ensure a certainty of execution. For opportunities to become reality they must be viewed through the lenses of organizational awareness and personal responsibility. Any new opportunity being considered should contain accountability provisions. Every task should be assigned and managed according to a plan and in the light of day. Any opportunity being adopted must be measurable. Deliverables, benchmarks, deadlines, and success metrics must be incorporated into the plan. The opportunity must be detailed and deliverable on a schedule – it needs to have a beginning, middle and end. Any opportunity not subjected to sound principles of leadership will likely fail.
  5. Achievement: Opportunities are great, but achievements are better. If any of the four items above are missing the outcome will be unrealized opportunity, or opportunity squandered and lost. The smart game is not played for what could have been, or should have been, but for what was achieved.

The proverbial window closes on every opportunity at some point in time. As you approach each day I would challenge you to consistently evaluate the landscape and seize the opportunities that come your way. Better to be the one who catches the fish than the one who tells the story of the big one who got away

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change - Proud2Know

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Sarah Lewis inspires us to see that near wins will get you so much more focussed. Perhaps we could pursue more to value the near wins we have to master providing further excellence. Mastery is constantly closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Coming close to what you’ve wanted can get you to heights you never thought possible.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Dewey, Millwood, Holt...

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Visual Storytelling: Where We Are & Where We’re Headed in 2014

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This presentation was given by PR Newswire Global Director of Emerging Media, Michael Pranikoff on Dec. 12, 2013 at the BDI Visual Social Communications Leader…

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Learning What We Didn’t Know

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know what we are told we need to know. The historical methods of learning have taught us what others think we need to know. What we don't know is then up
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Learning has left the building and people are self organizing to learn what they didn’t know and gaining the information to know from each other and from global digital resources at the click of a mouse.

What happens when we learning what we didn’t know is that we now know more than we knew. Knowing more individually and collectively expands the possibilities for innovation. We expand the possibilities of innovation by creating new solutions to old problems.  Today’s problems are the result of what we didn’t know. Tomorrows solutions are the result of finding answers to what we don’t know.  Those answers come from overcoming the limits of our brains by learning what we didn’t know.  Innovation is about creating something new and valuable. It comes from learning and creating value from what we didn’t know.

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Why Should Businesses Care About Content Marketing?

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Content Marketing Brings Customers To You 

Content marketing is a way of delivering consistent and appreciated media to a specified target audience with the intentions of driving a profitable relationship. It gathers an audience’s attention and keeps it, aiding in building a company’s brand in a meaningful way among its consumers and, consequently, its popularity. It causes an audience to actually seek out a relationship, or “push” engagement with a company.

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Do you work and play well with others?

Do you work and play well with others? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
School is starting in the next few weeks. Kids all around the world will start going to classes for the first time. One of the first things they will learn is how to work and play well with others....
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Being able to work with others is not just important in school, it is also vital to innovation. We all  know that Thomas Edison was a great innovator.  He was also able to create very successful teams to help him in his innovations. To do so, he created an environment where people could join in, help create revolutionary new products and also become part of something bigger than they were individually.  The video below illustrates this principle.

So, if you are struggling with innovation, ask yourself if are you working and playing well with others. It might be the ingredient you are missing for successful innovation.

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Reading is Fundamental

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We all know that reading is important.  The book Cradles of Eminence (Little, Brown and Company 1962), studied the childhood of over 700 famous men and women.  One of the conclusions of this book i...
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His quest for learning extended to his children, even when examining a work project.  Edison’s son Theodore remembered, “…when Father was looking for something, why he would want us to look through all the references to some particular chemical.  So we’d get these books and we’d work maybe until two o’clock in the morning, putting little slips of paper in the books and stacking them up on the table and then he would read through all these references to whatever he was looking up.  The whole family sometimes was involved in that.”

Edison created a learning environment in his home and workplace.  If we want to innovate like Edison we need to create these environments as well.

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The Tree of Innovation

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3-D printers fascinate me. The thought of being able to create or duplicate things seemingly out of thin air is intriguing and exciting. It is an innovation idea that we have discussed in this blog...
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What is a tree of innovation? There are some innovations  so unique that they spawn other innovations. In the tree of 3-D Printing Innovation you have all the ideas and process necessary to get to the point where this new idea could become a reality. These are the roots of the innovation. These would include all the improvements and discoveries in regular printing and the advances in materials development that allow objects to be created.

The concept and the printer itself are the trunk of the innovation. While the trunk is important, it is the branches where the action happens. In 3-D printing you have many uses.  For example, there are applications in manufacturing, medicine and the home. Each of these are branches of the innovations that will bear different fruit.

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For Some, ’Tis a Gift to Be Simple

For Some, ’Tis a Gift to Be Simple | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Research shows that the older a person gets, the more happiness is derived from everyday activities, not extraordinary events.
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Once you know yourself, the deliberate pursuit of more ordinary things can then deliver that same level of happiness. It doesn’t hurt, either, that you may appreciate the ordinary much more once you’re more aware of the decreasing number of years you have left to enjoy it.

Older people are not set in their ways, nor should they want to be, and it would be a mistake to think we know ourselves well enough to be certain of what will give us the most satisfaction when we’re older. Retirement is just the sort of transition point that causes many people to seek new adventures and try on new ways of being in the world. No one should deny themselves that if they can afford it.

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Smart, Affordable Education is the Crux of the Global Massive Open Online Courses Market: TechNavio Report

Smart, Affordable Education is the Crux of the Global Massive Open Online Courses Market: TechNavio Report | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Global MOOCs Market is expected to record a CAGR of 56.61 percent from 2013-2018, according to a new TechNavio report.
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High cost leading students to turn to Online Learning

Extended and wide-reaching internet connectivity, escalating expenses of higher education, and the cumulative demand for highly trained workers have created a perfect storm for MOOCs worldwide, leading to a big increase in their popularity.

“In the US, the cost of a 4-year program from a public college has increased by more than 70 percent since 2000, while the average earnings of full-time workers with a bachelor's degree has declined by approximately 15 percent over the same period,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio.

“Under such circumstances, MOOCs have gained increasing popularity since their inception in 2008.”

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Social Media Facts, Figures and Stats

Social Media Facts, Figures and Stats | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Keeping up with these social media facts and figures is imperative to keep your business strategies fresh and relevant.
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  • 75 percent of the engagement on a Facebook post happens in the first 5 hours.
  • 23 percent of teens consider Instagram as their favourite social network.
  • More than two users sign up for LinkedIn every second.
  • 53 percent of interaction between Google+ user and a brand is positive.
  • 44 percent of users on Twitter have never sent a tweet.
  • 84 percent of women and 50% of men stay active on Pinterest.
  • 40 percent of YouTube traffic comes from mobile.
  • Number of snaps sent per day on SnapChat is 400 million.
  • Weekends are the most popular time to share Vines.
  • Blogs generate 67 percent more leads for B2B marketers.
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the ‘Average’ U.S. Facebook User

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There is no such thing as the average Facebook user, but play along with us: Fialkov Digital used Facebook’s audience insights to paint a picture of Facebook users in the U.S.
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  • Female (54 percent).
  • 25 through 34 (24 percent of women, 28 percent of men).
  • Married (46 percent).
  • College-educated (63 percent).
  • Renting their home (72 percent).
  • Household income of $50,000 to $75,000 per year (29 percent).
  • Living alone (27 percent).
  • Home market value of $100,000 to $250,000 (46 percent).
  • Using some kind of cards to make purchases (94 percent), usually bank cards (88 percent).
  • Working in a sales job (17 percent).
  • Accessing Facebook via desktop and mobile in the past 30 days (55 percent), with computers (34 percent) representing the most-used devices.
  • Liked 18 pages in their lifetimes.
  • Liked retailers’ pages, specifically Walmart‘s.
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Megatrends for Sales

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Massive changes in technology, demographics, customer behavior, and business economics are forcing big changes on sales organizations. Sales leaders need a cle…

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Deloitte technology media telecommunications predictions 2014

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objective is to identify critical inflection points we believe should inform industry strategic thinking, and to explain how we think these will manifest over the next 12-18 months.

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9 Minutes a Day is the Magic Number for Better Personal Branding

9 Minutes a Day is the Magic Number for Better Personal Branding | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Professionals know it's important to promote yourself to step up the corporate ladder. But if you think you don't have the time for that, think again. Personal branding expert William Arruda says all you need is nine minutes every day.
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  1. Update your LinkedIn status, letting your contacts know what you are up to or what your opinion is on a timely topic.
  2. Reach out to a former colleague or manager to reinforce your connection.
  3. Discover your brand color. Then use it in your personal communications, your email signature and your online profiles.
  4. Ask for feedback, recommendations and endorsements from managers, clients and other colleagues.
  5. Research thought-leaders
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