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Inspiring Quotes & Thoughts On Mobile Learning

Mobile is the future of workplace learning. It is not just a statement, but something I believe in. There are many a thinkers in the domain that I
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"The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their situation or context. Nothing more. Nothing less. And they want it at the moment the need arises. Not sooner. Not later. Mobiles will be a key technology to provide that learning support."


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Digital hives: Creating a surge around change

Here we present four specific approaches to the creation of what we call digital “hives”—electronic hubs bristling with collective activity and designed to solve a particular problem or set of problems, to drive new habits, and to encourage organizational change (exhibit). Digital tools to facilitate networking and collaboration propel these “horizontal” cascades, which at their best can weave new patterns of engagement across geographic and other organizational boundaries. In this way, they make it possible to have new conversations around problem solving, unlock previously tacit knowledge, and speed up execution.
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Meet The Smartest Emoji In The Chat Room

Meet The Smartest Emoji In The Chat Room | digitalNow | Scoop.it
“Initially our stickers look like any other emoji, with the same cartoon features and limited emotional range. But take a closer look and you’ll find yourself wondering whether that winking smilie or time-out gesture is actually conveying something far more subtle and uniquely personal to you,” says Sm@rt Stickrs co-founder Dorian Gray.

“That’s because Smart Stickers have an inner life — thanks to our unique machine learning algorithms. Bottom line: these stickers are deeply human.”
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3 Ways Thinking Small Will Improve Employee Engagement

BE REAL, FUN, INVOLVED, AND EMPOWERING

An entrepreneurial CEO recently brought me in to help build leadership bench strength. Rather than “train,”  we built a vision, identified priorities and then a business case for a program with a significant spend but a massive ROI.

The CEO stayed out of the room until the team presented their “case” along with theme music and dramatic visuals at the end of the day. His eyes glistened, and his commen
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TripAdvisor users 3x more likely to have other travel mobile apps: report

TripAdvisor users 3x more likely to have other travel mobile apps: report | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The travel sector is growing much more technology-savvy in 2015, with the widespread adoption of mobile room keys and airline apps integrating with mobile payment systems. Therefore, marketers should be aiming to reach the largest audience possible on mobile to showcase their products or services.
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3 Communication Mistakes Screwing Up Teamwork

ASSUMING MAL-INTENT

Sure people play games… but not most of us, most of the time.  Don’t let an innocent oversight like being left off an email or out of a meeting degrade trust.

I’ll never forget the time a peer executive left me off a meeting invite. Our departments had some competing priorities, and I was sure it was intentional. I stewed on it for weeks. Finally after I’d let the fuel from my fabricated fable of his intentions combust into full-on stupidity, I blew a gasket when he asked me to move one of my meetings around so he could attend. As the drama unravelled, it became obvious that the original oversight was just that, an oversight.

We cleared the air and it never happened again. I could have saved both of us a lot of angst by just picking up the phone and asking to be included.
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How to Stop Having Stupid Staff Meetings

CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS

Use staff meetings to gain alignment on cultural issues and how you’re going to respond to specific situations. “Let’s kick this around” topics are great.

“Let’s talk about how we’re going to address supervisors who are getting great results the wrong way.”
“How are we going to respond when someone is chronically late?”
“What’s really getting in the way of people using our new system?”
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The Elephant in the Room

Ask your team, “What are the conversations we’re not having that we should be having?” And then, go there.

- See more at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/communication-listening/how-to-stop-having-stupid-staff-meetings/#sthash.LqGZFoEJ.dpuf

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The Power of A Good Practical Joke

“Taking the time to polish a pun or fine-tune a practical joke is a way of saying, ‘I’m thinking about you and I want to please you.”
-Andrew Hudgin
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Internet2: Building a Community for Innovation

Internet2: Building a Community for Innovation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
While we can easily see through observation that there has been a lot of work going on already with the network, on trust and identity, on the amount of data we're sending around, on storage, and more… still, I envision starting first with community input.
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Should Every Idea Make Sense?

Should Every Idea Make Sense? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
How Could a Baby Fall out of a Twenty-Story Building and Survive?
The other critical element of lateral thinking is team collaboration. Below, I am going to give you two lateral thinking puzzles. There’s not a doubt in my mind that their solutions come faster with the collaboration of others. But, be aware that when you look at these puzzles, remember that your first thought should not be the ultimate solution, but rather a lateral thought about the situation or the environment.

How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live? Right away your logical mind envisions a baby falling from the 20th floor. Nix that quick conclusion. Who said the baby fell from the twentieth floor? Maybe the baby fell out of a window on the first floor.
A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says ‘Thank you’ and walks out. This is a simple, yet baffling statement that is hard to solve by going directly for the explanation. Do the man and the barman know each other? Is there something wrong with either of them? Is either of them unstable or might there be another condition present? You work around the edges before honing in on the center. Perhaps the barman saw that the man had a bad case of hiccups.
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Leaders Need To Bridge The Generation Gap

But perhaps it is time to step back for a moment. Millennials are the only people in the workforce to have grown up with technology, and so are probably much better placed to have a sense of what is going on than their superiors. Of course, these “digital natives” lack experience and knowledge of how their organizations work. However, that may not be the disadvantage that it used to be. In a world that is, by common consent, changing faster than ever before a detailed knowledge of how things used to be is of questionable relevance. Maybe organizations seeking to understand what is going on can find a short-cut by engaging better with some of their newer recruits.
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How successful people work less and get more done

How successful people work less and get more done | digitalNow | Scoop.it
productivity per hour declines sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours, and productivity drops off so much after 55 hours that there's no point in working any more. That's right, people who work as much as 70 hours (or more) per week actually get the same amount done as people who work 55 hours.
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Successful people know the importance of shifting gears on the weekend to relaxing and rejuvenating activities. Like Spencer, they use their weekends to create a better week ahead.

This is easier said than done, so here's some help. The following list contains 10 things that successful people do to find balance on the weekend and to come into work at 110% on Monday morning.



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The Most Trusted Companies in America

The Most Trusted Companies in America | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Of 293 organizations measured across 20 industries, just 6% earned “excellent” (above 70%) trust ratings, according to the latest annual Temkin Trust Ratings, although another 28% earned “good” (60-70%) ratings. H-E-B and credit unions led the pack, with USAA capturing 3 of the next top 4 positions for its bankings, insurance and credit card businesses. Meanwhile, 9% of the companies measured had “very poor” (below 40%) ratings and another 22% were rated as “poor” (40-50%). Comcast languished at the bottom for its TV and internet service businesses, with other TV and internet services also among the worst. Many of the top- and bottom-ranking companies also appeared in similar positions in Temkin Group’s recent Customer Experience ratings.

Overall, supermarket chains, insurance carriers and retailers earned the highest average trust ratings in this latest release, while TV and internet service providers, wireless carriers and health plans were the lowest-rated on average.
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Fastest-Growing Retail Digital Commerce Categories in 2014

Fastest-Growing Retail Digital Commerce Categories in 2014 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
E-commerce and mobile-commerce spending on digital content and subscriptions increased by 27% year-over-year in 2014, almost doubling the overall retail digital commerce growth rate of 14% and ranking as the fastest-growing spending category, according to a comScore report. Digital spending in the consumer packaged goods (21%), apparel & accessories (20%) and sport & fitness (17%) categories also saw high rates of growth, while the jewelry & watches (-1%) and computer software (-4%) categories were the only to see declines in spending. Separate results from the report indicate that e-commerce (desktop) spending grew by 12.5% year-over-year (to $236.9 billion), with mobile commerce spending up by 27.5% (to $31.5 billion).
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The 5 Biggest Succession Planning Mistakes

TALKING PEOPLE BEFORE PRIORITIES

Before you can decide WHO you need to be sure on WHAT. Think future vision and the competencies that will make that possible. Write them down. Then map your people against those possibilities. Choosing people for tomorrow based exclusively on today’s performance will slow you down.
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Meet The Smartest Emoji In The Chat Room

Meet The Smartest Emoji In The Chat Room | digitalNow | Scoop.it
“Initially our stickers look like any other emoji, with the same cartoon features and limited emotional range. But take a closer look and you’ll find yourself wondering whether that winking smilie or time-out gesture is actually conveying something far more subtle and uniquely personal to you,” says Sm@rt Stickrs co-founder Dorian Gray.

“That’s because Smart Stickers have an inner life — thanks to our unique machine learning algorithms. Bottom line: these stickers are deeply human.”
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In a digital world, your customers can kill you

In a digital world, your customers can kill you | digitalNow | Scoop.it
It's a strange digital world where a sale might not be good for a company and a customer might be more valuable than the dollars they spend. We're talking about the emergence of the customer advocate who wields a mighty online bullhorn.
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Does Higher Ed Need a Chief Digital Officer?

Does Higher Ed Need a Chief Digital Officer? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
"If the idea of a CDO just seems like a fad or irrelevant, it is likely that the impact of the current digital transformation that is changing almost every industry is perhaps lost on your company. Or you could be in the rare company or industry, and there are some out there, that really will not be digitized in the foreseeable future."
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Brands on Waze see average 53pc increase in traffic to locations

Brands on Waze see average 53pc increase in traffic to locations | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Waze has released its first set of efficacy studies and also found a lift in ad recall for users exposed to brands’ Pins and Takeovers, two marketing offerings available on the app. One advertiser, Wells Fargo, found that Waze users exposed to an offer for a free credit report were more likely to visit a branch.
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Jack in the Box turns live event into mobile coupon for enduring power

Jack in the Box turns live event into mobile coupon for enduring power | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Real-time promotion
The brand’s mascot Jack presented a coupon for a buy one, get one free Buttery Jack burger, measuring 80 feet by 25 feet, to Jack in the Box’s Hollywood restaurant. The chain is rolling out a national campaign to coincide with winning the world record for the largest coupon by offering consumers a mobile-only coupon and asking them to share with friends and family on social media via a designated hashtag.
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Retailers make little headway meeting shoppers’ mobile in-store expectations

Retailers make little headway meeting shoppers’ mobile in-store expectations | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The mobile gap
The reports reveal a number of gaps between consumer expectations related to product offerings and pricing and the ability of retailers to deliver what customers want as they shop across a growing number of channels.


Findings include that only 42 percent of shoppers found it easy to complete a purchase using a mobile device.
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Why Competitors Will Make You Question Everything

Why Competitors Will Make You Question Everything | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There’s power in benchmarking, and many a company has met their demise by a sudden competitive surprise.

But any time your energy is focused on what OTHER people are doing instead of honing your craft, you’re at risk. Watching your competition puts you in the passenger seat of their story, instead of blazing your own trail.
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How Do Millennial B2B Buyers Research and Select Vendors?

How Do Millennial B2B Buyers Research and Select Vendors? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
When it comes to making B2B purchase decisions, Millennials and Gen Xers are more likely than Baby Boomers to believe in the importance of consulting their colleagues and earning team consensus, according to a recently-released study [pdf] from IBM. While the two younger generations are also more likely to see the benefits of data and analytics in decision-making, they differ in their approach to vendor research and also seek out different attributes from vendors.
Interestingly, Millennials surveyed for the report put vendor representatives at the top of the list of sources they are most likely to turn to when researching a vendor’s products and services. By comparison, vendor representatives fell further down the list of the 9 identified research sources among Gen X (#7) and Baby Boomer (#5) respondents.
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How CEOs Can Prevent the Scourge of Isolation

How CEOs Can Prevent the Scourge of Isolation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
They have no peers in the company. As the top dog, they have no one to confide in at the office. They have no boss on a day-to-day basis. If they were promoted from within, they're now managing their former colleagues.
They don’t get honest feedback. With no immediate superior, CEOs receive little input on their performance outside of quarterly financial results and shareholder feedback. This can be especially disconcerting for a first-time CEO. Also, subordinates will be reluctant to point out any shortcomings and will filter what they say when -- if -- they say it. Often, the information CEOs do hear is overwhelmingly positive or so diluted that it doesn't represent reality.
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Will a "teacherless" online learning model really work?

Will a "teacherless" online learning model really work? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Dedicated students, she said, can earn a degree 30 percent more quickly and for half the cost of students enrolled at a traditional four-year university. Rather than offering semesters, WGU is organized into six-month periods, each costing roughly $3,000. Students can take as many classes as they can handle in each period.

But a Washington State study of more than 50,000 students found that those who enrolled in online courses were more likely to fail or drop out of school than students who enrolled on brick-and-mortar campuses. A Columbia University study found similar results.
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Email etiquette: 3 do's and don'ts

Email etiquette: 3 do's and don'ts | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Know when to take conversations off-line
When an email appears to be the start of a lengthy conversation – I pick up the phone and have a real one. Send a meeting request, instead of creating a long chain of emails that ultimately clogs your inbox.
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Designate a specific time for email
I use to keep email notifications on 24/7 — I’d look at my inbox whenever I heard that familiar ding. It was distracting and not at all efficient. Instead, I created specific windows of time to look at and respond to emails. For instance, because so many of my colleagues are in different time zones, I optimize my mornings to answer any emails from those in India or the U.S. Additionally, every Monday I eat lunch at my desk; I use this time to prioritize my inbox for the week.

End of day wrap-up
At the end of each day I take time to review my entire inbox. This includes flagging and prioritizing emails to work on the next morning. While I rarely get to an empty inbox, this does help me organize my to-do list for the following day.

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