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The Secret Of Successful Scenario Planning

The Secret Of Successful Scenario Planning | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You have to look at seemingly far-fetched possibilities too.
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. Start thinking about the four or five key assumptions you make in your forecasts. What will happen with your suppliers? Why? What will happen with your customers? With your competition? Why? Then apply a probability to each scenario, based on your impression of the likelihood of its occurring. Probabilities allow you to start to balance resource allocation to the most likely outcomes while not ignoring the possibility of others.

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5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud

5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud | digitalNow | Scoop.it
These are things that may seem like normal office chatter — but over time, can undermine your authority and effectiveness as a leader
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"My Boss Has No Idea What She's Doing"

Just like your employees may occasionally get frustrated with you, there are probably times when you get frustrated with your boss. And since you mainly interact with your direct reports, it becomes easy to commiserate with them about your shared disdain for the higher-ups.

All of a sudden, passing an assignment from your boss to your team becomes, "I don't know why she wants you to do this, but here's what she wants," and announcing a confusing new team policy turns into, "I have no idea why she thinks this is a good idea, but here's the latest rule she dreamt up."

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5 habits that can turn interviewers against you

5 habits that can turn interviewers against you | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Everyone knows not to show up late to an interview or come unprepared. But even a qualified candidate can knock themselves out of the running with these less-obvious annoying ha...
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You're so over-rehearsed that you act like a robot

Once again, we all know not to show up to an interview completely unprepared.

Fewer of us, however, realize that it's entirely possible to arrive over-prepared. Are you someone who thinks through every possible question that you suspect might be asked, writes out verbatim "best answers," and then practices them in the mirror (or with a friend) until you're beyond exhausted?

You might think you're doing yourself a solid, but what you're actually doing is putting yourself at risk for coming across as robotic or, worse, disinterested.

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What social-sector leaders need to succeed | McKinsey & Company

What social-sector leaders need to succeed | McKinsey & Company | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Chronic underinvestment is placing increasing demands on social-sector leaders. New research suggests ways they can meet the leadership challenge. A McKinsey & Company article.
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what would help support their development, 40 percent of respondents cited coaching from board members and funders, underscoring this point. A near majority of them also said that participating in cross-sector networks (42 percent), time to experiment (49 percent), or taking a sabbatical (49 percent) would help.

The lack of opportunities to grow as a leader from within, coupled with a paucity of mentoring and capability training, may be the single biggest factor driving leaders’ assessment that leadership capabilities are low.

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How to Know If Becoming a Manager Is Right for You

How to Know If Becoming a Manager Is Right for You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Being the boss has its perks, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility and stress. Here are a few things to consider.
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Some days, it’ll be all wine and roses, but others, you’ll feel pretty crummy. You’ll be the bearer of bad news, you’ll have to make tough decisions, and you’ll feel pulled in a thousand different directions, unable to pick just one and go for it. In short, managing is tough, confusing, frustrating, and tiring.

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For successful content marketing, focus on authority over SEO

For successful content marketing, focus on authority over SEO | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Quality content conveying expertise, authority and trust plays a key role in gaining positive organic search results.
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Sourcing the right authors to write

The goal of most brand publishers is to have journalist-quality authors (in-house and external) who are subject matter experts in your industry. Your team of writers must lead visitors through a path to conversion through their compelling, unique content

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Imprescindible: autoridad por encima del SEO

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4 Native Ads the Media's Talking About

4 Native Ads the Media's Talking About | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The industry continues to define native advertising.
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Native advertising is perhaps the biggest trend in advertising.

According to a recent eMarketer report, spending on native ads on social sites alone is expected to increase from $3.1 billion to $5 billion by 2017.

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Why Your Fans Aren't Following You on Social Media

Why Your Fans Aren't Following You on Social Media | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Our new consumer research shows that "if you build it, they will come" isn't true for social media after all. Learn why.
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Not surprisingly, Facebook and Twitter are the most popular platforms -- 84% of respondents expect you to be on Facebook, and 64% expect you to be on Twitter. YouTube clinches third with 44% of consumers expecting you to have a presence on the platform.

Then, things get messy: Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ have around 30% of respondents. Their differences shake out when we segment social platform expectations by age group and gender.

Instagram is more popular among the younger set (18-44) while Google+ is expected more from older consumers (45+). But that doesn't mean Google+ doesn't have an age-diverse audience -- while most platforms see a pretty big gap between what most age groups expect and what those over 60 expect, the oldest cohort sits just 1% off from the median when it comes to Google+.

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These Charts Show Just How Far The Newspaper Industry Has Fallen In 10 Years

These Charts Show Just How Far The Newspaper Industry Has Fallen In 10 Years | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Bad news.
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Advertising revenue has fallen off a cliff. In 2000, ad revenue at newspapers was $63.5 billion. It fell to $23 billion by 2013. At the same time, Google ad revenue is rising.

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52 Of The World's Most Widespread Myths And Misconceptions, Debunked

52 Of The World's Most Widespread Myths And Misconceptions, Debunked | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A dropped penny won't kill you, alcohol doesn't keep you warm, and swallowed gum doesn't take seven years to digest. These are just three of the more than fifty rumors debunked in this compendious collection of common myths and misconceptions.
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The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network

The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Facebook still skews significantly female. The demographic data for every social network.
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LinkedIn is actually more popular than Twitter among U.S. adults. LinkedIn's core demographic are those aged between 30 and 49, i.e. those in the prime of their career-rising years. Not surprisingly, LinkedIn also has a pronounced skew toward well-educated users.

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One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25

One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
When you strike the right balance between a positive and negative outlook you lead more skillfully and live a better life, and help others do the same. It’s not magic: By resetting to 75+/25- each day, you enable engagement, creativity, good health, and reduce stress.
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A 75/25 balance between a positive and negative outlook is ideal, according to Emotional Intelligence experts -- thus answering the quesiton once and for all if it's best our glass is half empty or half full. 3/4 full works best.

Yet the daily avalanche of wireless and live workplace interactions supports the more half empty, negative outlook. In fact, problems and demands are so dominant that positive messages can sound weird. You’re much more likely to hear “What’s the problem?” than “What’s going well here?”

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12 Great Job interview Questions

12 Great Job interview Questions | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Hiring well means doing interviews that result in insights about each candidate. That begins with good questions that increase the likelihood you'll get some type of x-ray of the person – showing more of them than they are likely to want you to see. Here are 12 of my favorites for your consideration.
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“Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine." -David Ogilvy

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10 print magazines you didn’t know existed

10 print magazines you didn’t know existed | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Apparently there are niche magazines for just about every profession, interest and hobby known to man.
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You've heard of EsquireMarie Claire and Vogue, magazines with thousands of readers and subscribers.

But you may not know that there are smaller publications out there that are also sustaining themselves.

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6 smart productivity strategies for business travelers

6 smart productivity strategies for business travelers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Don't miss a beat when you travel.
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Synchronize all of your devices so you can work wherever you are, even offline

Business travelers don't need to own only Apple devices to take advantage of iCloud. The cloud-based storage service and productivity center allows travelers to work in transit on their iPhone to send documents, PDFs and presentations from their phone to an Apple computer or PC, which makes accessing your work in your hotel room seamless.

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Mandarin Journeys's curator insight, Today, 5:47 AM

Might we add, if you want to plan your itinerary, check this tutorial out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPh9aSP-UiU 

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How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work Relationships

How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work Relationships | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Why trust is essential for a team to function effectively.
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 Covey describes it as a leavening agent for performance. And when trust is lacking, the opposite is true. As I found with Angela (and likely she with me), because we didn’t trust each other, everything took longer, felt harder and as a result, cost more — emotionally and financially.

You might think, as I did long ago, that it’s the other person’s responsibility to trust you. But it’s not. It’s your responsibility to invite others to trust in you — and you do this by behaving in a way that exemplifies your trustworthiness.

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Is It Time to Stop Saying Thank You

Is It Time to Stop Saying Thank You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Gratitude, honor, and recognition are so much deeper and more powerful than just saying thanks. It's true that a heartfelt thank you can make someone’s day, it’s a small thing that makes a big diff...
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Withholding gratitude:

Leaders withhold gratitude for fear of creating complacency. If you say thank you too much, people will think they’ve arrived.

Fear of complacency invites leaders to withhold gratitude.

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WeMail makes email more like instant messaging

WeMail makes email more like instant messaging | digitalNow | Scoop.it
WeMail hopes to take some of the pain out of email by organizing it better, rather than trying to change user behavior.
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What makes WeMail stand out from the bunch, however, is the execution: Rather than organize emails by categories, WeMail organizes messages by people.

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A Simple Formula for Distraction Subtraction

A Simple Formula for Distraction Subtraction | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 corporation, a pre-IPO start up, or a government agency, the simple formula of choose, transmit, and filter can make the difference between success and failure. In fact, many leaders who under-deliver on their goals or fail in their roles, do one or two of these things well, but not all three.
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Fixing Failure to Choose

Here’s what I hear when I interview the leader’s colleagues:“She says “yes” too often, and we end up having 10 big priorities – that’s too many, and we lose focus.” And, “He changes priorities too frequently. If it’s a “shiny object,” then he wants to try it, and we’re left saying ‘What just happened?’”

Fix it: To deliver most effectively you first need to narrow down the universe of the “important” to a small number of key priorities that: a) are within your / your group’s capabilities, b) will directly propel your organization or initiative to its overall desired goals within a set time frame, and c) will address and remove key obstacles along the way. These priorities need to be likely to remain as important a year from now as they are today, and highly correlated to your organizational strategy.

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Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

Marketplaces Are Eating Firms | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s..
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Whether individual marketplaces are successful or not, the writing is on the wall that agencies and firms of any kind are in a precarious position. I believe the top firms in any industry will continue to thrive for decades to come, but there will be an overall shrinking of the bottom and middle tiers of firms as they yield to well-run marketplaces.

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Is the College Model Ripe for Disruption?

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With the rising costs of mounting student debt, education innovators are exploring ways to change the traditional college system. What might college 2.0 look like?

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Skills & Attributes of today’s students

Skills & Attributes of today’s students | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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While some of us look to the skills, some to the technology, and maybe even some to the individual, it is clear that somewhere there needs to be a generic and ‘global’ view of the learner, the (learning) climate,  and requirements for the world in which they are being prepared for. No one skill is more, or less, important than another, but it may take priority over others at different times or in different circumstances. - See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/elearning/skills-attributes-of-todays-students/#sthash.e3IeHbgW.dpuf

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THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014

THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The mobile industry is shifting. Mobile revenue is moving into software and services.
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The future of mobile is being redefined. The smartphone and tablet markets are nearing saturation. The days of heady hardware growth are long gone.

BII


Mobile growth is moving into media, advertising, software, and services. Meanwhile, new devices are expanding the meaning of "mobile."



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-the-mobile-industry-2014-11?op=1#ixzz3JxcfhM6W

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Seven Reasons the Flipped Classroom Matters

Marc Sperber and Craig Roberts describe seven benefits of applying flipped classroom techniques in your courses.
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These principles, and your future flipped class, look like this…

1. Faculty spend less time answering basic questions and more time engaging in activities and discussions that accomplish higher-level learning goals.
2. Students help each other to fill in knowledge gaps using language that makes sense them as peers, and defend their solutions to challenging real-world problems.
3. Structured readings, activities, and discussions enable students to focus more quality time on learning.

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New Pew Internet Report Looks at Perceptions and Attitudes on Privacy and Government Surveillance in the U.S.

When it comes to their own role in managing the personal information they feel is sensitive, most adults express a desire to take additional steps to protect their data online; 61% say they “would like to do more,” to protect the privacy of their personal information online while 37% say they “already do enough.”
“Far from being apathetic about their privacy, most Americans say they want to do more to protect it,” said Lee Rainie, Director of the Internet Project and a co-author of the study. “It’s also clear that different types of information elicit different levels of sensitivity among Americans.”
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At the same time, the survey finds a universal lack of confidence among adults in the security of everyday communications channels—particularly when it comes to the use of online tools:

• 81% of adults feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using social media sites when they want to share private information with another trusted person or organization.

• 68% feel insecure using chat or instant messages to share private information.

• 58% feel insecure sending private info via text messages.

• 57% feel insecure sending private information via email.

• 46% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” calling on their cell phone when they want to share private information.

• 31% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using a landline phone when they want to share private information.

“One of the most notable findings in the study is that those who have heard the most about government surveillance are more privacy-sensitive across an array of questions in the survey,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Those who are more aware of the monitoring programs feel considerably less secure using any communications channel to share private information.”

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