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Let Them Eat MOOCs

Let Them Eat MOOCs | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Why the techno-utopianists are wrong about online education's revolutionary power.
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Ultimately a teacher is a sophisticated search and social technology, he explained, in a crescendo of techno-utopianism. What we do is making judgments as to what knowledge is interesting and useful and ordering it in ways that make it accessible. We also broker connections through admissions and recruitment. There is no reason why an algorithm could not do all that someday.

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The Moment You Can’t Ignore

The Moment You Can’t Ignore | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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What makes an un-ignorable moment so powerful is that the clash of cultural expectations doesn’t stop with the individuals engaged in the incident. Because identity is formed in part through group memberships, the moment calls into question the identity of the entire group—not just the identities of the people directly involved. It often shakes up the groups involved in ways that call into question why they work the way they do, and this can be very disturbing.

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Is This Real Life? The Current State of the Business Meeting

LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestPrintE-mail Numerous telecommunications methods are available to everyday users of the World Wide Web: emails and instant messaging, conference calls and video conferencing, web casts and web conferencing, video interviewing and video conferencing — wait, I said that already! As you can see, the list goes on and on, and with the abundance of technology …
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Telecommuting technology is designed for those working remotely to feel as if they are right there in the office. Some of the most popular technologies are actually being issued by employers to help their workforce work remotely more effectively. A recent PGi survey found that:

  • 91% of employees have been issued company laptops by employers;
  • 76% of employees have been granted VPN (Virtual Private Network) access to company data by employers;
  • 75% of employees have access to web conferencing tools;
  • and 62% of employees have been issued cell phones/smartphones by employers.



Read more: http://blog.redbranchmedia.com/2014/11/20/real-life-current-state-business-meeting/#ixzz3JmWpVDzN

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Top 10 Tech Industry Megatrends of 2015

Top 10 Tech Industry Megatrends of 2015 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
More IT vendors will split up. Boards will get even more paranoid about security. UX and CX become critical competencies for CIOs. These are some of IDG CEO Michael Friedenberg's predictions for 2015.
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The digital economy will shake up the world economy as the mobile, social, data-driven Web undermines once-successful business models. Case in point: Prime Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland blames Apple's success (and Nokia's downfall) for his country's economic woes.

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6 Hot New IT Roles for 2015

6 Hot New IT Roles for 2015 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The breakneck pace of change in the IT industry is forcing you to change the way you think about attracting and hiring skilled workers. Here are six new IT roles for 2015 and advice on how to find talent to fill them.
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"They'll need to know what tools for collaboration and social engagement are available and which will work best within their organization," Horne says. "There will also be a need for the talent in this role to understand how best to foster communication and collaboration among teams."

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Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud

Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The CIOs of Intel and Riverbed say that in the hybrid enterprise tech executives need to focus on creating seamless business flows that help the company operate better.
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Buying vs. Building


For Intel, design and engineering are core profit centers. They are literally Intel's business. Since CRM or HR are not Intel's core differentiator, it makes much more sense to buy innovation and efficiency in those spaces rather than build it. Today, that means software-as-a-service (SaaS). And it goes without saying that infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) play a significant role in the delivery of these services as well.

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How to Pull Yourself Back from the Brink of Your Caffeine-Driven, Smart Phone-Addicted Life

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  • How am I when I’m at my best?
  • What are the routines – physical, mental, relational and spiritual – that will help me show up at my best?
  • What outcomes do I hope to see in the three big arenas of life – home, work and community – if I regularly show up at my best?
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Delivering on the promise of personalization

Delivering on the promise of personalization | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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PERSONALIZATION HAS big implications with the potential to increase traffic, conversions and average order value, according to Forrester Research.

The key to selling is relevancy.

Relevancy is the perfect alignment between “who” sees your ad or other communications and “what” it says. That does not come easy.

Savvy marketers are identifying platforms that synthesize first and third-party data, building custom target audiences and leveraging unique attribution.

The result is exceptional ad performance and increased brand perceptions.

In this mobile era, context plus relevancy drives engagement that leads to higher conversions and to happier and longer-lasting customers.

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Why Time -- Not Money -- Is the Key to Happiness

Why Time -- Not Money -- Is the Key to Happiness | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Money can't buy happiness, but how we choose to spend time can greatly impact how content we feel about our lives, according to Wharton's Cassie Mogilner.
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“You shouldn’t evaluate or assess your level of happiness, or hold yourself to a standard, based on a concept that you had when you were younger.”

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6 steps to ruining a well-functioning team

Much has been written about leadership and "turnaround" situations. Loads of tips are out there for becoming a superhero executive , a heroic doctor who ca
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Taken together, these mistakes are sure to make for a perfect team implosion. Your leadership contribution will have a net negative value that results in a triple loss: you don’t earn your keep as a leader, you diminish individual team members’ energy and output, and, most of all, you lose the “sum of the team members is greater than the parts effect” that was in place and yielding strong returns before you showed up.

Every leader wants to put a personal stamp on an organization. But to push for change for the sake of change can lead to a futile — even damaging — attempt to fix what isn’t broken. Make sure you know what truly needs your leadership attention before instituting change.

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With mobile devices, we're all different

With mobile devices, we're all different | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The personal nature of mobile requires a personal and tailored approach to advertising to truly influence customers’ purchase decisions.

Marketers need to learn not only who are their most receptive consumers and how they are using mobile devices across their path to purchase, but also when to reach them with the most relevant message during their mobile activities to drive further action and conversion.

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Real Leaders Don’t Follow

Real Leaders Don’t Follow | digitalNow | Scoop.it
For every competent executive and business leader there are probably ten that can best be described as LINO: Leader In Name Only.
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The data is mind-boggling:

Twitter users send 500 million tweets a day. A billion people watch 6 billion hours of YouTube videos every month. Advertisers are falling all over themselves to get at Facebook’s 1.3 billion active users. And WordPress says 400 million people view 17 billion blog pages each month, including 120 million new posts and comments.

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Delivering on the promise of personalization

Delivering on the promise of personalization | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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There is little argument in marketing circles that personalization is a potential game-changer. One-to-one outreach, rather than one-to-many, has benefits that even those on the receiving end see.

In fact, 75 percent of consumers like it when brands personalize offers and messages, according to the Aberdeen Group.

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How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive

How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Build relationships to understand the needs of those you serve
One of the interesting challenges that came with serving as the chairman of this Governing Board was the fact that the team members changed every year as different teachers, students, and parents came on board to represent their segment of our school community.

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Top Ten Competencies of the Modern CIO

Top Ten Competencies of the Modern CIO | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Top Ten Competencies of the Modern CIO: A Work in Progress
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The Ability to Make the Complex Simple:  Let’s face it.  Technology is complicated.  Once in a while, I find myself in a room of enterprise architects.  With nary a “business” counterpart in sight, these architects allow themselves to engage in the most technical of conversations, and I – who have been surrounded by IT leaders for years and years – am still astounded by how complicated technology actually is.   Business leaders really have no conception of the level of complexity that CIOs and their teams are dealing with.

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The Power of Noticing

The Power of Noticing | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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There are more obvious things we don’t notice or rather do notice but our human nature gets the best of us. Things that are “too good to be true” require investigation. Bazerman explains why penny auctions are nothing but gambling. The house always wins. “Thinking one step ahead allows you to identify when to be trusting and when to be cynical.” 

It is wise to think through the indirect effects of your organizational policies and goals. What is the possible downside? What might it cause people to do unintentionally?

“Focusing is important, but sometimes noticing is better—at least when you are making critical decisions.” 


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Do you have Moxie?

Do you have Moxie? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Leaders with moxie have four key attributes

Fire. They have a passion for what they do and have a need to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Drive. They have ambition and want others to share in it. 

Resilience. They have known defeat and it doesn’t scare them. They know how to pick themselves up after a fall. 

Street Smarts. They know how the world works and what makes people tick. 

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Leadership Bullcrap: 5 Theories

Leadership Bullcrap: 5 Theories | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Maren Hogan discusses Leadership Lies that will drag your company down if you believe them. Some resources to help you combat poor leadership are also included.
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) Leaders must focus themselves. This is a half-truth. While it’s true that leaders must be focused, they must also create shared focus with those on their team. This comes in many forms: from shared physical activity (walking meetings for example) to helpful tips to plan their day, leaders need to help the team learn to focus in their own ways (unfortunately there is no “recipe” to training).

Read more: http://blog.redbranchmedia.com/2014/11/14/leadership-lies/#ixzz3JmVvz7cC

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Yes, No or Maybe: Can Mutitasking really be done?

Yes, No or Maybe: Can Mutitasking really be done? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
It is possible to multitask, just make sure the tasks are well...pretty mindless. Here, 9 creative combos to save 69 days a year!
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Cruise Facebook while drinking morning coffee and go through RSS posts. While this isn’t exactly groundbreaking, it does combine two tasks where my mind doesn’t exactly have to be in tip-top shape. It fulfills two crucial daily intake needs: social and caffeine! Time saved: 30 minutes…easy

Read more: http://blog.redbranchmedia.com/2014/11/17/zen-multi-tasking/#ixzz3JmVbD1Q7

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Peer Assessments

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Peer Assessments | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Peer-to-peer assessments have become very popular recently because they have proven to be an effective performance review tool. See why...
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  Are you asking me to tattle on my co-workers?

          -   Will the information that I give you get someone fired?

          -   If someone has a grudge against me, how much weight do these assessments carry?

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Want to be a Great Leader? You Need to Fail First

Want to be a Great Leader? You Need to Fail First | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The best way to learn to be a terrific leader isn't reading career advice (ironically), but instead by taking lessons from painful failures. 
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Question know-it-alls and listen to nobodies. "Past performance is not indicative of future results" applies just as much to business and management as it does to investing. If you flip a coin 20 times and get 20 "heads," the odds of getting a "heads" on the twenty-first toss is still fifty-fifty. Question know-it-alls and listen to nobodies. You never know which way their career trajectories are pointing, up or down.

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A Big Fat Lesson for Leaders With Overinflated Egos

A Big Fat Lesson for Leaders With Overinflated Egos | digitalNow | Scoop.it
An overinflated ego is like any bubble.
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If you see a sign that your ego is writing checks that reality can’t cash, do something about it. Don’t live in denial. An overinflated ego is like any bubble. Sooner or later it’s bound to burst and come crashing back down to Earth.

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Do Positive and Negative Attitudes Drive Performance?

Do Positive and Negative Attitudes Drive Performance? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You know the type: coworkers who never have anything positive to say, whether at the weekly staff meeting or in the cafeteria line. They can suck the energy from a brainstorming session with a few choice comments. Their negativity can contaminate even good news. "We engage in emotional contagion," says Wharton management professor Sigal Barsade. "Emotions travel from person to person like a virus." Barsade is the co-author of a new paper that looks at the impact of employees' moods, emotions, an
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An “affective revolution” has occurred over the last 30 years as academics and managers alike have come to realize that employees’ emotions are integral to what happens in an organization, says Barsade, who has been doing research in the area of emotions and work dynamics for 15 years. “Everybody brings their emotions to work. You bring your brain to work. You bring your emotions to work. Feelings drive performance. They drive behavior and other feelings. Think of people as emotion conductors.”

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Redesigning the Business Model

Redesigning the Business Model | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Innovation in the business model – not just products – can drive enormous value, says Wharton management professor Raffi Amit.
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First, the need to apply design thinking to the design of the business model. Traditionally, design thinking has been applied to the design of products. What we’ve established through this research project is that the process by which firms design the business model can, in and of itself, create enormous value Twitter 

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8 Ways a Leader Energizes Their Team

8 Ways a Leader Energizes Their Team | digitalNow | Scoop.it
How To Energize your Team?
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 Servant Leader practices that I have found effective and important in energizing a team include:

  • Be present with your team! Listen intently and ask thoughtful questions.
  • Provide the necessary coaching and guidance when needed. Leave them motivated by what is possible.
  • As competency increases give more responsibility and latitude to make decisions. This builds trust which drives energy.
  • Reward innovation. 
  • Recognize failures as learning opportunities.
  • Provide encouragement, recognition, and gratitude for effort and results at every opportunity!
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Tom Hood's curator insight, November 20, 7:15 AM

We like to say, "A leader's job is to set context, connect to the purpose and provide hope and inspiration." This article captures that spirit well.

 

Servant leaders understand that things don’t revolve around them, rather it is all about the team! The leader’s role is to nurture an environment that builds enthusiasm and energy around the work being done. The level of energy within the team rests squarely on the leader’s shoulders.

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How safe are you from people who push your buttons?

How safe are you from people who push your buttons? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
We all have them. The people who push our buttons. Who set us off just by looking at us or saying one word or even just entering the room. The colleague wh
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See it differently – often we react to someone based on our ingrained view of them. But if we can open ourselves to a new perspective, we find that they’re potentially not as annoying or unresponsive or (fill-in-the-blank based on your button). It can help to ask others who seem fine with your button-pushers what they see that you don’t see. And then look for it. - See more at: http://chatsworthconsulting.com/2014/07/24/how-safe-are-you-from-people-who-push-your-buttons/#sthash.092Q9Rwj.dpuf

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