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Why The All-In-One Smartwatch Isn't Happening Any Time Soon

Why The All-In-One Smartwatch Isn't Happening Any Time Soon | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Give up hopes for computational wristwear that can do most of what your smartphone does, at least for now.
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The Incredible Shrinking PC

When computer engineers at companies like Apple, Google, Intel, Microsoft, etc. etc. etc. set their sights on the phone several years back, their challenge was simple, if not easy: Deliver PC-like computing power in a handheld package that could maintain a good wireless connection with decent battery life. The iPhone basically hit the mark, at least in a rudimentary way, in January 2007. From that point, we were off to the races.

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Digital Metrics Delirium: How to Drive the Results That Actually Matter

Marketers can drive results that are meaningful by putting the customer journey at the center of their planning. Here are some ways to do it.
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Map the journey. Effective strategic planning connects the dots between what you're going to do and why you're going to do it. It's the plumbing that sits between goals and tactics.

Your planning should start with mapping out the customer journey in relation to what you are selling. Do customers know you exist? Do you have unique obstacles to overcome? How much of a role does word-of-mouth play? Once you understand the path your customer takes, you will have a clear understanding of the business objectives that will drive long-term revenue growth, brand health and customer advocacy. Once you determine the right business goals, then you can make sure your tactical KPIs (key performance indicators) ladder up to them.

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Building a Successful Creative Culture: 3 Questions Leaders Must Ask Themselves

As a leader you might think you have culture, but look closely and be honest with yourself. Is it authentic?
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It's the essence of your organization. Invest wisely.

"If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff, like delivering great customer service or building a long term enduring brand will happen naturally on its own," Tony Hsieh said to me years ago, and that one sentence would impact all aspects of my life. In fact, it would become my mission statement.

I often refer to highly functional organizations as organisms. They no longer operate as individuals, but become one, with each part of the organism operating effectively, interacting and communicating efficiently. More importantly, it becomes an organic system where innovation thrives.

As a creative director and executive consultant working with Fortune 500 companies, studios, agencies and tech startups, I take a holistic approach to solving problems. By taking a comprehensive look at all aspects of the business, rather than just one isolated area, I'm able to make fundamental changes that impact the bottom line. Interestingly enough, I usually don't have to look very far; the root of any problem can often be traced back to culture. Get the culture right and the other stuff will happen on its own.

Every cultural evaluation starts with an assessment, I'll sit down with board members and systematically work my way through the business all the way through to the consumer. I'd like to highlight this next piece of information: The consumer will have the most valuable perspective.

What is your mission statement?
What are your core values?
What are your goals?

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A Short History of Tech Innovation

Today's innovation landscape looks nothing like it did just decades ago.
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Back in 1975, companies paid $5 million for supercomputers whose processing powers were comparable to those of today's iPhones. In a relatively short amount of time, a series of similarly game-changing technologies have dramatically lowered the cost to innovate and created innumerable opportunities for businesses.

Which technologies have had the most profound effects so far?

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10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

Intelligence is a work in progress. Maximize yours with these simple habits.
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You might be under the impression that intelligence is a fixed quantity set when you are young and unchanging thereafter. But research shows that you're wrong. How we approach situations and the things we do to feed our brains can significantly improve our mental horsepower.

That could mean going back to school or fillingng your bookshelves (or e-reader) with thick tomes on deep subjects, but getting smarter doesn't necessarily mean a huge commitment of time and energy, according to a recent thread on question-and-answer site Quora.

When a questioner keen on self-improvement asked the community, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?" lots of readers--including dedicated meditators, techies, and entrepreneurs--weighed in with useful suggestions. Which of these 10 ideas can you fit into your daily routine?

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Innovation Is Magic. Really

Innovation Is Magic. Really | digitalNow | Scoop.it
When Stefan Thomke teaches students how to manage innovation and creativity, he turns to an unexpected source: Magician Jason Randal.
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Persistence is crucial to success, and executives need to make sure they are not giving up too early. The paper notes that the early makers of MP3 players "helped develop impressive technology, but they didn't take it far enough. They stopped asking the next round of innovation questions, leaving Apple to reap the benefits from recognizing that the crucial thing wasn't just the device itself, but the magical way in which the entire music industry could be transformed with the electronic delivery of digital content. And thus was born the wildly successful iTunes platform."

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Redesign Your Worst, Most Unproductive Meetings

You'll have more engaged participants if you borrow your presentation methods from the way attendees share and receive information at science fairs.
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  • Collect input on Post-it notes. Then read the notes aloud to the group. The idea is to "equalize airtime." If participants have to limit their comments to one Post-it note, you can come closer to evaluating their input by its on-paper merit, as opposed to the volume or vehemence at which participants voice their opinions. Better still, if you anonymize the Post-it notes, you'll get even closer to evaluating the pure merit of the input, and avoiding the quid pro quo politics that can compromise the spirit of collective improvement.
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Great Leadership Matters in Any Business

No one factor makes a company admirable. But if you were forced to pick the one that makes the most difference, you'd pick leadership. Not any leadership--but one that matters.
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Your leadership does not matter until it is built on the things that matter. Great leadership is synonymous with high-performing companies, teams, and businesses.

The more you invest in leadership, the better decisions you will make, the more you will get done in less time and with less cost, and the more you will achieve with better results.

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6 Magic Traits of Indispensable Employees

An employee survey turned into much more when a set of fascinating themes emerged.
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Want employees who are competent and hard-working, and truly care? Here's what to seek out and nurture.

1. Fire in the belly.

Take risks. Be determined, be ambitious, and get stuff done.

2. Smart works.

Be practical with your intelligence and apply it wisely.

3. Empathy is your friend.

Understand yours, and others' feelings and motivations, and act accordingly.

4. Integrity is integral

Earn trust by telling it straight. Honesty gets you a long way.

5. All for all.

We're all dependent on one another. Be ready to help, and willing to accept help.

6. Remember Alice.

(Yes, this means Alice in Wonderland, the little girl who dreamt she dined with the Mad Hatter, and got advice from a caterpillar). The quirks make us who we are. Embrace them.

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What Is Data On-Boarding?

Data On-boarding is the transfer of data gathered offline to the digital realm.
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"Relying purely on an online signal to inform how your marketing efforts are driving business for you is a very incomplete picture," said Mr. Intarakumhang. He led the charge at the insurance firm to begin moving customer data to the web from Allstate's transactional, call-center and agent databases.

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Managers Aren't Prepared to Handle Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Challenges

Managers Aren't Prepared to Handle Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Challenges | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If companies today are truly serious about being leaner, flatter organizations, with less hierarchical structure and less bureaucracy, then they need to realize that they must change the way they do business. Because organizations that really want to become more autonomous have to develop outstanding frontline leadership. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a company …
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At some point, businesses have to realize investing in talent has a positive impact on the bottom-line. This means creating a training and retention strategy is a necessary part of a business strategy. 

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Foundation Investments See Double-Digit Growth for a 2nd Year in a Row

A study of 153 private foundations also found that 56% increased spending.
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Private-foundation investments grew 15.6 percent on average in 2013, the second straight year of double-digit increases.

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How MOOCs Are Being Used In Europe

How MOOCs Are Being Used In Europe | digitalNow | Scoop.it
One of the wonderful things about MOOCs is that they don’t force students to be in a particular location in order to ‘attend’ class. Especially if you’re looking for a course that will help you gain a specific skill, MOOCs allow students access to teachers and other experts they might not have otherwise. The handy …
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MOOCs, Skills, and Jobs
  • By 2020, there will be around 900,000 tech jobs in the EU
  • Employers are looking for workers with web and app design skills, domain-specific skills, programming languages, and Android and iOS
  • Student demand is highest for courses in web design, HTML5, Android, Java Script, and CSS
  • Current professionals consider MOOCs to be the best places to learn these skills
  • Students want certification for the skills they acquire – this is often a challenge for MOOCs (with assessment logistics, etc)
  • Some of the specific skills that employers are looking for might not quite have a ‘massive’ audience (though I’d add in ‘yet’)
  • Many institutions cite the high cost as a barrier to offering MOOCs
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Do You Want To Be Called an Employee or Associate

Do You Want To Be Called an Employee or Associate | digitalNow | Scoop.it
One of the core elements to a company’s culture is how they refer to the people who work there. Are they called “employees” or “associates”? Or maybe something else like Disney’s “cast member”? I’ve worked for companies that have used both terms. So I don’t consider one to be better or worse than another. However, I …
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Five Ways Good Design Can Help Your Business

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The power of design lies in its ability to express the intention of a product in a way that elicits a positive emotional response. It is not enough for your product or service to do what it promises; it must do so while winning consumers' hearts and minds. But harnessing that power requires more than hiring an agency or a team of designers. It means building a design-focused business.

To understand how to make good design work for your business, look at two of the most successful companies in the world: Apple and Google have arrived at design dominance from vastly different perspectives, but the lessons we can learn from them are the same.

Apple is widely accepted as the preeminent design-led business of the last two decades. The partnership of Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive developed a host of products that won our hearts and even changed our lives.

Google, on the other hand, may seem out of place in a discussion of design-led businesses unless you've observed the quiet design revolution that Larry Page set in motion when he became CEO in 2011. Already inseparable from millions of people's lives thanks to its technology, Google is amassing brand devotees through design.

1. Start at the top

Good design can only happen when it's a priority at the very top of your company.

Long before Mr. Page took over as CEO, there were efforts made to elevate design within Google. All failed. It was only when Mr. Page made design an absolute priority that the company culture shifted and Google was transformed from tech company to design powerhouse.

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Retargeting Is Flawed; the Future Is Pretargeting

Retargeting is flawed because it is based on the past. The future of advertising lies in pretargeting -- reaching consumers before they take action.
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Retargeting is based on the past. The clumsiness of retargeting is well-documented and we're assured that teams of scientists are working away to improve the algorithms -- these are the new media buyers, planners and creatives of the performance marketing age

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Doing Business With “Why”

Most companies are really good at answering who, what, and where conversations, but fail to effectively help buyers understand why they exist. Infusing the why into every element of your company isn't just good for your brand, it's good for your business.
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At some point in your business, whether due to scale, timing, or stress, you start just going through the motions. Sales reps default to competitive feature selling, marketers ship emails because it's easy, and your entire team is micro-focused on who is doing what and who is getting what instead of why your customers choose to do business with you. Simply put, whether you're selling widgets or wagons, software or services, you started your business because you believed there was a why for what you're doing. If that why is not baked into everything you do at every customer touchpoint, you're missing valuable opportunities to build your business and your brand.

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7 Things Great Communicators Never Do

Is no one listening to what you have to say? Maybe you're guilty of one of these seven deadly sins of speaking.
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Want to be a great communicator able to use your voice to change others' behavior? Avoid his "seven deadly sins of speaking."

Gossip

Gossip may have its uses, bonding teams and shaming slackers into better performance, but if you want to come across as a powerful speaker, avoid it. People aren't dumb, Treasure points out: "We know perfectly well the person gossiping, five minutes later, will be gossiping about us."

Judging

Some people think that speaking powerfully is about being right and convincing the other person of that fact, but truly great communicators know that arguments are rarely won by bombarding the other party with evidence. Telling people they're wrong or bad is actually a lousy way to get them to change. If you want to be a great communicator, avoid triggering other people's defensiveness. "It's very hard to listen to somebody if you know you're being judged and found wanting at the same time," Treasure says.

Negativity

This one doesn't need much explanation. A few run-ins with the dismal guy in the office--the one who's guaranteed to respond to "how's it going?" with doom and gloom--is enough to convince most of us of the people-repelling power of negativity. Don't be that guy.

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The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect | digitalNow | Scoop.it
David Sparshott Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect. But despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are. It's not too much of an exaggeration…
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The emerging consensus on usage will be a matter of statistical arbitration, between the way “most” people spell something and the way “some” people do. If it proceeds as it has, it's likely to be a winner-take-all affair, as alternatives drop out. (Though Apple's recent introduction of personalized, “contextual” autocorrect—which can distinguish between the language you use with your friends and the language you use with your boss—might complicate that process of standardization and allow us the favor of our characteristic errors.)

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What Your Office Jargon Says About You

What Your Office Jargon Says About You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You may think corporate jargon is meaningless, but it can reveal a lot about our workplaces.
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She argues more often than not, office jargon caters to a male audience and can have the effect of alienating females in the office. According to Brands, military lingo such as sales “forces,” “target” clients, “fighting uphill battles,” spending time “in the trenches” or running something “up the flagpole” that are now so ingrained in business language helps to perpetuate a culture of masculinity. “The use of military parlance in organizations may reinforce historically rooted and implicitly held beliefs that business is no place for a woman,” writes Brands.

Despite what you think about office speak, it has become ingrained in our business lives. “Everyone makes fun of it, but managers love it, companies depend on it, and regular people willingly absorb it,” Green writes. “In a workplace that’s fundamentally indifferent to your life and its meaning, office speak can help you figure out how you relate to your work--and how your work defines who you are."

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9 Items You Need to Know Today

9 Items You Need to Know Today | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time, 'Simpsons' app to be released this fall and Hillary Clinton visits Silicon Valley
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Produced by Fusion Specialties, Inc., the real people-inspired mannequins will only be on display in the New York City location throughout August, though additional phases of ‘When it fits, you feel it’ are in the works. Hopefully, this campaign will inspire other brands to make their stores more appealing to a broader range of customers.

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It’s Time To Re-Imagine The Electronic Medical Record

It’s Time To Re-Imagine The Electronic Medical Record | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A look into the changing world of high-tech electronic medical record systems and how they integrate into a doctor's daily rounds.
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Their newest iteration is Imatis Visual Health. Instead of pages of information organized as discrete data points, text fields, and chronological events, Imatis Visual Health takes an entirely different approach by organizing information around human anatomy and organ systems. The entire human body is graphically represented on screen.

Each area calls out relevant information about the patient’s health history, chronic diseases, laboratory tests and medical images and how all these interrelate with the patient’s current health status. I wholeheartedly agree with the company’s premise that using human anatomy to organize and browse in the Patient Record is intuitive and fast. Also, it can run on desktops, laptops and mobile devices and just about any of the most popular browsers and operating systems.

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6 Simple Questions for Building a Solid Strategy

6 Simple Questions for Building a Solid Strategy | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Don't fall for overly-complicated planning processes. All you need to do is answer these 6 questions.
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Whatever the terms you prefer, cut through the clutter by answering six simple questions about your business:

  1. Why do we exist?
  2. Where are we going?
  3. How will we conduct ourselves?
  4. What will we do?
  5. How will we measure our success?
  6. What improvements or changes must we make?
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What's Your Unfair Advantage?

Anything that is worth copying will be copied, so how do you establish an advantage? By building something that cannot easily be copied or bought.
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Lean Business Model: Unfair Advantage

So what is the unfair advantage we seek in serving investors who are dissatisfied with the traditional private equity model? We see three advantages that may be hard to replicate:

  1. Avondale managing directors and VPs collectively have decades of experience partnering with management teams to build and grow businesses. If we can bring businesses that want to grow but require capital and management transformation to our investors, we will be uniquely positioned to support them.
  2. We are unconstrained by the traditional PE fund structure. Therefore, we can better align ourselves to investors' goals without pressure to make or wind down investments on a particular time scale.
  3. Our cost structure is such that we will only make a profit when our investors do.  Compared to the traditional PE business model, this is a very risky choice for us to make. However, our incentives, both in finding good acquisitions and profitably growing the heck out of them, are highly aligned with our investors, which will enable us to form very tight partnerships.
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4 Essential Elements of Storytelling

4 Essential Elements of Storytelling | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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An organization can either build its own platform or infrastructure (least common), join with other groups to build a shared platform (more common), or use existing infrastructures (most common). To decide on the most prudent route, your organization might do an audit of your capacity and needs for a storytelling infrastructure.

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What Makes For a Really Good Business Idea?

What Makes For a Really Good Business Idea? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If you're thinking about starting a new business, you can test it out with this five-point checklist.
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Is your idea grounded in personal experience?

Founding and running a business is like writing a book. It's impossible to write a book that doesn't come from your personal experience. You can't push something out of you that is not inside of you to begin with. The best business ideas come from what's inside you. Henry Ford was an avid mechanic before he developed the assembly line. Bill Gates was a programmer at a young age. Donald Trump's dad was a very successful real estate entrepreneur so Trump was immersed in real estate from birth (too bad his Mom was not a hair stylist).

The core technology behind our company's software products is a system that converts financial statements into easy-to-understand narrative reports. The genesis for this kind of system came about when I was working with business owners and realized that they were good at running their businesses but could not read financial statements. I identified something in my own experience that was a problem then created something to solve it. Good ideas have to come from something within you: something you've seen, something that frustrates you or someone you know really well, something that you want to improve. That's a given. 

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