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Partnership

I love the concept of partnership from Ira Chaleff’s book The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and for our Leaders.  I’ve written about partnership the most in my articles “Accept Responsibility...
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The paradox of partnership is that even if your leader does not invite you to become a partner that does NOT relieve you of the responsibility to develop yourself as one.  I strongly believe that if you don’t learn how to practice partnership as a follower, you will NEVER learn to appreciate and nurture partnership in others when you become a leader.  I also believe that your work as a leader will be much easier, more effective, and more enjoyable if you are surrounded by true partners instead of sycophants and sheep.

You are responsible for your behavior; you are not responsible for how people respond to your behavior.   Find the courage to do the right thing

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Outdated Content: How to Consistently Evaluate the Quality of Your Copy

Outdated Content: How to Consistently Evaluate the Quality of Your Copy | digitalNow | Scoop.it
HOW CAN CONTENT AUDITING HELP YOU? 5 WAYS

Content auditing can help any website to become better and more efficient. When you content audit, you remove spurious information and revamp the copy in pages that need it. You check your current information and edit pages where the information needs to be updated. All of these can lead to a lot of different positive benefits for the entire site, including:

Avoiding Panda penalties: Google’s Panda algorithm is very picky when it comes to certain things such as outdated content. An audit helps you to keep your information up to date to get away from this pitfall
Fix Pages for Copywriting: Some of your pages may be in dire need of an overhaul. An audit helps you to pinpoint these and allow you to fix individual pages without having to rewrite entire swathes of your site
Consolidation: Some pages would be better if they were combined into one page. Information that is very closely linked can be placed on the same page, eliminating the need for a redundant page and making your site architecture more pleasing.
Determine Keyword Specifics: Each page has a set of keywords that they are ranking for. By doing an audit you can figure out what those keywords are and if they suit you. You might be surprised at what keywords your site ranks for!
Remove Bad Pages: Some pages just cannot be salvaged and your best option would be to remove them completely instead of getting visitors that end up with a bad impression of your site. Content auditing makes this easy by giving you an overview of which pages tend to shunt users off-page and which ones send users to other pages within your site.
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Strong Leaders Ask For Help

Strong Leaders Ask For Help | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Its a paradox ➤ strong leaders ask for help.

There’s a time to give and a time to receive. When it’s your time to receive, simply say “thank you” … and allow yourself to experience the pleasure of gratitude that naturally arises.
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george_reed's curator insight, Today, 4:07 PM

We should ask ourselves whether our attempts to be supportive are actually encouraging unhealthy dependency. We tend not to learn when we stay in our comfort zones.

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Why Nobody Noticed You Changed and 5 Things You Can Do To Make Change Stick

Why Nobody Noticed You Changed and 5 Things You Can Do To Make Change Stick | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Did you ever get feedback that your behavior was having a negative impact on others? Perhaps you were told you’re too critical… or don’t listen enough… or are micro-managing your team… or even the other end – that you’re not involved enough?
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What you can do to make your changes stick.

Before you decide it’s not worth the effort and slip back into your old patterns, here are five things you can do to get the recognition and support you need to make change stick.

  1. Inform: If you’re going to try a new behavior, there’s no reason to keep it a secret. Jim’s direct reports didn’t understand his intention was to stop managing so closely. He could have said, “I’m going to try a new management style. I want to delegate more and let you run with the ball without supervising so closely.”
  1. Engage: Ask for feedback. Enlisting people to help you invests them in supporting your change. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Say something like, “I’d like your help. You know it’s a big change for me, so I might slip up sometimes. If I do, I’d appreciate your bringing it to my attention.”
  1. Understand: Understand that changing your behavior will not only affect others, it will impact the entire system. There will be pressure on you to revert. Notice the pressure, but don’t react to it.
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Small Companies Need Clear Values

Small Companies Need Clear Values | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Choose the values needed to support the purpose of your team or company. For example, a news service would need values like fast and accurate to support their purpose. A theme park would need values like safety and fun. An accounting service would need values like error-free and reliable.
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  1. Don’t assume that any values are understood. If a value like ethics or integrity is important, it needs to be listed.
  1. Identify the top 3 to 5 key values. It’s too difficult to remember a laundry list.
  1. Describe values in terms of behavior – a single word can mean different things to different people.
  1. Involve employees in identifying the values. They will understand them better and will have greater commitment to them.
  1. Keep your values alive. Put processes in place to get feedback on whether they are being lived. As a leader, model the values consistently. People watch what you do more closely than they listen to what you say.
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SEO Game Changer: Twitter and Google Finally Agree to a Search Deal

SEO Game Changer: Twitter and Google Finally Agree to a Search Deal | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Details of the Deal

Over the last couple of years, there have been several examples of Twitter limiting apps’ access to their platform. In some cases, they have actually banned apps from the platform despite them being very popular.

Because of those actions, some industry experts were skeptical about Twitter and Google ever coming to terms on working together. But based on this deal, it looks like Twitter may be taking a different approach to business.

While engineers from both companies are still working to implement this change, the result will be tweets showing up in Google search results as soon as they’re published. As you may have already realized, this means that Twitter activity is likely to have a direct impact on search engine visibility.

The most surprising component of this deal is that no advertising revenue is involved. Instead, it’s believed that Twitter will be compensated in the form of data-licensing revenue.
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Awesomizing YouTube

YouTube has more than 1 billion unique viewers every month. It's also a creator hub for those who want to make their own videos. Create videos. Find your audience. Did you know you can make your photo slideshow on YouTube using their tools? You can also make add titles, make captions and add music, all on the YouTube platform itself. Check out this infographic to learn about all the free tools that YouTube offers:
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Using Behavioral Psychology to Enhance Marketing Automation

Using Behavioral Psychology to Enhance Marketing Automation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There are a couple of things that we can already see if you look backward and you look forward. You can see pretty quickly that consumers of all types, whether they're individuals buying their own personal things or whether they're in the B2B role, they use information to help understand issues that they're facing.

So one of the big trends that we see, is that firms hiring professional services are doing more research to understand what problems I'm facing, what the possible solutions are, who can do a good job of it, and how I can educate myself. With professional services, you are fundamentally selling your expertise and you're demonstrating that expertise to your potential clients through content marketing.

This allows you to attract leads and nurture them, but there's another thing that's going on: you're qualifying too. If you're writing content about a certain topic that is only of interest to people who would be your potential clients, those prospects self-qualify. So it really changes the entire sales process and the notion of how you go about looking for professional services.
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The Internet's Split Personality

The Internet's Split Personality | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Internet is an indispensable tool for education, but its use comes with the virtual certainty of exposure to undesirable elements. "People are seeing the downside of the Internet environment -- the misbehavior and the abuse that happens in online forums and platforms. It can't be ignored," said Alan Simpson, director of policy and communications for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition
Don Dea's insight:

The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study recently released by the Pew Research Center.

Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries.

A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has had a bad influence on morality.

Those polled were divided over the impact of the Net on politics -- 36 percent said it was good; 30 percent said it was bad -- but they believed the Net has had a positive impact on personal relationships (53 percent) and the economy (52 percent).

Personal relationships are particularly important to cybersurfers in developing nations, noted Pew Research Associate Jacob Poushter.

"Social networking is the primary use of the Internet in these countries," he told TechNewsWorld.

In fact, Internet users in developing countries use social media sites more than their counterparts in some developed nations.

In the survey countries, a median of 82 percent of the respondents used social media sites, Poushter noted, compared to 74 percent in the United States.

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New MacBook: Computing Rethought

New MacBook: Computing Rethought | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Apple Watch may have dominated Apple's Spring Forward event earlier this week, but an unexpected new MacBook could herald the future of mobile computing. It will be available April 10, both online and at Apple retail stores and select authorized resellers.

Thinness, lightness and tomorrow's technology are its salient features.

Its 12-inch Retina display is 0.88 mm thick, and the MacBook itself is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Its keyboard is 34 percent thinner.
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The Hawthorne Effect and Your Culture

What do you pay attention to in your work environment? Do you actively engage with players regularly to learn what’s going well and what’s not, or do they rarely see you? Or are you somewhere in between those extremes?

Interaction and attention from leaders can have a beneficial impact on employee’s feelings of contribution, value, and worth, which can boost productivity and service.
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Docker's No Flash in the Pan

Docker's No Flash in the Pan | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There are similarities between Docker and recent open source communities. Not only in the surge of supporting developers, IT operations pros, vendors, investors and end users, but also in the way the technology is making its way to the market through developers and lines of business before central IT departments. Expect to see a support-and-services-driven market for Docker and containers.
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Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays

Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Periscope and Meerkat are a lot alike, with the biggest difference being Periscope's support for broadcasting replays of streamed content. Both allow broadcasters to store copies of their feeds locally, but Meerkat doesn't allow reruns.

A novel feature of Periscope, the app's "Most Loved" list, could be key to encouraging broadcasters to stream meaningful content. Viewers rate streams with "hearts," which broadcasters can acquire to move up the Most Loved list.
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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 comments were brief, “If this works, this will be gold.” Then he laughed and said. “Hold on, I’ll be right back.”

He then came back with a large, professionally printed version of a previous plan to tackle the same issue that had failed. He said one word. “Execution.”

After his eight word caution, he funded the project.

They executed flawlessly.

A well-mannered, “I believe in you, don’t screw this up,” goes a long way.
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Keep the Vision Visible

Despite the obvious common sense nature of this statement, I’m always surprised at how rare this is. Sure you’ve got to hold some stuff close to the vest, but if you’re having employees sign “non-disclosures” right and left or are keeping your true strategy confined to a small inner circle, know there are a lot of dots not getting connected and a lot of brains thinking small because they don’t have the perspective to think bigger.

Folks feel the secrecy, which leads to a fast growing feeling of “If you don’t trust me, why should I bother?” Bothered and included leads to brilliance. Share enough information to stir positive, proactive angst.

- See more at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/communication-listening/3-ways-thinking-small-will-improve-employee-engagement/#sthash.odytv4xg.dpuf

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To Be a Better Leader You Must Kill Your Darlings

To Be a Better Leader You Must Kill Your Darlings | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Ready to kill your darlings? Keep these guidelines in mind: 

1. It’s Not About Pruning Deadwood.

Killing your darlings is not a matter of pruning deadwood. Some of the projects, products or lines of business you will need to let go of might be doing very well.

The question you must ask is whether they serve the greater good of the company – do they add value in the long run? Do they ensure you’re moving in the right direction?

2. Grow with Focus.

The idea of killing your darlings is not simply about doing less. It’s about creating a strategic focus and doing what you do exceptionally well.

Growth is still desirable. But when a new opportunity arises, evaluate it through the lens of whether it is aligned with your strategic scope, not how exciting or sexy it is, or how easy it is to do.

3. It Needs to Be Ongoing.

Writers kill their darlings during the editorial process. But unlike a writing project, which ends at publication, the business environment is constantly changing. You need to evaluate your darlings for strategic alignment regularly.

Strategic sacrifice is about giving up something of value for the sake of the greater good of the enterprise. Dumping pet projects and passing on new opportunities is difficult to do, unless the idea of strategic sacrifice is entrenched in the culture.
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The dawn of marketing’s new golden age

The dawn of marketing’s new golden age | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As you think about the implications of science, substance, story, speed, and simplicity for your organization, we suggest that you ask yourself five questions:

Are we taking advantage of the science of data and research to uncover new insights, or are we working off yesterday’s facts, assertions, and heuristics?
Do we fully exploit the power of marketing to enhance the substance—that is, the products, services, and experiences—we offer our customers, or are we just selling hard with a “me-too” mind-set?
Do we have a clear brand story that echoes through cyberspace, or do we feel that we aren’t quite capturing hearts and minds?
Have we created simplifiers within our organization, or have complex matrices become a logjam?
Are we faster or slower to market than our competition?
Although this may seem like a lot to handle, the rapid changes and fast-breaking opportunities facing marketers in the 21st century suggest to us that the best ones will have good answers to all of these questions. In our opinion, those that do will not only enjoy above-market growth, they will define the next golden age of marketing.
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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, Today, 10:16 AM

Interesting take and valid questions to assess.

Still, lean marketing is the future and it has started a while ago!

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10 Things Julius Caesar could have taught us about business, leadership, marketing (and even social media)

“Experience is the teacher of all things.”

Books are nice. They’re a start. But at some point, you have to DO the thing. You have to build the business. Grow the business. Win market share. Outpace your competitors. Recruit the best minds. Create the culture-changing products. Fix the accelerator glitch. Stop the giant underwater oil leak. Rejuvenate your brand. Redefine your market. This stuff isn’t theoretical. You have to roll up your sleeves and learn the hard way what works and what doesn’t.

Julius Caesar learned soldiering with the rank and file of the Roman legions. He fought in the front lines, shoulder to shoulder with legionnaires. He slept with them, ate with them, drank with them, marched with them and bled with them. Had he not spent years in the trenches doing the work himself, he would not have been the military leader he became. ”Experience is the teacher of all things.”
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Customer-centricity in B2B

Much customer-centricity thinking focuses on B2C markets, but in B2B the added value can be just as large.  This presentation explores some of the ways this value can be captured.
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So You Want To Be Innovative?

Many innovations fail because they have little customer relevance.  This presentation explores how to innovate less, but with more meaning.
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The Impact of 3D Printing on Retail

3D printing technology is about to change many of the ways in which retailers need to trade and organise their business.  This presentation explores how.
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Barriers to Customer-Centricity

Becoming customer-centric is easier said than done.  This presentation explores the main barriers companies encounter and the ways to overcome the.
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Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus

Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There are six ways teams can make decisions. Some people believe that in a collaborative environment, consensus is the best. But that’s a big mistake.

Pushing for consensus when it’s not needed actually makes collaboration more difficult. The best collaborative environments are situational in their approach to team decision-making.

You make countless decisions every day. Knowing when and how you need to involve others, and the best team decision-making method for each situation, will help you make the right decisions, will make implementation easier and will save time in the long run.
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Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets

Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Convenience, Not Safety

At present, Ford is offering its Intelligent Speed Limiter as much for convenience as safety, and drivers do have the ability to override it or turn it off.

Ford is not the only automaker to provide drivers with an option for curbing their speed.

"BMW now has a warning system that is displayed to the driver when they are exceeding the speed limit, but it is a warning only and doesn't actually decelerate the car," said Chandrasekar.

"This technology could be more interesting in [terms of] how it fits with the greater technology being developed to produce autonomous vehicles," he added. "This could be improved by adding more sensors and could be much more powerful.
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Cute Robots, Secure Tablets and a Conscientious Can

Cute Robots, Secure Tablets and a Conscientious Can | digitalNow | Scoop.it
I have an immediate soft spot for PLEN2 and even though I don't see it becoming a mainstream smash success, I'd love to see it in classrooms everywhere to help kids understand the fundamentals of machines and robotics.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Deaths by Cuteness

Berry Secure Tablet

At first glance, the announcement of a new BlackBerry tablet is an enormous surprise. The PlayBook didn't set the world on fire so much as fail to light a candl
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Learning to See Data

Learning to See Data | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The most important question when dealing with reams of digital data is not whether perceptual skills will be centrally important. The question is when, and in what domain, analysts will be able to build a reliable catalog of digital patterns that provide meaningful “clues” to the underlying reality, whether it’s the effect of a genetic glitch, a low-pressure zone or a drop in the yen. 

When that happens — and it will, in some field — scientists will gain a foothold on the digital El Capitan and a means to build a prototype for applying perceptual-learning techniques. Given the importance of defusing terrorist plots and mining health and economic data, digital instinct-building is likely to become crucial, a discipline where people with computational and science chops will have to grow their visual sixth sense, like sea captains who can read the sky or guides who can find trails in the Mojave.
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CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good | Cybersecurity

CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good | Cybersecurity | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Mobile FREAK-out

Earlier this month, researchers discovered a vulnerability in SSL implementations called "FREAK." It allows an attacker to force SSL to stop using 128-bit encryption and start using 40-bit encryption, which can be cracked in a matter of hours using commodity computers or readily available cloud computing resources.
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CAPTCHAs -- those misshapen funhouse mirror letters you have to decipher in order to gain access to various online tools -- are so annoying to some people that they'd rather turn their back on a website than fiddle with them. Worse yet, CAPTCHAs don't always work. "CAPTCHAs can stop most bots, but the worst bots know how to get past CAPTCHA," said Distil Networks CEO Rami Essaid.

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