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There Is No Time To Hurry Up And Wait

There Is No Time To Hurry Up And Wait | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The events , both in business and in our communities (collegiate sexual assaults, Ferguson, etc) ... There is no better time than now for learning how to avoid
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Making any progress, process transformation or change across American communities and throughout the global business communities as usual is always hard and usually requires a significant investment of resources – people, finance and effort. So, whenever a leader or an organization adopts any new strategy, technology platform, methodology or approach, that adoption has to be driven by both a need and with leadership clarity. - See more at: http://www.n2growth.com/blog/there-is-no-time-to-hurry-up-and-wait/#sthash.axCh82U1.dpuf

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Inspirational Leaders are Focused

Inspirational Leaders are Focused | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Relentless focus is the 4th attribute of inspirational leaders and Nest founder, Tony Fadell, former Apple designer & VP, is one relentlessly focused leader
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He rewards employees when deserved and his drive for unattainable perfection brings out the best in people…He is incredibly caring and passionate about [people’s] development. There have been moments that I’ve been beyond stressed, to the point of tears, and he’ll sit down and say, ‘Let’s talk through everything that’s going on.’ These are the rare moments of clarity with Tony that make all the hard times worth it. 

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Innovation and Disruptive Necessity

Innovation  and Disruptive Necessity | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further?   Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it is imperative that businesses seek to disrupt their own business model before the competition does. Innovate or die the …
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Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it is imperative that businesses seek to disrupt their own business model before the competition does. Innovate or die the adage goes.
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Are You Assuming Your Way Out of Business?

Are You Assuming Your Way Out of Business? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If it can happen to former market leaders like Sony, Radio Shack and Sears, it could happen to you.
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Corporate denial can be a real killer. It looks and sounds like many different things, including:

  • Thinking that most of what you know about your business is still true.
  • Believing that what made you successful so far will continue to make you successful in the near future.
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In the Know: Identifying Consumer Segments Can Help Nonprofits Reach Donors

In the Know: Identifying Consumer Segments Can Help Nonprofits Reach Donors | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Knowledge is power. While no two people are exactly alike, knowing certain characteristics—age, location, background, gender, income—can help organizations group consumers. For nonprofits, this type of understanding can help them tap into new opportunities by identifying potential donor groups that support their cause.
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The Most Valuable Digital Consumers

The Most Valuable Digital Consumers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Social/Local/Mobile seems to be driving much of the conversation about online opportunities. But at the end of the day, there is only one constant common denominator across the Web: the consumer. An understanding of this consumer and how they are influenced by social, mobile and local experiences online is vital to big brands looking to reach them on the Web.  

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Uncommon Sense: How Do You Measure Reputation?

Uncommon Sense: How Do You Measure Reputation? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Today, a company’s reputation is increasingly recognized as a business asset that is central to maintaining and growing business value. Despite this recognition, however, corporate competencies around reputation measurement often lag. So “How do you measure corporate reputation?”
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Like any asset, reputation should be measured and understood in the context of your company’s business goals. Long term, reputation measurement and management are most effective when reputational equity and risk are clearly linked to the business outcomes of business-relevant stakeholders and their own specific, measurable business-supportive behaviors.

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Uncommon Sense: The Problem With Your Brand Value and What You Should Do About It

Uncommon Sense: The Problem With Your Brand Value and What You Should Do About It | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The problem with brand value is simple: no one agrees on it. The GE brand value, for example, in 2011, was variously estimated to be worth $30.5B, $42.8B, and $50.3B by different valuation services. So if valuations vary so wildly, how can CMOs and CFOs begin to understand the value they deliver with their marketing spending?
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BRAND VALUE—WHAT IS IT?

Other industries have no problem placing a common value on valuable things. For example, the stock market. There, we have buyers and sellers. While they may have different views of the future performance of the stock, they agree on one thing: the price at which the stock is currently selling.

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How Social Media Impacts Brand Marketing

How Social Media Impacts Brand Marketing | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Social media plays an important role in how consumers discover, research, and share information about brands and products. In fact 60 percent of consumers researching products through multiple online sources learned about a specific brand or retailer through social networking sites. Active social media users are more likely to read product reviews online, and 3 out of 5 create their own reviews of products and services. Women are more likely than men to tell others about products that they like (81% of females vs. 72% of males). Overall, consumer-generated reviews and product ratings are the most preferred sources of product information among social media users.

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Uncommon Sense: The Appification of TV

Uncommon Sense: The Appification of TV | digitalNow | Scoop.it
For over 50 years, there was only a single
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First, streaming rights will remain front-and-center. Those that have developed them have made clear to all players the value of having one’s own apps. MSOs will want to maximize viewing time within their own apps both on the big screen in the living room and on people’s more personal connected devices. Expect this to be a point of significant debate and negotiation for some time

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A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education

A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce This report identifies the best and worst performing states—the leaders and l...
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Student Access & Success
Do state institutions retain and graduate a high percentage of their students within a reasonable amount of time?
Do they ensure access for low-income students?

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The State of Ebooks

The State of Ebooks | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As we've noted before, ebooks continue to lag behind print books in sales. While ebooks are clearly not going to disappear, the sales of ebooks have been slowing for some time and now seem to be st...
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4 Keys to Overcoming Conflict and Giving Good Feedback

1. Take the But(t) Sandwich off the Menu

I’ve written before about how much I hate but(t) sandwiches. Starting and ending feedback sessions with some false flattery just so you can jam a big slice of nasty feedback in the middle is a waste of time. It’s disingenuous. It also destroys your credibility as a leader. Any time after that if you begin praising someone, they’ll simply be waiting for the “but…” even if it’s never coming. This approach to giving feedback is terrible. Stop it. Now. But(t) sandwiches are now off the menu.
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Being “nice” for the sake of avoiding conflict is dysfunctional. It will destroy your organization and your credibility in the long run. I call on each and every one of us to embrace candor and directness in the spirit of making our teams better. I think I’ve been direct enough in this post with what’s on my mind. Now it’s your turn…

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Would love to share this content, but the pop-up ad that takes over doesn't ever go away.
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Great people do things before they're ready.

Great people do things before they're ready. | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right. Because, I think there’s something inside of you—and inside of all of us—when we see something and we think, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that

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Here We Are. Now What?

Here We Are. Now What? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The Gleicher Change Formula, D x V x F > R (pictured to the left), is a great starting point.

Here's a quick breakdown:

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Here We Are. Now What?: Be A Small Leader

Here We Are. Now What?: Be A Small Leader | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

Now there is a model of leadership that is well within reach of the ordinary person.

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Internet of Things will change everything

Internet of Things will change everything | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become as ubiquitous as the mobile phone. The technologies required, such as low power microchips, sensors, and energy efficient networks, have all become small and inexpensive enough that everything from smart watches, light bulbs and even heart monitors can connect to the Internet to send and receive data more easily than ever before.

Devices that comprise the Internet of Things typically transmit small amounts of data related to their particular function – such as temperature or moisture information, or industrial machines that can alert HQ when they need servicing. There is no strict definition of the Internet of Things, but it’s generally accepted that it includes embedded computing devices that use the existing Internet infrastructure, yet goes beyond normal machine-to-machine (M2M) networking with new protocols and applications.

Just a few examples where IoT is expected to make an enormous impact are:

Environmental monitoring
Infrastructure management
Industrial applications
Energy management
Healthcare
Home automation
Transport systems
In essence, the Internet of Things will form a smart grid of “intelligent” devices and sensors in areas like smart homes, biomedicine, mobile communications, agriculture, transport and wearables. It’s a brave new world, where everything is connected and constantly online. But what does it mean for consumers and business, and how will it affect our lives in the next few years?
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Luigi Cappel's curator insight, December 5, 2014 7:46 PM

The Internet of Things or IoT has been around for a while. If you control anything from your mobile for example, you are already using it. It might be remote controlling your TV, using a Fitbit, connecting to a GoPro. These are everyday things today and we don't think of them as IoT, we just use them.

 

One of the things that I liked in the story was intelligent furniture. I get frustrated when I watch Science Fiction TV shows that are supposed to be in the future and they are still using the equivalent of today's iPhones. In 20 years time that type of communication will seem as outdated as the bricks we used to use.

 

What do you have in your home today that's connected? Garage door? Printer? Notebooks, Mobiles, Tablets, TV, alarm clocks, fitbit, Go Pro? I'll bet you have a few even though you don't think of them as IoT. I'm about to buy Bluetooth shower speakers for $20. You wouldn't even think of that as being anything sophisticated any more right?

 

Think about basic entertainment. I put my iPhone into my home theatre and control Spotify from my iPad. Not only do I get the music I want, the latest tracks on The Billboard Top 100 but my phone is also charging at the same time.

 

Buying any Bluetooth or WiFi devices for Christmas? If the answer is yes, then you are buying into the IoT. The cool thing today is that we are just doing it, its not about the acronyms or jargon, its just how we live today.

John Presutti's curator insight, December 14, 2014 9:13 AM
  • GE estimates that the “Industrial Internet” will add $10-$15 trillion to worldwide GDP by 2035
  • Cisco says the “Internet of Everything” may add $19 trillion in economic value by 2022
Jean-Christophe Gilquin's curator insight, December 15, 2014 6:24 AM

L'internet des objets va profondément changer nos modes de vies et notre manière de communiquer.

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To Share or not to Share? That is the (Research Data) Question...

To Share or not to Share? That is the (Research Data) Question... | digitalNow | Scoop.it
With increased pressure from funding bodies and others for researchers to make their data open, as well as their research articles, it's important to understand who is already sharing what data, ho...
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Perhaps most interesting is why researchers say they share data – and why they don’t. For example, German researchers reported sharing the most (55%), with three quarters of those respondents doing so in order to increase the visibility of their work and to ensure public transparency and reuse. Chinese researchers, however, reported being least likely to share (36%), with half the respondents stating that this is because it’s not a funder requirement.

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Data science: 'Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis' | ZDNet

Data science: 'Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis' | ZDNet | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Two leaders of Booz Allen's data science team talk talent, building a data science team and the machine-human link in analytics.
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Industries where data science shines. Sullivan said health care and all the data thrown off by the "quantified self" movement will be promising. Wearables are one part of the equation, but the data from classified medical equipment will be just as important if not more so. Transportation is another promising area for data science. Booz Allen also has a large sports practice too.

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More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Households Have Three or More Devices Pinging the Internet

More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Households Have Three or More Devices Pinging the Internet | digitalNow | Scoop.it
And nearly half of American families have five or more Internet-connected devices.
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Here are a few other stats that we found interesting:

  • 97 percent of U.S. households have a mobile phone.
  • Total mobile traffic per smartphone in North America is projected to be 1.6 gigabytes this year, and seen to be nearly quadrupling to 6GB per month by 2020.
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PwC Claims eBook Sales Will Exceed Print in 2018

PwC Claims eBook Sales Will Exceed Print in 2018 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The perennial ebook optimists at PricewaterhouseCoopers are back again with a new projection of the growth of the US and global ebook markets. This time around the NYTimes is repeating the latest PwC prediction, writing that: E-books have made impressive inroads into the English-reading world, but their success in Europe — even among wealthy, tech-savvy …
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E-books have made impressive inroads into the English-reading world, but their success in Europe — even among wealthy, tech-savvy countries with robust publishing industries — remains spotty at best. In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Why Nontraditional Students Decided to Attend College

Why Nontraditional Students Decided to Attend College | digitalNow | Scoop.it
We asked nontraditional students: "Why did you choose to (re)enroll in college at this time?" Learn what motivated their decision to matriculate.
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They want to enter or transition into a specific field. From social work to IT, nursing to accounting, many of the students stated that they wanted to pursue work in a particular field. College coursework helps them reach that objective.

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9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders

Here are 9 reasons why so many companies provide so little to support the development of their leaders and 7 reasons why it is absolutely essential to success!
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It costs too much/isn’t in the budget.” The top of this hit parade is usually money. This reason/excuse is really two in one. The budget is an outgrowth of another item on this list (it isn’t a priority). Budgeting is really just a prioritization tool. By default, the things we do spend money on are deemed as more important than those we don’t. Yes, I know there are seasons or situations in the life cycle of a business where funds really are tight – but that is rarely the real reason. The “costs too much” cousin isn’t always about money alone either; it is often more about the next item on the list. . . - See more at: http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership-supervisory-skills/9-reasons-organizations-dont-train-leaders/#sthash.knNbsY0g.dpuf

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george_reed's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:33 PM

The title should read "9 Excuses..." none of which are particularly convincing.

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Uncommon Sense: Riding the Disruption Wave

Uncommon Sense: Riding the Disruption Wave | digitalNow | Scoop.it
All established companies must address a key challenge: How to find the next disruptive innovation while reacting to the disruptive innovations of others. To use the language of this year's TIBCO conference, how can one “ride the disruption wave”? Mitch Barns explores three things he's found that can play a big role.
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What does it take to disrupt yourself before you are disrupted? There is no formula, of course, but I've found three things can play a big role:

  • Trimming waste;
  • Shifting power from the center to the edge; and
  • Thinking “non-zero-sum.”
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Attachment to Print—It's a Parenting Thing

For reasons that aren’t clear, parents appear to have a bias toward print. Whether this is because parents visualize “a book” as a tangible, printed text or because they have subtle biases pertaining to their own self views, the mixed messages regarding formats demonstrates an interesting story on perceptions and realities regarding books and reading.
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While technology continues to influence how we consume content, most parents in the U.S. still place a high level of importance on print when it comes to reading. In some cases, they’re even bigger fans of print than their buying habits indicate.

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