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Get Known as “Top Talent” Using These Five Traits

Get Known as “Top Talent” Using These Five Traits | digitalNow | Scoop.it

If you want to get hired and stay hired you need to know how hiring managers think. Since Google is setting the standard for attracting, hiring (and paying) top

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Management is looking for your ability to solve difficult problems, work well under pressure, inspire others to take action and think on the fly.

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The Secret To Better Conflict

The Secret To Better Conflict | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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 Sometimes, the problem is a dysfunctional or even vicious group who spend all their energy going back and forth instead of moving forward.

So if no conflict is a sure path to oblivion, but too much conflict is equally risky, how do we avoid going from ditch to ditch and instead find a path to productive conflict somewhere in the middle? The secret lies in changing your assumptions.

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5 Mistakes You're Making With Customers' Feedback

5 Mistakes You're Making With Customers' Feedback | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You know you need customers' comments, but are you really listening? Here's how to find out if you have a clunky feedback system.
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"Focus your company's customer listening efforts not on measuring more precisely, but on learning more effectively."

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Where We're Going We Might Need Roads

Where We're Going We Might Need Roads | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As we approach the year 2015, in which time traveling Marty McFly roamed around in a world of flying cars, why is it that this innovative possibility
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SMBs + Social = Success

Hypergrowth small and medium-sized businesses—those that have experienced significant year-over-year revenue growth—are putting more dollars toward social media. Research suggests that their investments are paying off in multiple ways.
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The 15 Highest-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require Much Stress

Are you looking for highest-paying Job that don’t require much stress? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network, there are a good variety of Jobs with perfect...
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3. Astronomers (Average annual salary: $96,460) - with an exceptional research record in any field of observational or theoretical astronomy and planetary science, including those with a focus on instrumentation and computation. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or planetary science, and have postdoctoral experience demonstrating a distinguished record of independent research or technical innovation.
Stress tolerance: 62

2. Political Scientists (Average annual salary: $102,000) -  Political scientists study the origin, development, and analyze the structure and operation of political systems and trends.
Stress tolerance: 60.01

1. Mathematicians (Average annual salary: $101,360) - a very strong background in mathematics: excellent PhD or postdoctoral research experience (outstanding postgraduate Master’s degree or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement). A true capability in analysis, abstraction and mathematical formalization.
Stress tolerance: 57.3

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10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes About His Work

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Here are 10 things Theodor Seuss Geisel said about his life, his work, his inspiration, and bow ties.
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On nonsense: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities."

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Will they switch for cheaper?

In fact, most people switch for better. Without a doubt, there's a slot in every market for the cheap enough, good enough alternative. But rapid growth and long-term loyalty come from being better instead. When your product or your service...
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When your product or your service doesn't measure up, the answer probably isn't to lower your price or offer a refund to the disappointed customer. Instead, the alternative is to invest in making it better. So much better that people can't help but talk about it—and so much better that they would truly miss it if it were gone.

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Why Are There Two Carolinas and Two Dakotas?

Why Are There Two Carolinas and Two Dakotas? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
It’s possible you’ve heard of North and South Dakota. You may have also heard about North and South Carolina. If so, then you already know that these states are strong, independent honeys makin’ money.
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Most historians agree that the real reason for Congress’ eagerness to accept the separate Dakotas was a Republican ploy to bolster numbers in Congress. Former Indiana Senator Benjamin Harrison, a Republican (and noted man with a beard), became president in 1889. Congress had been predominantly Democratic until Harrison took office, and the admission of the two Dakotas gifted the House with a Republican majority.

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Entropy, bureaucracy and the fight for great

Here are some laws rarely broken: As an organization succeeds, it gets bigger. As it gets bigger, the average amount of passion and initiative of the organization goes down (more people gets you closer to averge, which is another word...
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Greatness can't be a policy, and it's hard to delegate to bureaucrats. But yes, greatness is something that people can work for, create an insurgency around and once in a while, actually achieve. It's a commitment, not an event.

It's not easy, which is why it's rare, but it's worth it.

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What Most Successful CEOs And Other Senior Executives In Business Do, And Why It Works?

What Most Successful CEOs And Other Senior Executives In Business Do, And Why It Works? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
I'm lucky enough to know a number of remarkably successful CEOs and other senior executives in business world, I can tell you that they work hard. Work really, really hard, as there is no substitute f...
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 Every extremely successful CEOs, entrepreneur, or senior executives I know (personally) works more hours than the average person — a lot more —- and some more.

Remarkably successful entrepreneur and executives habitually do what other people won’t do, go places where others won’t go.

They know, joining any crowd — no matter how “hot” OR “Trendy” the crowd or the opportunity  =  A recipe for mediocrity.

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13 Common Spelling Mistakes — And How To Avoid Them

13 Common Spelling Mistakes — And How To Avoid Them | digitalNow | Scoop.it
"I before e, except after c" doesn't always work.
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10. Using -efy vs. -ify

Certain verbs end in "-efy" or "-ify." But only four common ones end with "-efy": liquefy, putrefy, stupefy, and rarefy.

11. Using -tion, -cion, and -sion

Pronunciation comes into play here. If you pronounce the end of the word "zun," like "confusion," you'll use -sion. The suffix -sion will also usually follow a final "-l," "-n," or "-r" regardless of pronunciation. (Keep in mind the verb forms of words like "exertion" and "invention" actually end in "t," as in "exert" and "invent").



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/common-spelling-mistakes-2014-3#ixzz2viZCT85O

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#Philoselfie: Science behind selfie-expression

#Philoselfie: Science behind selfie-expression | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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On average, women tend to take more selfies than men. In Moscow, women account for 80% of the selfies. Yet, as people get older, this trend reverses. At or after age 40, men are more likely to take and post selfies than women.

At 150%, women are more likely to tilt their heads in photos over men.

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Why Won’t They Listen To Reason?

Why Won’t They Listen To Reason? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Can't, Won't, Shouldn't: Three opposite interpretations that leave us guessing.
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After all, maybe they shouldn’t listen. Maybe I’m just being stubborn, nagging them with ideas that are justifiably irrelevant to them.  I don’t want to push where I should accommodate, accommodate where I should push or engage where I should disengage.

And as I come out of my self-induced meditative pause, I like to keep the three main interpretations in mind, and the generic universal bind of figuring out how to respond given that each of the three broad interpretations points to an opposite response

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The Unfortunate Appeal of Narcissists in Management

The Unfortunate Appeal of Narcissists in Management | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Key elements of narcissism can be helpful for managerial success.
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In short, there's a confluence between key aspects of the narcissistic personality and key qualities that help contribute to management success.  While data on the prevalance of narcissism is a bit nebulous (6% of the population is a figure often cited for Narcissistic Personality Disorder), 1 in 16 seems to me a modest count when considering narcissism in senior management ranks - though admittedly this is an entirely unscientific estimate, and I believe this would be a worthwhile topic for rigorous academic study.

Lastly, why do I say the "unfortunate" appeal of narcissists in management?  Why is this mutual attraction - of narcissists to the role, and of hiring managers to certain narcissists - not a productive one?  It's a simple answer: Because the very best managers, the very best leaders, are focused on the needs of others - their customers, employees, shareholders, etc. - while narcissists are ultimately most focused on themselves.  These are fundamentally different agendas and over the long term will come in conflict.  What is best for a narcissistic individual will rarely be what is best for his or her organization.

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The Science of Viral Videos

The Science of Viral Videos | digitalNow | Scoop.it
What activity in one brain region tells us about the popularity of songs.
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The last time you sent your friend a link to a video, did you think about why? You probably looked at many stories that day, so what made that one worth sharing?  

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Navigational Listening

Put conversational intelligence to work
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Navigational listening is the most powerful tool for influencing others and creating transformation—perhaps, at times, more powerful that speaking. This highest and most expansive form of listening engages us with others in a spirit of co-creation

Many of us fall into listening habit patterns that stop us from engaging deeply with others. Instead we become we become addicted to being right—entrenched in positional thinking, defending what we believe without acknowledging other perspectives. By trapping us in thoughts from the past and locking us into conflicts, these habit patterns prevent us from generating new thinking and connecting with others in authentic, personal, powerful, and co-creative ways.

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Big Data Requires More than Seat-of-Your-Pants Business Leadership

The phrase “flying by the seat of your pants” was first widely used in newspaper accounts of pilot Douglas Corrigan's flight from the USA to Ireland in 1938.  Aircraft in the 1930s had few naviga...
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In this new era of business, Big Data and new analytic solutions are fundamentally changing the way organizations engage with their customers, simultaneously disrupting a wide variety of industries and creating new opportunities.

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6 Critical Success Factors for Effective Execution

Results are all about execution. A grand strategy doesn’t deliver results until the intended work is carried out. To execute effectively is to conduct work in a manner that optimizes the use of reso...
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These critical success factors require understanding and alignment throughout the company. Though the executives are not directly involved in doing the work, they could influence the mindset and develop the discipline around effective execution. Getting the work done is not sufficient in this competitive environment. Those who are able to execute effectively through optimizing resource utilization will be way ahead of their competition.

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How To Keep Your Creativity Flowing

You only have as much potential for change as you allow yourself to have. However, your potential is contingent on how creative you are.
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While exposing ourselves to all things new and making sure we stay on our toes is important to being able to innovate, we need to be able to feel comfortable and safe in where we are in life. Going for a walk and spending time in nature is critical in feeling grounded. Admiring the music you love and reminding yourself that YOU are YOU and the only YOU is by far most important.

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Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

Achieve your goals this year.
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Self-defeating assumptions. You think you can’t, so you don’t.  A British Olympic runner is so rattled by a misstep that cost her a contest that she dropped out of the next. A company team decides that a popular world leader is so far out of their league that they don’t issue an invitation to speak at their customer event. Talented women sometimes “leave before they leave,” as Sheryl Sandberg puts it, assuming that they won’t be promoted (or succeed when they have children) so they start behaving like they’re departing years before departure, thus foreclosing their options. It’s one thing to be realistic, it’s another to behave like a loser before entering the game.

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How Extremely Successful Executives And Entrepreneurs Say No?

Needless to say, for success say
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“No is a complete sentence, but it’s not a very nice sentence. These ways allowed me to avoid saying no outright and to engage equally with everyone in a way that protected my time.

- “This isn’t in my wheelhouse, but I know someone who might be helpful”Facilitated the connection, this is a .huge time-saver and often proved far more helpful.

- “I am not qualified to do what you’re asking, but here’s something else”

- “I’m really swamped with work right now, but feel free to follow up”

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Which Country Reads the Most?

Which Country Reads the Most? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
According to the NOP World Culture Score Index, readers in India are making the rest of us look bad.
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Hours reading per week per person

1. India — 10 hours, 42 minutes
2. Thailand — 9:24
3. China — 8:00
4. Philippines — 7:36
5. Egypt — 7:30
6. Czech Republic — 7:24
7. Russia — 7:06
8. Sweden — 6:54
8. France — 6:54
10. Hungary — 6:48

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Why Highly Successful People Want To Make Mistakes

Why Highly Successful People Want To Make Mistakes | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Here's a look at how some successful people view failure and why they seek it out.
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The science of failure: We can’t admit we’re wrong.

It always helps to add some context about the subconscious biases we have in our heads before exploring a topic, I think. I looked into some of the research on success and failure, and how we react to them to see what I could learn. These are three of the most interesting points I discovered (they are all, of course, subconscious – so we do them all the time without realizing):

We don’t take credit for our failures.

We tend to take credit for our successes, attributing them to internal factors such as how much effort we put in, the skills we have or our past experience. Failure, on the other hand, is something we don’t like to admit to. Research has show that we are more likely to blame failure on external factors like luck or the difficulty of the task.

Failure makes us less generous.

After succeeding at a task, the positive reinforcement makes us more likely to be more generous and helpful to others. If we fail at a task first, however, we’re less likely to want to help others, and less generous with our time and money.

We literally can’t admit that we’re wrong.



Read more: http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-highly-successful-people-crave-failure-and-mistakes#ixzz2viZLCYIP

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:56 AM

Interesting and valuable insight to help you shift perspective on failing. #failforward

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10 Pieces Of Business Advice You Should Ignore

10 Pieces Of Business Advice You Should Ignore | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Top business leaders were asked: “What’s the worst business advice somebody gave you when you were starting your business?" Here's what they said.
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Don’t quit your day job.

“My company pairs magazines with CDs and DVDs to create packages for super-fans. When my business partner and I told people we were creating a product to redefine the print and music industries, people laughed. One person said we would have more success launching a travel agency with the Titanic and Hindenburg! But by selling more than $10 million in product in two years, we got the last laugh.”



Read more: http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/03/05/10-pieces-of-business-advice-you-should-ignore/#ixzz2viZ22VMi

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