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Discovery Invests in Digital Textbooks in Hopes of Growth

Discovery Invests in Digital Textbooks in Hopes of Growth | digitalNow | Scoop.it

As another academic year starts, about 500,000 children across the country will find themselves learning subjects like middle school history or high school biology from a new line of digital textbooks. These manuals, branded Techbooks, come with all the Internet frills: video, virtual labs, downloadable content.

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Driving Results Through Culture

Driving Results Through Culture | digitalNow | Scoop.it
People with high personal well-being:

Deliver 31% higher productivity
Demonstrate 3 times higher creativity on the job
Are ten times more engaged by their jobs
Are 40% more likely to receive a promotion within a year
Generate 37% greater sales figures
Are three times more satisfied with their jobs

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How alignment can make your organization flow

How alignment can make your organization flow | digitalNow | Scoop.it
We developed “The Alignment Model,” a framework that we have employed successfully with numerous companies and nonprofit organizations. It contains ten steps, summarized here:

1. Purpose. Purpose addresses why an organization exists, its raison d’etre. The purpose statement should be short, memorable, and inspiring.

2. Values. Values are the norms that guide behavior in the organization, the standards for how people should behave. Everyone in the organization should know them and be responsible for upholding them.

3. Vision. The vision provides a clear and compelling picture of what an organization aspires to achieve over a decade or so. It should describe what success looks and feels like.

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Men Close Gap with Women on Social Networks

In February, eMarketer forecast there would be nearly 158 million social network users in the US this year, a number we still expect to hold true.

More than half of those users are women, and eMarketer expects this trend to continue throughout our forecast period, though the percentages will not be far off from 50-50. On Facebook in particular, though, the skew toward women is significantly greater: Nearly 55% of Facebook users this year will be women, down from 57% in 2010 and expected to fall further to 53.2% by 2014.

Read more at http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1009251#CUD87UlQMlxwVB0w.99

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Boomers' Digital Affinities Rooted in 'Practical Web'

Young generations more likely than baby boomers to log on to internet daily
Increasing numbers of baby boomers own smartphones and have accounts on social networks. But headlines that herald such developments can create a misleading impression about the underlying story, according to eMarketer’s new report, “Baby Boomers and the Digital Life: From Pioneers to Laggards.” “Amid gains, boomers (especially older ones) still tend to be less digitally engaged than younger people.”

While a majority of boomers go online on a typical day, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, it’s not the landslide one finds among younger adults. “Marketers can safely assume they’ll find most 20-somethings online on a typical day. They shouldn’t have the same assurance about boomers,” said eMarketer.

Read more at http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1009257#wz6teHvPH23RxYOD.99

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One Per Cent: AI predicts when you're about to get sick

If you've been walking around a public place lately, you've come in contact with a lot of people. Some of those people may have been sick. And if you've been hanging around enough of them as they cough and sneeze, then you might be about to get sick too.

That may sound obvious, but Adam Sadilek at the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues have applied the idea to a pile of Twitter data from people in New York City, and found that they can predict when an individual person will come down with the flu up to eight days before they show symptoms.

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Survey Shows IT Driving Tablet Adoption

IT departments are leading tablet adoption.

o Roughly 56% of respondents were from IT with over 90% of respondents reported having used tablet devices and over 75% have used tablets for work purposes.

o Contrary to conventional “consumerization of IT” thinking, IT is both aware and excited about tablets and is actively thinking about the best use cases inside their companies.

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Can you really be a "Global" leader?

Can you really be a "Global" leader? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Biased Followers
All of us have implicit biases and assumptions about what makes a good leader. Many of these stem from our cultural backgrounds. And as with any cultural bias, often times we're not even aware of leadership assumptions.

For example, what if you interview someone for a leadership position and they aren't tall? Most of us would say that's irrelevant. The average U.S. male is 5ft 9" (1.75m) and only 14 per cent are 6 ft (1.80m) or taller. Yet 58 per cent of U.S. CEO's are 6ft or taller. So if you want to be a CEO in the U.S., it sure helps if you're tall.

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Commas and Cents: Why $1,999.00 is More Than $1999

Commas and Cents: Why $1,999.00 is More Than $1999 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
If you were buying a new 3D TV would you rather pay $1900 or $1,900?
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Trends for the Tens

Trends for the Tens | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Low CQ = Obsolete
There are still some business contexts where a culturally ignorant manager can survive. But those days are numbered. Everything suggests that the mobility of people, products, and services will continue to lunge forward.

Not only will increased cultural intelligence (CQ) help managers know how to adapt for various cultural markets, enhanced CQ is correlated to a manager's abilities in innovation and problem solving. CQ will be a non-negotiable for management survival and success.

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Premium vs Freemium

When it comes to social networks like Facebook and twitter, we should all remember that these are free global communication tools, and nothing comes without a price, including seeing marketed content. When it comes to new business models that are advertisement free, we should also remember, you either pay now, or pay later, to use these tools.

So users and developers of social networks (whether premium or freemium) should recognized you’ll pay now, or pay later, you always pay.

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10 Insights to Enhance the Joy of Learning

10 Insights to Enhance the Joy of Learning | digitalNow | Scoop.it
#1: The joy of learning comes from the experiences of success

"A teacher should favour such teaching methods that enable the achievement of little intervening goals as a part of a greater learning process: smaller achievements func- tion as catalysts towards greater overall goals. These small steps are important when it comes to the joy of learning."

#2: Play provides a possibility to experience the joy of learning in the early school years

"Although a child does not consider play as a tool for learning, play itself represents important and meaningful activity. Even if play does not produce anything significant or concrete from an adult’s point of view, a child structures his/ her own environment through play. Thinking and action merge during play, and by means of play, a child takes over in terms of handling their social, cognitive and physical environment. Playing is the child’s way of seeking pleasure: why is this matter not tapped into more in teaching?"

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Are you a viral manager?

Are you a viral manager? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
So, what makes something go viral, and what relevance does this have to management?

The jury is still out on the answer to the first part of this question (although I feel, getting very close to a verdict). However there are some very interesting theories that may go some way to explaining this phenomenon. In so doing, there may also be some thought provoking messages for managers - perhaps in the way we communicate and in particular, the way we successfully engender change in the workplace.

There are at least two elements in the answer to this question – firstly the content and the way it's presented (the intent), and secondly the emotional impact it has on the audience.

According to YouTube's Trends Manager Kevin Allocca and other experts on the subject, there are a number of essentials for a video to go viral:

1. There should be at least one or more "tastemakers" (e.g. Oprah Winfrey) that promote the video. Then the community (local or global) participates and becomes part of the video (e.g. in "Invisible Children" you are asked to sign a pledge before viewing – you feel as though you have contributed to the making of the video).

2. The unexpectedness of the video or characters that behave in a way that is totally shocking, surprising or comical for the occasion (e.g. Susan Boyle, a 47 year old somewhat overweight woman from a small Scottish village with very little visual appeal or professional presence who surprisingly possessed the most wonderful singing voice).

3. Community participation – "community" here meaning a cohort group (e.g. in the case of "Invisible Children - Koney 2012" over 90% of the initial viewers were under 25).

4. The message is compelling and heart touching.

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How To Measure Teamwork

How To Measure Teamwork | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Team-level feedback – For an organization it is important to measure team performances because of their highly valued contribution to the organizational success. Scott and Einstein (2001) noted, performance appraisal systems that assess team-level outcomes need to provide the team with the information necessary to identify team problems and further develop team capabilities. These measurements should be closely aligned with both the organizational and team goals. In cases where both team members and team performance are important, team-level feedback helps to emphasize that the interaction among individual team members leads to the overall success. This type of feedback is a review of the team interplay. Each team member receives reviews as indicators of the team output.

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Courage, comfort, and reason

5 Step Process to Write in Your Journal

- How are you short-changing your life?

- Where in your life are you afraid to take risk?

- What is preventing you from taking that risk?

- What is the worst part about not taking that risk?

- How does that make you feel?

- How will you feel 10 years from now if you still have not taken that risk?

- What is one step that you can do today to move forward?

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How to avoid the pearls of being a project manager

The Customer Who Told Us to Act Like Huskies and Eat Each Other

I was involved in an extremely expensive and controversial project involving multiple vendors and billions of dollars. This project was critical for the customer and they were regularly pitting the various vendors against each other.

The most memorable meeting was about 10 months into the project and involved 6 vendors and the customer’s Senior Responsible Owner.

The SRO stood up in front of us and announced that he wanted us vendors to act like huskies – pull together as a team but if there were issues we were to eat each other! There was a stunned silence as all the vendors just froze and looked at each other around the table as if to say, “what the hell just happened?” Needless to say the project was not a success.

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Are kids really motivated by technology?

Basically what I’m arguing is that finding ways to motivate students in our classrooms shouldn’t start with conversations about technology. Instead, it should start with conversations about our kids. What are they deeply moved by? What are they most interested in? What would surprise them? Challenge them? Leave them wondering? Once you have the answers to these questions — only after you have the answers to these questions — are you ready to make choices about the kinds of digital tools that are worth embracing.

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Instilling collaboration

Teamwork is essential to getting things done, and to do it effectively managers need to draw upon the talents of individuals who have a stake in the outcome. There might be no “I” in team, but as Michael Jordan, whose singular play powered the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles, used to say, “But there is in win!”

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The important thing is not the idea

The important thing is not the idea | digitalNow | Scoop.it

"The important thing is not the idea, the important thing is the people its how they work together, who they are that matters most."

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Users of Smaller Social Sites Share, Consume More Content

Users of Smaller Social Sites Share, Consume More Content | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Facebook isn’t the preferred social site for either sharing or consuming...
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Which Smartphone Apps do Savvy Shoppers Use Most?

As smartphones became the majority in the U.S. in 2012, nearly half of American smartphone owners (47%) used shopping apps in June 2012, according to Nielsen. Overall, 45 million smartphone owners used apps in the Shopping/Commerce category, accessing shopping apps 17 times on average during June 2012.

Major brands already well-known for online buying are also behind the most-used smartphone shopping apps. In June the eBay and Amazon apps topped the list, attracting 13 million and 12 million unique users, respectively. Likewise, traditional retailers like Target and Walgreens received significant mobile traffic from savvy shoppers looking to find the best deals in their local retail stores.

“Retailers are finding that consumers are willing to use smartphone apps to enhance their shopping experience, and this data shows usage of shopping apps is growing,” said Don Kellogg, Director of Telecom Insights at Nielsen.

Daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial saw more than 10 million Americans using their apps during June 2012. Apps like Shopkick, Out of Milk, and RedLaser rounded out the list of top 10 shopping apps in June, reflecting the unique opportunities for apps to engage shoppers in retail locations.

“As more Americans use their smartphones while shopping and making purchases directly through apps, retailers should consider personalizing their targeted offerings around the needs of individual consumers,” said Kellogg.

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Going for growth

For growth, read change. The conventional ways of defining and measuring growth mislead and misrepresent. These yardsticks are mostly financial: above all, expanded revenues and/or higher profits. You can understand such an emphasis in a public company. If its financial profile doesn't change, the share price (in theory) won't rise.

Time was when investors bought shares for dividend income. That notion was superseded decades ago by the cult of the equity. Investors want capital gains. That's another financial definition of growth. It translates into an increase in 'shareholder value'.

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Texts, transactions and relationships

Texts, transactions and relationships | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Staying with the US, in the wider population it has been reported that in 2010 there were 2.3 billion text messages sent each day. On the latest figures available (CellSigns 2008) on average, people sent 3 text messages versus 2 phone calls. No doubt those figures have increased and the gap has widened today. It's also probable that this trend is worldwide.

So what's this got to do with management?

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Engines of creation

Engines of creation | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Of course we have yet to see a black hole. But we know they must be loaded with strange features. For example, they have no true surface. Instead, they have an "event horizon" surrounding them. We often think of this as the black hole, but it is just an enveloping region that represents the closest distance light can get to one and still escape. The real stuff of the hole, its mass, is hidden inside—probably in a tiny speck not unlike some exotic subatomic particle.

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I Want my IPTV! The Growth of the Connected Television

The emergence of IPTV is one of a growing number of viewing options to emerge over the past decade and continues to compete with a gaggle of other advances for market share. Unlike other burgeoning tech-sector technologies, IPTV functionality is being built right into current and future generations of televisions, which could drive an increase in usage as penetration increases.

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