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Calm and Assertive Leaders Have Unique Ways of Communicating

Calm and Assertive Leaders Have Unique Ways of Communicating | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Manage your words for success.
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 Script It to Leverage It.

Creating a calm and assertive leader may require coaching.  Creating a calm and assertive culture may require explicit use of Likert-like scripts and enforcement over the years through the use of incentives and monitoring. 

Once you think about leveraging scripts, you are moving from leadership intervention into system-wide organization culture change.

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Philanthropy and the One Percent

Philanthropy and the One Percent | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Reckoning with the consipicuous philanthropic acts of the wealthy
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At a time when inequality of income and wealth is at an all time high, with the top one-percent of wealthy households having more net worth than the bottom ninety-percent, behavioral changes have been observed in many of America’s wealthiest. A spotlight has suddenly started shining on this one percent, and some have become highly motivated to do incredible giving, and in the process, are evolving the dynamics of wealth accumulation and allocation. Can motivations be hypothesized for such conspicuous philanthropy? 

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How Big The Internet Of Things Could Become

How Big The Internet Of Things Could Become | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The potential size of the Internet Things sector could be a multi-trillion dollar market by the end of the decade.
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"Cisco estimates that only 200 million things were connected in 2000. Extrapolating the same growth rate up until 2020, this could mean that 75 billion things could be connected by then," Morgan Stanley's report said.

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Why Your To Do List Drives You Crazy

Why Your To Do List Drives You Crazy | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The science of unfinished business
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Things left undone have a way of haunting both our waking hours and our dreams—like the dream that you forgot to take a course or hand in a paper so that you won’t graduate after all, or thinking, in the middle of the night, that somehow you forgot to go to work yesterday. Sometimes, being preoccupied with the “undone” actually gets in the way of getting things done, which is why, for some of us, the “to do” list is nothing more than a testament to failure: The ten pounds not lost, the project left incomplete, The Great American Novel still unwritten, and so forth. 

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DNA Of Fortune 100 CEOs

What does it take to be a successful CEO?
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What does it take to be a successful CEO? Of all the questions I’m asked, this is far and away the most frequent. While I could answer the question by offering anecdotal evidence or experiential commentary, I thought I’d try something a bit different… I asked my research team to examine the biographical information of all current Fortune 100 CEOs and render the data in the form of an infographic so you can draw your own conclusions. I’d be curious as to your thoughts and observations

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The Decades Ahead

The Decades Ahead | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As innovation practitioners, we pay a lot of attention to the way society is changing, as innovations are generally developed in pursuit of specific strategic objectives that will certainly be significantly influenced by external events.
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Dependency Rate
“In 1970 there were 75 dependents (children and people older than 65) for every 100 adults of working age in the world.  In 2010 the number had dropped to 52 – a measure of the greater share of working people in the world and a primary source of growth.  This helped boost economies, especially in China.  By 2050 the world’s dependency rate will have turned around and be back up to 58.”  (p 15)

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How Does Cognition Get Worse With Age?

How Does Cognition Get Worse With Age? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Older adults perform more poorly than younger ones, but they are less variable.
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Overall, the older adults performed less well on the variety of cognitive tests than the younger adults.  Interestingly, the older adults were more consistent in their performance over time than the younger adults.  The older adults showed less variability across all of the different tasks both from one time of day to another and from one day to the next than the younger adults.

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Gartner On Big Data: Everyone's Doing It, No One Knows Why

Gartner On Big Data: Everyone's Doing It, No One Knows Why | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The same enterprises that seem most confused about Big Data seem to be the ones launching Big Data projects. What gives?
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Big Data is all about asking the right questions, which requires business context, and then iterating on your project as you learn which data sources are valuable, and which questions yield real insights. You don't have to know the end from the beginning, but you should have a clearer view of what you hope to achieve with Big Data than the Gartner seems to indicate most have.

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30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back

According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum. My question is this; to what end?
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The graphic is meant to help you conduct a quick assessment of your organization’s leadership gaps. Simply take your observations and conclusions and use them to create a leadership roadmap for change (items are listed in no particular order of preference).

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A Management Strategy That Will Blow Your Mind (and Lead to Massive Profits)

I know an entrepreneur who is in business for the express purpose of hiring people, treating them superbly, paying them fairly, and bringing out their best. I mean it.
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My friend is different. He runs a serious business that makes serious money. And he really is on a mission. A mission to change the social contract between a company and those who work in it. He believes, really believes, that we have a crisis of leadership in the world and the principal way this reveals itself is in the number of people who are disengaged in the workplace.

He also believes that if you concentrate on creating a culture where each employee--mind you, there are no 'employees' in his company, there are associates and team members--can flourish, then they will make magic happen, and part of this magic is a veritable rain of golden shekels.

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The One Thing Everyone Needs

The One Thing Everyone Needs | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Do you have sufficient content marketing resources for your business? If not, here's how to leverage your corporate information.
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  1. Build your content marketing strategy. This sets the parameters of your content marketing efforts. Most important is your content marketing objectives and knowing your target audience.
  2. Create content. Determine what information is needed at every step of the purchase process as well as the stories that you’ll convey.
  3. Execute content. Transforms your information into valuable content formats that are findable and easy-to-consume.
  4. Distribute content. Here’s where you maximize your reach because if no one sees your content, it’s ineffective.
  5. Measure and revise your content strategy. Track the results from your content marketing to yield insights for improving your content offering on the next iteration.
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How To Use Stories To Increase Value and Drive Sales

How To Use Stories To Increase Value and Drive Sales | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Did you know stories can enhance product value & increase sales? Here's proof with 5 story types any business can use (& small business examples.)
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Since most small businesses can’t attract prize-winning writers to craft content about their offering, how can you find the stories about your products and services that sets you apart?

  1. What is your business’s history? How did your business come into being? Has it always been known for your current product line?  This works well for family owned businesses such as Kiehl’s Pharmacy in New York City’s East Village. It started in 1851 as the Brunswick Apotheke and was bought in 1894 by one of their apprentice’s, John Kiehl, who changed the name. Kiehl’s expanded beyond its original shop to 30 stores including boutiques in high-end department stores around the world.
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Do You Think Oblivious CEOs Perform Better?

Do You Think Oblivious CEOs Perform Better? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Do you think oblivious CEOs can perform better than a CEO who is more hands-on and informed? Let's take a look and compare.
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In summary, in building a great business, you cannot know every detail about it. Rather, you need to create systems, hire the right people, and track the business’ KPIs. When you do this, you no longer work for your business; rather, it works for you.

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Three Things To Learn From Failure

Three Things To Learn From Failure | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Failure Really Is an Option!
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Failure as intelligent resistance to our intended goal:Consider the client who told me that while she knew she needed to begin an exercise regimen, she kept failing to do so. I asked her, “How come you don’t exercise?” She responded, “I just keep blowing it off.” Through further inquiry, I discovered that she felt a powerful sense of responsibility to certain people and to the proper

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Happiness Vs. Wisdom, and The Wisdom To Know The Difference

Sometimes we have to choose between happiness and wisdom.
Don Dea's insight:

The best definition of wisdom I’ve ever found comes from is in the serenity prayer. Tradeoffs between acceptance and courage, facing reality or fighting reality and the quest for wisdom to know the difference between the two in any circumstance. Combine that with Gregory Bateson’s definition of information as “a difference that makes a difference” and you get the wisdom to know the differences that make a difference.

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Are Self-published Authors Really Authors or Even Published?

Traditional publishing still serves an important role in the book industry.
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Here’s a factoid: Twelve publishers rejected J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book before she found a relatively small publishing house (Scholastic isn’t small any longer!) willing to give her a chance. And you know how she’s done since! There are, I’m sure, many great works of literature that have not seen the light of day because of the myopia of the book industry. And self-publishing gives those works a chance to shine.

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We Tested Standing Desks—Here's Proof They Make You More Productive

We Tested Standing Desks—Here's Proof They Make You More Productive | digitalNow | Scoop.it
They're the latest trend at startup offices. But do you actually get more work done on them?
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  • Higher energy levels. By standing during the day, we're able to keep energy levels constant. You're not getting the 3 o'clock slump, and you avoid the dreaded food coma. As a result, your mind doesn't drift, your eyes don't droop, and you can get through your day without experiencing an energy roller coaster.
  • Higher concentration on tasks. Several of our employees testing the desk noted the same psychological experience: You get to sit once you've completed a certain task. For example, I sat down after I finished writing this article. This lets you focus better, and also compartmentalize your tasks. As we know, multitasking is a productivity killer, and the standing desk effectively eliminates the urge to multitask and flip between websites, email, and other distractions. “I constantly had my to-do list opened and I'd try to get through them all ASAP. The only differences being that while sitting, I spent more time on Facebook and Spotify, which shows us that sitting lets our minds wander more," Davis Siksnans, project manager at the Draugiem Group, told me.
  • Fewer headaches. Our programmer has been professionally sitting for more than eight hours a day for eight years! He found that he got headaches from sitting so long. The standing desk cured this issue: “Loved it. Usually I have headaches from sitting for long periods of time, so I figured if I could stand at work then that would minimise the headaches. My theory was right, I felt so productive!”
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5 Things the Best Managers Do—and Don't Do

5 Things the Best Managers Do—and Don't Do | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Good managers realize positional power is a privilege, and use it judiciously.
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Are consistent in their behavior—People like and need predictability. I never minded working for someone who was tough, so long as he or she was predictably tough. Thus, you knew what to expect and count on in terms of behavior and expectations. Problems arise for employees when a manager is erratic—for example, lenient and upbeat one day, and controlling and dour the next.

Treat their employees’ time as if it’s as important as their own—The best managers earn respect by being every bit as prompt with their own employees as they are, for example, with their own boss. It shows you value your employees as individuals—a feeling that in all likelihood will be mutual.

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Why Self-Compassion Helps You Meet Life's Challenges

Why Self-Compassion Helps You Meet Life's Challenges | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A healthy dose of self-compassion can give your motivation a boost
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Self-compassion is like Mindfulness Plus.  Being mindful means gently noticing what you’re thinking, feeling, and doing right now, rather than operating on automatic pilot. It involves asking “Is this what you want to be doing ,or do you need to gently guide yourself back to center?” Self-compassion expands on this by asking: “What is it that you need?”  Often we don’t do the things we are supposed to do because we have conflicting emotional needs that aren’t being met, and our resentment about these is getting in our way. 

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The Big Question: What does it take to lead? |

What are the essential attributes of leadership? By: John Baldoni
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It’s a big question — but let me borrow from something I heard from Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball.” He said a political pollster told him once that every great leader need to demonstrate three things:

Motive. Passion. Spontaneity.

Motive, passion and spontaneity complement one another. A leader who is motivated, passionate and spontaneous can use these attributes to build what all leaders need: trust, that bond that links followers to the individual and the cause.

- See more at: http://www.n2growth.com/blog/the-big-question-what-does-it-takes-to-lead/#sthash.wF0Yety5.dpuf

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What's In A College Degree? Maybe Not As Much As You Think

What's In A College Degree? Maybe Not As Much As You Think | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A profusion of online courses are the answer to a self-motivated student's prayers. And employers are starting to pay attention.
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Establish Trust: 5 Tips to Build Credibility for Business

Establish Trust: 5 Tips to Build Credibility for Business | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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In the age of the trust economy, credibility has become everything. That includes your personal credibility, the credibility of your brand, your business, your products and services and of everything else you do.

Huge advertising budgets and PR campaigns are not a substitute for credibility. That’s good news for the small business owner who now has a more level playing field when it comes to getting their message out. But it also means spending more time establishing and maintaining your credibility because your business depends upon it.

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Are You Ready to Unbundle It?

Are You Ready to Unbundle It? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A review of Unbundle It, which explains how to get what you really want in life and in business, by uncomplicating things.
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. . .idea tied up in related, but ultimately immaterial nonsense. I found that if we could unbundle the idea or matter from all the stuff that was confounding progress, business could be more successful – and profitable.

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5 Essential Social Sharing Buttons for Your Site

5 Essential Social Sharing Buttons for Your Site | digitalNow | Scoop.it
A golden rule to make it easy for people to help you spread the word about your business are one-click social sharing buttons. But which do you use?
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Too Many Social Sharing Buttons Can Backfire

If you’re displaying a big chunk of social sharing buttons that’s longer than some of your posts, you might come across as desperate—which can be a major turnoff for today’s online consumers.

Beyond that, offering so many choices can actually make the decision to share more complicated for visitors. You want to make things easy—and for people who use more than one social network (which is most of them), fewer is easier.

Finally, not all social media networks match your target demographics. If you run a B2B company, having people share your info on Reddit won’t do you much good.

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Creating Values That Work

Creating Values That Work | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Defining values and associated behaviors provide both a focus and the glue that binds leadership behavior and managerial culture.
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Values are the most important features of developing organizational identity. In addition, values provide the frame for achieving organizational results. Defining values and associated behaviors provide both a focus and the glue that binds the leadership behavior and managerial culture.Following are eight suggestions for incorporating values and behaviors into an organization?

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