The culture of innovation across the globe is more robust than ever. Here are 5 innovation trends excerpted from the full list of 12 from Fast Company's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014: 1) EXCEPTIONAL IS EXPECTED Google, the No. 1 company, did not land there for the range of its activities--despite the 29 achievements we list. ...today's smartest businesses tend to laser-focus on just a few goals; broad ambition can distract from the nitty-gritty required to turn goals into reality. Yet from Google Fiber to Google Glass to investing in new health technologies, Google executes at a high level repeatedly. That's why it tops the list.________________________ How do you make meaningful change in the face of calcified institutions? Sometimes you just have to go around them. ________________________
2. INNOVATION IS EPISODIC ....From breakthrough change at Philips (No. 50), development of LED lighting has been under way there for 50 years--and a specific 11-month deadline provided the essential innovative exclamation point.
3. MAKING MONEY MATTERS….great businesses are self-sustaining. Dropbox (No. 4) and Airbnb (No. 6) are darlings of the venture set, but they also charge real customers real money for a product with real value. Unlike …pre-2008 whose business models rely on advertising for revenue (Facebook, Twitter, et al.), these enterprises are transaction based--and are reaping the rewards. 5. SUSTAINABILITY HAS FOUND A NEW GEAR…Today, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and recycling are core advantages for successful enterprises. Brazil's Braskem (No. 41), a $19 billion petrochemical giant, uses sugarcane rather than oil to create in-demand plastics. Levi Strauss (No. 30) produces more than 10% of its clothing with recycled materials, on its way to 100%. ....You don't have to own a Tesla (No. 20) to see the impact.7. CONFLICT ISN'T REQUIREDHow do you make meaningful change in the face of calcified institutions? Sometimes you just have to go around them. …DonorsChoose.org (No. 9) …avoidied unions and politicos by crowdsourcing direct assistance to teachers. Bloomberg Philanthropies (No. 2) uses data to answer questions other foundations aren't asking and SHoP Architects (No. 33) manages to both create cutting-edge designs à la indie firms and get them built at the appropriately industrial scale.
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“ April 23, 2014 Over the last decade the educational landscape has witnessed some landsliding changes thanks to the massive uptake of digital technology and broadband access. Even those core notions...”
Daniel Goleman, in his article “Leadership That Gets Results”, has identified six different leadership styles, and he believes that good leaders will adopt one of these six styles to meet the needs of different situations.
None of the six leadership styles by Daniel Goleman are right or wrong – each may be appropriate depending on the specific context. Whilst one of the more empathetic styles is most likely to be needed to build long-term commitment, there will be occasions when a commanding style may need to be called upon, for example, when a rapid and decisive response is required.
Open Source EntrepreneurshipHuffington PostI got tired watching dignitaries fly into Silicon Valley, visit Google, Facebook, Apple, and Stanford and then say they understand startups and entrepreneurship.
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A lot of tools and information here that Helps ! Follow the links!
1. PASIÓN Thomas Freeman. “Estoy impulsado por mi pasión” Las personas de éxito actúan por amor y no por dinero. Carol Colleta nos dijo, “Yo pagaría a alguien por hacer lo que yo hago”. Lo curioso es que, si lo haces por amor, el dinero viene de todas maneras. 2. TRABAJO Rupert Murdoch. Todo es trabajo duro, nada viene fácilmente, pero me he divertido bastante consiguiéndolo. ¡Sí! DIVERSIÓN, Las personas exitosas trabajan en aquello que les divierte, y trabajan muy duro para divertirse al máximo. No son adictos al trabajo, son amantes de su trabajo. 3. SER BUENO EN LO QUE HACES Alex Garden. Para ser exitoso debes dedicarte a algo, y ser muy bueno en ello. No hay ninguna magia para ser el mejor, solo es practicar, practicar y practicar. 4. ENFOQUE Norman Jewison. La clave está en enfocarse en una sola cosa. Mantenerse enfocado hasta conseguir los resultados deseados. 5. EMPUJARTE David Gallo. Debes empujarte física y mentalmente. Debes empujarte, empujarte y empujarte, para superar la timidez las dudas y los miedos. Goldie Hawn dijo: Siempre tuve dudas y miedos, no ere lo suficientemente buena, no era lo suficientemente inteligente, no pensé que lo lograría… Nunca es fácil empujarse a uno mismo, ¡por eso se inventaron las madres!. Por Ejemplo:
6. SERVIR A LOS DEMÁS Sherwin Nuland. Ha sido un privilegio servir como doctor. Ahora muchos niños me dicen que quieren ser millonarios como yo. Y lo primero que les digo es, ok! pero no podéis serviros a vosotros mismos. Tenéis que servir a otras personas ofreciéndoles algo de valor. Por que de esa manera las personas se hacen ricas. 7. IDEAS Bill Gates. Yo tuve una idea, fundar la primera compañía de programas para microcomputadoras, y creo que fue una buena idea. No hay magia en la creatividad en cuanto a las ideas se refiere. Se trata de hacer las cosas simples. 8. PERSISTENCIA Joe Kraus. La persistencia es la clave número uno del éxito. Tienes que persistir al fracaso y al CRIP (las Críticas, el Rechazo, los Idiotas, y la Presión).
Business owners everywhere, struggle to come to grips with what skills or attributes they need to have, in order to make a success of their particular enterprise.
In general, it is a rare business owner who has all the skills needed, and even rarer for a business owner to possess all of the attributes of the perfect, highly successful and widely admired business owner.
This good article, recognising how hard it can be for those in the early stages of their entrepreneurial career, suggests eight skills and attributes that should be acquired or developed by business owners seeking long term success for their venture.
Teaching entrepreneurship? Yes we can. Washington Post Reading the cover story of last week's Capital Business (“Educating tomorrow's entrepreneurs”) echoed what I had seen at the recent South by Southwest Edu conference, where I took part in a...
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The question is not if we can teach or not but if people become more entrepreneur trough teaching? I dont thick so...1. its necessary motivation 2. some DNA 3. transformational teaching focused into developmentof hard and soft skills - Attitude: mental, emotional and bheaviour. Maybe we cannot teach a chimpaze to fly but he can fly...by airoplane.
A questão não é se se pode ou não ensinar mas sim se o ensino é adequado em termos pedagógicos em termos de conteúdos e fundamentalmente em termos de comportamentos. E para isso é preciso que os destinatários tenham 1. motivação 2." some DNA" e o ensino seja transformador em termos de conteúdos, pedagógicos e orientado para a mudança efectiva de : atitudes: mentais, emocionais e de comportamentos. talvez se possa ensinar um chimpazé a voar... mas pode sempre voar...de avião.
Every great business has a great love story. How Romeo and Juliet’s story vine make it easy to tell your business love story. (Executive coaching sessions booked all day -- working with leaders to tell their personal story.
New research suggests that when stress and exhaustion dull the senses and cause mindless behavior, people fall back on established habits -- some of which may (Good Habits Help Manage Stress http://t.co/W97UuQFNcf...
If the human brain is such a marvel of evolution, why does it so often betray us into making poor decisions and acting foolishly?
The human brain is a marvelous tool. However, it was designed for a very different world than we currently live in. As a result, it retains many design flaws that do not serve us well, especially in today’s business world where new ways of thinking and ongoing innovation are essential for success.
Perhaps the most damaging flaw is the brain’s tendency to think it’s right. In fact, it often insists it is right even in the face of contradictory evidence. So the next time you’re absolutely, positively sure you’re right, consider these 10 reasons not to trust your brain:
Asking the right questions, is a skill all business owners are well advised to master, if they seek to develop the clear focus needed to achieve business success.
The right questions, asked of your own business, will allow you to gather information to assist you to create more focus on what really matters to the success of your business.
This good article, suggests that the key to unlocking the door to grow your business is to avoid having to many answers, and it suggests just seven questions you should ask in order to help you focus better.
Since Laura Vanderkam released her e-book What The Most Successful People Do Before...
Since Laura Vanderkam released her e-book What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in June, entrepreneurs have been looking through their schedules determining how they to can make their mornings more productive.
Fast Company took on the question of What Successful People Do With the First Hour of Their Work Day. It turned where anyone in the tech world would go with a burning question: Quora.
The most popular answer on the question-and-answer site: Start the day with an hour of power à la self-help guru Tony Robbins. Start the day with light exercise, thinking about for what you are grateful, and visualizing what you want the day to be like.
Fast Company then turned to tech entrepreneurs, who weighed in on how they spend the first hour of their day:
*** Tumblr founder David Karp makes a point not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m.
*** Craigslist founder Craig Newmark starts his day with customer service: responding to user complaints and getting rid of spammers to anchor him to reality.
*** Steve Jobs, in his famous graduating class at Stanford speech, said he starts his day asking "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"
How do you start your day to ensure it is productive? Let's discuss it at SpiceofyourLife, A Business Blog.