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Lessons from the Future of StoryTelling summit

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On October 5th, 2012, 300 executives, creatives, and technologists gathered at Snug Harbor in New York City to explore the ways stories are changing in the 21st century. The inaugural daylong summit featured amazing performances, intimate roundtable discussions, inspiring speakers, and hands-on workshops that sparked dialogue and meaningful connections between participants.

 

Read Wired editor David Rowan's blog post, where he distills the lessons from the event. 

 

You can find more information about the Future of StoryTelling Summit here: http://futureofstorytelling.org

 

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Mastering the art of disruptive innovation in journalism

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Four years after the financial crisis, traditional news organizations continue to see their newsrooms shrink or close. Those that survive remain mired in the innovator's dilemma: A false choice between today's revenues and tomorrow's digital promise.

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Companies struggling to develop global leaders

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There is a lack of investment among global companies to invest in talent management and only half of businesses have a strong pipeline of leadership talent, according to a report published today by global advisory firm Ernst and Young.

 

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Rethinking Human Resources in a Changing World

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A new study from KPMG International shows that the “war for talent” is crucial to almost every business in today’s competitive global markets. However, the Human Resources function is often viewed as being non-essential or ineffective.

 

Rethinking Human Resources in a Changing World is a comprehensive 2012 study of the future of HR, sponsored by KPMG International and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

 

This link will allow you to download the full report. 

 

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Xi should draw up a new social contract for China

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It is said that the Chinese Communist party is the world’s most competitive political system. “No country prepares its leaders more diligently,” says one admiring diplomat. “This is the world’s best management school.” For China’s sake, one must hope Mr Xi really has been its most brilliant student.

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12 Leadership Tips from James Bond

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James Bond is once again on the move across the world. This blog post on Forbes looks at 12 leadership lessons that Mr. Bond offers.  

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Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

I met Eddie Obeng for the first time several years ago. He is a great thought leader and founder of the online business school, Pentacle. 

 

In this TED.com presentation Eddie talks about why the world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize - why and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure."

 

For DANISH readers you can find an article I wrote with Eddie in 2011 here: http://www.mannaz.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/532-pl-magasin.pdf + an earlier interview from 2005 here: http://www.mannaz.com/da/artikler/forandringer-frygt-haab

 

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Business Model Innovation – an introduction

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So I recently came across a book on Amazon that immediately piqued my interest. That book is Business Model Generation, by Alexander Osterwalder. This is one of the most unique and interesting books and approaches I’ve come across in a long while.


Business Model Generation is a recent addition to the long line of books on business model innovation in the face of disruptive business change. Geoffrey Moore, Clayton Christensen, Michael Porter, the Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Maps, and others are part of this long tradition. But this book is very special IMO. And the primary reason for its uniqueness is its use of visual thinking.

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Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Happiness - in your business life and your personal life - is often a matter of subtraction, not addition. Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following 10 things.

 

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The Employee Engagement Racket

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Every decade or so, a bright new theory about managing people gets HR chiefs all excited. In the 1980s, it was the 360 Evaluation. In the nineties, we had Automated Applicant-Tracking Systems and Comprehensive Performance-Management Systems. These days, Employee Engagement is hot.

 

But the latest HR fad is too abstract and disconnected from the real experiences of your employees, says Liz Ryan. 

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Fixing the capitalist machine

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Schumpeter Column from The Economist. 

 

Fixing the capitalist machine: Some sensible ideas for reviving America’s entrepreneurial spirit.

 

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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

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Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.

 

“Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness,“and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that?

 

Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery.

 

Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier. Gathered here are insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living.

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Managers as futurists

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As a result of the recent Great Recession, managers have to be their own futurists.

 

Get recommendations to improve your skills in both “futuring” and visioning.

 

1. Learn the theories, best practices, and skills of futuring to supplement strategic planning. This includes trend analysis beyond trend extrapolation, methods for expert judgment, and scenario generation.


2. Directly relate the trends and issues of futuring to specific patterns in customer behavior and emerging business opportunities. Seek ways to directly link futuring with visioning.

 

3. Develop your own point of view of the future, combining both external and internal elements, and communicate it with others, not just to convince them to see the future as you do but to engage others in a discussion of different potential points of view. This allows us to make the process participatory, with resulting buy-in and cooperation of others.

 

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Talent tensions ahead

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Looming imbalances in global labor pools could make it harder for some companies to find enough skilled workers and for some less-skilled workers to find jobs.

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The One Talent That Makes Good Leaders Great

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It is easy to spot leaders: They are the people others follow. Great leaders have one ting in common: They set the context. Watch closely and you'll see them use it in every area of their lives.

 

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5 Ways To Win Any Negotiation

5 Ways To Win Any Negotiation | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

If you’re a new small business trying to get off the ground, the ability to negotiate is crucial. You will have to make your arguments against much bigger, more powerful entities, so it’s essential that you know the science behind negotiation skills and how they affect the other party’s psyche.

 

Open Forum created an infographic to show what you need to come out on top.

 

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How do Leadership Strengths Vary around the Globe?

How do Leadership Strengths Vary around the Globe? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Organizations around the world are focused on creating the leaders that will drive their business forward in a truly global economy. Research from shows that one size does not fit all in global leadership development.

 

This blog post on LinkedIn by Josh Bersin refers to research that involves more than 30,000 leadership assessments. 

 

 

 

 

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Six marketing lessons from Red Bull Stratos

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The success of the Red Bull Stratos project underlines a broad cultural shift in marketing where brands are attempting to improve society, not just their bottom lines. Here is six marketing lessons from Red Bull Stratos.

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How To Get Paid What You're Worth & Other Negotiation Tips

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Haggling is a drag, but so is being a serial under-earner. Why negotiating is crucial to long-term success and key tips for doing it better.
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HBR Celebrates Its Graveyard Of Obsolete Management Ideas

HBR Celebrates Its Graveyard Of Obsolete Management Ideas | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

 

One of the annoying habits of big old organizations is to launch celebrations of their accomplishments without any recognition of their own obvious shortcomings. Blog post by Steve Denning on Forbes. 

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The Power of Negative Thinking

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Pop psychology tells us we can't go wrong with positive thinking. But new studies show that taking account of our obstacles is essential to success.

 

Gabriele Oettingen's psychology lab at New York University has showed that visualizing our aims as already achieved can backfire. The positive imagery can be inspiring at first but it also tricks the mind into relaxing, as if the hard work is done.

 

This means the more compelling the mental scene of success, the more likely it is that your energy will seep away.


In the study, volunteers felt de-energized after visualizing success in an essay competition. In another, participants who fantasised about their goals for the coming week felt less energetic and achieved fewer of their goals.


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What Bruce Springsteen Can Teach You About Building a Brand That Lasts

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Communicators and CEOs should take a cue from the Boss on how to stay relevant to your audience. Bruce springsteen, the master marketer, knows that a brand must embrace change, while reinforcing the values and emotional bonds that tie it to its customers. 

 

Also check out this blog post: http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/8_lessons_Bruce_Springsteen_teaches_brands_44665.aspx

 

 

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40 Things To Say Before You Die

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Before you're sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They're not complicated. They're not poetry. They're just short sentences with big meaning.
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The Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

From the fantastic RSA Animate series comes an illustrated distillation of behavioral economist Dan Ariely’s new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves. 

 

Here, Ariely highlights some of the fascinating psychological mechanisms that steer our moral compass — and often do so in directions different from our self-conception as righteous people — explaining everything from why we cheat on our diets to how the world ended up in a massive financial crisis, and offering lab-tested behavioral insights on what we can do about it all.

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Those bloody Scandinavians

Those bloody Scandinavians | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

BUSINESS in the Nordic countries has suffered a series of humiliations in recent years.

 

Nokia is a shadow of its former self. Volvo has been passed from one foreign owner (Ford) to another (the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group), and Saab Automobile has collapsed. Iceland’s banking industry has imploded.

 

But in one business, at least, Scandinavia is sweeping all before it: the production of crime thrillers.

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