When Caitlin McNeill and her friends couldn’t agree upon the color of a dress, she posted the innocuous photo, seeking the opinions of her Tumblr-sphere, but she never imagined what would happen next.BuzzFeed kindly decided to help out by asking the world to settle the debate, and by Friday morning, it seemed you could mention the dress to any stranger on the street to be instantly met with a firm opinion that the dress is, in fact, white and gold black and blue.Though this debate has thrusted remarkable truths scientists have known about our brains for decades into the spotlight, it has also shown us how even the most frivolous of topics could captivate billions of Internet users’ attention....
Feel there is no hope in the job market? Starting a business in a developing country may be the perfect answer for you. Whether you are young or old, it's hard to avoid feeling like Chicken Little in the job market these days.
Chris Shern's insight:
Gone are the days when those seeking opportunities like these will be considered "drop-outs" In a global and connected world we will seek opportunities that offer purpose and quality of life, in all corners of the world.
The Internet has shredded vertical value chains, created vast new horizontal value chains, and spawned a generation that prefers access to ownership. To survive in the emerging Economy of Access, firms will need radically different strategies and management.
Chris Shern's insight:
The traditional economy and traditional business models driven by hierarchical organizations based on controlling vertical value chains will continue to diminish. The effects of the internet and a connected society continue to fuel the emergence of The Economy of Access where the emphasis will be placed on social value not just making money for the sake of making money.
As a business, being able to thrive in this new economy will require a new management mindset heavily customer centric that embraces collaboration, imagination, discovery and trust.
Perhaps we don’t have that much in common. Ah, but we do. Personal brands are we. Our agendas may differ—better job, more clients, book sales, or (your goal here)—but we seek the same things: recognition, respect, influence and success.
You, my friend, are a brand. Our agendas may differ—better job, more clients, book sales, or (your goal here)—but we seek the same things: recognition, respect, influence and success. Here are five tips from online leader Michael Hyat and 6 more from me.
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We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.
There are many questions we need to ask ourselves on how education and life long learning will look in the future. A visionary article that gives good insight and structure for the many considerations.
This is one competition no nation wants to win. We tend to think of America as the world's Fat Champion. But these days Uncle Sam has competition. There are now plenty of countries with waistlines nearly resembling ours.
From cloud wars to the certainty that there will be hacks, venture capitalists believe that 2015 will be a year of tumult and (in public markets anyway) triumph for the startup world.
Here are the visions that the general partners, managing directors and partners from firms such as NEA, IVP, Cue Ball Group,General Catalyst Partners and MDV have when they gaze into their crystal balls.
Together these firms have more than $22 billion under management, so they’re not only seeing the future, they’re often shaping it.
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Unbundling of legacy software, wearables not quite there yet, an empowered workforce segment thriving on independent and flexible work are but a few of the predictions that will make 2015 a year filled with opportunities for tech start-ups, innovation and entrepreneurs
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When you ask executives what they want beyond short profit and revenue growth they’ll likely say ‘more innovation’. Why? Because they face unprecedented business challenges.
Why is it so difficult even for successful companies to become more innovative? Although they are already innovative – to a certain extent? Because there are two major hurdles to becoming more innovative – at the individual, personal level and at the organizational, company level.
Culture eats strategy for breakfast! Strong leadership is and absolute prerequisite to create an innovative culture. Managers till quickly be exposed and have not place in a truly innovative organisation.
In the Shift Age, we have all become connected, globally. We can now collaborate 24 hours a day with our team, company or institution. So, in a connected world, where the speed of change is only accelerating, how can a leader best lead in a way that will keep her entity ahead of the curve, forward focused and successful?
By practicing collaborative on-going reorganization.
It’s now common practice to manage risk with heightened awareness, disciplined processes, and due diligence. Unfortunately, we are more likely to apply these tools to evaluate the risk of changing than to evaluate the risk of staying the same. If your teammates are anchoring your business in the past, it’s your responsibility to help them see the risk of the status quo.
We’ve become a society that’s data rich and meaning poor. A rise in specialists in all areas - science, math, history, psychology - has resulted in tremendous content. But how valuable is that knowledge without context?
Despite the corporate world’s insistence on specialization, the workers most likely to come out on top are generalists - but not just because of their innate ability to adapt to new workplaces, job descriptions or cultural shifts. Instead, according to writer Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries generalists will thrive in a culture where it’s becoming increasingly valuable to know “a little bit about a lot.”
Meaning that where you fall on the spectrum of specialist to generalist could be one of the most important aspects of your personality - and your survival in an ever-changing workplace.
Unilever CEO Paul Polman talks about how politicians are floundering as social and economic pressures converge. We need a new type of capitalism, he believes, and a new sort of leader with a deeper sense of purpose if we are to seize this opportunity to eradicate poverty and create a better world.
This manifesto is about the future of work in a post-Cluetrain world. This manifesto is also about an emerging ideology of business, where people are at the center of a human ecosystem instead of boxed into a mechanical system.
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