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The 7 Steps To Delivering A Mind-Blowing TED Talk

The 7 Steps To Delivering A Mind-Blowing TED Talk | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Transform your run-of-the-mill presentation ideas by applying the seven Cs of original messaging.
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TED talks, tips 

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UN Global Pulse Visualization / Carnby

UN Global Pulse Visualization  /  Carnby | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Our visual approach is based on small multiples, to compare easily the different results and indicators from different countries.
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Global pulse statuses -  " (Carnby) . . . Our visual approach is based on small multiples, to compare easily the different results and indicators from different countries.  -  We also added a human "touch" to the answer graph because it has the form of "We ... did something" (where did something is the answer category). We replaced "we" with the corresponding translation for each country. The translation was provided by Google Translate.


Donut Chart legend: Green (Positive), Gray (Neutral), Red (Negative).

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Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]
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social media stats -  INFOGRAPHIC

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The role and place of the academic is changing – and it's a good thing ? TheGuardian

The role and place of the academic is changing – and it's a good thing ? TheGuardian | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
I became an academic to make a difference not build a career, says Alex Hope – flexibility of employment is the future
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Academic 'career' - "I suspect that the academic of the future will not be tied to an institution but be a thought leader, communicator and teacher undertaking a range of activities on a freelance/contract basis – and that the world will be a better place for it."

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Building the social enterprise | McKinsey & Company

Building the social enterprise | McKinsey & Company | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
By following a few simple principles, leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies to engage employees and transform organizations.
A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Social enterprise -  "Companies are missing a potentially huge prize. The McKinsey Global Institute last year estimated that $900 billion to $1.3 trillion in annual value could be unlocked in just four sectors by products and services that enable social interactions in the digital realm. That’s not easy to do, but a large part of the problem is that many companies, viewing social technologies as yet another tool to be implemented rather than as an enabler of organizational transformation, fail to identify the specific organizational problems social technologies can solve.   These companies find that mind-sets are hard to shift, whether they’re trying to persuade employees to use social technologies rather than e-mail or to evolve into an environment where information sharing is standard." 

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Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Ford’s Alan Mulally - New from McKinsey & Company

Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Ford’s Alan Mulally  -  New from McKinsey & Company | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Ford was losing billions of dollars when Alan Mulally took the wheel, in 2006. Here, he reflects on his leadership style and his efforts to turn around the organization. This interview is part of our ongoing series on leading in the 21st century.
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Leadership style


"McKinsey: And how does the leadership style you described translate into your day-to-day work?

Alan Mulally: The first thing a leader does is facilitate connections between the organization and the outside world. You can only grow value and profits by 10 to 12 percent a year, which is what great companies do, if you satisfy customers better than the competition. Second, leaders hold themselves and their teams accountable for deciding, “What business are we in? What is the deep consumer need we are uniquely positioned to satisfy?” And finally, leaders are responsible for trying to articulate and model a set of behaviors.

One of the biggest parts of the leader’s job is reinforcing the processes we are using to meet our goals. Again, that is where the BPR comes in. It is more than a way of asking, “How are we doing?” It is asking, “How are we doing against the plan? What are the areas that need special attention? And then all through the year, what is our plan to improve our performance in the following year?”

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African Business publishes Africa's most valuable brands / African Business

African Business publishes Africa's most valuable brands  /  African Business | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The full findings of Africa's most valuable brands are published in the November issue of the pan-African monthly African Business magazine, in partnership with brand Africa, Brand Finance Africa and TNS.
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Africa, brands 2013

"For the first time the full findings of a survey conducted by Brand Africa in partnership with Brand Finance Africa and TNS are exclusively listed by category and country.

Top brands  
Africa's most valuable brands are dominated by South African brands, MTN, and three retailers: Woolworths, Shoprite and Pick 'n Pay. Nigeria's Glob comes in at number five with two drinks companies taking the next two spots, Castle beer and Tusker."

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High performers in IT / Accenture report - #DigitalIT

High performers in IT / Accenture report  - #DigitalIT | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Growth opportunities for companies - IT




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Digital Business Incompetence Will Cause 25 Percent of Businesses to Lose Competitive Ranking by 2017, Gartner Says

Digital Business Incompetence Will Cause 25 Percent of Businesses to Lose Competitive Ranking by 2017, Gartner Says | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Digital business incompetence will cause a quarter of businesses to lose competitive ranking by 2017, according to Gartner, Inc.
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Digital competence - 

Digital business has rapidly become a lingua franca of modern business, a common and unifying language across people whose native languages — in the modern age, the languages of organizations, companies, cultures and occupations — are different.

To jump-start digital business activity, Gartner recommends identifying key strategy players and possessors of technology and business expertise both inside and outside the enterprise and engaging them to launch a digital business community of practice to enrich cross-business understanding. CIOs who learn to orchestrate talent across multiple employment models and channels can take advantage of global ecosystems to build digital expertise quickly.

"Demand is growing for insight into digital business, particularly among CEOs and CIOs who fear that their companies may be falling behind new business models and competitive opportunities," said Ms. Morello. "Their concern is justified. Digital business will concentrate almost exclusively on new sources of revenue derived from new products, services, channels and information for new customers and constituencies. On top of the expectation that digital business expertise will spread around businesses within two or three years, other indicators suggest that digital business represents not an extension of the past, but rather, a different trajectory. Revenue ambitions will go unmet if CIOs and senior executives ignore the cultural and organizational challenges that accompany digital business."   -   The world of digital business does more than pose challenges for CIOs and other executives. It also opens opportunities to use digital technology to reach beyond organizational boundaries, to assemble problem-solving expertise from around the world, to weave a fabric of knowledge and expertise across communities of practice, and to understand and exploit new models of work. Notably, the quest for digital business expertise provides an undeniable opportunity for CIOs and HR executives to create a robust alliance that helps them meet their respective outcomes. Leading-edge CIOs become leading edge because their HR and talent strategy counterparts support them.

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Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases

Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill that has been overlooked by many as information becomes more accessible and superfluous.
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5 cognitive biases :

"Becoming this “thought leader,” if you will, is beneficial in many ways, including the ability to gain the trust of those with whom you wish to connect as well as the authority in the space in which you have established your expertise.   -   While it’s not possible to go through a list of each possible cognitive bias with each of life’s decisions, it is possible to take a few actions and train our brains to overcome these phenomena on a more general level. Here’s an investigative list of 5 cognitive biases and suggestions on how to fight them.


  • The Backfire Effect – the rejection of evidence that contradicts your point of view.
  • The Hard-Easy Bias – the pattern of overconfidence in easy situations and under confidence in difficult situations.
  • Irrational Escalation – compounding a bad investment, because “it’s already bad.”
  • The Observer-Expectancy Effect – when expectations influence outcome.
  • Reactance – the desire to do the opposite of what you’re asked or advised, simply to prove your freedom of choice.
  • Bias Blind Spot – not recognizing the existence of cognitive biases.
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Foundation Announces Effort to Tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Foundation Announces Effort to Tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Cities, innovation- "The goal of these projects is to foster a productive relationship between city governments and the urban poor that can serve as a model for other developing world cities to follow as they seek to address the challenges of urban poverty.

The foundation is launching this effort in five rapidly urbanizing cities that have demonstrated interest and commitment to working with the urban poor. In each city, the foundation is working with a variety of civic partners to pursue uniquely tailored urban development efforts. -


  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Luanda, Angola
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Monrovia, Liberia
  • Harare, Zimbabwe


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Multinationals given tax breaks for research

Multinationals given tax breaks for research | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The world’s richest countries are increasingly offering tax benefits to
encourage multinational companies to invest in research and development, at
the expense of innovative SMEs, according to a new report.
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MNCs, research- "The global companies slot R&D incentives into their broader corporate tax strategies. “All of this has made it easier for MNEs to shift profits among tax jurisdictions and harder for tax authorities to establish where profits have been earned and to tax them accordingly,” the report says.  -  The OECD also recommended that changes to the international tax systems were necessary “to address the gaps and loopholes that enable MNEs to achieve double non-taxation.”

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How flexible working can save the economy

How flexible working can save the economy | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Research from Vodafone and The RSA suggests that the benefits of flexible working far outweigh the negatives
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WorldOfWork - The Flex Factor Report : "The future context for work flexibility

•• ‘Futures’ literature highlights trends that are likely to shape the
context of work
•• These anticipate a more dynamic, flexible but also polarised
labour market
•• Those with advanced abilities and resources may flourish,
but many others may face chronic underemployment
•• Flexible working is likely to grow in future as organisational
boundaries open up. To derive the maximum benefit it needs to
be adopted strategically, based on a ‘strong’ mutual commitment
between employer and employee
•• We propose four ways in which this can be achieved: reinventing
the psychological contract; innovation in human capital
measurement; innovation in work; and investment in flexible
infrastructure
Recommendations for better flexibility
•• A number of recommendations are made to increase the extent

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Quota for women on boards - German parties agree to introducing legislation

Quota for women on boards - German parties agree to introducing legislation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD)
agreed on Monday (18 November) to introduce legislation requiring German
companies to allot 30% of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016.
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Women in business -   "Women currently hold about 12% of corporate board seats, according to German media reports.   -   Among the 30 largest DAX companies, women have 101 of the 488 board seats, or 22%, according to the DSW, Germany's largest association of private investors.  -  The European Commission last year proposed requiring companies with more than 250 workers and listed in European Union countries to have 40% of women on their boards by 2020. But Germany and other EU countries resisted. Germany said those rules should be set at the national level.


Norway, which is not an EU member, imposed a 40% quota in 2003, a target reached in 2009. Norwegian companies can be liquidated if they fail to reach the target.

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Who Treats Their Workers Best? / Hyman Capital report

Who Treats Their Workers Best? / Hyman Capital report | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Switzerland is first, Yemen last and Northern Europe the top region in a new evaluation of how nations foster their work forces.
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Global job problems  -  

The project stemmed from conversations about the global jobs problem — particularly youth unemployment and regional skills gaps — and how countries can better invest in current and future workers. The researchers focused on life-long investment in an individual, from birth through death, including areas such as early-childhood education, access to health care and training throughout a worker’s career. They tapped public data, such as labor force participation rates, school enrollment rates, infant mortality and life expectancies, as well as findings from World Economic Forum surveys of business executives.

The authors created a Human Capital Index, based on 51 variables, and found the strongest countries were concentrated in Northern Europe and North America. (Canada placed 10th; the U.S. was 16th.) The countries with the most work to do were largely in the Middle East and Africa.

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Five Steps to Increase Retention

Five Steps to Increase Retention | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Student retention rates -

  • Know the Profile of your Student
  • Establish a Communication Plan
  • Simplify and Front-Load Communication
  • Use Emerging Technology
  • Include Research and Reality


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The rise of the non-profit sector [infographic] / via USF

The rise of the non-profit sector [infographic] / via USF | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Non-profits often get overlooked in terms of being a key economic player, unless someone's making too much money or the organization isn't making enough, but this sector provides a considerable num...
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non-profits - Uni San Francisco

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World Class Leadership Skills / Business 2 Community

World Class Leadership Skills  /  Business 2 Community | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Strategic and tactical skills  -

"Clearly if an individual is strong in both areas, then there is a huge benefit: the strategic thinking takes into consideration the tactical realities; and the tactical realities are driven by the importance of the strategic plan. This person is able to make decisions along the executional path without endangering the attainment of the final objective. Great leaders who have mastered both these areas of skill can be said to be of sterling quality, with the sterling silver cord joining the strategic and tactical skills consistently strong along its entire length.  -   Their leadership at any point along that cord is maximally effective. Typically individuals tend to have strength either on the strategic end (knowing what to do) or on the tactical end (knowing how to do it). As we move towards becoming world-class leaders – of sterling quality – our skills need to be developed so that they are equally strong in both areas, and everywhere in between."



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Meet Seed Engine accelerator's 6 new disruptive startups | ventureburn

Meet Seed Engine accelerator's 6 new disruptive startups | ventureburn | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
From emergency wristbands to innovative gaming and web-based solutions, one of South Africa's most prominent startup accelerators, Seed Engine, today announced the six local startups taking part in...
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GIBS Alumnus  -  "Seed Engine CEO Marc Elias says that the programme is committed and has an invested interest to support South African ventures that are well-defined and likely to disrupt:

“There’s a desperate need for jobs in South Africa. Companies create these. Seed Engine and its partners are supporting people with distinctive and disruptive business concepts and turning them into investable businesses. We take people with strong ideas and we turn them into leaders.”

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A pigeon's eye view of open government

A pigeon's eye view of open government | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
I took my first bird flight over London on Friday courtesy of Pigeon Sim, an app developed at University College of London that simulates flying over the city, drawing on real time environmental data, such as air pollution levels.
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OGP - 'open government'

"This is one further step in lifting what he termed a "cloak of secrecy" and shining a "spotlight on what and where money is really flowing."  This should be an aid in tackling tax issues of concern to OECD and developing countries alike. Indeed Cameron argued that open government must be core to the post 2015 development agenda. The World Bank can play a supporting role on both the supply and demand sides.

OGP commitments portend a flood of new information and it is no surprise that Summit conversations focused on joining up - joining up the different datasets, following the trail of public money, and joining up reformers and activists to ensure that government transparency informs better policy and improvements visible to citizens.  Many of those from government made a clear task of civil society to show that they are using the data so as to justify continued disclosure. But, that should be a shared task - policy makers should be just as avid users as any NGO activist. Rakesh Rajani of Twawezaemphasized that OGP not only brings government and civil society into the same space but creatives shared incentives for them to make openness deliver value.

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Working From Home: The End of an Era?

Working From Home:  The End of an Era? | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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telecommuting, virtual office - World of work:

"“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria  discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."  - Jackie Reses, Yahoo head of HR.


Meyer, who directs the Managing Global Virtual Teams programme at INSEAD, explains that these objectives are more easily met with face-to-face communication.  “Because we are human beings, when we collaborate, we rely heavily on what I call mutual adjustment. Mutual adjustment means that you notice how others are working around you, they notice how you are working, and through hundreds of subtle cues you adjust to one another, and the collaboration happens. When people are geographically dispersed, they don’t have the same high level of cues in order to mutually adjust which makes collaboration more difficult.”  Meyer adds, “It’s a myth that virtual teamwork costs less than face-to-face collaboration. There is this idea that because it requires less electricity, less desk space, and less rent to collaborate virtually, it’s therefore less expensive.  But it takes a lot more time to organise and monitor effective virtual teamwork.  When we are working together but working apart it requires a much greater effort to assure the communication has passed as expected.   Misunderstandings are more likely and that leads to higher costs. 



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Nail the First 60 Seconds of Your Presentation

You have 60 seconds to win over your audience. Here's how.
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Making the pitch -   presentations know-how  (VIDEO)

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The Tax Free Tour (VPRO, Marije Meerman)

"Where do multinationals pay taxes and how much?" Gaining insight from international tax experts, Backlight director Marije Meerman ('Quants' & 'Money & Spee...
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MNCs and tax (havens) -

". . . takes a look at tax havens, the people who live there and the routes along which tax is avoided globally. 

Those routes go by resounding names like 'Cayman Special', 'Double Irish', and 'Dutch Sandwich'. "

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Top 100 people innovating cities | SmartPlanet

Top 100 people innovating cities | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Here are the people working to make cities better, more sustainable places.
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Innovating cities - "“The movement to build, support, and sustain livable cities worldwide is well underway, with individuals all over the globe and across numerous industries committed to leading the charge,” the reports says. “Today, we’re calling out, and congratulating, those who are doing the most important and aggressive work here."

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Search Engines for the Physical World: The Future of Search Technology in an Increasingly Transparent World | World Future Society

Search Engines for the Physical World: The Future of Search Technology in an Increasingly Transparent World | World Future Society | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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SEO, search-tech: "Next Generation Search Tools

Online search technology has framed much of our thinking around our ability to find things. In general, if it’s not digital and online, it’s not findable.  -  However tools like Google Glass and flying drones add many more dimensions to existing search algorithms.

In the near-term future most advances will be focused on furthering our understanding of the inquiry-results relationship, making it more personal so our inquiries don’t need to be so exacting and precise to get the answers we’re looking for. According to Google Senior VP and Fellow Amit Singhal:

  • Search will become far more personal, and Google will be able to know what you’re looking for based on who you are.
  • Search engines will not only find, but interpret what they find by generating their own algorithms.
  • Advances in artificial intelligence and natural language understanding will result in deeper descriptions and understanding of web pages.
  • Answers, not links, will become more prevalent.
  • Search will do things, rather than simply suggest things.
  • Our digital lives will be combined into one searchable platform."
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