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Twitter Facts and Statistics You Need to Know in 2014

Twitter Facts and Statistics You Need to Know in 2014 | good to know |

What first attracted me to Twitter and social media six years ago was that you could achieve world wide marketing for free. It’s called organic reach. This enabled bloggers to build global brands.


That is changing.In 2014 we are seeing the rapid emergence of “pay to play” to reach your followers. So a question needs to be asked.


Is the social media “free lunch” over?


That also leads to another question. Is social going the way of mass media where the only way to gain attention is to pull out the cheque book?


The answer is much more complex than that. It is dependent on many factors including your choice of social networks, tactics and tools....

Via Jeff Domansky
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 6, 2014 11:03 AM

Twitter is reinventing itself and the latest results reveal that it is succeeding. Here are 20 Twitter facts and statistics you need to know in 2014.

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Nelson Mandela’s Legend: 7 Leadership Lessons

Nelson Mandela’s Legend: 7 Leadership Lessons | good to know |

Via Karin Sebelin
Karin Sebelin's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:34 PM

Article by +Steve Tappin - The CEO Guru 

We have heard that Nelson Mandela is critically ill in hospital and close to his passing. In a world where people frequently express their disillusionment with politicians and their inability to make a difference, he’s a shining star.

The article sees seven profound lessons that CEOs and leaders can learn from Nelson Mandela:

(1) Master your meaning and your emotions

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul,” Mandela likes to quote from W. E. Henley. When his African National Congress (ANC) had been banned by the apartheid South African government in 1960, Mandela had advocated that the party abandon its policy of non-violence, leading to a sentence of life imprisonment. Keeping his emotions in check, relations with his captors improved as he sought to “communicate with them in a message that says I recognize your humanity”.

(2) Treat the losers with dignity and turn them into partners

Mandela understood that in a negotiation, both sides have to gain. There must be no winners and no losers. Learning the lessons from Germany at end of the First World War, he believed, “You mustn’t compromise your principles, but you mustn’t humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated.”

(3) Shift perspectives through symbolism and shared experiences

CEOs should learn to acknowledge the past and draw a line under it. Then, through shared experiences, they must forge a powerful new purpose that people can connect to and believe in.

(4) Embody the spirit of Ubuntu

In 2007, in partnership with entrepreneur +Richard Branson and singer Peter Gabriel, Mandela founded ‘The Elders’. Composed of former heads of state, revolutionaries, peacemakers and chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Elders work as a small, dedicated group of individuals, using their collective experience and influence to help tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world today.

In the launch address, Mandela talked about bringing “the spirit of Ubuntu: that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings.” In a thread that defines his whole life, he said, “I believe that in the end that it is kindness and accommodation that are the catalysts for real change.”

(5) Everybody feels bigger in your presence

Time and again people comment on Mandela’s strong personality, saying that he has a aura about him. Leaders and CEOs who have this x-factor succeed. 

(6) Build a sustainable fellowship around your cause

CEOs should develop a true fellowship structure that devolves responsibility and brings on promising talent.

7) Bottle the dream for future generations

Mandela showed us how one person with humility, a dream and a connecting cause could magnify himself and inspire us all. He should take great pride in the legacy that he leaves behind, as it continues to ripple across the world and through future generations. Nelson Mandela: a true legend.

This article is dedicated to +Nadine Hack who knows Nelson Mandela personally.

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Superfoods for runners: What to eat for endurance, stamina and energy

Superfoods for runners: What to eat for endurance, stamina and energy | good to know |
As I excitedly await competing in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, I thought I'd share my all-time favorite superfoods that help me in long-distance running. When I first began running, a passion since age 15, I realized that what I ate had a significant effect on my performance. Soon, I was learning all about which foods are ideal for endurance, stamina and energy. I built my strength for running as I simultaneously figured out how nutrition plays a large role in the sport.

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My Sports Dietitian's curator insight, July 23, 2014 9:06 AM

What you eat could really affect your run. Check out this article on what you should be eating pre and post run.


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What is smarter Internal Communication? (with images, tweets) · Melcrum

How Internal Communication is regarded and conducted varies company-to-company across the world, and that's why it can be difficult to define. At Melcrum, we build skills and know-how in Internal Communication to unlock business results.
Christine Marie Velasquez's insight:

Internal Communication has its own set of rules we must follow. Find out more by reading this article.

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Turn Fear Into Success

Turn Fear Into Success | good to know |

Fear is a huge problem in business today, with many employees afraid to do anything that might put their jobs at risk. So what can a smart leader do to get employees to let go of their fears and give everything they've got to the organisation? The best approach is to reward your people for thinking outside the box, taking chances and pushing the organisation's limits.


Fear is a motivator. It drives me as a companion to my passion. While getting excited about new opportunities and challenges, fear motivates me to be diligent and plan. Fear of a competitor can motivate me to think more creatively or work harder. While massive fear can be debilitating, ultimately I need a healthy dose of fear in my life to make me appreciate the challenges I overcome.


Here are additional thoughts on managing fear from more Inc. columnists...


1. Focus on the Essential...

Via The Learning Factor
The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:12 PM

Fear can be a great paralyser, but it can also be highly motivational. Here, Inc. columnists offer ways to transform fear into success.

Pierre Galeon's curator insight, October 18, 2014 2:31 PM

Hummm management by fear? Does not work in my books but perhaps it can in others'....

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5 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

5 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before Your Workout | good to know |
If you’ve always thought of coffee as a vice—one you’re simply not willing to give up—you’ll be happy to know that it’s actually a secret superfood. And if you exercise, caffeine can offer even more functional benefits for your workouts.

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My Sports Dietitian's curator insight, July 2, 2014 9:21 PM

Caffeine addict? Check out this article on why it could be beneficial to drink coffee pre-workout! 


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A Field Guide To Unusual (And Hilarious) Harry Potter Patronuses

A Field Guide To Unusual (And Hilarious) Harry Potter Patronuses | good to know |
Not everyone can have a Patronus that's steeped in romance or a longing for the father they never knew. Some wizards have Patronuses that are steeped in pop culture, awesomely frightening, or just plain silly.

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