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Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously | Video on TED.com

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge.

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Marta Ockuly's curator insight, January 12, 2014 9:33 AM

This is a wonderful TED talk about imagining in the face of challenges and rejections. Very inspiring!

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A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning.

Watch "A Day Made of Glass" and take a look at Corning's vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. Learn more about Corning at corning.com. Search for career opportunities at corning.com/careers.

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Six Differences Between Customer-Focused Companies and Operations-Focused Companies

Six Differences Between Customer-Focused Companies and Operations-Focused Companies | Human Potential | Scoop.it

The Better Customer Experience Some companies really understand customer service. They know how to hire for it, train for it and deliver it. Other companies claim to give customer service, but in reality…


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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, May 2, 2014 3:42 PM

The US used to have a reputation for their customer service...this attitude that the customer is king.  However generally speaking this approach to customer service is long gone because the companies that demonstrate such behavior are far and few between.  These days, one can readily see and/or hear that the person they are interacting with within a company just wants to get through the interaction. If there is a problem, they act like it a one off and take offense if something is said as a criticism or a way to improve.

 

It's obvious from the way these people act that their superiors -- the leadership of the company -- don't want to hear anything because if they did, then their staff would be engaging with the customers differently.  After all, everything that is happening within an organization is a reflection of the leader(s).

 

The staff members of these companies neither volunteer or even state that they will feed something up the channel.  Companies may be able to get away with this completely lack of regard to what the customers want or need for a while, but sooner or later it will catch up with them.  By that time, it's usually too late to do something and the leadership, who have had their heads either in the sky or the ground,  don't even begin to understand what went wrong.

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4 Essentials of Humble Leadership

4 Essentials of Humble Leadership | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Avoiding narcissism and embracing humility will inspire employee loyalty and improve teamwork.

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:16 AM

Leadership isn't about perfection.  I like the points in this article as they are a great way to start cultivating humility.

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5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated

5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Many leaders in the workplace have lost their competitive edge. They lack the substance that is required to be an effective and sustainable leader.

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, November 19, 2013 5:18 PM

These not only tell that someone's leadership style is out of date, but these people irritate others.  Every leader wants people to follow them and even better to champion their vision.  Marking oneself off of these 5 points is a good starting point.

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5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Finding impactful staff members takes a lot of hard work. Here are the attributes one company screens for in their candidates.

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:49 AM

Of course when you find these people, it's critical to know what's important to them, where they are headed (and help them get there) and to have a plan/program that keeps them involved and shows that they are valued.  Some companies can use these people up and then wonder why they leave...

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How an over active imagination can help your business, and save your life.

How an over active imagination can help your business, and save your life. | Human Potential | Scoop.it
I have an over active imagination. That's part of why I enjoy so much Science Fiction and Fantasy, but it also means I think about things to the point of over thinking.

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5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell

5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Nothing has the power to engage people like a great story. From a carefully crafted elevator pitch to the perfect customer testimonial, a great narrative can propel your brand and business like

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taniaATenthuse.me's comment, July 17, 2013 9:18 AM
What a great post. There is something magical in storytelling, especially when people write about their passion
taniaATenthuse.me's curator insight, July 17, 2013 9:34 AM

This is the story of a brilliant entrepreneur, Leah Busque. She is passionate about her business, she lives and breathes it. And it shows. 

 

What is your story ? 

Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, October 4, 2013 2:55 AM

 

We all love to hear a good story… keep it human though…

No dogma. No jargon. No Multisyllabic arrogance.

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11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion

11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Richard Barnson shares his common sense secrets of success.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:28 PM

 

Many are fascinated with Sir Richard Branson and all that he has been able to accomplish in his lifetime.

 

I love to read about and learn from successful entrepreneurs; what is their daily routine, what kinds of decisions do they make, and what trials have they have had to overcome to make it to their mountaintops?

 

Take a little time out of your day for some inspiration from one of the world's most intriguing CEO's. Here are a few:

 

“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”


“You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to the business.”

 

“The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others.”

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2013/03/16/11-quotes-from-sir-richard-branson-on-business-leadership-and-passion/

Anna V. A. Resurreccion's curator insight, October 4, 2013 5:49 AM

Posted this for my curated food business magazine

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Inbound Marketing - The New Marketing Mix

Inbound Marketing - The New Marketing Mix | Human Potential | Scoop.it

Why inbound marketing is the new marketing mix of the digital age.


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The Future of Social Media: 60 Experts Share Their 2014 Predictions - Business 2 Community

The Future of Social Media: 60 Experts Share Their 2014 Predictions - Business 2 Community | Human Potential | Scoop.it

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, December 29, 2013 5:20 PM

You should read all of these. Great insights from the greatest marketers. 

ArcadeOfDesignStudio's curator insight, December 31, 2013 2:40 AM

Very interesting!!

Pablo Roux's curator insight, January 3, 2014 4:57 AM

this 60 predictions pays off in spades!

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The science behind fonts (and how they make you feel)

The science behind fonts (and how they make you feel) | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product ...

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Ranjit Kovilinkal's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:04 AM

If you are thinking of a website, blog or app, do read this...

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Mentoring Startups: 10 Lessons We Have Learned

Mentoring Startups: 10 Lessons We Have Learned | Human Potential | Scoop.it
These days, everyone seems to be a startup mentor. Whether they have ever done a startup or not, whether they have ever raised money or not, they are ready to

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The 7 Secrets of Inspiring Leaders

The 7 Secrets of Inspiring Leaders | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Seven qualities of all inspiring leaders.

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5 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your Company

5 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your Company | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Are you just employing workers, or actually finding leaders who can help grow your company? Follow these tips for hiring and keeping strong leaders.

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, April 29, 2014 8:34 AM

These are great tips. Some people are afraid to hire a leader thinking that they'll take their job and outshine them. Fears like that keep everyone playing small and will hinder the company's growth. When you have a leader on your team, be sure to give them the space, freedom and encouragement to lead.

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Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Stop checking email and starting talking about what matters.

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4 Laws of Changing People's Behavior

4 Laws of Changing People's Behavior | Human Potential | Scoop.it
First, know this: change is one of the toughest things to accomplish in an organization. But if you're willing to put in the work, you can get results.

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, November 10, 2013 12:07 PM

Changing behavior can seem daunting but a leader taking these 4 steps will certainly see a great return on the time investment.  Most likely this will require the leader to change the focus from where it's been to get the change rolling in the desired direction.  

 

Number 2 is excellent.  I would add more one bullet point which I take from my hero, Dale Carnegie.  Show appreciation of the person before telling them where they screwed up or the behavior that you would like to see them using.  They will be more open to change if they feel appreciated.

 

Further when you want to change behavior, it's important that the people have support and accountability to insure they implement the change.  The easiest thing to do is using the old behavior; particularly under stressful conditions.  Pick the highest impact behavior to change, make it a habit and then select the next change.  If people feel overwhelmed, they won't do anything.

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4 Cs Of Enlightened Leadership

4 Cs Of Enlightened Leadership | Human Potential | Scoop.it
The other day I talked to a CEO of a successful start-up about key ingredients for success. We agreed that leadership is the most important component of building a thriving business. But we found

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, April 29, 2014 8:50 AM

Great article!  Here's another C of enlightened leadership that I would add:

 

Connection:  Connecting with people is one of the most critical components of leadership.  If it’s a business, then the employees must feel a connection to the leader, their vision and mission. In building brand loyalty, it’s equally important for the customers to feel connection.  A person in a leader role recently told someone that he wore gumshoes so that people wouldn’t know if he were around. He sat hidden in his office, afraid to do anything and lacked support from everyone around him.

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Think Jar Collective - Exploring what creativity is and how people and organizations can enhance it.

Think Jar Collective - Exploring what creativity is and how people and organizations can enhance it. | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Articles and content on enhancing creativity, creative thinking, innovation culture and social innovation.

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Canada At The Forefront Of 3D Printing

Canada At The Forefront Of 3D Printing | Human Potential | Scoop.it

 

TORONTO - Three-dimensional printers have already begun addressing present-day demands around the world by churning out everything from food to firearms, but Canada's contributions seem geared toward different times,

 

Canadian researchers in medicine and paleontology are hard at work pioneering projects intended to either make life easier in the future or shed light on the past.

 

Innovations emerging from Canadian hospitals and university labs have potential to ease the pain of severe burns and joint replacements, while experiments scheduled to begin this year in a Canadian museum will deepen understanding of a poorly understood dinosaur that lived and moved in water.

 

The common thread between these divergent projects is a piece of technology that has already made international headlines for its versatility.

 

Three-dimensional printers, which use chemical compounds in place of ink to reproduce 3D models of computer-generated files, have been put to work in fields ranging from architecture to archiving.

 

The U.S.-based Smithsonian institution has begun an effort to catalogue its vast collection through 3D printing with a view to making its exhibits accessible to a broader audience. A British company has developed a 3D-printed material resembling marble and already produces enough annual output to construct 12 two-storey buildings.

 

Other enterprising individuals have managed to produce guns, clocks, clothing and even chocolate using devices that work in the home.


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Why Founders Fail

Why Founders Fail | Human Potential | Scoop.it
This happens all the time. A founder develops a breakthrough idea and starts a company to build it.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, August 11, 2013 9:15 PM

I find it hard to dislike anything that Ben Horowitz writes, and this post certainly fits that tendency.


Horowitz describes the "Product CEO Paradox," which states that the only thing worse for a company than an overly engaged CEO is a disengaged CEO. Here, he provides a few tips and lessons on how to step back when your product succeeds and ensure that you're not being overbearing on your team so that they can work on future success.


This advice is mostly geared towards the CEOs of larger companies who have already found success with their products, but the overall lessons are important to note as no one likes a micromanager.

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100 Best Quotes On Leadership

100 Best Quotes On Leadership | Human Potential | Scoop.it
A great quote can provide personal inspiration and can be used to educate others; in my book Employee Engagement 2.0 I open every chapter with an enlightening quotation. Below are my top 100 leadership quotes of all time.

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Why Influencer Marketing Will Grow In 2014 -

Why Influencer Marketing Will Grow In 2014 - | Human Potential | Scoop.it

In 2014 we can expect to see growth in influencer marketing including investment in identifying influencers and in the growth of outreach strategies to engage such influencers.According to InNetwork around $240m is spent in North America each year on influencer marketing. This is a figure we can expect to grow in 2014, partly because there is so little trust in advertising, but primarily because people trust people.

 

Surveys have consistently shown a low a level of trust in marketing such as advertisements, with some surveys finding up to 75% people do not believe advertisements. This is in marked contrast to recommendations from other people. The 2011 Neilson survey asked people what sources of information were most relevant to them when seeking information about products and services. The response was overwhelmingly recommendations from people. Over 90% of people felt that recommendations from friends were highly or somewhat relevant to them and 75% felt that consumer opinions posted online were were highly or somewhat relevant to them. This compared to ads on social networks being down at 36%....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 22, 2013 10:34 AM

Here's lock influencer marketing. Recommended reading.  9/10

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"LinkedIn is 277% more effective at lead generation than Facebook or Twitter" (source: HubSpot)
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MARKET YOURSELF ON LINKEDIN: How To Use LinkedIn Marketing and the GroupSync Method to Make Your Consulting & Coaching Clients BEG You To Help Them - 7 Simple Steps by Marty Koenig.


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Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:32 AM

If business people do not pay attention to and learn how to market themselves using LinkedIn, they're missing the boat- and this boat is the mega Yacht, not a rowboat. Tips to improve my Linked In results are  appreciated, so thanks for writing this book, Marty. You should be a guest on my talk show Successipes soon since you've got some great recipes for entrepreneurial success using LinkedIn..

Nacho Vega's curator insight, May 7, 2014 6:55 PM

Getting profitable #business leads from #LinkedIn is easy if you use the 7 simple steps in this #book

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Older Entrepreneurs: The startup mentality is not bound by age

Older Entrepreneurs: The startup mentality is not bound by age | Human Potential | Scoop.it
Influenced by the spectacular success of companies like Facebook, there has been a recent trend to imply that youth is the secret to success for startups, especially in the tech sector.

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Ranjit Kovilinkal's curator insight, December 26, 2013 11:58 PM

Old is Gold! Season's Greetings :-)