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What makes you different

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What makes you different. Doing nothing is easy. It always has been. Sitting down to turn on the TV, procrastinating at work, taking a longer break than you really need, spending a day trying to find...
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When is it time to quit a job to follow a dream?

Still about choices.

 

Do you ever take risks? Find out what is behind a dream? Do you live happy? Maybe with some regret?

What do you do about that?

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5 Common Characteristics of Ineffective People

I don’t know about yourself, but I’ve lived most of my life being oblivious to the fact that if you want to get the same results as somebody else then all have to do is do the same things that they did.
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The Phases of Innovation

Do you know what are these phases? Have a look, it may help on your own definition of innovation process ;)

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More Management Equals Less Output

More Management Equals Less Output | Innovatus | Scoop.it

I was skimming through my google reader and found this beautiful title.

Clearly I also felt more than familiar with the concept.

Therefore I decided to read more about it.

 

It's a must. I don't know what goes in people's minds, I don't even know if I care sometimes, but looks like this article does a pretty good job explaining the phenomenon of "When I grow up I want to be a manager" / "You are nobody in life if you don't get to manage something or somebody before the age of 30".

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Why You Should Take More Time for Yourself

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to put everyone else first. With the demands of work and family, it might feel that there’s not much time left over for you.
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Letter From a Child: Don’t Be Realistic!

Pretty good insight :)

What are you willing to do with your dreams?

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Is your tagline this effective and efficient?

Innovating the way we communicate: keep straight to the point. Be clear. Most of all, be simple.

 

Life is complicated enough already :)

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TEDxManhattanBeach - Thomas Suarez - iPhone Application Developer. . .and 6th Grader

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications..


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Jorge's comment, December 16, 2011 7:22 AM
um novo Steve Jobs...
Pintolaranja's comment, December 16, 2011 7:57 AM
Sim, por este andar vai longe :)
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Psychological changes from meditation training linked to cellular health

Psychological changes from meditation training linked to cellular health | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater telomerase activity, according to researchers.

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Top 10 Practices for Estimating Agile Projects Successfully

Top 10 Practices for Estimating Agile Projects Successfully - PM Hut (Top 10 Practices for Estimating Agile Projects Successfully http://t.co/Xj4McNcz #management...)...

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Failure As Compost

Failure As Compost | Innovatus | Scoop.it

Opposite to what you may think, compost is not just a piece of s#$t.

Even s#$t can have a useful destiny in life. Become compost! Make other things flourish and grow strong, healthy, solidly, where others once ended up dying.

Right?

So, that is the idea behind this small sketch.

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Prototyper avec les utilisateurs

Why is it that people get the creeps whenever somebody proposes to test something with the real customer? And why does the same happen whenever they have to deal with the real customer in order to clarify requirements?

Showing prototypes and ideas as a basis for discussion is a good thing, I bet the customers appreciate that much more than finding crappy business to pay for in the end....

Well, either way, here is an example on a possible approach to prototype along with the end users. Enjoy ;) (via @orlandoremedios)

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Micromanaging Angst

Micromanaging Angst | Innovatus | Scoop.it

I don't thing there is good micromanagement. For me, micromanagement is bad. Period. For the very simple reason that it steps on anyone's ability to create or come up with improvement.

Neither would I consider relating micromanagement with agile practices.

What I do like about this article is part of the aproach taken on the analysis of Steve Jobs' behavior as a manager.

Focus on the product. That, my friends, along with the concern for having such a product being great and creating wow effect on the end customers means there are goals, there is a vision, there is a direction and a path in which to walk, on which one can do their best and improve and innovate.

You don't innovate just because. You do need guidance and objectives. And you also need to still keep delivering value to customers.

So, for me, Steve may have had a bad temper, but it looks like he was one hell of a (outstanding) product owner.

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Can you thrive on a sinking ship?

Reminds me of "The Dip". Have a look. Find inspiration.

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Support From the Top Really Matters

Even when they show support towards innovation, do they really mean it?

Where does your leadership stand?

Is there a scope/context defined?

 

There are plenty of questions one should be asking...

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The Brain and Why Innovation Happens Differently for Everyone

It is just right brain activity versus right brain activity domain.

A different skillset depending on which you use more, which means we can all give different contributions to innovate. But wa are all capable of doing it.

Don't let anyone make you think otherwise.

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4 Simple Ways to Increase Focus and Get Things Done

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How To Overcome Your Inferiority Complex

We all fall in the trap of comparison wherein we inevitably compare ourselves with others.  This comparison does more harm to us than good. This does not mean we stop looking up to others.
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What Ideas Are You Fighting For?

What Ideas Are You Fighting For? | Innovatus | Scoop.it

Remember that if any idea gets stolen, at the very least it revealed to be of value for someone already.

In a much better and I believe likely scenario, it gets developed because there is constructive interaction around it.

If you put it in the drawer... it dies. That is where it will stay. Without the world knowing about it.

Which do you think its best?

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The 20 Best New Startups Of 2011

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Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

 In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world...


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The Land that Scrum Forgot

Some great perspectives one should be aware of.

 


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Controlling Agile Development in a Project Portfolio Framework

"Project management leaders have embraced agile practices and attempted to redefine their roles to focus less on planning and controlling agile projects and more on providing an environment to allow agile projects to succeed."

 

I like the demistification part. Looks like nowadays whenever something goes wrong in an agile project it is used by traditionalists to make it look like a real catastrophe so that agile becomes the one to blame, to state that the old ways are the good ones.

Sounds familiar?

It happened already in so many contexts and so many times throughout history.

People just get uncomfortable around something new that may prove to be better than what they were doing before. So, they try to take advantage of it not being perfect.

 

Any approach to problem solving is as perfect as the ones who are trying to solve it. Given that these are mere humans, no set of practices and no methodology will ever be perfect. Which is good, because that also means there is always room for improvement.

 

Stop feeling threatened. Stop trying to find escape goats. Instead, prove that you are a human being worth of all the evolution that has occurred and is yet still to come.

 

Let go of the small things.

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How The "Internet Of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms

"With a little help from what's called the Internet of Things, engineers are transforming cities from passive conduits for water into dynamic systems that store and manage it like the tissues of desert animals." via @orlandoremedios

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