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55 Free Templates to Make Visual Content Creation Quick & Painless | Internet Billboards

55 Free Templates to Make Visual Content Creation Quick & Painless | Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

Leave it to our friends at HubSpot to make visual content creation quick and easy!

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Always great content marketing picks from curator Rachel Parker!

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The On Demand Economy and The Amazon Effect

The On Demand Economy and The Amazon Effect | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The on demand economy is defined as “the economic activity created by digital marketplaces that fulfill consumer demand via immediate access to and convenient provisioning of goods and services.” says The On Demand Economy website. “The On-Demand Economy is …dedicated to the advancement of the commerce-based solutions that make day to day life simpler and more efficient.”

Customer experiences and expectations are different in this online mobile first economy. Mobile apps are now one of the most common means for consumers to search for, learn about, and even purchase products. By 2017, it’s estimated that users will have downloaded over 268 billion apps.
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Here are all the Facebook Messenger bots we know about so far

Here are all the Facebook Messenger bots we know about so far | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
1-800-FLOWERS.COM will offer customers the ease and convenience of ordering floral gifts through Messenger. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will blend its bot and live customer service support on Messenger to serve as "gift concierges" and answer questions, make gifting suggestions, process orders, send shipping updates and provide an array of other important information such as gift reminders."
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A very interesting development. If Facebook achieves its mission with bots, it could disrupt the mobile app market. Just look at everything 1800 flowers is allowing their customers to do from within Facebook Messenger with their BOT!
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Why 2016 Will Be the Year of Video Marketing

Why 2016 Will Be the Year of Video Marketing | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Video isn’t just a nice afterthought anymore. Here's why video is becoming an essential part of every content marketing strategy.
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One great post on why using video in 2016 in your marketing is paramount to success. 
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How to Write a Perfect Headline: Data-Backed Insights [Infographic]

How to Write a Perfect Headline: Data-Backed Insights [Infographic] | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
"Mommy, where do great headlines come from?" "Well, you see, sweetie, when a writer loves her content very much …" When most of us set out to create the
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A great post from Rachel Parker on crafting a perfect headline. A very important skill set to develop.

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Just a fantastic post from Rachel Parker of Resonance content. This is so vital to your success with your content marketing program. Highly recommended.

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A great post from Rachel Parker on crafting a perfect headline. A very important skill set to develop.

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Adobe envisages 2016 as the year of wearables

Adobe envisages 2016 as the year of wearables | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

'The year of...' is a much-derided term among many in the digital industry. But statistics published recently by enterprise software giant Adobe indicate 2016 will be the year wearables become a mainstream concern for marketers, as over half of all smartphone owners have already used a household device connected to the internet.   

Adobe Digital Index (ADI) Digital Trends Report examines the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer attitudes towards 'wearables', such as the Apple iWatch, and the knock-on effect on how users will access the internet. 

The report claims 51 per cent of existing smartphone owners have already interacted with a home-based IoT device - such as a thermostat that can be controlled via a smartphone app. 

Adobe also examined user sentiment towards such trends by analysing attitudes expressed in over 20 billion social media interactions, finding that 33 per cent of those analysed had used a digital personal assistant service, such as Apple's Siri, in the last 30 days. ...


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I am always interested in the future. And with that said certainly the Internet of Things should make for some interesting tech.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 23, 2015 7:26 PM

Even Adobe is onto wearables and what the future looks like in wearable technology.

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Even Adobe is onto wearables and what the future looks like in wearable technology.

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Martin Shkreli, the Bad Boy of Pharmaceuticals, Hits Back

Martin Shkreli, the Bad Boy of Pharmaceuticals, Hits Back | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Dr. David Feifel, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, is also a recipient. He said Mr. Shkreli contacted him out of the blue two years ago and later donated $100,000 to help with his research on new treatments for depression. “He’s more complex than the cartoon character,” Dr. Feifel said.
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Don't be a Shkreli! I had never heard the name before, not certain I am pronouncing it right. I certainly have heard of him now. This is also just paragraph after paragraph of excellent writing.

 

I was still trying to wrap my brain around this statement from the article.

 

Mr. Shkreli could do this because in the United States, unlike many other countries, there are no drug price controls.

 

I am thinking how is this good for Americans. The fact that pharmaceutical companies can charge basically whatever they want for these lifesaving drugs.

 

There are many lessons to be learned here. Like who is Mr. Shkreli? I bet he is brilliant, ruthless, cunning, and deceptive. For a smart guy like him, this is probably a part of day to day life.

 

He will certainly make his mark on this world. The only question is, what will that mark be?

 

Please read the article and let me know what you think.  

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What’s The Deal With Sponsored Content – Here is What You Need To Know

What’s The Deal With Sponsored Content – Here is What You Need To Know | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Native advertising is a big buzz these days. So is sponsored content. As you will learn from this excellent article on Moz, native advertising refers to advertising that is so seamless in its envir…
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Everything you always wanted to know about sponsored content and Native Advertising. The original source is excellent.

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Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
INSIDE MARK ZUCKERBERG'S BOLD PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF FACEBOOK
Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.

BY HARRY MCCRACKEN
"Mark is fixing stuff."

I’m killing time in the Frank Gehry–designed Building 20, whose signature feature is its soaring 434,000 square feet of open space, the latest addition to Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California. A PR handler is explaining why CEO Mark Zuckerberg is running slightly behind schedule for our chat. I express surprise. Mark still fixes stuff?

"To say he’s actively involved," she confides, "is an understatement. He notices things that are broken before anybody."
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A pretty interesting article on Fast Company. I little long, but good.

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Top Trending Digital Marketing Tools and Techniques

Top Trending Digital Marketing Tools and Techniques | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In today’s Internet dominated world it becomes impossible to underestimate the power of Digital marketing for the growth and development of your business. Nowadays every company is striving to crea…
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An interesting article on some of the Top Digital Marketing trends today.

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Beyond Mobile: 42 Wearables Startups Disrupting Fitness, Apparel, And Healthcare

Beyond Mobile: 42 Wearables Startups Disrupting Fitness, Apparel, And Healthcare | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

The wearables industry has cooled off in 2015, with deals and funding down from last year, but a few dozen startups have carved out a place for themselves in certain industries and are taking on established players. We used CB Insights data to identify 42 startups attacking fitness, apparel, healthcare, to name just a few of the areas. We mapped out the startups — one-fourth of them early-stage companies — in the graphic shown below. ...


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An interesting arena with fitness and health related wearable technology stealing the show. An interesting article to read and think over. How will the wearable industry disrupt your market? If at all?  

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Wearables are making headway and even disrupting industries including healthcare, apparel and fitness.

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Wearables are making headway and even disrupting industries including healthcare, apparel and fitness.

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13 Best Books for Business Leaders: A Baker's Dozen from Amazon's Ultimate List - Page19

13 Best Books for Business Leaders: A Baker's Dozen from Amazon's Ultimate List - Page19 | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Do a quick search for the best business books and you’ll be overwhelmed with a spread of dozens of titles. There’s list upon list of books claiming to be the cream of the crop. But really, when it comes to finding the definitive list of books on business, why not go with the one that’s supported by thousands of real people’s money—and reviews?

Here, we’ve assembled a baker’s dozen of the best books for business leaders, pulled from Amazon’s list of the very best! Whether you’re freshly moved into a career or your leadership position, or you’re an experienced leader, one of these is sure to give you new ways to be your best.

 

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen Covey
This one is a classic for a reason—seven of them, actually.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People introduces the habits that set apart those who deal particularly effectively with the world around them.

Covey’s basic hypothesis is that people who lead successful and fulfilling lives eschew individual independence as the ultimate goal, aligning themselves instead with universal principles like honesty and integrity. Given how many great leaders have chosen this book as their go-to, there’s guaranteed to be a habit in here for you.

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2. How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie
In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote what might be the definitive self-help book. If you only ever read one book in this genre, it should probably be this one.

How to Win Friends & Influence People presents some basic rules for how to make a good first impression on people and make them putty in your hands—a skill that applies in every arena. Carnegie couches the advice in memorable anecdote from a star-studded cast of famous people, former US presidents to actors and world leaders.

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3. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team — Patrick Lencioni
Nobody’s perfect, and when you crush us together in teams, things can get abrasive, or simply inefficient.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team acknowledges that teams are made of wonderful and flawed humans, thus inherently complex. Embracing this fact and then taking deliberate steps to facilitate great teamwork is the only way to be an effective leader. Lencioni shows how a knowledgeable manager can do a great deal to make his or her team effective  and also offers practical tools to do it.

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4. Good to Great — Jim Collins
These are the comprehensive findings from a five-year study conducted by Jim Collins—the big pumba of management—and his team of researchers.

Collins and his crew picked out public companies that had achieved meaningful and enduring success after years of mediocre performance and isolated the factors that differentiated them from their lackluster competitors.

The book takes those key concepts regarding leadership, culture, and strategic management and distills them into actionable insights.

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5. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 — Travis Bradberry
No matter how sensitive a being, you can always use a little EQ upgrade.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 offers expert insight into which skills you need to read others and build better relationships, both in the office and out. It breaks down the four aspects of emotional intelligence and gives advice on what you can do to improve your own skills.

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6. Start with Why — Simon Sinek
The best leaders inspire great work in others, but here’s a secret: they know how to ignite that spark in themselves, too.

Start With Why gets to the bottom of why certain people and businesses are far more inspired, innovative, and successful than others—even in situations where everyone has access to the same technology, people and resource. Sinek walks you through how to create a business built on happy leaders, employers, and customers, too.

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7. Your Brain at Work — David Rock
Your Brain At Work explores the inner workings of the human mind and furnishes a whole slew of novel methods to optimize your thinking.

Drawing upon thousands of neuropsychological studies conducted in the last 25 years, Rock’s book lays down strategies to help overcome distraction, become more focused, meet goals, and more.

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8. Lean In — Sheryl Sandberg
You’ve definitely heard of this one, but if you still haven’t read it, it’s time.

In this one, Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and 5th most powerful woman in the world, offers up anecdotes, solid data, and practical advice that applies to both women and men in the workplace.

Lean In examines the prevalence of and reasons for gender inequality both at home and at work. It encourages women to lean into their careers by seizing opportunities and aspiring to leadership positions, as well calling on both men and women to acknowledge and remedy the current gender inequalities.

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9. The Compound Effect — Darren Hardy
The Compound Effect shows how to make lasting change by paying attention to the smallest decisions you make—and their cumulative effect on your life.

Author Darren Hardy shows that by accepting responsibility for our own lives, we can change our habits and carve out a life that is more successful, fulfilling, and happy. This is how to make a plan, build up momentum, slowly change bad habits into good ones, and tackle your personal limits.

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10. Scrum — Jeff Sutherland
Learn all about Scrum, the project management system that has revolutionized the technology industry. This is a uniquely adaptive, flexible system that allows teams to plan realistically and adjust their goals through constant feedback.

By using Scrum, your team can improve their productivity (and the final result) without creating needless stress or working longer hours. In this kind of scrum, everybody wins.

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11. Drive — Daniel Pink
What motivates you? In Drive, Daniel Pink describes the characteristics of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. He reveals that many companies rely on extrinsic motivation, even though this is often counterproductive.

This book explains clearly how to best motivate yourself and others by understanding and tapping into intrinsic motivation.

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12. Creativity Inc. — Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace
In Creativity Inc., Ed Catmull describes his personal journey and that of Pixar Animation Studios’ towards the widely successful and creative company they are today.

The book uncovers which principles and steps were essential in producing such results, while acknowledging failure and striving for excellence at the same time. It can be seen as a guide for managers on how to make teams work together in a successful and creative way.

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13. Influence — Robert Cialdini
This one’s a classic. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion explains in detail the fundamental principles of persuasion that get us to say yes, including how they are used by professionals like salesmen, advertisers, con artists—and, yes, business leaders like you.

Knowing these principles will allow you both to become a skilled persuader yourself and to batten down the hatches against manipulation attempts.

READ IN 10 MINUTES

 

Too many choices? Intrigued by them all? Come read all of these books’ key insights in 15 minutes or fewer on Blinkist.

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A dynamite piece of curation.

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How the Internet's Collective Human Intelligence Could Outsmart AI

How the Internet's Collective Human Intelligence Could Outsmart AI | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Okay, collective intelligence is deeply engrained in animals; the collective intelligence of bees and ants is well-known. You also have collective intelligence in social mammals. They signal each other about danger and where food is. But in the case of humans, our collective intelligence is much more powerful because we have language, we use technology, and we have complex social institutions. It’s a higher level of collective intelligence, and it’s fundamentally based on symbolic manipulation.

In human history, there is an increase in collective intelligence based on media that increase our ability to manipulate symbols. Currently, we are at the state of algorithmic symbol manipulation, but it’s just the beginning of this new era. My work is devoted to the improvement of collective intelligence by exploiting this new medium.

There are a lot of misunderstandings about collective intelligence. The first is that we have to create it; we don’t have to, it already exists. The second idea that should be avoided is that collective intelligence is group think. It’s just the opposite of group think. It is the integration of variety and singularities in the philosophical sense, not the Kurzweilian. It’s not uniform, it’s thinking together.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=collective+intelligence

 

 
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Okay, collective intelligence is deeply engrained in animals; the collective intelligence of bees and ants is well-known. You also have collective intelligence in social mammals. They signal each other about danger and where food is. But in the case of humans, our collective intelligence is much more powerful because we have language, we use technology, and we have complex social institutions. It’s a higher level of collective intelligence, and it’s fundamentally based on symbolic manipulation.

In human history, there is an increase in collective intelligence based on media that increase our ability to manipulate symbols. Currently, we are at the state of algorithmic symbol manipulation, but it’s just the beginning of this new era. My work is devoted to the improvement of collective intelligence by exploiting this new medium.

There are a lot of misunderstandings about collective intelligence. The first is that we have to create it; we don’t have to, it already exists. The second idea that should be avoided is that collective intelligence is group think. It’s just the opposite of group think. It is the integration of variety and singularities in the philosophical sense, not the Kurzweilian. It’s not uniform, it’s thinking together.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=collective+intelligence

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5 strategies to promote Situational Leadership Skills

5 strategies to promote Situational Leadership Skills | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
n the ever-changing economic climate, businesses must stay flexible and ready to meet any and all challenges head on in order to be successful. Especially in a family business, leadership skills are key to ensuring that a company can respond quickly to changes and readily adapt to them. The most effective business leaders don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach; they are the ones who choose a leadership style that helps them to efficiently achieve the company’s goals. If the goal is to build an organization that is flexible and adaptable, a situational leadership style may be the way to go.

Situational leaders approach things on a task-by-task basis. They identify the employees’ commitment, willingness and ability to get the job done, and then they adapt a specific style of leadership for that person or team to achieve the highest level of productivity. This style of leadership requires that managers be observers and that they have a keen sense of what drives people, but they also need the right foundation, framework and support in order to truly be effective.

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The CEO of $11 billion Pinterest reveals his thoughts on going public, crazy private markets, and advice for founders who don't want to fail

The CEO of $11 billion Pinterest reveals his thoughts on going public, crazy private markets, and advice for founders who don't want to fail | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann being interviewed by Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon at South by Southwest.

Alyson Shontell: It took a while for people to first learn about Pinterest. Then it was all the media could talk about. Now the media hype cycle has cooled down again. What's the roller coaster ride been like?
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An interesting interview and chat with CEO of Pinterest Ben Silbermann.
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Who should win a Webby for Social / Health & Fitness? Vote now.

Who should win a Webby for Social / Health & Fitness? Vote now. | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Vote with me! – April 5th–21st.
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6 Signs Your CEO Takes Marketing Seriously: Insight From The CMO Impact Study - IBM for Marketing Agencies

6 Signs Your CEO Takes Marketing Seriously: Insight From The CMO Impact Study - IBM for Marketing Agencies | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In a study by the Fournaise Group, 80% of CEOs admitted being disappointed with their firms’ CMOs. That’s 4 out of 5 CEOs who think that that their marketers – and marketing – aren’t up to snuff. To investigate this (and more), I conducted research, in collaboration with CMO.com, to better understand the role and impact of CMOs. Last year’s CMO Impact study investigated whether and when CMOs matter; this year’s study focuses on how the CEO impacts the CMO’s (and marketing’s) ability to drive business results (click here to download the infographic).

While the full report is only available to those CMOs who take the survey (click here for the executive summary), some highlights are available below. The analysis is based on a total of 564 respondents, 223 of whom are CMOs (i.e., the head of marketing for their firms, regardless of title). The survey was conducted throughout the winter of 2014/2015. To analyze the data, we identified the best (and worst) firms at marketing (i.e., marketing capability) and looked at attributes that were significantly different across the top and bottom performers. Below are some highlights.

6 Signs that Your CEO is Taking Marketing Seriously

1. The CEO includes CMOs in Almost All Company-Level Strategy Meetings: Those CEOs who include marketers in top-level strategy discussions have significantly better marketing performance. Why does marketing capability matter? In our research, the firms that are the best at marketing (i.e., top marketers) have nearly 2/3 higher market share than the bottom performing firms.
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An amazing in depth study of how CEO's view their companies marketing. What do you think. Are you a CEO at a company that can weigh in on the discussion.

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What IS Quality Content … Really?

What IS Quality Content … Really? | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
"I know it when I see it." - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964) When Justice Stewart penned the above words more than 50
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What is quality content? I am sure we have all asked ourselves that question. At least I hope you have. Rachel Parker of Resonance Content Marketing explains nicely here.

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Curation Leads To Higher Brand Awareness and Builds Thought Leadership

Curation Leads To Higher Brand Awareness and Builds Thought Leadership | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Is this the first time visiting the site? Learn what we do on the site. A big part is curation. Unless you haven't been on the Internet in five years, you
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It's my post! Enjoy. How are your curation efforts going? Seeing any improvement?

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Secrets of Successful Business Leadership - Inspirational Leaders pt 1 | MeetTheBoss

Inspirational leaders from around the world share their secrets of successful business leadership with MeetTheBoss Business TV Successful business leaders ...

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"It's Making A List . . . " IBM's Watson Will Predict This Holiday's Top Gifts

"It's Making A List . . . " IBM's Watson Will Predict This Holiday's Top Gifts | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

IBM’s Watson platform has another new side project: making holiday gift predictions. The company is releasing a new iPhone app called IBM Watson Trend, which they claim can predict which gifts are most likely to sell out at stores and e-commerce sites. While aimed at helping consumers, the app also shows the investment IBM has been putting into expanding Watson into the business world.

 

The app shows "trending" gifts in three categories—toys, consumer electronics, and health and fitness—alongside explanatory information about why those particular objects are trending. This includes analysis of hot purchases such as Lego City and the Nikon D-SLR, as well as products like Mattel's "Hello Barbie", which are declining in popularity (IBM says that, although popular with parents, children feel the interactive doll has an outdated style)....


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Watson IBM super computer is getting smarter. It knows what you want before you know you want it. Well perhaps.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 20, 2015 4:08 PM

IBM's Watson system has a few ideas about what you might be buying this holiday season. How cool is that?

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10 Technology Trends Radically Changing How Businesses Will Engage With Customers in 2016 - Social Media Week

10 Technology Trends Radically Changing How Businesses Will Engage With Customers in 2016 - Social Media Week | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
4. Context is More Important than Content
“If I’m not listening,” Tullman said, “it doesn’t matter what you say.” Context trumps content on the web, where consistency is more valuable and trustworthy to individuals. This “smart reach” is customized for individuals at the right time, the right place, and the right message. It helps consumers answer the questions: What do I need? When do I need it? Where can I be to benefit from it? ContextMedia is one business that understands the value of context. They specialize in advertisements and marketing materials for patients in doctor offices and waiting rooms, where the time, place, and type of messaging all makes sense.
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10 really good creative trends to watch for in 2016. I like number 4. Context is more important than content. "If I am not listening, it doesn't matter what you say. So true. 

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One of my favorite of the 10, Number 4 Context is more important than content. " If I'm not listening, it doesn't matter what you say. So true.

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Growth hacking enterprise SaaS sales Pt 1: What’s new in sales?

Growth hacking enterprise SaaS sales Pt 1: What’s new in sales? | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In the old days, often more than 50% of customers’ lifetime revenue was taken at the time of the initial sales (and much more if you exclude the maintenance revenue). The sales cycle was defined as the period of time from the initial contact to the PO. That model is long gone. Sales cycles make less sense today.
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Makes a lot of sense. I like how the author states. "I am replacing the traditional sales funnel by the symbol of infinity;

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Why Pinterest is better positioned than Facebook and Twitter to win at social commerce

Why Pinterest is better positioned than Facebook and Twitter to win at social commerce | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Buy buttons are all the rage right now, but Pinterest has a leg up over the others when it comes to social commerce.

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Probably true.

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13 Best Books for Business Leaders: A Baker's Dozen from Amazon's Ultimate List - Page19

13 Best Books for Business Leaders: A Baker's Dozen from Amazon's Ultimate List - Page19 | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Do a quick search for the best business books and you’ll be overwhelmed with a spread of dozens of titles. There’s list upon list of books claiming to be the cream of the crop. But really, when it comes to finding the definitive list of books on business, why not go with the one that’s supported by thousands of real people’s money—and reviews?

Here, we’ve assembled a baker’s dozen of the best books for business leaders, pulled from Amazon’s list of the very best! Whether you’re freshly moved into a career or your leadership position, or you’re an experienced leader, one of these is sure to give you new ways to be your best.

 

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen Covey
This one is a classic for a reason—seven of them, actually.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People introduces the habits that set apart those who deal particularly effectively with the world around them.

Covey’s basic hypothesis is that people who lead successful and fulfilling lives eschew individual independence as the ultimate goal, aligning themselves instead with universal principles like honesty and integrity. Given how many great leaders have chosen this book as their go-to, there’s guaranteed to be a habit in here for you.

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2. How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie
In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote what might be the definitive self-help book. If you only ever read one book in this genre, it should probably be this one.

How to Win Friends & Influence People presents some basic rules for how to make a good first impression on people and make them putty in your hands—a skill that applies in every arena. Carnegie couches the advice in memorable anecdote from a star-studded cast of famous people, former US presidents to actors and world leaders.

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3. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team — Patrick Lencioni
Nobody’s perfect, and when you crush us together in teams, things can get abrasive, or simply inefficient.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team acknowledges that teams are made of wonderful and flawed humans, thus inherently complex. Embracing this fact and then taking deliberate steps to facilitate great teamwork is the only way to be an effective leader. Lencioni shows how a knowledgeable manager can do a great deal to make his or her team effective  and also offers practical tools to do it.

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4. Good to Great — Jim Collins
These are the comprehensive findings from a five-year study conducted by Jim Collins—the big pumba of management—and his team of researchers.

Collins and his crew picked out public companies that had achieved meaningful and enduring success after years of mediocre performance and isolated the factors that differentiated them from their lackluster competitors.

The book takes those key concepts regarding leadership, culture, and strategic management and distills them into actionable insights.

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5. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 — Travis Bradberry
No matter how sensitive a being, you can always use a little EQ upgrade.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 offers expert insight into which skills you need to read others and build better relationships, both in the office and out. It breaks down the four aspects of emotional intelligence and gives advice on what you can do to improve your own skills.

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6. Start with Why — Simon Sinek
The best leaders inspire great work in others, but here’s a secret: they know how to ignite that spark in themselves, too.

Start With Why gets to the bottom of why certain people and businesses are far more inspired, innovative, and successful than others—even in situations where everyone has access to the same technology, people and resource. Sinek walks you through how to create a business built on happy leaders, employers, and customers, too.

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7. Your Brain at Work — David Rock
Your Brain At Work explores the inner workings of the human mind and furnishes a whole slew of novel methods to optimize your thinking.

Drawing upon thousands of neuropsychological studies conducted in the last 25 years, Rock’s book lays down strategies to help overcome distraction, become more focused, meet goals, and more.

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8. Lean In — Sheryl Sandberg
You’ve definitely heard of this one, but if you still haven’t read it, it’s time.

In this one, Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and 5th most powerful woman in the world, offers up anecdotes, solid data, and practical advice that applies to both women and men in the workplace.

Lean In examines the prevalence of and reasons for gender inequality both at home and at work. It encourages women to lean into their careers by seizing opportunities and aspiring to leadership positions, as well calling on both men and women to acknowledge and remedy the current gender inequalities.

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9. The Compound Effect — Darren Hardy
The Compound Effect shows how to make lasting change by paying attention to the smallest decisions you make—and their cumulative effect on your life.

Author Darren Hardy shows that by accepting responsibility for our own lives, we can change our habits and carve out a life that is more successful, fulfilling, and happy. This is how to make a plan, build up momentum, slowly change bad habits into good ones, and tackle your personal limits.

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10. Scrum — Jeff Sutherland
Learn all about Scrum, the project management system that has revolutionized the technology industry. This is a uniquely adaptive, flexible system that allows teams to plan realistically and adjust their goals through constant feedback.

By using Scrum, your team can improve their productivity (and the final result) without creating needless stress or working longer hours. In this kind of scrum, everybody wins.

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11. Drive — Daniel Pink
What motivates you? In Drive, Daniel Pink describes the characteristics of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. He reveals that many companies rely on extrinsic motivation, even though this is often counterproductive.

This book explains clearly how to best motivate yourself and others by understanding and tapping into intrinsic motivation.

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12. Creativity Inc. — Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace
In Creativity Inc., Ed Catmull describes his personal journey and that of Pixar Animation Studios’ towards the widely successful and creative company they are today.

The book uncovers which principles and steps were essential in producing such results, while acknowledging failure and striving for excellence at the same time. It can be seen as a guide for managers on how to make teams work together in a successful and creative way.

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13. Influence — Robert Cialdini
This one’s a classic. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion explains in detail the fundamental principles of persuasion that get us to say yes, including how they are used by professionals like salesmen, advertisers, con artists—and, yes, business leaders like you.

Knowing these principles will allow you both to become a skilled persuader yourself and to batten down the hatches against manipulation attempts.

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Samsung launches Artik platform to power future drones and wearables

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Behind Artik is a new cloud service, the SmartThings Open Cloud, a cloud service available to developers who use the Artik modules, meant to make it easier for people to create apps and services for IoT devices.

SmartThings CEO and cofounder Alex Hawkinson, who joined Samsung when the company acquired his smart home startup last year, said the new service is meant to decrease the barrier of entry for startups who want to develop IoT applications

"It's basically a sister cloud for the Artik platform," Hawkinson said during a media event after Tuesday's keynote. "Device makers don't have to build their own cloud if they don't want to."
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We are moving much closer to the Internet of Things as companies like Samsung innovate in the space.

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