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Elderly More Likely to Be Employed Than Teens

Elderly More Likely to Be Employed Than Teens | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal today reported that teenager’s work rates plummeted during the recession and have seen little recovery since. More than 40% of teens worked in the summer of 2007. This year, less than a third did.

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This is what culture change looks like. Is this why companies say they cannot find qualified workers? Perhaps they are looking in the wrong age bracket.

What does this news mean for your company, your parents, grandparents or teenagers? Should it affect your hiring and training?

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Subway Rider Spots Crafty Credit Card Skimmer

Subway Rider Spots Crafty Credit Card Skimmer | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
One rider finds and removes reader and camera that may have been stealing riders' credit card info.
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1 consumer out of many noticed something was wrong.

 

Then, they actually did something about it!

 

 The people who change organizations aren't always employees.

 

Don’t just stick your card into any old place! If something doesn’t look right…Ask Questions.

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Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: 'This is a breakthrough'

Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: 'This is a breakthrough' | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
Electrical stimulation directly to the spinal cord could offer paralyzed people hope, researcher at the University of Louisville finds in her study.
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A bit of hope and a story that shows someone actually making a difference.

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IBM Research Tunes-In to Africa's Challenges & Opportunities

IBM Research Tunes-In to Africa's Challenges & Opportunities | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
The World is Our Lab – Africa picture project was a three-month competition that asked participants to use cameras and smartphones to capture images that illustrate the continent’s grand challenges. The results will amaze you..
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Americans call it an emerging market. These folks call it home. Digital migration, disruption is changing the landscape. Both risk and opportunity await.

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Change Management Lessons from 'Pope Frank' - Re-branding That Sticks

Change Management Lessons from 'Pope Frank' - Re-branding That Sticks | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

The Pope has embarked on a massive program to reform the Vatican. While the fundamental message and mission has not changed – the change in management and expression of the church’s goals which is beginning to take shape could, if allowed to continue, mean a huge shift in the church for a long time to come. It is interesting, therefore, to take a look at his approach from a business standpoint and see what lessons we can glean for any company seeking to manage change in their organization.

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This is an interesting story relating the changes in the Catholic Church to corporate culture change. I think it's more about leading change than managing it. Often, big changes require an evangelist who inspires others to act differently. 

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Anonymous Customer Gives Waitresses $15K Tip After Overhearing Their Conversation

Anonymous Customer Gives Waitresses $15K Tip After Overhearing Their Conversation | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

Over the weekend, three waitresses at a restaurant in Caledonia, Ill., each received a $5,000 tip from an anonymous woman -- and two of the waitresses weren't even serving her table.

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Have YOU made a difference in someone's life.

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Encourage Foreign-Born Employees to Participate More in Meetings

Encourage Foreign-Born Employees to Participate More in Meetings | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

A few small, specific steps can help you foster communication. Helping foreign-born professionals learn to participate is not always an easy task. But it’s one well worth the effort — for your organization, of course, but also for the development and growth of the professionals themselves.

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I have been a foreign-born consultant. Working abroad is hard but it is an opportunity to expand your horizons. Both sides need to reach out to communicate. Mind the gap.

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Lingerie Ads Do Away With Photoshopping And Body Shaming

Lingerie Ads Do Away With Photoshopping And Body Shaming | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

With most of their customers between the ages of 15-21, Aerie wants to help girls build self-confidence, freeing them from the fashion world’s skewed perception of beauty and helping them feel good about their bodies.

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Here's a change girls can live with. Let's hope it becomes a trend.

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Sheep, Silo Give Bucolic Atmosphere to Solar Plant

Sheep, Silo Give Bucolic Atmosphere to Solar Plant | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
A silo rises and sheep idyllically browse on grass around it. That is where "Nikke Machinaka Power Plant Akashi Tsuchiyama" started operation in Inamicho, Kako-gun, Hyogo Prefecture. The pastoral atmosphere is completely different from the generally cold image of mega (large-scale) solar power plants.
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Businesses can overcome resistance with creative solutions. Check out this former golf course converted to a solar farm. 

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
It's not easy, but these three tips can help.
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Transform yourself for the New Year!

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Amex to Pay $76M for Marketing, Billing Violations

Amex to Pay $76M for Marketing, Billing Violations | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
For the second time in a little over a year, regulators have punished the credit card giant for allegedly using deceptive marketing and unfair billing practices in selling add-on products.
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Bad corporate governance can cause fines and  reputation damage.

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California looks to implement 'kill switch' as smartphone theft deterrent

California looks to implement 'kill switch' as smartphone theft deterrent | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
If the smartphone 'kill switch' legislation is passed, the carrier can remotely send a trigger to any lost or stolen device to 'brick' itself. With the phone effectively useless, this should be a f...
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Seriously? Let's have automakers do the same. Laptop makers too. Sounds like invasive government to me. There are already free software solutions (lookout, Symantec, Sophos) available to consumers to wipe data and track device location.

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Sweet Turns Sour As Diabetes Stalks Chinese Healthcare

Sweet Turns Sour As Diabetes Stalks Chinese Healthcare | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

China’s diabetes prevalence is being spurred by diet and lifestyle changes linked to the country’s economic development, which have resulted in an increasingly overweight and obese population.

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The amounts spent, and focus of healthcare will have to evolve as the global economy transforms traditional diets. The risks found in the Chinese population are likely to surface in the Indian population as the middle-class is more established. Costs will be shared globally.

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Here’s the Nazi-era chant that just got Croatia’s soccer star suspended

Here’s the Nazi-era chant that just got Croatia’s soccer star suspended | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

Far-right ultra-nationalist movements have been rising in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, particularly since the euro crisis created a vast class of unemployed, dispossessed young people.

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This story documents a disturbing return to WWII Nazi rhetoric.

 

Waving Nazi flags and making monkey sounds at black players, or shouting "Jews to the gas" or "death to hooknoses" and similar slogans may result from too much testosterone in one place. 

 

Pay attention. We are hearing echoes from culture associated with power by some disenfranchised, young European males. 

 

Those familiar with the circumstances that led up to WWII will raise an eyebrow.

 

Transformation is not always a positive. Change can be undone. 

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This Boston Marathon hype video will give you goosebumps

This Boston Marathon hype video will give you goosebumps | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
As the one-year anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon approaches, one Boston-based director just made a video that will give you goosebumps ahead of the big day.
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#WEWILLRUN

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Anticipate More and React Less! How To Shift From Crisis Management to Opportunity Management

Anticipate More and React Less! How To Shift From Crisis Management to Opportunity Management | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

Agility has been a reasonable survival strategy during times of rapid change, like the 1980s, 1990s, and even the early 2000s. Today, however, the pace of technology-driven change is beyond rapid. Change is too fast for even the best reaction time to be fast enough. These days, thriving is not only about agility; it’s also about anticipation.

Karl Wabst's insight:

Good stuff! Even the US Army changed many years of tradition and embraced the importance of anticipation and change readiness to prepare for opportunities / conflicts of the future. Now I see the idea of VUCA popping up n business literature. http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/dclm/slp3.pdf

 

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Girls are essential agents of change in breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation - Hindustan Times

Girls are essential agents of change in breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation - Hindustan Times | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
There are 113 million adolescent girls in India, accounting for nearly 11% of the population. But a large chunk of this segment never realises its potential because of socio-economic barriers. KumKum Dasgupta writes.
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People can change culture. Sunlight helps.

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Target CFO details massive data breach to Congress

Target CFO details massive data breach to Congress | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan began his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee with an apology for the data breach that exposed information involving 110 million Target customers.
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Compliance and government regulation can serve a purpose. The Justice Department notified Target of the breach that affected 110 Million customers. How much credit card fraud would consumers have suffered otherwise?

 

Before privacy regulations, consumers would likely never know data breaches happened. Digital transformation is a major change in our culture (every culture). It touches executives, shareholders, employees and consumers.

 

Many want to pretend it's business as usual, but it isn't. Change is a process. Resistance is futile. Get out your credit card. Look at the exposed magnetic strip. Wonder why retailers have resisted implementing safer payment systems. Call the CEO and ask.

 

Related story

“Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime”

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=138603a26950ad873303535a6300170f

 

 Target Data Breach Went on Longer Than ThoughtCFO Testifies That Malware Remained in 25 Machines After Dec. 15

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304851104579362671467541380?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304851104579362671467541380.html

 

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Dear America, I Saw You Naked

Dear America, I Saw You Naked | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat. It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare to sit down with her floor-level Transportation Security Administration officers—it usually presaged a termination—and so I was nervous as I settled in across the desk...
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This article offers a good example of how people transform organizations. The reverse is also true. Organizations transform people. Sometimes neither feels better off for the experience.

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When Rising Revenue Spells Trouble

When Rising Revenue Spells Trouble | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

How to tell when the gravy train is about to slow down. The graph shows that 60 years of growth was wiped out in three. 

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With so much happening around us, companies tend to overestimate the amount of change in the short term but under-estimate it in the long term. Short-term focus catches management off-guard when the tipping point is reached. Change is the new norm.

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Introducing Adtile Motion Ads - YouTube

Today, we're introducing something very cool that has never been done before — we call them Adtile Motion Ads. Adtile Motion Ads are uniquely designed to take advantage of the smartphone's GPS, gyroscope, motion coprocessor, accelerometer and digital compass.

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Imagine people walking around malls drawing hearts in the air. This company wants you to play to get a reward. Watching people doing this would be more fun than the current sea of people walking around and bumping into things while staring at their phones. 

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Agency Shuns Traditional Applications In Favor Of Snapchat Resumes [Video]

Agency Shuns Traditional Applications In Favor Of Snapchat Resumes [Video] | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
DDB wants applicants to distill their best qualities into a 10-second video.
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Here's your chance to land a job in Oslo. You have to be creative and concise. Ready. Set. Go!

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Reuters: Target hackers got encrypted bank PINs as well

Reuters: Target hackers got encrypted bank PINs as well | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
 Target says that unencrypted PINs were not accessed during the “sophisticated” digital heist and that there was no evidence that PINs were compromised, even if encrypted data that may have or may have not contained encrypted PINs was stolen.
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Customers should change their pins immediately. It's better to err on the side of caution.

 

This story will continue. Customers should expect follow up attacks. It may be by email, regular mail or phone. 

 

There are more questions than answers at this point. How good was Target’s encryption? Was this an inside job? Was someone who had access to the key that unlocks the stolen pins involved?

 

Retailers should conduct a risk audit so they aren't the next Target.

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Banks Weigh Decision to Reissue Cards After Target Breach

Banks Weigh Decision to Reissue Cards After Target Breach | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
For banks, the most obvious reaction to the recent compromise of 40 million cards at Target stores would be to re-issue credit and debit cards to all customers who shopped at the retailer. But this approach doesn t seem to be universal.
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Credit card issuers in the US are behind on security. Consumers should take the initiative and request new cards if they shopped at Target. Move to a card with a smart chip. Don't wait for corporate decision-making. Protect yourself.

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Report on the Impact of Global Sugar Consumption

Report on the Impact of Global Sugar Consumption | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

The report explores the medical, economic, consumer, corporate and public policy elements of global sugar consumption and the impact for investors as focus on this area intensifies.

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As economies develop people fall in love with new tastes. Unexpected people changes can make people less healthy and emerging economies less attractive.

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Make Sure Your Dream Company Can Find You

Make Sure Your Dream Company Can Find You | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
Companies are using networking sites to actively source qualified job candidates.
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Job boards like Monster, Dice and countless niche sites yield questionable results for job seekers. Learning more about social recruiting is good for both candidates and recruiters trying to find each other. 

 

For me, it isn’t uncommon for a recruiter to call after buying a 10-year-old version of my resume. Scammers sell old resumes with little regard for accuracy. You really need to take an active role if you want a new job.

 

Recruiters looking for help sourcing candidates also call me. I usually offer to post the job on one of the social networks I use. You have to give help to get it.

 

I’m surprised at how many times recruiters say something like “I should try using LinkedIn more”. 

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