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Infosys to pay $34m penalty over US visa probe - FT.com

Infosys to pay $34m penalty over US visa probe - FT.com | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
Infosys has agreed a civil settlement with the US Department of Justice over the alleged misuse of immigration visas that includes a $34m penalty.
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It occurred to me while reading this story there are potential risks for companies that used Infosys.  Workers who lost jobs due to outsourcing may feel that Infosys used unfair practices to win contracts.

 

Somewhere, there's a lawsuit waiting to happen. Prepare ahead for unanticipated incidents when using outsourcing. Relations between outsourced and US workers is an ongoing risk.

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4 Employee Engagement Secrets From Millennials

4 Employee Engagement Secrets From Millennials | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
The fastest-growing demographic in the workforce knows a few things about motivating and leading others.
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Millennials want to make a difference. This has been true of every generation since the dawn of time.


Some of them undoubtedly will. Others will try. Some will fail.


You once felt the same way. Are things so perfect now that you don't want to try to change the world?


If you need reminding...watch this clip


Bye Bye Birdie - What's the Matter With Kids Today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wCXr_6wgns



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Why Ikea Shutting Down Its Most Popular Fan Site Is a Giant Mistake

Why Ikea Shutting Down Its Most Popular Fan Site Is a Giant Mistake | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
If you're like me, you've spent countless hours surfing IkeaHackers, where Ikea fans send in their mods and hacks. You've also probably spent money at Ikea thanks to the site, which has inspired a DIY fervor among its fans. Which is why Ikea shutting down IkeaHackers this weekend over trademark claims is beyond boneheaded.
Karl Wabst's insight:

After 8 years IKEA decided the site infringed on its trademark.

What is tone deaf IKEA teaching their fans? Free publicity is bad. Fans spending their own money to idolize a brand. That's bad too! The site making a bit of money on ads? That's the root of all evil.

Wait, no it isn't.


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The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

http://gizmodo.com/the-best-hacks-from-the-fan-site-ikea-doesnt-want-you-t-1592269231?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow


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Employee Empowerment

Employee Empowerment | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

Are your employees empowered to do what's right for your customers?
I know some people think "employee empowerment" is an over-used phrase.

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Empowerment doesn’t mean that you magically transfer power to another. There is no pixie dust. It can be good business. For it to work it has to be done with care.

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Sen. Campfield defends blog post comparing Obamacare sign-ups to Holocaust 'train rides'

Sen. Campfield defends blog post comparing Obamacare sign-ups to Holocaust 'train rides' | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

NASHVILLE - Sen. Stacey Campfield, contacted by phone, said “it was never my intent to insult anyone,” but he is not making an apology and believes the analogy is appropriate.

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Thought for the day. Please stop comparing relatively minor issues to Nazi Germany. Thank you, both parties, for speaking out against this sort of hate speech.

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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.

Karl Wabst's insight:

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.
Karl Wabst's insight:

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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American Apparel Dumps Founder and CEO | Companies & Executives content from IndustryWeek

American Apparel Dumps Founder and CEO | Companies & Executives content from IndustryWeek | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

Dov Charney -- the controversial leader and founder of the iconic 'sweatshop-free, Made in USA' fashion brand -- has been fired by his board for alleged misconduct.

Karl Wabst's insight:

The CEO walks around in his underpants. The Board wants to fire him for misconduct.


Gee, what was their first clue the guy needs help?


The Board likely needs to be replaced as well.


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"A person familiar with the matter said the investigation found that Charney allegedly stayed in corporate apartments when he wasn't on business, used company funds to book airline tickets for his parents and helped leak nude photographs online of a former worker who was suing him, among other alleged improper decisions."


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-american-apparel-20140624-story.html


Is the Board anticipating a takeover bid from Charney or another party?

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How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions: Jedi Mind Tricks from Daniel H. Pink - YouTube

Sales guru and persuasion expert Daniel H. Pink explains how you can use motivational interviewing to influence others' thoughts and behaviors. 

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When people have their own reasons for change, they will be more successful. They believe their own reasons more deeply and adhere to the behavior more strongly.

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Take Control of Your Nonverbal Communication

Take Control of Your Nonverbal Communication | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it
Nick Morgan, author of Power Cues, explains how to master your unconscious behavior to command influence.
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Are you the Invisible Woman? Change your cues!

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Donald Sterling's past may speak to a present course with NBA

Donald Sterling's past may speak to a present course with NBA | People Transform Organizations | Scoop.it

Donald Sterling 's statements left fellow NBA owners cringing. He didn't deny what surfaced on an audio recording — words the wealthy owners were sure had cast a bad light on all of professional basketball. One NBA insider predicted the Clippers owner was "as good as gone...The year was 1982."

Karl Wabst's insight:

A determined person can transform an organization. The change is not always for the better.

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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.
Karl Wabst's insight:

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.

 

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“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...
Karl Wabst's insight:

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.

Karl Wabst's insight:

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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