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If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People

If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it



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As the convergence of digital technologies drives unprecedented levels of change in global marketplaces, it is very much a reality that a company must, as Bill Gates put it, “innovate or die!” In the race for relevance to future customers, the greater a company’s innovation capacity, the greater its chance of success.


So how does a firm build its power and agility in innovation? The answer is simple and, to my mind, obvious – yet, it is not the direction in which most innovation-seeking firms seem to be channeling their efforts.

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Gregory Cheong's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:59 AM

Local SMEs must wake up if they want to innovate and find a competitive edge. Do not stinge on compensation!

Brian Martin's curator insight, October 5, 2013 12:02 PM

A great reinforcement on why investing in employees and leaders is critical to sustain long term competetive advantage!

Miguel Angel Castillo Acero's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:38 AM

¡Sin duda!

No doubt!

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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Let us help you stay connected, educated and networked by filtering some of the most interesting and relevant business content for you. Right here, we become your personal content curator, putting you in touch with the hottest, most interesting and most valuable business resources from around the world.


So you may be asking "Who is The Learning Factor?" Quite simply, we are Asia Pacific's leader in Training Outsourcing. We provide awesome developmental opportunites for people around the world.

 

Each day we aim to deliver an outstanding learning experience to our training participants - services which strengthen skills, enlighten minds and empower the spirits of managers and employees. In turn, we know this will help their employers to prosper and grow and employees will say, "we have great managers in this company and I am going to give 100% to support them and their vision".

 

Make sure you join us on the life-long learning journey. Just click the 'follow' button at the top, right of this page to be kept up with our daily recommendations. 

 

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The Lifetime Learner

The Lifetime Learner | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A new business landscape is emerging wherein a multitude of small entities will bring products and services to market using the infrastructure and platforms of large, concentrated players. The forces driving this are putting new and mounting pressures on organizations and individuals while also opening up new opportunities.

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The lifetime learner: A journey through the future of postsecondary education
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16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch

16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Imagine this.

By the time lunch rolls around, you push back from your desk with a satisfied sigh, saunter off to your car, and drive off to have a leisurely, stress-free lunch, daydreaming about the 18 holes that you're going to play for the rest of the day.

This can be for real.

You can get 90 percent or more of your work done in the morning. Around the time people are groping for the next shot of caffeine, you're shutting down your Macbook and chilling out.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Don't have enough time in a day? Follow these tips to get majority of your work done in the morning.

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Chase Thomas's curator insight, November 23, 7:06 PM

Getting work done in the morning is difficult, but it's a lot easier if you plan the night before. If you take into account these tips, being more productive in the morning should follow.

Tom Bundick, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 25, 9:26 AM

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Gill's curator insight, Today, 9:08 AM

All the more time for a leisurely lunch with us.

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Is Your Organization Ready for the Impending Flood of Data?

Is Your Organization Ready for the Impending Flood of Data? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

With a mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible,” Google is a central part of the current focus on huge amounts of data. Even the name Google is rooted in largeness, as it was derived from googol, an alternate term for 10100.

Hal Varian, chief economist at Google and emeritus professor at UC Berkeley, has been with Google for more than a decade and has unique insight into the past and future of data analytics.

In a conversation with Sam Ransbotham, associate professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and guest editor for the MIT Sloan Management Review Data and Analytics Big Idea Initiative, Varian says that companies need to beef up their systems to function within an overwhelming data flow — including new voice-command system data and other computer-mediated transactions.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

You’ve got several orders of magnitude more data coming your way, warns Google’s chief economist.

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What Not to Wear to an Interview

What Not to Wear to an Interview | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

I have hired hundreds of employees right out of school over the years as the founder and CEO of a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing company. However qualified—and they’re all highly educated and extremely talented—one of the most common mistakes I see is wardrobe choice, and this is true for both women and men.

It’s a shame, because no matter how good you look on paper, how you present yourself makes the most impact with a potential employer or new client. As cliché as it might sound, you have to learn to dress for success. Here are six tips:

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6 dos and don'ts to help you look as good in person as you do on paper.


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The 'Silver Tsunami': Why Older Workers Offer Better Value Than Younger Ones

The 'Silver Tsunami': Why Older Workers Offer Better Value Than Younger Ones | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Just a decade ago, experts warned of labor shortages in the United States and other countries as the baby boomers marched into retirement en masse. But with an aging population facing the prospect of living for decades on shrunken retirement funds, graying individuals plan to keep on working.

This “silver tsunami” has received a mixed response in the workplace. On the one hand, many employers have been slow to adapt to the changing needs of older workers and perceive them to be costly and troublesome to hire. Data show that people over the age of 55 find it harder to land jobs than their younger counterparts, even though age discrimination is illegal in many countries. On the other hand, some far-sighted companies around the world are working to recruit, retrain and otherwise engage older workers.
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Older workers bring a lifetime of skills to their jobs and can be highly motivated and productive members of the workplace, according to Wharton professors.

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Sebastian Jacquin's curator insight, November 20, 3:55 AM

Great article. I wish companies would embrace the chance to employ "older" employees in Belgium and benefit from their experience. Everyone is chasing young graduates with Master's degree and ignoring and whole other section of potential candidates.

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Why Virtual Teams Have More Conflict

Why Virtual Teams Have More Conflict | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Meeting virtually is a necessity in today’s global economy, and doing so has plenty of advantages. Organizations can gather experts together regardless of geographic location, companies can give employees greater flexibility in where they work, and virtual technology can reduce the negative effects of hierarchy, allowing more equal participation among colleagues. But when things go wrong on virtual teams, it can get ugly fast.
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Meeting virtually often complicates team dynamics.

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Amanda Nadon-Langlois's curator insight, November 18, 7:42 PM

This is no surprise. While virtual meetings are growing, they aren't always as effective as in-person meetings. Emails don't show the tone or meaning behind its words so they can easily be misinterpreted. Communications should be regulated whether it's face-to-face or through technology.

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5% of the Challenge Is the Strategy. 95% Is the Execution

5% of the Challenge Is the Strategy. 95% Is the Execution | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Imagine it’s your first day on the job as chief operating officer of a global manufacturing company in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language, you don’t know where the company’s plants are located, and you don’t even know how to make a phone call. That’s what it was like for Carlos Ghosn when he took over at Japan’s then-floundering Nissan Motor Corp. in 1999. The cultural challenges would have been difficult enough, but Nissan was then some $20 billion in debt after 27 years of declining market share.
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Adhering to cultural norms is not always the right strategy according to the head of Renault-Nissan.

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Decoding Global Talent

Decoding Global Talent | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If you live in a major city like New York, Singapore, São Paulo, or Berlin, it’s likely that many of the people you run into in the course of a regular business day are foreign born. It might be the barista who sells you coffee on your way to work. Or the businesswoman next to you on the commuter train. It might be the head of your department or the CEO of your company. You might be the person from another country.

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200,000 survey responses on Global Mobility and Employment.

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Why Some People Get Promoted (And Others Don’t)

Why Some People Get Promoted (And Others Don’t) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Consider how some people who are terrible at their jobs still have them—even get promotions—while others who are great get stuck, plateau, or quit because they’re blocked from advancing. There are many other forces at play. Your achievements don’t line up all orderly and dutifully so you can collect your rewards.

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Success is not a straight line. While patience and great work are essential, they don’t pave the way forward in a logical progression.
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