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London: Move over, royal baby: City readies for opening of park

London: Move over, royal baby: City readies for opening of park | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
All eyes may be focused on Kate Middleton and the royal baby, but come the weekend, at least some will turn to events at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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As an Olympic volunteer, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a concert there last week. Although there are still building works going on, it looks really good and I think the new park will become a major venue not just for East Londoners but for people everywhere in London, Greater London and here on holidays. Even the transportation is excellent. 

 

I just wish the shopping centre was more inviting.

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UK businesses report increase in female IT pros over past five years

UK businesses report increase in female IT pros over past five years | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
More than half of UK businesses report increase in female IT professionals in last five years finds Robert Half Technology
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

At last! Although we're working from a very small base. For many IT compnaies and departments, 1 extra woman is a big percentage increase on the base numbers. But if we're moving in the right direction, it has to be a good thing. Doesn't it?

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How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize

How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it

Leaders today still have to understand their business thoroughly, but it’s unrealistic and ill-advised to expect them to have all the answers...One way for leaders to adjust to this shift is to adopt a new role: that of coach. By using coaching methods and techniques...


Via Karl Wabst
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Even coaching isn't enough. You also need to be a mentor. Mentors not only coach the team, they also share their knowledge and experience with the team.

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Karl Wabst's curator insight, February 18, 3:06 PM

Leaders, do not create the expectation that you have all of the answers.


That is so twentieth century.


In today’s uncertain and complex world, that is unlikely. Even if it were true, it is not enough.

 

If being the font of all process information at your company is your focus, then you are merely managing. You are not leading.

 

Learn how to lead your people. Coach them so they can grow the company.

 

You might worry that if you lead your people to be better, they might leave. Your time and money are wasted. Worse, you think that you are just training tomorrow’s competitors.

 

Instead, ask yourself, what is the cost if they stay?

 

You cannot do it all.

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The next decade in tech: Three defining forces to watch

The next decade in tech: Three defining forces to watch | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The trends are gathering around the next forces that will define the technology industry, and it's a safe bet that they will also have an indelible effect on society as a whole.
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Definately something to think about.

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Project Management Jargon - and what it means

Project Management Jargon - and what it means | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Project Management Jargon that non-project people, e.g. stakeholders, often don't fully understand, and what they mean.
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Long live New Management - management and leadership for IT people

Long live New Management - management and leadership for IT people | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Without some sort of management we will descend into anarchy and chaos. What we need now is new management - managers who think and act differently.
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Not dead for long...

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How marketers will win: Six marketing visionaries describe how in five years marketing will be transformed

How marketers will win: Six marketing visionaries describe how in five years marketing will be transformed | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Marketing is on the ascent. It has frequently led at big consumer products companies. Now its influence is growing everywhere: at B2B companies, professional services firms, companies dominated by engineering or logistics. You can see marketing's rise on business bestseller lists, on YouTube playlists, in the new brands that have broken away and differentiated themselves, and in the explosion of marketing start-ups (and what investors are paying for them). Marketing is becoming a more powerful a
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Marketing advice that isn't just about advertising or Google pay-per-click. What a breathe of fresh air!

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4 signs you're about to insult my intelligence

4 signs you're about to insult my intelligence | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
When you want a customer to do something for you, don't act like you're the one doing the favor
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Four phrases you should NEVER use in your marketing campaign!

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7 Keys to Repair a Severed Connection with Your Audience

7 Keys to Repair a Severed Connection with Your Audience | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Your Opportunity Is NowMaintaining reader engagement is hard. There are dozens of minuscule details that can make or break your audience's distraction-prone, hair-trigger attention span. Make it and you'll have gained a reader. Break it and...
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Advice for making your website better. If your website isn't very professional, your prospective clients may assume you won't be either.

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IT job skills for 2015: What IT professionals need to know

IT job skills for 2015: What IT professionals need to know | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Gear up for the new year with these 5 job roles and skills in IT. Industry experts talk about security, soft skills, and other in-demand areas of the field.
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Good to see soft skills like communication mentioned. They are so often forgotten.

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Businesses not hiring IT apprentices despite skills shortage claims

Businesses not hiring IT apprentices despite skills shortage claims | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Despite claims the UK and US are in the grip of an IT skills shortage, the number of people being accepted for IT apprenticeships has fallen by one third - with less one in 10 applicants securing places.
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This fills me with dismay. At a time when, apparently, we have a major IT skill shortage, how can we get more people onto the first rung of the IT ladder.  I truly thought this was a great solution. Is the quality of applicants really so sub-standard, or is there a major mis-match of expectations?

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Who's Minding the Gender Gap in IT? - CIO Magazine

Who's Minding the Gender Gap in IT? - CIO Magazine | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Gender differences in IT come under the CIO Habitat microscope.
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It IS still a problem! I work with SMEs in the UK (where the difference is even worse) and in 11 years have not had a single tech client who is female. Not one.

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Why Improv Training Is Great Business Training

Why Improv Training Is Great Business Training | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
This article is by Jesse Scinto, a lecturer in Columbia University's Strategic Communications programs. “If you’re not funny, there’s no real-life consequence,” Rick Andrews tells students in his improv comedy class. “People just don’t think you’re funny. That is not a big deal.” Then he exclaims, “Okay, let’s get two people up [...]
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I've only recently discovered improv (through Toastmasters) and can already see the tremendous benefits for business communication and personal confidence. It's also great fun!

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7 Leadership Tips for Women Tech Executives

7 Leadership Tips for Women Tech Executives | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Female executives are unfairly held to a different standard than men in the workplace and are judged not only on their competence, skills and experience but on their appearance and even their speech patterns. Here, four female IT executives weigh in on how to address and overcome these challenges.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

Not just for women! Good advice for anyone starting a new senior role.

 

It does still annoy me that women are judged by different standards - especially appearnace though. That never seems to change.

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10 surprising skills that will give IT job seekers the edge

10 surprising skills that will give IT job seekers the edge | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The job picture for IT workers has changed considerably, thanks to new technologies and shifts in business processes and priorities. This list of in-demand skills may surprise you.
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NOT new, but still worth a reminder. Not sure about the languages, and I'd add the ability to understand the business.

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The Search for Certainty and Fit kills Innovation.

The Search for Certainty and Fit kills Innovation. | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The main obstacles to radical innovation inside organisations are not a lack of creativity or ideas. They are the search for certainty and fit.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I think that Amazon were a bit more aligned with the Kindle than this article suggests; they were heavily into the book market afterall. But the basic premis of this article is sound in that the desire for certainty frequently gets in the way of Innovation.

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Diversity in tech: 10 data points you should know

Diversity in tech: 10 data points you should know | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
There is a glaring diversity problem in the tech industry. Here are 10 facts that can help put the issue in perspective.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

Although this is aimed at the US, lack of diversity is a problem for the UK too. According to figures, only 12% of people working in tech are women. And its getting worse. This is down from 15% the year before. What's going on?

 

We need a diverse workforce to give us the greatest pool of talent. Diversity gives us access to more ideas, more skills and more experience. If we want to be technology backwater, then fine. But if we want to be a technology leader, then we'd better do something about this.

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Management is dead

Management is dead | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
One of the problems with our current approach to management is that we treat team members as just objects or ‘resources’ to be assigned to roles.
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Management, as it is today, needs to die. This is why...

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How to speak so that people want to listen

How to speak so that people want to listen | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
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The best short guide to good speaking I've seen. Primarily for speakers, but equally relevent for managers who want to have an impact through the spoken world.

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Five ways to describe yourself in business - Business Matters

Five ways to describe yourself in business - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The business world has always been plagued by more than its fair share of meaningless jargon. Maybe it's the twitter effect, but the number of snappy-sounding but vacuous phrases has grown.
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Appropriate for how you describe your business, your products/service and yourself.

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Your Linkedin personal brand: 6 tips to build a strong one

Your Linkedin personal brand: 6 tips to build a strong one | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
LinkedIn is more than a place to dump your resume and split. Here are some tips to build your image on world's largest professional network.
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Basic stuff, but so often forgotten. Another important tip to add ' have a good, professional photo'

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Which innovator are you? | Nesta

Is innovation a vital part of our economic future? Or is it just meaningless jargon? The British public fall into five broad categories in their attitudes towards innovation – take our quiz and find out which one you are.
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Absolutely fascinating research. I came out as an Innovation Futurist, also scoring high as Innovation Creative.

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What’s your connection to Forest School?

What’s your connection to Forest School? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
How cool would it be for the kids there to have a 3D Printer upgrade which they can use to develop their STEM skills? (STEM Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Technological advance...
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A 3D bust of yourself or a friends head. How cool is that!

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Men and women disagree on reasons why IT is less attractive to women

Men and women disagree on reasons why IT is less attractive to women | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly survey finds men and women disagree on why IT is a less attractive career choice for females.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I can understand that women don't like the idea of joining an IT department because they think it will be macho. A friend left a company because of this macho stuff e.g. shouting in meetings, swearing, beer swilling meetings in the pub etc. But they aren't all like that!

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HR Professionals by Rosario Longo HRM: Leadership and management, how different are these?

HR Professionals by Rosario Longo HRM: Leadership and management, how different are these? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

This article sets out something I feel strongly about - that there is not, and should not be, a clear distiction between managers and leaders. We often talk about the need for better leaders, as if they were some mythical and separate beast! Leadership is a skill, not a role, and is needed at all levels in an organisation.

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