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Principles of Agility

Dave Gray explains how companies can become more connected and effective at delivering better experiences.




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David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 2:48 AM

What's The Connected Company all about? Find out here.

Karine Mangion's curator insight, October 20, 6:09 AM

Applying Agile principles to academia, a possible way-forward in a fast changing and competitive environment. 

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The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth

The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

We may well be entering a new age of work, in which tasks can be sliced into bite-sized chunks and allotted online to freelancers all over the planet. But we’re not quite there yet, according to a new survey conducted for MBO Partners, which provides back-office services to independent workers — which it dubs “solopreneurs.” Independent workers still get the vast majority of their assignments through the old-fashioned channel of word of mouth, and this is even more pronounced for the most successful among them.

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Entrepreneurs With High Determination Don't Give Up

Entrepreneurs With High Determination Don't Give Up | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Delays and obstructions don't deter them. These business builders' tenacity and persistence help them recover from setbacks and failures.
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Australia’s 12 most influential people in tech

Australia’s 12 most influential people in tech | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
When these leaders have something to say about technology, a nation listens. Here are the 12 people who have wielded the biggest influence in the Australian tech sector during 2014.
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Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing

Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Next time you’re feeling apprehensive about your work, because others in your field seem more talented or confident, remember this: they only seem that way because you can’t see what they’re thinking.
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7 Hands On Projects That Use 3D Printers -- THE Journal

7 Hands On Projects That Use 3D Printers -- THE Journal | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Our expert takes you beyond the wow factor to explore how 3D printing can help teach a range of subjects.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 8, 7:43 PM

Making 3d printers work in your learning commons, with teaching ideas to translate the concepts.  

Gust MEES's curator insight, October 9, 12:16 AM
Our expert takes you beyond the wow factor to explore how 3D printing can help teach a range of subjects.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


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


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Thinking systemically about systems thinking

Thinking systemically about systems thinking | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Systems thinking is a class of theories, models and methods for understanding human and non-human interactions as seen as wholes instead of parts. This focus on interconnections and relationships i...

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On the Importance of Time in Innovation

On the Importance of Time in Innovation | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
We often think that great new ideas get adopted rapidly. Unfortunately, this is untrue. In order to innovate effectively, we must understand the role that time plays in innovation.
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You Need a Community, Not a Network

You Need a Community, Not a Network | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

The internet is great for spreading information and rallying crowds, but you can’t mobilize people to collaborate and create something of lasting value simply by connecting them via the web. To get serious results from a network, you need commitment and a continuity of relationships among the participants.

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50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

For entrepreneurs, time is especially precious. Every wasted minute is a lost opportunity for networking, growing the business, and of course making money.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 18, 6:18 PM

Some of these resources such as Quora I know, but most are new to me and worth investigation. 


Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, September 19, 8:55 AM

It's handy having all of these on one page.

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The beauty of data visualization

The beauty of data visualization | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.
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Insightful and entertaining exploration of this amazing world.

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The New Rules of the Social Age

The New Rules of the Social Age | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The Industrial Age has ended. In this guest post, Ted Coine shares 3 rules for leaders to ensure their organization survive, and thrive, in the Social Age.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 11, 2:19 PM

It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come.

Jacob Froelich's curator insight, September 11, 7:01 PM

The history books will be written about the actions and decisions we make today! Exciting!

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 14, 10:46 AM

What used to seem very good leadership practices in the Industrial Age was good, or at least efficient. But the Industrial Age is over. And it’s not coming back. It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come.

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Win Investor Hearts & Minds in 5 Minutes: 10 Tips + @Scenttrail Note

Win Investor Hearts & Minds in 5 Minutes: 10 Tips + @Scenttrail Note | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Mark Twain noted few souls are saved after the first 10 minutes of the sermon. Your pitch has, maybe, half that time.

1. Do some research.

2. Connect with your audience on a human level.

3. Tell a story they can relate to.

4. Share facts.

5. Be subtle -- don't give it all away.

6. Make them laugh.

7. Create a sense of urgency.

8. Make a bold statement.

9. Make your final words count.

Marty Note
Great post I would change the order and add a few. Here are my 10 Tips To Win Investor Hearts & Minds:

1. Slow DOWN, SMILE and be IN THE MOMENT.
2. Open with a BOLD statement.

3. Note any connection no matter how remote (based on research).

4. Tease with cliffhangers & Speak In Sound Bites.
5. Tell A Story relevant to them based on your research. Don't say "I want to tell a story" as that sounds like it will take too much time.
6. Do Research To Know What Is Relevant.
7. Use P&G Presentation Summary (see below).
8. Find URGENCY in your story and highlight it.
9. Weave facts INTO your story.
10. Close with a question that ties your story to their context and ask if they are in. Whatever they say check it back with them by summarizing and asking if you understand.

Want to emphasis 3 things: NOW, P&G & Closing.

NOW
This is YOUR meeting. The first thing they are going to want to do is be IN CONTROL and be the ALPHA dogs. Money needs ideas and ideas need money. YOU are an EQUAL even if you are sitting in Kleiner Perkins Caufield (which I would imagine is fairly intimidating).

Powerful RICH people respect people who don't need them. Whoops, let me amend that. "Appear" to not need them. Think of SnapChat turning down billions. Why? Because they KNOW they have something and its THEIRS. When someone makes the right offer for collaboration they will do the deal.

Go hat in hand to an investor meeting and you are dead before you start. THINK about anything OTHER than what is happening in that room in that time and you are dead. If the meeting feels unequal or uncomfortable check-in, ask a question and channel the moment.

NEVER project. Don't meet thinking the partnership and the money will magically complete you. It doesn't and can't, so release any thought of yesterday or tomorrow and be simply and completely in that room listening with every atom in your body.

P&G
P&G taught a helpful way to organize a sales presentation:

* Summarize The Situation (discuss the market, macro trends & threads that led you to start a company).
* State The Idea.
* Explain How It Works.
* Discuss Benefits.

Done right this format becomes a seamless story with threads and hooks. Hooks are cliffhanger you pay off in the next section. If you are meeting with sailors frame some of your analogies with sailing references. Careful NOT to presume too much. Stay TOPICAL with your relevant analogies so you don't appear to be challenging their expertise (in golf, sailing, cycling, cancer survival, ivy league schools, prep schools or whatever).

Closing
"Close early and often," is how P&G taught me to sell soap. You aren't selling soap, but respect buying signals. My boss said, "Marty learn to take YES for an answer". You should too.

Don't win by talking. You win MONEY and HEARTS by LISTENING more than you talk. Treat every question as if there is a hidden subtext - something they want to share. Don't NOT answer a question, but always check-in after you do. "Did I answer your question," is a simple check-in.

If you are speaking in short "sound bites" not Hamlet-like speeches your answers won't delay the subtext they want to share. The people across do deals daily, so they will be FAST. Fast is fine as long as you don't feel pressured or ill-at-ease.

If you feel EITHER fast or ill-at-east RUN don't walk away from the deal. Whatever feeling you have in the "invest in you meeting" only gets magnified once you take their money. SO if you aren't in love with them too RUN AWAY.

One thing the Big C taught me is DO WHAT YOU LOVE with THOSE YOU LOVE and no amount of money is worth losing the company you love. Make no mistake. There are many ways to lose your company. One way is if it feels like a JOB. You don't work for them. You are collaborating with them.

Money isn't as hard to find as them make it feel. Great partners you can love are RARE and very hard to find. Focus on the PEOPLE not the money and you may win VC hearts and minds.

 

 


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The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

The hidden force in global economics: sending money home | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
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What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
We're glad you asked. The coauthor of Invent to Learn explains how to start one in your schools and why making is the most powerful way for kids to learn.

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

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

 


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RESENTICE's curator insight, October 9, 4:35 AM

Les Fablab mode d'emploi et intérêt pédagogique par l'auteur de l'ouvrage :

Invent To Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the ClassroomGary Stager co-écrit avec  Sylvia Martinez

Rejoignez le mouvement des "makers"!  Il s'agit d'une révolution alliant la  technologie et la créativité : l' apprenant actif étant au centre du processus d'apprentissage.

Rachelle Ackerman's curator insight, October 9, 9:59 PM

Not directly about outdoor learning, but shared values of hands-on, child-driven learning.

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Gartner Survey of More Than 2,800 CIOs Reveals That CIOs Must "Flip" Their Leadership Styles to Grasp the Digital Opportunity

Gartner Survey of More Than 2,800 CIOs Reveals That CIOs Must "Flip" Their Leadership Styles to Grasp the Digital Opportunity | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

As the technologies and trends that power digitalization move to center stage, CIOs are being presented with a unique opportunity to become digital leaders according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.


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Aaron Dignan: How to Think like a Startup

Aaron Dignan: How to Think like a Startup | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The most successful institutions are more like a network and less like a hierarchy. They are adaptive and not protective. In other words: The companies that will survive the networked age are the ones who think like a responsive system.
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Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education

Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Armed with a set of criteria drawn from different disciplines, I identified seven separate intelligences. All human beings possess these seven intelligences, but we differ from one another in which are strong; and in any case, strength or weakness in one (say spatial intelligence) does not predict strength or weakness in another (say, interpersonal or musical intelligence).

 

I would now add a few more intelligences to the list, and others, most famously Daniel Goleman, have proposed yet other intelligences like emotional intelligence. I am no longer invested in my particular set of intelligences. For me, the important advance is that a multiplicity of intelligences has been acknowledged—wits, rather than wit.

 

In this era of succinct messaging, I’ve created a twitter-short formula: Multiple Wits and Good Grits Lead to a Success Beyond Selfies.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Howard-GARDNER

 

 


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22 maps and charts that will surprise you

22 maps and charts that will surprise you | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

A good visualization helps you see what the data are telling you. The best visualizations help you you see things you never thought the data would tell you.


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Two 34-Year-Old Aussies Are Latest Techies To Become Billionaires Thanks To Sky High Financing Round

Two 34-Year-Old Aussies Are Latest Techies To Become Billionaires Thanks To Sky High Financing Round | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

king Selling business software tools to the largest companies in the world without a sales staff, Atlassian has forged its empire with an emphasis on corporate culture and long-term prosperity

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What strategists need: A meeting of the minds | McKinsey & Company

What strategists need: A meeting of the minds | McKinsey & Company | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
A unique gathering of strategists from academia, leading companies, and McKinsey debates the state of the discipline, with an emphasis on opportunities for innovation in a changing world. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Great insights: "Many a strategy discussion is actually about executives saying, “You aren’t going to cut my unit.”

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The Disruption Myth

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The idea that businesses are more vulnerable to upstarts than ever is out-of-date—and that’s a big problem.
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More in the disrupting disruptive innovation war of words...

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50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

For entrepreneurs, time is especially precious. Every wasted minute is a lost opportunity for networking, growing the business, and of course making money.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 18, 6:18 PM

Some of these resources such as Quora I know, but most are new to me and worth investigation. 


Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, September 19, 8:55 AM

It's handy having all of these on one page.

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Why Collaboration Often Fails

Why Collaboration Often Fails | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Collaboration is an important part of everyday work life. Yet it surprisingly doesn't always result in the best quality work.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 7, 8:53 PM

What's wrong with collaboration? Here are just a few issues you might run into when members of a team put their heads together.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, September 10, 6:29 AM

Some useful tips to encourage better collaboration. Encouraging to note that the author recommends "alone time", i.e.time to reflect, learn and prepare. Managers need to recognise that not all of the best work is done in teams and through collaboration. Personal knowledge development is so often overlooked. 

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Seeing Your Innovating Future Across Different Horizons

The three horizons offer us much to frame our innovating future Following a couple of recent posts on reflecting on the three horizons methodology, firstly here and then here, I wanted to come back to where I see real value, in managing innovation into the future. The 3H methodology enables us to look out into…
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