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Social Collaboration Initiatives Fail Due to Lack of Purpose: Gartner

Social Collaboration Initiatives Fail Due to Lack of Purpose: Gartner | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
In order to draw users to the initiative, Gartner says the purpose should naturally motivate people to participate.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:44 AM

Don't 'provide and pray', focus on shared purpose to motivate people to collaborate!

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Walk AWAY in Your Value – The Go-Giver Way

Walk AWAY in Your Value – The Go-Giver Way | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

In this post by Certified Go-Giver Speaker/Coach and Ninja Selling Instructor, Dennis Giannetti, he takes a phrase we often use in terms of applying Go-Giver principles, “Walk In Your Value” and he provides a totally different angle. And, as is always the case with Dennis…he makes a LOT of sense.

Enjoy Dennis’ wisdom! – Bob Burg

 
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From the post "What is the cost of doing business with people that don’t respect your time? That may not value your services?"

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Today's Leadership Word is "Celebration".

Is is important to have the presence of "celebration" in your daily leadership efforts.


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donhornsby's curator insight, July 4, 9:56 AM

Celebration is: To rejoice and enjoy whatever you have achieved especially when you have longed for it for so long. 

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Why Do You Lead?

Why Do You Lead? | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

Efforts to understand the core reasons behind why we lead require that we delve into the field of philosophy. 


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donhornsby's curator insight, July 7, 9:09 AM

(From the article): Value formation helps us understand why leadership is defined and practiced differently. Our personal belief – me, us or Him – influence how we act, what we deem important or unimportant and defines what is right or wrong. Understanding why we lead also helps us to understand ourselves, others and the activities we choose to undertake. Answering the why question is both a foundational and missing ingredient in leadership.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 7, 10:05 AM

Parker Palmer speaks about the most important question we need to ask is who the person is that teaches, leads, and lives a particular life. It is the one that goes unasked in the busyness of asking all the other questions.

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Forget Lean and Agile – It’s Time to be Anticipatory

Forget Lean and Agile – It’s Time to be Anticipatory | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
We are all good at reacting and responding, putting out fires, and crisis management. In addition, organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile, and how to best execute a

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 22, 11:49 AM

Well. don't completely forget about Lean and Agile. Just broaden the perspective. Lean and agile imply readiness and responsiveness which are good things. But they should not imply "reactive-ness"; . responding well to current circumstances  is simply not enough. Anticipating, forecasting, predicting, as well as possible, future needs and conditions is also critical.

 

The assumptions that present conditions will prevail and simple improvements upon existing processes or  activities will remain sustainable is unwise. Effective organizations both adapt and strive to improve their adaptability. This can be described as sustainable adaptation.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 22, 7:55 PM

Reacting and responding are two different things. Reacting is often a spur of the moment and off the cuff action that has little thought behind. Response, which is often understood as synonymous, is a measured process of thinking and acting. The word response is the root word for responsibility. Even in being lean and agile, we should be responsible and thoughtful in our responses.

Amy Melendez's curator insight, July 25, 11:29 AM

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Employees of an anticipatory organization understand that those who can see the future most accurately will have the biggest advantage. They know that you cannot change the past, but you can shape the future based on the actions you take in the present. As such, they actively embrace the fact that many future disruptions, problems, and game-changing opportunities are predictable and represent unprecedented ways to gain advantage. They know that it’s better to solve predictable problems before they happen, and that future problems often represent the biggest opportunities. Above all else, they are confident and empowered by having a shared view of the future based on Hard Trends and what I call the “science of certainty.”

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One Entrepreneur's System for Getting the Same Amount Done in Half the Time

A formerly frazzled founder claims he managed to squeeze 40-plus hours of work into just 16.7. Could his system work for you?
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Truly forget the nine to five.

The last step for Winfield was jettisoning old ideas of when he should work and when he should unwind, so he could better utilize all the hours of the day, not just the ones falling within "normal" work hours.

"The final piece to my puzzle was moving from a five-day work-week, where I had to stop by 5 p.m., to a seven-day work-week, where I could work when it suited me. This took me from 40 to 45 hours available to get my 40 Pomodoros in, to having 168 hours each week. Since I only need 16.7 hours net, that means I only work 10% of my time. What a difference." he says.

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How To Create Content for Internet “Scanners” Instead of “Readers”

How To Create Content for Internet “Scanners” Instead of “Readers” | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

Calling all scanners, calling all scanners! I know you are out there and I know you are guilty of scanning content rather than reading it thoroughly. And you know what…that’s OK! We are busy people (yes I am a scanner as well) and we like to get to the takeaways of the content we read sooner rather than later. Let’s look at some ways to create content that is scanner friendly and still gets your main points across.


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Important Stats You Should Know from Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report: Part I

Important Stats You Should Know from Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report: Part I | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 9, 6:09 AM

Excellent trends data here on social and online education.


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Education

-1/3 of 4-year college grads say they weren’t prepared for their jobs.


-4/5 Americans said that education issues are extremely important to them.


-Multiple online learning platforms have seen over 50% growth in 2014.


-Education startups are expanding with direct-to-consumer products, leading to mass adoption and lower distribution costs.


-25 million Americans are now learning second languages thanks to online education programs like Duolingo, making for a 14X increase from 2013.


The increase in online learning tools leading to the ease of attaining new knowledge is a notable advancement in the education system of America.


Increasing numbers of students with or without college degrees are expanding their expertise online and becoming more aware of the issues that exist in the modern world of education.

 

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VIRTUAL MISS FRIDAY - e-Travel Weekly

VIRTUAL MISS FRIDAY - e-Travel Weekly | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

e-Travel Weekly your essential free weekly video, audio and newsletter resource that serves Online Service Providers and Digital Nomads around the globe Learn More >>

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Thought for the week...

So before we get into the client action plan, I wanted to share that I've had a really hectic week, one of those weeks where even a hardcore optimist like myself might take a step back and wonder what the heck happened... Without going into detail, a friend just said to me "I know how much strain you're under" - my reaction - "It's not so much strain just more of a challenge, which only makes us stronger and more appreciative of less challenging times." 

Hassle-Free Slide Decks

Does creating slide decks get you down? Feels like too much fiddling around when all you want to do is create a neat presentation super-fast? Well in this months VISA tutorial inside the Passport Members Club, I show you how to do just that, and best of all, it's free!

And finally in this week's e-Travel Weekly Show I discuss a 7 day action plan for attracting clients which includes LinkedIn, Swayy a free 12 week marketing course that you should grab while you can!

BLOG: 7-Day New Client Action Plan

During the first year to 2 years of business, and maybe even beyond, you may have to work actively in filling your online service business with new paying clients. After a period of time you can find that through consistent effort your client intake happens almost naturally from past efforts such as putting yourself out there in social media, blog posts, forums, groups etc... But what if you need those clients, and you don't quite have the groundwork done yet? - In this week's post I'll provide you with a plan of action.

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The Research and Science Behind a Perfect Blog Post

The Research and Science Behind a Perfect Blog Post | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
How long is the perfect blog post? How is it formatted? What is its headline? We present the data and science behind these answers and more.
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Pimagic, Free online image editor made for everyone

Pimagic, Free online image editor made for everyone | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Online image editor made for everyone: Crop, Resize, Add filters have never been that easy. Try Pimagic

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, June 3, 7:12 PM

Editing pictures and images online. Always helpful

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How Every Small Business Can Do More Social Good

How Every Small Business Can Do More Social Good | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Integrating social impact into your business model shouldn’t be an afterthought and it shouldn’t be temporary.

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Alphabet Success: Don't underestimate the power of being underestimated.

Alphabet Success: Don't underestimate the power of being underestimated. | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
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"Anyone who thinks they have victory before the game begins is taking a huge risk. It leads to both an undue lack of mental preparedness as well as providing the competition with an added incentive to win. "

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7 Tips for Surviving The Leap From Employee to Entrepreneur

7 Tips for Surviving The Leap From Employee to Entrepreneur | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes more than a great idea and important connections (although both do help). Making the shift from the steady life of a full-time employee to the unpredictable world of entrepreneurship requires a shift in mindset that many overlook. In fact, some of the work habits you so carefully honed as a good employee don’t necessarily translate well into the world of an entrepreneur.

 

According to the Small Business Administration, only half of new businesses will survive to see their fifth year. Making that mental switch from employee to entrepreneur can help you avoid being one of those businesses that doesn’t make it. Here are seven tips for thriving while adjusting to life as an entrepreneur.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 2, 6:59 AM

Making the shift from the steady life of a full-time employee to the unpredictable world of entrepreneurship requires a shift in mindset that many overlook.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 2, 8:07 PM

Great tips on making it as an Entrepreneur.    I really appreciate the one about dealing with social isolation!  


Its not just being alone, it is about having to do a lot of strategizing and execution without anyone there to give you feedback or support. 

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nice quotes blossomsquare
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Seven Ways to Get Smarter

Seven Ways to Get Smarter | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Given my druthers, I'd choose smart over dumb. Sadly, all of us do things that prolong dumbness. 4 qualities of smart leaders who stay dumb: Persistence: Staying dumb requires persistence. Growing ...
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10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed

10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

I am constantly asked the question, “What does it take to get ahead?” Sure you have to work hard, but there are a lot of other factors.

 

Investor’s Business Daily identified 10 traits for turning your dreams into reality. Here they are with my take on each, plus a few bonus thoughts.


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Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 5, 10:58 PM

PDGMan

Bill Brown's curator insight, July 15, 12:17 PM

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E. E. Cummings

MichaelJDay's curator insight, July 25, 5:46 AM

These look like obvious fundamentals but we must *do these* to help bring us to some level of success that we aspire to.

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How to make flexible working work for your business

How to make flexible working work for your business | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Some top tips on how to manage new requests for flexible working.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 17, 9:11 PM

(From the article): A common misconception around flexible working is that it primarily benefits the employee. This isn’t the case if you set clear and measurable business goals and outline clearly what is expected of an individual when working flexibly. For example, could you get them to deliver a special project that they will work on from home to achieve better focus?


Can working flexibly or from home be used to channel their creativity which might be impaired by much of the day-to-day activity they are immersed in when in the office?

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A 7-Step Path to Enjoying Work

A 7-Step Path to Enjoying Work | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Enjoying work has less to do with your actual job and more to do with your attitude towards it. And changing our attitude towards work is often far easier than changing jobs.
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10 Advantages To Becoming an eLearning Freelancer - eLearning Industry

10 Advantages To Becoming an eLearning Freelancer - eLearning Industry | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
At the Advantages To Becoming an eLearning Freelancer you will find 10 Reasons Why Becoming an eLearning Freelancer May Be a Good Idea.
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A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them | Social Media Today

A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them | Social Media Today | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
You should be using hashtags on social media. But how many, where and on what networks? Here's the data you need to max out their potential.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 27, 2:16 AM

This may offer some good ideas on when and where it is worth it to take the time to hash tag your postings.

Yoav Ostrinsky's curator insight, June 27, 6:06 AM

Hashtags! What a wonderful tool to make your business known. Could be used to as a plan for self-marketing and help monitir viewers and followers/

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Changes to QuickBooks Online Template Customization - QuickBooks and Beyond

Changes to QuickBooks Online Template Customization - QuickBooks and Beyond | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Intuit has changed the QuickBooks Online template customization feature. We'll show you what was changed, and what is missing from the prior version
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SH!FT Discruptive E-Learing: Infographic: The A to Z Guide to eLearning Design

SH!FT Discruptive E-Learing: Infographic: The A to Z Guide to eLearning Design | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Universal design concepts that are most relevant to eLearning design.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 4, 8:06 PM

This is a fine post from  Karla Gutierrez on Shift's E-Learning Blog. It's far more than an inforgraphic. You'll find a design glossary hyperlinked to additional resources.  Think of this as an inforgraphic sitting on top of buried treasure.  Worth digging into! 

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 5, 10:06 AM

A useful article.  GOOD summary.

Deborah Banker's curator insight, June 5, 8:58 PM

Very nice!

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Business School, Disrupted

Business School, Disrupted | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
In moving into online education, Harvard Business School discovered that it isn’t so easy to practice what it teaches.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 3, 11:39 AM

Online schooling, not education, is no more or less privileged than its predecessors. Access to digital technologies does guarantee cheaper and simpler, but it does not guarantee better and more democratic.

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#Leadership #Liderazgo: Manager’s Mantra: Walk the Talk, Give Credit, Admit When You Don’t Know

#Leadership #Liderazgo: Manager’s Mantra: Walk the Talk, Give Credit, Admit When You Don’t Know | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

“No one thought it was a great idea, especially my boss. They finally gave in because I pushed so hard. Well you know what? It was the best and most popular part of the show. Everyone raved about it, however, I am sitting here incredulous because on the call my boss took credit for it all. I can’t.”

 

That statement came from a Millennial I know who is beyond disgusted with her job. She loves the company but the manager wants all the credit.


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"So my warning is this: do not become clueless about your behavior, because you just might not be as great as you think you are."

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MyKLogica's curator insight, June 3, 1:25 PM

6 comportamientos que harán que tus colaboradores confíen en ti, trabajes en una gran empresa o seas una pyme:


1. Valora el trabajo dando el crédito a quien lo merece

2. Se sincero y di la verdad

3. Si te comprometes, hazlo y si no puedes, dilo

4. Se discreto

5. Predica con el ejemplo

6. Conócete y revisa tus comportamientos

José Luis Rubio's curator insight, June 9, 11:59 AM

Dar una oportunidad a quien se lo merece!

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5 Reasons Why Learning Analytics are Important for eLearning

5 Reasons Why Learning Analytics are Important for eLearning | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
In this post I will highlight some of the most significant arguments for why Learning analytics have the power to improve eLearning in education and training. In addition, I will go over the basics of learning analytics, to offer an in depth look at how it can effectively enhance learners’ overall eLearning experience.

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How We Used Story To Get 300% More People To Read Our Content

How We Used Story To Get 300% More People To Read Our Content | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
When marketers say that stories engage your readers, it’s not fluff - it’s psychology, and it’s incredibly powerful. Here's how to harness it.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 2, 11:52 AM

Need proof storytelling works? Then here it is! The headline says it all. The article shares what happened and how the company Groove used storytelling to get phenomenal results.


And the advice shared here is right on. Follow the steps here and get your game on with stories.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, June 2, 4:30 PM

Great article, thanks for sharing @Karen Dietz. The power of a story has made companies like Disney millions. Who doesn't like a good story?

Chuck Bartok's curator insight, June 3, 10:09 AM

Are your "stories" engaging your blog and posting readers?

Should we spend more time honing our Story Telling skills?

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Do Blog Complications Cause You to Throw in the Towel?

Do Blog Complications Cause You to Throw in the Towel? | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Do blog complications ever want to make you just throw in the towel and just quit blogging altogether? I take a deep breath and come back to it, you can too

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