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How Latinos Have Changed U.S. Business Culture

How Latinos Have Changed U.S. Business Culture | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
In ways big and small, argues one author, Latino culture is leaving its mark on the way people do business in the U.S.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:10 PM

Interesting take on 4 ways Latinos have influenced business in America. 

 

Here is #2:

 

2. We're less rigid.

"We're all a little more relaxed around doing business," Dabbah says. "Even in the way we dress to go to work. When I came here 20 years ago, the dress code was much more formal than it is now."

 

She also says business conduct in general is more flexible than it used to be. "Flexibility is something Latinos have brought into this country, and I see how much more flexible people in business are now than they were 20 or even 10 years ago."

 

For instance, she says, rather than letting stringent deadlines stress an entire company or team beyond its capacity, businesses today are more likely to try and relax the deadline so that people can re-energize.

 

"I'm not saying these changes are all due to Latinos, but it's a reflection of how one culture influences another," she says.

David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:52 AM

Way to go, Al!

John Michel's curator insight, July 11, 2013 9:41 AM

An excellent, insightful Article. 

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How to Get Employees to Think Like an Owner

How to Get Employees to Think Like an Owner | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
If your business is going to grow, you need employees who can think like an owner. Here are a few techniques to make that happen.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, June 23, 2013 7:56 AM

Here are some great ideas on leading employees from what we call in Tribal Leadership, Stage Two, to the next higher stage of development.

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 29, 2013 1:54 AM

From Fellow Vistage Chair, Mark Taylor

John Michel's curator insight, July 6, 2013 9:24 PM

One of the great challenges in running a fast-growth company is aligning your company's vision, mission, value, and culture with the daily activities of the business. It is vital, however, as the growth of your company is in part dictated by how quickly you can transfer these values from the mind of the owner to everyone else.

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Why the “Status Quo” is Dead and 3 Things You Need To Do About It | Sanborn and Associates

Why the “Status Quo” is Dead and 3 Things You Need To Do About It | Sanborn and Associates | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Staying the same is the fastest way to fall behind. Learn 3 things that you can do right now to overcome the mythical status quo.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 29, 2013 10:00 AM
In a relative world, you either get better or you get worse. Period. The fact is that even if you stay the same, those around you are getting better and, thus,compared to your competition, you are getting worse. There is no “I made it this far so now I just have to maintain” or “It has always worked this way” mentality that will keep you successful.
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:57 AM

As the host of Leading Beyond the Status Quo show, I love this post!  

 

1. Learn

There are few things in the world more powerful and important than designing a personal learning plan.  Working 8-5 daily provides an environment conducive for learning new strategies and techniques, but that is not enough. If you want to reach the levels that no one else will reach, you have to be willing to do the work that no one else will do.  In other words, you must be committed to learning inside and outside of your career path if you want to stay competitive.

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The Role of Color in Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC] | Social Media Today

The Role of Color in Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC] | Social Media Today | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
It’s vital to move beyond the standard logo and tagline and take a holistic approach to evoking emotions among potential customers across all of your marketing channels — including social media sites.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, June 25, 2013 6:55 AM

Color is MASTER of us all. Related infographic on Design Revolution: http://sco.lt/94cW8X

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The Beginner's Visual Guide To Online Learning - Infographic

The Beginner's Visual Guide To Online Learning - Infographic | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
If you're considering taking or teach a course online, this visual guide is for you. It details the 3 main things you should know about online education.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:10 PM

It might be useful moving forward.

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How to Apply Transformational Leadership at Your Company

How to Apply Transformational Leadership at Your Company | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Transformational leadership is only one style of management, but it has the potential to empower your workforce to do more than you thought possible.

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Angela Kay Schulte's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:24 AM

A great reminder that we need people in our our organizations who serve as catalysts for lasting change, and not just short term compliance and performance.

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Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got

Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
The interview and simple advice that changed my life.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 21, 2013 4:12 AM

Awesome story!

Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:45 AM

An amazing and truly inspirational read.

LuAnne Holder's curator insight, June 21, 2013 8:14 AM

Find what you love to do so much that you cannot wait for the sun to rise so you can do it again.

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Do you have a strategic plan?

Do you have a strategic plan? | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

When was the last time you looked at your strategic plan? Do you have a strategic plan?

 

In order for a business to be successful, there needs to be a roadmap for success.

 

A strategic plan provides direction for the company and goals for employees. It helps departments focus on priorities and aligns the departments with company goals.

 

A strategic plan should be completed in three steps.


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paulgreen's curator insight, June 14, 2013 4:36 AM

A strategic plan does not have to be hefty and complex, the points covered in this article will provide you with the necessary guidance to compose your plan.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:55 PM

Great Scoop Paul! I really like the way Carol Lopucki breaks down the process to simple and achievable steps.  

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Personal Budget Software - Finance Software for Windows & Mac | YNAB

Personal Budget Software - Finance Software for Windows & Mac | YNAB | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
You Need A Budget's personal finance software combines a proven methodology with simple-to-use software. The result? Get out of debt, save more money faster, and stop living paycheck to paycheck.
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'Growing Slowly Doesn't Mean You're Stagnant'

'Growing Slowly Doesn't Mean You're Stagnant' | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Amy Simmons, co-founder and CEO oft he Austin institution Amy's Ice Creams, says you shouldn't only be focused on fast growth.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:19 AM

I love the core foundation of this article.  The best personal growth is not necessarily fast growth.

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The Art of Complex Problem Solving

The Art of Complex Problem Solving | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

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MyKLogica's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:42 AM

Muy interesante este ideagrama en el que nos muestra la efectividad de los "Modelos visuales" a la hora de solucionar problemas/retos complejos, ayudando a "seguir el hilo" y hacerlos tangibles.

Nacho Vega's comment, June 12, 2013 6:41 AM
Interesante modelo
Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, April 16, 2015 2:28 AM

#Réflexivité Cette ressource en ligne présente un outil pédagogique qui explique les logiques et processus mis en oeuvre dans la résolution d'un problème complexe.

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Give, Not Take: Why Delighting Customers Is So Profitable

Give, Not Take: Why Delighting Customers Is So Profitable | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Why Delighting Customers Is Hugely Profitable: Review of Adam Grant's new book, Give And Take (Penguin)

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John Michel's curator insight, June 10, 2013 2:39 PM

Although we often stereotype givers as chumps and doormats, they turn out to be surprisingly successful. In fact, Grant shows, givers not only dominate the bottom of the success ladder. They also dominate the top.


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Do You Have a Yes Attitude?

Do You Have a Yes Attitude? | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote about How to Achieve Likeability and I want to expand on that theme a bit. There's an additional piece to becoming truly likeable that I'd like to share: default to a "yes"

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Seth's Blog: Proving the skeptics wrong

Seth's Blog: Proving the skeptics wrong | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
"It'll never last..." "Someone with her background will never make a go of this..." "Are you kidding me?" "Pathetic! Delusional!" "Social media is a fad, the iPad is a toy, you're never going to amount to anything..." Here's the thing...
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From the article: "What I discovered was that this wasn't the point of the work, and my goal wasn't actually to prove these folks wrong, it was only to do the work that was worth doing. "

 

 

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James Somers – Are coders worth it?

James Somers – Are coders worth it? | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?
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Leadership People Skills: Questions vs Questioning Our Authority - Kate Nasser

Leadership People Skills: Questions vs Questioning Our Authority - Kate Nasser | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Leaders do you truly welcome questions? Do teams welcome them from each other or resist? Consider these 5 moments & leadership people skills to solve them.
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Event Planning - conference management - The Meeting of the Future

The Meeting of the Future - When it comes to predicting what meetings will be like in the future, it's a good bet that technology will be involved.

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Seth's Blog: The lab or the factory

Seth's Blog: The lab or the factory | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
You work at one, or the other. At the lab, the pressure is to keep searching for a breakthrough, a new way to do things. And it's accepted that the cost of this insight is failure, finding out what doesn't...

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, June 23, 2013 9:38 AM

 "Anyone who says failure is not an option has also ruled out innovation."

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Learning Skills between The past and The Present ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Learning Skills between The past and The Present ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

The myth that today's students need a completely different set of skills does not really hold well. Students, spanning different centuries, have always needed the same things. These are things that are germane to the human intellect.  We should not let our digitally-focused environment cloud the truth that emotional and social skills are just as important as all those techy skills we have been chewing on for so long now.

 

Don't take me wrong, digital skills are indispensable for FACILITATING a better learning but they are only part of the picture, a nod in a connected circle whose whole perform better than any individual part alone. Analytically speaking, when you vet the skills that are over emphasized as being crucial for succeeding in our information society you would realize that they are nothing new. Critical thinking, social networking, collaboration, synthesis, evaluation have always been the sublime goals of any education.

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Rejected Again: How to Handle Rejection - Let's Grow Leaders

Rejected Again: How to Handle Rejection - Let's Grow Leaders | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
The game of life involves more rejections than selections.  If you're always getting chosen, you're not shooting high enough.  You get it.  But, rejection still sucks. I am interviewing for a su

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:16 AM

Excellent post from Let'sGrowLeaders!

 

From the article:

 

 

4 Ways To Handle Rejected:

 

1. Stop The Negative Self-Talk

 

The harshest words won’t come from the person doing the rejecting.  They’ll likely come from you.  Don’t over interpret the “rejection.”

 

~“I’m never going to get promoted”

~“I will never be successful at this company”

~“I don’t have what it takes”

~“I don’t know how to play the game”

~“Maybe I’m not that smart”

~“It’s too late”

~“I’m not cut out for this”

David Hain's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:02 AM

Happens to us all - how we deal with it is the issue, and there are some good tips here.

John Michel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:27 PM

The game of life involves more rejections than selections.  If you’re always getting chosen, you’re not shooting high enough.  You get it.  But, rejection still sucks.

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Personal Finance Software Reviews is a collection of reviews and walkthroughs detailing my experience with a number of different personal finance software applications.Read more ...
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20 pieces of advice every young professional should follow

20 pieces of advice every young professional should follow | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
After 30 years in the working world, a onetime 'big-haired career rookie' offers tips and tactics for surviving and succeeding in the workplace.
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If You Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action! | SmartChic

If You Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action! | SmartChic | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:26 AM

intéressant pour chacun de nous. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 8, 2013 9:43 AM

We need to set realistic goals in life and understand there are times we cannot achieve them. Realistic includes resiliency.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 8, 2013 3:31 PM

I do! ;)  

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How Not to Be Alone

How Not to Be Alone | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Technology may make it easier to communicate electronically, but more difficult to do so emotionally.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, June 10, 2013 7:31 AM

An essential perspective on taking the least traveled communcation path....

donhornsby's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:05 AM

An insightful piece on how technology is changing how we are connecting with others.

 

(From the article): It is harder to intervene than not to, but it is vastly harder to choose to do either than to retreat into the scrolling names of one’s contact list, or whatever one’s favorite iDistraction happens to be. Technology celebrates connectedness, but encourages retreat. The phone didn’t make me avoid the human connection, but it did make ignoring her easier in that moment, and more likely, by comfortably encouraging me to forget my choice to do so. My daily use of technological communication has been shaping me into someone more likely to forget others. The flow of water carves rock, a little bit at a time. And our personhood is carved, too, by the flow of our habits.

John Michel's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:59 AM

We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die.