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Leadership, Learning, Open Source, Social Web... resources for the 21st Century Business
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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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10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School

10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Sara Blakely, the superstar entrepreneur, budding billionaire, and Founder of Spanx, shares 10 surprising lessons for knock-your-socks-off success.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:34 PM
Sara Blakely’s story shows us what’s possible when we believe, when we’re resourceful beyond measure, and when our passion and commitment to something outside ourselves brings us to a calling.
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Work smarter | TED Playlists | TED

Work smarter | TED Playlists | TED | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
This isn't your father's business advice. These talks -- from a philosopher, a general, a cognitive psychologist -- offer unconventional, and uncommonly useful, advice on leading, working, creating and living better.
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Stop Blaming Others

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One of the most transformational moments in my FBI career happened in a hallway with  dim lights that made the muddy government brown carpet look like beach silt.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:12 AM

Blaming others - never works, but so many people live in a 'blame culture'...

John Michel's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:20 PM

we spend our time blaming others, we have no time to look at ourselves. Blaming others prevents us from learning about ourselves. When something isn’t our fault, there’s no reason to do anything differently. Which means we will inevitably make the same mistake in the future. And that will lead to more blame . . .

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Seth's Blog: Polishing perfect

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Perfect doesn't mean flawless. Perfect means it does exactly what I need it to do. A vacation can be perfect even if the nuts on the plane weren't warmed before serving. Any project that's held up in revisions and meetings...
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Excellen point!

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How to stop the mediocrity pandemic

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There is potential for mediocrity even in well-run companies, but the best of them know how to stamp it out
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¿Qué es Open Source?

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e-ABC es e-learning sin límites

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Javier Arana's curator insight, June 9, 2013 12:14 PM

Open Source es asunto de libertad no de precio por que no es gratis. Se refiere a la libertad de usurlos para ejecutarlos,copiarlos,distribuirlos,estudiarlos, cambiar y mejorar el software,

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All the Startup Advice You Read is Wrong

All the Startup Advice You Read is Wrong | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

There are two big problems with reading about what made other companies successful: 1. Correlation is not Causation 2. Everything depends


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, June 8, 2013 12:45 AM
But as Ev explains in this brilliant post on medium, "you should read some anyway". For ideas and inspiration. Couldn't agree more. He even goes as far as criticizing the "hire only A players" rule which has always been pissing me off to the point where I feel it became the "I want a world in peace" of the Valley. Of course you want a world in peace and only A players. But what if you can't?
Jek Zhg's comment, June 19, 2013 11:37 PM
which startup advice may be right? correlation is not causation
Benoit Arnaud's curator insight, July 25, 2013 2:00 AM

I confirm!... It's all about people, and we have no deep reasearch about entrepreneurs' skills...

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Start-up of You, Visual Summary

In commemoration of a year in print, we present the Startup of You in visual summary. The last year has continued to demonstrate how work and careers need a ne

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Fred Zimny's comment, June 8, 2013 7:34 AM
Excellent and inspiring. Probably on my top-10 book list 2013
malek's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:04 AM

A real inspiration

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 8, 2013 9:41 AM

This is a very long presentation.

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New college grads: Don’t sell your time for a living

New college grads: Don’t sell your time for a living | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Jobs suck. At least the traditional version of a job, in which you do something you sorta hate, from 9-5p, and are paid for your time to just grit your teeth and do it. Let’s call this the “sell your time” version of a personal business model: You sell your time to an employer, and they pay you for that time.


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, June 6, 2013 10:21 PM

Couldn't agree more. Life is too short not to make something you're passionate about. But even better, what I learned is that the true risk is not taking any. I discovered that not instantly but through a double step process:


- As a grad student at Stanford, I discovered that most of the successful entrepreneurs who came to speak in the insanely great entrepreneurship class of the Engineering School had failed. Not always of course but they had at some point. To someone who thought starting a business was like playing the lottery, this was a revelation and it completely changed my horizon.


- 15 years later when economic disaster struck and left a lot of people I knew jobless while they were supposed to be safe in good, solid, established companies. 


Selling your time is perfectly respectful. But whether it's plan A or plan B is the real choice.

Jek Zhg's comment, June 19, 2013 11:39 PM
don't sell you time to the living.?
Jek Zhg's comment, June 19, 2013 11:39 PM
don't sell you time to the living.?
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About Leadership: Having Fun Yet? - Huffington Post

About Leadership: Having Fun Yet? - Huffington Post | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
About Leadership: Having Fun Yet?
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What is the place of fun in the leadership of a corporation?

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, June 7, 2013 8:17 AM

The difference between a job and a career is the presence of fun.  In a career, you are much more likely to enjoy yourself and find fulfillment in the context of work. A job is nothing more than a means to a paycheck-nothing wrong with that, just not as meaningful...

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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, PhD'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.

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Seeing Possibilities

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You are today where your thoughts have brought you & you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will lead you. Engage in the future when seeing possibilities.

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:23 AM

I can see that when people are awlays being exposed to negative thoughts and information, they tend to make bad choices due to their negative thoughts, affecting the way he or she lead their life. This cause people to feel demoralised , which will also affect the way they think.Thus, it is important to think positive, and see the brighter side of life. This will allow people to strive towards their goal, and have their desired outcome. I think attitude plays a important role in the way we think. i wonder why do people not think the positive side of life.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:59 AM

After reading this article, I realized that positive attitude is needed to determine the life we're living in and also the possibilities that we can achieve. Many people may be affected in their life due to the negative thoughts and attitude that they have, if they had positive attitude in all the things they do, they would live a better life and discover things that they might have never discovered before. These positive attitude and thoughts leads to finding even more possibilities and lead us to the right path onto our future.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:09 AM

From this article, i realise that with the right attitude, we can come up with all different kind of outcome in some situations. If your attitude is positive for everything, everything might just turn out the way that you want it. However if you have a negative attitude, things will not go the way you want it to and it might get even worse. Thus, i wonder why some people dont think with a positive attitude.

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WBOLS 2013 - WBOLS 2013

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Welcome to the World Business of Leadership Summit – a groundbreaking new web-based event with a clear mission: – to give leaders and managers strategies to create real results in today’s challenging climate from the comfort of your own office.

Welcome to the World Business of Leadership Summit – a groundbreaking new web-based event with a clear mission: – to give leaders and managers strategies to create real results in today’s challenging climate from the comfort of your own office. - See more at: http://summit.wbols.com/?goback=%2Egde_718907_member_248065958#sthash.a1R9idjl.dpufWelcome to the World Business of Leadership Summit – a groundbreaking new web-based event with a clear mission: – to give leaders and managers strategies to create real results in today’s challenging climate from the comfort of your own office. - See more at: http://summit.wbols.com/?goback=%2Egde_718907_member_248065958#sthash.a1R9idjl.dpuf
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Koplas & Company CPA PA - Starting a Business? Three Things You Must Know

Koplas & Company CPA PA - Starting a Business? Three Things You Must Know | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Starting a new business is a very exciting and busy time. There is so much to be done and so little time to do it in. If you expect to have employees, there are a variety of federal and state forms and applications that will need to be completed to get your business up and running. That's where we can help.

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What will future jobs look like? Andrew McAfee on TED

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now.

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Andrew Spence's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:34 AM

Are we heading towards a future of "glittering technology in a shabby society" ? 

Some interesting insights with some suggested solutions from McAfee.

These trends are impacting our businesses now and will transform the way we look at traditional human resources and people management.

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Building Your Mobile-Friendly Site

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If you own a website, this probably doesn’t surprise you. And now you may have noticed that internet marketers’ blogs have stopped simply urging you to build a mobile site and have moved on to specifics, arguing the merits of separate mobile sites vs responsive design. Your competitors may have already begun to build mobile sites, and you don’t want to be left behind.The Distilled Guide to Online Video Marketing


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Desire Success or Mediocrity? ...It All Comes Down to GROWTH!

Desire Success or Mediocrity? ...It All Comes Down to GROWTH! | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
The defining characteristics that all leaders and organizations need to create success, is GROWTH. This article discusses the reasons and benefits for developing personal growth
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Survey Suggests Most Executives Are In Over Their Heads

Survey Suggests Most Executives Are In Over Their Heads | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. shows that a striking majority of corporate leaders are not able to keep their priorities straight.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 9, 2013 2:05 AM

Fascinating!

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 9, 2013 8:32 AM

Very interesteing concept shared here about coherence ~ the fit between value creation for customers, its capabilities, and its products and services.  Thanks David.

 

From the article ~

 

How can companies be more successful and executives less frustrated? They need to find what Booz calls “coherence.” That means a fit between the way a company creates value for customers, its capabilities and its products and services. Not surprisingly, at coherent firms, 57% of survey-takers said they enjoyed above-industry-average revenue growth. At firms that were rated “incoherent,” only 18% reported growth above the industry average, and 36% of that group reported growth below the industry average.

Booz has run this study before. Last year it got similar results, though this year was even worse.  For instance, last year 53% of managers didn’t feel their company’s strategy would lead to success. That’s a poor showing, but not as bad as this year’s 64%.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:36 AM

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How Helping Others Develop Great Leadership Skills Can Help Your Business - TanveerNaseer.com

How Helping Others Develop Great Leadership Skills Can Help Your Business - TanveerNaseer.com | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Find out what 3 leadership skills small business owners should develop to help their employees and their business succeed and grow.
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Choose Yourself! Talk by James Altucher

"Choose Yourself!" Was published: June 3rd 2013


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, June 4, 2013 10:13 PM

This is a great emotional description of many things about entrepreneurship.


I like in particular how phases you go through as an entrepreneur constantly change like on a roller-coaster. Not everyone's the same but all entrepreneurs I've known whent through these ups and downs (although admitedly not the getting-broke-from-being-millionaire phase). But the point James Altucher is making resonnates : it's about what happens now.

Harrie Custers's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:42 PM

Het gaat niet om worden, het gaat niet om succes. Het gaat om kiezen te zijn wie je bent. Elk moment weer.

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Five Writing Tips that Can Double Your Salary

Five Writing Tips that Can Double Your Salary | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
It is impossible to overstate how much we rely on written words to get what we want. Are you making your writing as powerful as possible?By improving your writing, you will change the arc of your
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