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The Icarus Deception – A Brief Chat with Seth Godin | Bob Burg

The Icarus Deception – A Brief Chat with Seth Godin | Bob Burg | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Young Icarus ignored his father's warning and flew too close to the sun, thereby melting his wax wings and falling to his death. But that part of the famous
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“This Is Exactly How I Grew My Blog To Over 350,000 Readers Each Month… Step-By-Step” ~ Michael Hyatt | Platform University

“This Is Exactly How I Grew My Blog To Over 350,000 Readers Each Month… Step-By-Step”  ~ Michael Hyatt | Platform University | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
It took Michael 4 years to get 1,000 monthly blog readers. Then in year 5, that number spiked to over 20,000. Now it exceeds 350,000. Register to hear how he did it - and how you can too!
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Seth's Blog: For the one person who didn't get the joke

Seth's Blog: For the one person who didn't get the joke | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
The fabled comedian is killing it at a club that seats 400. One guy in the back, though, isn't laughing. Miles Davis was shunned by a few people in the audience, even at his coolest. The theater critic at the...
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Unanimity is impossible unless you are willing to be invisible. We can be unanimous in our lack of feedback for the invisible one.

For everyone else, though, the ability to say, "It's not for you," is the foundation for creating something brave and important. You can't do your best work if you're always trying to touch the untouchable, or entertain those that refuse to be entertained.

"It's not for you."

This is easy to say and incredibly difficult to do. You don't have much choice, though, not if you want your work to matter.

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Our regularly updated newsletter provides timely articles to help you achieve your financial goals.

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Chase exec: Build around a mobile-first mentality - Strategy

Chase exec: Build around a mobile-first mentality - Strategy | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO – A Chase executive at the 2013 Mobile Marketing Association Forum San Francisco said that as consumers turn to their mobile devices as a primary way to access their finances, the company is focusing on a mobile-first mentality.

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Suzanne Axt's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:25 AM

Wakey-wakey people..."a mobile page is not a truncated version of a Web page. Instead, it is built for the type of device that a consumer has".

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Straight from the Source: Your Essential Tools for a Modern Business | Zoho Blogs

Straight from the Source: Your Essential Tools for a Modern Business | Zoho Blogs | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
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Three essential elements of corporate storytelling

Three essential elements of corporate storytelling | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Storytelling is a powerful business tool.  I was reminded of this during my visit last week to the January meeting of the Ohio State Council of SHRM.  Although I was there as an invited guest speaker, I certainly feel like … Continue reading → (Three...

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Aloha Shikha's curator insight, February 1, 2013 2:27 AM

for my script on business journalism 

 

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Karen Dietz's insight:        

OK -- this article is super quick. But I curated it because I really like the 3 questions it poses to make sure your corporate storytelling is on the right track.

 

The article is written for those in large enterprises. But these questions could work just as well for small businesses and entrepreneurs, also.

 

Pay attention to these 3 questions and you will be on the road to success. All 3 are right on.

 

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

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Costs of a Bad Boss [VIDEO] | Sustainable Business Forum

Costs of a Bad Boss [VIDEO] | Sustainable Business Forum | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
“The True Costs of a Bad Boss” is a thought-provoking video brought to our attention from One Minute MBA. It includes some compelling research in a fun, familiar style.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:48 PM

a bunch of whiners or poor leadership?  You decide...

Lenka Lutonska's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:54 AM

These statistics don't sound very encouriging...there is a lot of work to do!

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Seth's Blog: Beyond showing up

Seth's Blog: Beyond showing up | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
You've probably got that part nailed. Butt in seat, smile on your face. We often run into people who understand their job to be showing up on time to do the work that's assigned. We've moved way beyond that now....
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Self Leadership Step One - Learning To Say "NO"

Self Leadership Step One - Learning To Say "NO" | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Do you find it difficult to say "NO"? A key point to successful self leadership is being able to listen to yourself. Is it time to start a conversation?

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:17 AM

(From the article): I know that I need to be able to say no if I am going to achieve my goals this year.  This may seem pretty straight forward, but for me it has been something that has caused much grief and held me back from many things I have attempted to do.  In the past, I have really struggled in this area.  I have been accused of being, among other things, a fixer and a pleaser.  On the surface, these seem like good things but the truth is that sometimes saying yes is the worst decision you can make.

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Seth's Blog: Eleven things organizations can learn from airports

Seth's Blog: Eleven things organizations can learn from airports | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
[Of course, this post isn’t actually about airports]. I realized that I don’t dislike flying--I dislike airports. There are so many things we can learn from what they do wrong: No one is in charge. The airport doesn’t appear to...
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#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening

#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
I introduced a series of the Top 10 Barriers to Leadership skills and leadership qualities. I have given a lot of thought to prioritize the top 10.
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How Google Became Such a Great Place To Work

How Google Became Such a Great Place To Work | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Google calls its HR department People Operations, though most people in the firm shorten it to POPS.The group is headed by Laszlo Bock, a trim, soft-spoken 40-year-old who came to Google six years ago.

 

Bock says that when POPS looked into Google’s woman problem, it found it was really a new mother problem: Women who had recently given birth were leaving at twice Google’s average departure rate.

 

At the time, Google offered an industry-standard maternity leave plan. After a woman gave birth, she got 12 weeks of paid time off. For all other new parents in its California offices, but not for its workers outside the state, the company offered seven paid weeks of leave.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 26, 2013 12:45 PM

Great example of not resting on its laurels... Google keeps reaping the dividens of its investment in their workforce. 

Andrew Spence's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:02 PM

Want an example of great HR - just Google it!

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Leaders Inspire What The Manager Cannot | Bob Burg

Leaders Inspire What The Manager Cannot | Bob Burg | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
I loved this recent quote on Twitter by my great friend, Leadership Authority, Steve Keating: People do not commit to a manager, they comply with a manager.
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SIGNIFICANT: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com - Join the John Maxwell Team, receive free daily coaching videos from John C. Maxwell. John is an internationally recognized leade...
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Growing a media startup through content: Q&A with MedCity News founder Chris Seper - The Bureau - NewsCred Blog

Growing a media startup through content: Q&A with MedCity News founder Chris Seper  - The Bureau - NewsCred Blog | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
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Chris Seper is the CEO of MedCity media and co-founder of MedCity News, the Cleveland, Ohio-based startup covering life science innovation and the B2B medical health community.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, January 31, 2013 2:57 PM

Think you don't need content marketing because of your niche industry? Think again. MedCity, the Cleveland, Ohio-based startup covering life science innovation and the B2B medical health community, has used content to increase its monthly website traffic from 100k to 300k.


Some great tips from CEO Chris Seper:


-Ask your audience what they want

-Be "insane on metrics"

-"Serve and monetize your audience" as best as you possibly can by being realistic and opening your mind to new distribution methods.

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The Most Important Question for Your Business

The Most Important Question for Your Business | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
You may not realize that there are two main ways to run an online business. And no, it’s not the skuzzy way and the cool way. There really are two kind
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Online social networking at work can improve morale and reduce employee turnover

By allowing employees to participate in a work-sponsored internal social networking site, a company can improve morale and reduce turnover, according to a new article.

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Seth's Blog: Watching is not doing (confronting the spectator problem)

Seth's Blog: Watching is not doing (confronting the spectator problem) | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Talk shows, from Johnny Carson to Fresh Air, have always been about spectating. Comedy, TV, graphic arts, business leadership, politics--they've been sold to us as spectator sports. Selling spectatorhood is pretty easy.
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Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Here at Lifehacker, we've often encouraged switching up your working environment tospark creativity and prevent burnout. Even taking a few days each month to work in a new place can benefit you greatly. Here, entrepreneur Wesley Verhoeve explains the benefits of his favorite non-office space: the coffee shop.

 

While team Family Records was in between offices in early 2012, we had 6 weeks to bridge until our new space was ready. During that time we were fortunate enough to be taken in as guests by awesome companies for stretches of time, and for the remainder we took over corners of coffee shops all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. The experience of working out of coffee shops was so positive that even after we moved into our new home, I made sure to get in a few "coffee shop days" each month. For carpal tunnel related reasons alone, I would not recommend working out of coffee shops every day, but here are some reasons why it might be great to try it for one or two days every month.


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Martin Gysler's comment, January 30, 2013 11:54 AM
Yes Robert, I totally agree with you. Today, I went to one of my favorite places (a brewery ... I do not like beer in particular, but I like this place for work). But I know, it's not for everyone ... ;-)
Andre Swart's curator insight, January 31, 2013 3:09 AM

Koffie, wat anders ;)

John Michel's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:12 PM

I've been working out of coffe shops for years and agree its a great setting...and the perks aren't bad either.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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Leaders Never Mistake Activity for Achievement - Part 2

Leaders Never Mistake Activity for Achievement - Part 2 | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
When people are strictly following policies, procedures, rules and regulations, they will not be productive. We understand leadership skills are not
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HR Transformers on Twitter

HR Transformers on Twitter | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

11 lists of HR Transformers to follow on Twitter, from the Analysts, Bloggers, Consultants and the Techies.....take your pick!


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:00 AM

very cool example of how we can focus on our top value proposition and use social media tools to provide value to others.  In this case, @AndySpence uses Twitter Lists to identify HR Transformers we can follow. 

 

Nicely done Andy, thank you for the resource and the example on how to use Twitter Lists. 

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The High Risk of a ‘Wait and See’ Approach

The High Risk of a ‘Wait and See’ Approach | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Chances are your company is one of the many taking a “wait and see” approach to one or more business issues right now. The approach plays out like this:• “Should we redo our
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Ron Whitaker | Leadership Skills | About Leaders

Ron Whitaker | Leadership Skills | About Leaders | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Posts with Ron Whitaker on About Leaders helps you develop leadership skills through articles from leaders around the globe. Leaders making a difference.
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Series: Victimization « Conner Partners

Series: Victimization « Conner Partners | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Victimization: A Thorn in the Side of Change Execution
Victimization Breeds Easily in Work Environments
Change Throws Gasoline on the Flames of Victimization
Stemming the Tide of Victimization

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Amy Ragsdale's curator insight, January 26, 2013 3:59 PM

From the article:

"It’s a plague

Victimization is so prevalent today that it has become a defining characteristic of our times, yet it is sometimes difficult to see the devastating effect it has on individuals, organizations, and the whole of society. We live in an era where we hardly notice when people shirk their responsibilities, expect something or someone else to take care of their problem, or go underground with their complaints and suggestions because it would be too expensive to openly try to do something themselves. Victimization is becoming our norm, in part, because we are adjusting to its commonness. The tolerance for capitulating to this kind of mindset as an acceptable standard has reached unprecedented highs.

In virtually all aspects of society, the level of courage and discipline required to be an influencer seems to be in short supply and is becoming more rare all the time. At its current rate of growth, the victim mindset may become dominant in some settings where the majority of the people feel marginalized—including those in leadership positions. The result would be victims leading victims…not a formula for an optimistic outlook for our species."

David Hain's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:02 AM

Great stuff!