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How To Hide from Google

Google isn’t a search engine — it’s an advertising engine. Google makes its money from advertising. You may have noticed that the advertisments that appear on your Google search results page is related to what you are searching. Some of this advertising results from cookies placed on your computer

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, March 6, 2013 10:11 AM

This is such a great idea especially for researchers who don't want to be limited by where you've been before on #Google.

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New trove of CIA articles from "Studies in Intelligence"

New trove of CIA articles from "Studies in Intelligence" | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The Central Intelligence Agency has released a new, extensive collection of declassified articles from its in-house journal, providing glimpses into the spy organization’s thinking on everything from Al-Qaeda’s secrecy tactics in Afghanistan to how it has managed public relations crises. The documents, posted on the agency’s website Thursday, are from “Studies in Intelligence,” the CIA’s in-house professional journal. The publication’s mission is “to stimulate within the Intelligence Community the constructive discussion of important issues of the day, to expand knowledge of lessons learned from past experiences, to increase understanding of the history of the profession, and to provide readers with considered reviews of public literature concerning intelligence,” the agency said.

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Hoarders Anonymous for Unstructured Data

Hoarders Anonymous for Unstructured Data | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


In the TV show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive,” you'll notice it’s hard to identify the items of value mixed in with the piles and piles of trash. It’s also difficult to identify who in the house owns a particular item so that you can ask them why they even have it, or get permission to remove it. They don’t use half the stuff, and they’ve forgotten they own it. This is a lot like unstructured data — tons and tons of PDFs, Word docs, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, audio files, picture files and pretty much anything else that doesn’t live in a “structured” database — and how people in most organizations just keep collecting it.

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10 Body Language Tips To Make Your Next Presentation Great

10 Body Language Tips To Make Your Next Presentation Great | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


Once you finish your written speech or PowerPoint slides, you're only halfway done preparing a great presentation. The experts at SOAP Presentationsin São Paulo, Brazil, compiled the following presentation on the most important body language techniques to look like a natural in front of your boss, colleagues, and clients.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 19, 3:58 PM

All change champions use "speakership" to lead There's some good stuff in the SOAP slides and links to more. I recommend rehearsing/practicing in front of a mirror and learn to go with what's natural. I also recommend no slides until you mastered delivery and create slides that are a visual aid which is all slides will ever be. Personally I don't use slides at all for presentations under an hour I prefer to share stories and engage in conversation with the audience, skills any one can learn to master

Ruby Jackson's curator insight, September 20, 8:08 PM

This article provides excellent insight to effective presenting. In addition to knowing your material and practicing, good posture, appropriate hand gestures, movement, and smiling will exude confidence necessary to draw your audience and build their trust.

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PayPal's vision for a global marketplace | McKinsey & Company

PayPal's vision for a global marketplace | McKinsey & Company | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
In this interview with McKinsey’s Eric Hazan, PayPal’s vice president and general manager for Continental Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Laurent Le Moal, discusses the company’s approach, the evolution of its customers, and its future. Le Moal joined PayPal in 2004 as its head of business development for the United Kingdom, moved to France in 2006 to lead the growth of its merchant-services activities, and became general manager of PayPal France in 2008. He assumed his current role in 2010.
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Manager and machine: The new leadership equation

Manager and machine: The new leadership equation | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
What would it take for algorithms to take over the C-suite? And what will be senior leaders’ most important contributions if they do? Our answers to these admittedly speculative questions rest on our work with senior leaders in a range of industries, particularly those on the vanguard of the big data and advanced-analytics revolution. We have also worked extensively alongside executives who have been experimenting most actively with opening up their companies and decision-making processes through crowdsourcing and social platforms within and across organizational boundaries.
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Rajesh Pandey's curator insight, September 19, 1:34 AM

Interesting article.

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Chief Sustainability Officers: Who Are They and What Do They Do? — HBS Working Knowledge

Chief Sustainability Officers: Who Are They and What Do They Do? — HBS Working Knowledge | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
A number of studies document how organizations go through numerous stages as they increase their commitment to sustainability over time. However, we still know little about the role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in this process. Using survey and interview data, the authors of this paper analyze how CSOs' authority and responsibilities differ across organizations that are in different stages of sustainability commitment.
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Wizards and trolls: Accelerating technologies, patent reform, and the new era of IP, Deloitte

Wizards and trolls: Accelerating technologies, patent reform, and the new era of IP, Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Not long ago, protecting intellectual property was primarily the purview of technology and pharmaceutical companies. More recently, however, industries in the path of these accelerating technologies have begun to find themselves grappling with an urgent and often critical need for IP fluency.
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EY - View from the top: September 2014

EY - View from the top: September 2014 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Time is of the essence for technology companies. Faced with more industry restructuring, transformational technologies, intensifying global competition and a red hot M&A market, tech companies are moving fast.
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Cognitive Warming: Brain Training For High Pressure Decision-Making

Cognitive Warming: Brain Training For High Pressure Decision-Making | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Can we train the brain to make better high speed, high pressure decisions? “Hot cognition” is the term psychologists use to describe high speed, high pressure decision-making—that’s decision-making in the face of risk, when emotions play a heavy role. It is opposed to “cold cognition,” which is the more pragmatic, logical, and—most importantly—emotionless variety. But here’s the thing—because hot cognition is automatic, it is often subject to bias and thus prone to error. We’ve been making more and more of these errors lately and they’ve been sending shockwaves through our society and economy.

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Globalbility: Generating Creative Ideas with the Ability to Be Understood Globally

Globalbility: Generating Creative Ideas with the Ability to Be Understood Globally | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
In today's global world, we need to ensure more than ever our creative ideas can span cultures. Here are some things to think about as we generate big thinking that goes across borders.
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Billionaire VC Peter Thiel Says Silicon Valley's 'Obsession' With Disruption Is Totally Misguided

Billionaire VC Peter Thiel Says Silicon Valley's 'Obsession' With Disruption Is Totally Misguided | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

It's hard to find a hotter business buzzword than disruption. 

The theory, made popular by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, refers to a strategy that scrappy, young companies use to topple giant firms, like Netflix did to Blockbuster or Microsoft did to IBM back in the day. It's now bandied about so often by aspiring entrepreneurs that it's become a cliche used to describe almost any effort to alter or improve a business.And it's not a very helpful one, says PayPal founder-turned-mega-VC Peter Thiel. In his new book "Zero to One," he explains why fixating on disruption dupes entrepreneurs:

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Competitive intelligence without calling it CI

Competitive intelligence without calling it CI | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


The current (Sept. 22, 2014) issue of Fortune includes a profile of Howard Ruby, the founder of Oakwood Worldwide, which generates $600 million per year in revenues. The first piece of advice he offers to other entrepreneurs and business persons is “Have four eyes that go around your head. Look out for the competition at every turn and observe what’s happening around you. You have to be mindful of changes and where the markets are heading."

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Win Loss: Indecision is Often Stress

Win Loss: Indecision is Often Stress | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The top finding from Sales is that their biggest enemy is not the competition: it’s “no decision.” Customers are afraid to make decisions due to the stress of buying. Psychologically, stress shortens attention spans, escalates mental exhaustion, and contributes to poor decision making. This can lead to analysis paralysis. To reduce the fear, uncertainty and doubt in decision making, customers will:.

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Competitive Strategy - 7 Things Competitors Can Teach You about Innovation

Competitive Strategy - 7 Things Competitors Can Teach You about Innovation | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Here are 7 areas your competitors can teach you about innovation. You can answer these questions to better understand the pros and cons, whys and wherefores of how competitors in your industry are addressing innovation and what it means for your brand....

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Shawn Nason, Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, September 20, 6:45 PM

This is a great way to look at what is happening in your competitive space. What if you want to be the leader in that space? Remember, these will be questions your competitors could be asking about you. Be the leader not the follower!

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Five Habits Of A Successful Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategist

Five Habits Of A Successful Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategist | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The most effective competitive intelligence strategists make a habit of predicting their firm’s probability of success. With their central mission held in the sights, CI strategists must determine what internal and external factors will affect their firm’s ability to achieve a goal, get a return on their investment and keep up with the competition. Using competitive intelligence tools such as Leopard Firmscape, they can examine the overall health of the industry or practice area and use that data to help predict the chances of succeeding. They can also keep an eye on internal shifts within the firm to determine how partner choices will play out against the backdrop of larger trends..

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Top Spy Clapper Sees 'Most Diverse' Threats in 50 Years

The survey outlines the intelligence community’s objectives as strategic and anticipatory intelligence, current operations, cyber-intelligence, counterterrorism, counter-proliferation and counter-intelligence.

The survey also outlines how those goals would be approached, saying more of an effort will be made to integrate the work of multiple agencies, improving the sharing and safeguarding of information, innovating, and investing in staff. Part of the challenge will be harnessing the explosion in social media and the information that generates, Clapper said.

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The cash paradox: How record cash reserves are influencing corporate behavior, Deloitte

The cash paradox: How record cash reserves are influencing corporate behavior, Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Financial conservatism served companies well in the downturn but in an economic recovery may be dragging companies into a vicious circle of cash accumulation at the expense of investment in growth. New research suggests markets are more rewarding of companies spending astutely in the pursuit of growth.
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More growth options up front: Big data new opening step in growth decision-making process, Deloitte

More growth options up front: Big data new opening step in growth decision-making process, Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
In the past, growth decisions were limited mostly to the ideas that executives could envision on their own. Today, with big data, executives can consider growth options that they might otherwise not even have imagined
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Rowman.com: 9781442224315 - Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis, Second Edition

Rowman.com: 9781442224315 - Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis, Second Edition | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This textbook offers a way of gaining the analytic skills essential to undertake intelligence work. It acquaints students and analysts with how intelligence fits into the larger research framework. It covers not only the essentials of applied research, but also the function, structure, and operational methods specifically involved in intelligence work. It looks at how analysts work with classified information in a security conscious environment as well as obtain data via covert methods. Students are left with little doubt about what intelligence is and how it is developed using scientific methods of inquiry. This revised edition of the popular text has been expanded and updated significantly.

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Puppyforce: A case study in employee engagement

Salesforce.com’s creative approach to allowing pets at work — hardly surprising, it’s called Puppyforce. But the cute name is not what differentiates it, and permitting pets at the office is not necessarily a new perk. What stands out to me is the strategically innovative way in which Salesforce went about designing their version of this employee benefit and the bona fide emphasis placed, in general, on building a highly engaged workforce.

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Faith and Skepticism about Trade, Foreign Investment -- Pew Global Attitudes

Faith and Skepticism about Trade, Foreign Investment -- Pew Global Attitudes | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Trade and foreign investment engender both faith and skepticism around the world, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 44 nations. Global publics generally agree that international commercial activity is a good thing, particularly people in developing and emerging economies. But not everyone is convinced, especially in advanced economies. Such skepticism is particularly strong in France, Italy, Japan and the United States.

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A Third-Party Data Economy

A Third-Party Data Economy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

(Thomas Davenport). These companies use their own data to develop their own products and services. But there are certain advantages from having third parties do this sort of work for you. They can provide independence, scale, and processes that are solely focused on helping to monetize your data. I am sure there are many examples of this third-party phenomenon, but in this column I am going to focus on one: Cardlytics.

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How to Choose the Right Competitive Strategy

How to Choose the Right Competitive Strategy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


Is your business a market leader, challenger, follower, or niche company? After you’ve developed a strong competitive analysis, you’re ready to assess which competitive strategy makes the most sense for your company. Choosing a competitive strategy is critical for marketing success—so spending the time needed to pick the right one is a smart decision.

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Four Keys to Making Data Analysis a Competitive Advantage, and the Big Data “Ambiguity”

Four Keys to Making Data Analysis a Competitive Advantage, and the Big Data “Ambiguity” | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The use of data to drive decision-making is a well accepted practice, that has proved its effectiveness for years in business fields such as competitive intelligence. The only difference from previous uses of data-driven decisions  is the size, diversity, and speed of the databases, which enhance the need for powerful computer systems and structures that few companies can afford. What most of us are doing falls in the scope of business intelligence, or analytics: a systematic way of extracting knowledge from data to drive decision making.

With this in consideration, what would be a relevant scenario for successfully implementing a competitive strategy based on data analysis?

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Welcome to our Web Intelligence Blog (Digimind)

Welcome to our new blog! We’ve decided to take the plunge and start our own blog so we can share our thoughts on all the major developments taking place in the world of Market Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence and Big data.
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