A collection of items for strategists and problems-solvers who aim to be well-informed about global affairs and perspectives; capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; and who are interested in expressing clearly reasoned opinions and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL). This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.
Brainstorming was invented in the 1930s as a practical idea-generation technique for regular use by “creatives” within the ad agency BBDO. The skill began to gain a wider audience in 1942, when Alex Osborn — the “O” in BBDO — released a book called How to Think Up and sparked the imaginations of his fellow Mad Men.
In my recent paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Can analysts assess fundamental risk and valuation uncertainty? An empirical analysis of scenario-based value estimates, my co-authors and I find that there is a better way to present a fuller picture of future possibilities by putting multiple scenarios on the table, instead of limiting predictions to a single-point outcome. We used the setting of equity research to demonstrate this. We find that scenario-based forecasting helps analysts improve the overall risk picture surrounding the firms in their coverage as well as enhancing their forecast accuracy and reducing their optimistic biases.
The acquisition of the information in the realm of competitive intelligence is often acquired from publicly available resources. Often, many individuals believe that competitive intelligence is collected solely from journals, articles, employment notices, internet pages, and other written publications which may provide data points for analysis. What many fail to realize, is that although collection from written publications may occur, this collection may only equal 10%-20% of the information which exists. The other 80%-90% is acquired through spoken communication. From interviews, lectures, webinars, and even conversations at the local coffee shop. Yes, the local coffee shop near the company headquarters is a prime collection opportunity for the HUMINT Competitive Intelligence collector. Whether the information is derived from written publication or HUMINT collection, the data points or information acquired is only one piece of the larger puzzle.
Along with social, mobile and cloud, analytics and associated data technologies have earned a place as one of the core disruptors of the digital age. 2016 saw big data technologies increasingly leveraged to power business intelligence. Here's what 2017 holds in store for the data and analytics space. John Schroeder, executive chairman and founder of MapR Technologies, predicts the following six trends will dominate data and analytics in 2017:
"Seth Godin recently wrote an article, “Let’s Stop Calling Them Soft Skills“, in which he describes five categories of skills that we all look for in colleagues, employees, and students–yet, don’t seem to value over other content and standardized skills. What I love about Seth’s view is that it is one outside of education. He has created businesses, written books, designed products, and even started his own aMBA school.
Seth believes these so-called “soft skills” are more important now than ever before.These skills shared above are important. They’ve always been important. However, maybe now more than ever before. In a world that is quickly changing, we need to continue refocus our why on giving students the skills and knowledge to actively learn and pursue their interests, passions, and dreams.
This course's objective is to provide to managers and executives with toolkits that allow them to not only be more efficient when doing online research, but also to identify sources of information that answer their information needs. Learn about the techniques and sources which are part of the "Invisible Web":information that is not yet indexed by search engines (about 70% of the total information about people, technologies and companies), and about the informal web: tracking customer perception, competitors' employees in informal and social networks. Particular emphasis is put on methods to find information about private companies (their alliance partners, marketing strategies, client lists, distribution networks, financial status, management bios, etc...). This course is fully interactive: each participant has access to a computer to practice techniques and test sources of information as the course unfolds.June/October 2017
"Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?"
But the reality is that our relentless focus on the importance of big data is often misleading. Yes, in some situations, deriving value from data requires having an immense amount of that data. But the key for innovators across industries is that the size of the data isn’t the most critical factor — having the right data is.
Understanding the competition is a crucial business activity for any entrepreneur or business executive. Some companies hire professionals to track competitors and assess the competitive landscape on a regular basis. But it doesn't always have to be a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive process -- particularly given the new wealth of data that can be assembled using the Internet. By investing even a small amount of time, businesses of any size can develop a framework for making competitive assessments, gather intelligence on business rivals, and understand how to position their own brand, products, and company in the marketplace. Not only can you learn best practices from competitors, but you can also learn to avoid the mistakes they make.
It’s not necessarily that this is an insanely hard job. But there’s so much that you could possibly do and measure and look at, that just jumping in on a whim will definitely lead to overwhelm. You need a plan. That includes knowing what you’re looking at and why, and having a process for monitoring and analyzing their content. That way you know your focus and won’t get distracted by all those other things you could look at. Here are some of my favorite resources and tools for getting the job done:
The truth is: Social media platforms are simply not designed to find that information easily. They are designed to collect behavioural data of their users; true. They are designed to sell advertising; true. But even searching for your own posts can become a nightmare. So is searching for competitor/market information worth the effort? “True”, says Amir Fleischman, “you only need to know some essential tools and techniques. Sometimes it is even more like hacking existing functions by using them differently as they are supposed to be used.”
Cisco Blog > Security Indicators of Compromise ('IOC') are used to suggest a system has been affected by some form of malware. An Indicator of Compromise can be anything from a file name to the behavior observed while malware is actively running on an infected system.
Of course, sometimes your instinct is right and it really is a bad decision, one that ignores inconvenient facts or expert advice in favor of the decision-maker’s internal beliefs. Some leaders believe themselves infallible, and some people won’t accept that they can’t get what they want until every possible approach — including the ridiculous — has failed. But a lot of decisions that might seem downright crazy to you make more sense than you suspect. Most of the time, when you don’t understand why a decision was made, it means that you don’t really understand the decision-maker’s goals or overall mandate. If you take a step back, you might be able to make sense of the situation.
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