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The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse

The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

They don't look like Guardians Of The Galaxy-style superheroes.

 

... The porter's lodge is like an airlock, apparently sealed from the tribulations of everyday life. But inside the college, pacing the flagstones of what is called – all modesty aside – Great Court, are four men who do not take it for granted that those undergraduates actually have a future. They are the four founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), and they are in the business of "horizon scanning". Together, they are on alert for what they sometimes call "low-probability-but-high-consequence events", and sometimes – when they forget to be reassuring – "catastrophe"....


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The sourge of the Ebola virus in Africa cannot and should not be ignored! With the rise of Antibiotic resistant strains of viruses, comes greater challenges in the treatment of diseases. Rampant use of Antibiotics everywhere(this includes sanitizers, detergents that containg anti-microbial contents, and use of disinfectant) along with changes taking place in the environment have all exposed us to the risk of getting infected by an intelligent and resilient killer bug!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 1, 2014 1:28 AM

Guardian profile of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and its founders is highly recommended reading for those who love Futurism, science fiction and plain old good reporting and storytelling.. Recommended reading 11/10 ;-)

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5 Things the Most Respected Leaders Do Every Day

5 Things the Most Respected Leaders Do Every Day | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

There are a number of qualities that confident, servant leaders share. 

 

1. They Admit Being Wrong

 

The conceited leader that proclaims his position and disregards differing points of view is a leader that will have few followers, mostly out of fear and intimidation. Typically, they know they're right, and they need you to know it too.

 

But truly respected servant leaders are quite secure in admitting when they're wrong and made a mistake, or don't have all the answers. 

 

And they will back down graciously when being proven wrong. To them, it's more important to find out what is right than being right.

 


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We just had a workshop on leadership and the article on leadership caught my eyes, and it is not just empathy, and vision that matter, but also admitting mistakes that matter!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 28, 6:33 PM

Controlling micro-managers will fear these the most.

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Communicating Under Pressure: How Leaders Can Be Calm And Effective No Matter What - Forbes

Communicating Under Pressure: How Leaders Can Be Calm And Effective No Matter What - Forbes | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Communicating under pressure is a critical leadership component learned very early on during Navy SEAL training.

Without having the ability to maintain composure, thinking clearly, gather information and make a call, you can’t succeed in combat. Which of course can lead to the worst possible outcome.

 

The same applies in business leadership situations, without death and dismemberment of course. We all know what it’s like to have the perfect response pop into our heads after an important situation or verbal exchange, too late to be of any use. And then there are those who can face all kinds of conflict and seem to know exactly what to do and say. And they do so in a calm and tactful manner. Faced with an angry customer, an uncooperative co-worker or tense negotiation, they don’t stammer or get upset. They keep their cool and glide through the situation getting what they want without breaking a sweat. These are the people who typically rise rapidly through the ranks. But great communicators are made, not born. It’s simply about having the right tools and knowledge.


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One of the important tasks that a leader has to perform is being able to communicate under pressure! To stay calm in the face of difficulties is an essential skill. All leaders should undergo some kind of training which will help them stay calm, maintain composure, and think clearly in the midst of chaos.
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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, June 22, 7:19 AM
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Artificial Intelligence 'Outsmarts Cancer' - Drug developed using artificial intelligence can slow the growth of Cancer

Artificial Intelligence 'Outsmarts Cancer' - Drug developed using artificial intelligence can slow the growth of Cancer | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Early trial data shows a drug developed using artificial intelligence can slow the growth of cancer in clinical trials.


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High time we used AI to cure Cancer!
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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
It's the biggest move yet for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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I just hope, this change of ownership will not affect the authenticity of Linkdin!
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Virginie Sitter's curator insight, June 14, 4:20 AM
Microsoft rachète Linkedin, c'est le plus gros rachat de Microsoft. Ce rachat donne accès à Microsoft aux réseaux sociaux. Les deux acteurs ciblent le marché des professionnels. En rachetant Linkedin, Microsoft accèdent à une multitude de données sur les entreprises et leurs salariés.
Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 14, 9:48 AM
Wow! Major partnership!
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 15, 12:20 AM
Interesting move by Microsoft as it enters the social media fray. Let's see how Microsoft stands up to facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and the rest of social media.
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11 Tools to Help Launch Your First Content Marketing Campaign

11 Tools to Help Launch Your First Content Marketing Campaign | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Are you ready to give content marketing the time, money and resources it deserves?

While your answer may be yes, it’s never easy to get up and running with a new marketing strategy. There are questions to answer, challenges to overcome and various tasks that need addressed.

With 88% of B2B marketers currently using content marketing as part of their overall strategy, neglecting to do so will put you in the minority.

As you get started, you’ll soon find a variety of ways to better research, plan, create and distribute content.

What I’ve created here is a list of content marketing tools that you’ll want by your side as you roll out your first campaign.

These tools cover the most important details you’ll need to address before you get started, as well as in the early days (and weeks) of running your campaign....


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Neil Patel's tools will help novices and pros alike to develop an effective Content Marketing Campaign. Even though the Internet helps promote and market content in a big way, effective reach and  consistent appeal will require much more than a single strategy.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 4, 11:47 PM

If you're new to content marketing or just starting up for your business, Neil Patel's list of tools is a great place to start.

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How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids: 7 Important Things to Teach Them

How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids: 7 Important Things to Teach Them | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Emotional intelligence is the prerequisite to great relationships. Here's how to teach kids to develop them.

 

Step 1: To be happy and successful, they need to develop great relationships.

Step 2: To develop those relationships, they need adequate emotional intelligence.

Step 3: To develop emotional intelligence, it helps if their mentors (especially their parents) model good behavior in love and partnerships.

1. Teach them to "turn toward."

Relationships are dynamic. They're made up of an uncountable number of small interactions. Julie and John Gottman, a husband and wife team of psychologists who are experts in this area, describe these interactions as "micro-behaviors" and "bids for attention."


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There some important things we need to keep in mind while raising emotionally intelligent kids. These things include, helping them treat success without freaking out, making them see that it is not good to tell mean jokes, and helping them understand how appreciating others plays an important role in building trusting relationships. These pointers are as important to parents as they are to teachers!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 22, 9:41 PM

We all want our kids to be happy and successful, so it makes sense to work backward and figure out how to make that happen.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 23, 6:52 AM
Useful post, presenting some good tips. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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How Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reinvented The Washington Post, the 140-year-old newspaper he bought for $250 million

How Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reinvented The Washington Post, the 140-year-old newspaper he bought for $250 million | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

A lot of people were surprised when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013.

At the time, The Post was a legacy media company facing years of decline, while Bezos had no prior experience in the newspaper business.

But in less than three years, Bezos has completely changed the outlook of the 140-year-old newspaper. Its readership has exploded, and its content has become more suitable for the digital world.

Here's a look back at how Bezos revitalized The Washington Post since taking over less than three years ago....


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I guess print is still in, and a lot can be done to re-invent traditional media!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 16, 1:35 PM

So maybe we shouldn't write off traditional/legacy media so quickly after all?

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Are You a Likely CEO?

Are You a Likely CEO? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

For the past 16 years, we've studied the background of incoming CEOs at the world's largest 2,500 public companies as part of the annual Strategy& CEO Success study. Take this quiz to assess your immediate chances, based on the data we've collected, of becoming a chief executive in your chosen industry.


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I guess most of us have gone through a wide variety of psychometric tests, Calliper, Mills  Briggs MBTI, et al, but then the ultimate test is on the field, nevertheless, I wouldn't mind going  the quiz, and I suggest you could too!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 15, 8:53 PM

Track your chances of becoming a chief executive at one of the world’s largest companies, based on a study of incoming leaders.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 16, 8:37 AM
Useful post, presenting some good tips. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in business management, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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A simple guide to promote your content in 2016: part 4 of the content marketing lifecycle

A simple guide to promote your content in 2016: part 4 of the content marketing lifecycle | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Creating content is important, yet it's not enough to succeed on its own. Learn how to promote your content in phase 4 of the content marketing lifecycle.
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Content doesn't market itself, you need to market it! This is the fact about content marketing, and especially for those who are into writing, and blogging full time. The same might be said for those who have their own websites. Even good content becomes stale after sometime, therefore one needs to not only market content, but also re-invent it, or, for that effect re-package content so that it is relevant and viable!
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What Leadership Looks Like in Different Cultures

What Leadership Looks Like in Different Cultures | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

What makes a great leader? Although the core ingredients of leadership are universal (good judgment, integrity, and people skills), the full recipe for successful leadership requires culture-specific condiments. The main reason for this is that cultures differ in their implicit theories of leadership, the lay beliefs about the qualities that individuals need to display to be considered leaders. Depending on the cultural context, your typical style and behavioral tendencies may be an asset or a weakness. In other words, good leadership is largely personality in the right place.

Research has shown that leaders’ decision making, communication style, and dark-side tendencies are influenced by the geographical region in which they operate. Below we review six major leadership types that illustrate some of these findings.


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Core leadership skills will remain the same through a plethora of cultures, however culture specific skills will vary according to this article. Behavioural tendencies, and trends do have an impact!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 9, 6:52 PM

How decision making, communication, and dark-side tendencies vary.

muneer ben nour's curator insight, May 10, 9:34 AM

its looks like a bueatful drawing

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How to Kill Dead Space and Achieve More in Business

How to Kill Dead Space and Achieve More in Business | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When you reduce Dead Space, you reduce the time it takes to accomplish your goals.


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Dead space is a silent but deadly killer of initiative and success in business and life. Umberto Eco the expert on semiotics referred to Dead Space when he used the word Interstices. The idea is to fill up the empty spaces in our lives by doing something constructive. Take for example the time it takes for your friend to ascend to your flat using the elevator while you wait for him at the top. That is an interstice that you can fill up by writing something. If we were to remove the empty space from the whole universe, then theortically at least, the whole universe can be compressed to the size of an orange!
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Daniel Watson's curator insight, April 27, 11:36 PM

 

We all know that work expands to fill the time available in which to complete it. The difference between the actual time physically taken to complete a task, and the lapsed time between beginning and completing the task, is what is known as dead space. If you can kill the dead space, you will achieve far more in your business life, and this article highlights three steps to take to become personally more productive.

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this is dead on .
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How Media Consumption Habits Are Changing

How Media Consumption Habits Are Changing | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Millennials age 14-25 now spend more time streaming online video content than watching live television, according to a recent report from Deloitte. The report was based on data conducted in November 2015 of 2,205 consumers in the United States.


The researchers examined the media consumption habits of four generations: Millennials (born between 1983 and 2001); Generation X (1966-1982); Baby Boomers (1947-1965), and Matures (prior to 1947). More than half of all US consumers, and three-quarters of Millennials, watch movies and TV shows via streaming on at least a monthly basis, the researchers found.


Other key insights from the report: 


- 70% Americans binge-watch television content, viewing an average of five episodes at a time.


- 90% of US consumers say they multitask while watching TV.


- Nearly three quarters of Millennials age 19-32 say they are more influenced in their buying decisions by social media recommendations than TV ads.


- Social media sites have surpassed television as the most popular source of news for Millennials....


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Media consumption habits are changing and fewer people watch TV these days. As a corallary to this, it is becoming clear that social media is gaining popularity over TV. Consumers are more likely to be influenced by advertisements they come across on online socia media than advertisements that appear on TV. Social media sites are overtaking TV as a source of information, and entertainment.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 16, 1:05 AM

Millennials love streaming online video rather than watching live TV says Deloitte.

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Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel better.

 

But science suggests there are a few serious flaws in that reasoning. One, not only does expressing negativity tend not to make us feel better, it's also catching, making listeners feel worse. "People don't break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is...similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it's dead wrong," psychologist Jeffrey Lohr, who has studied venting, memorably explained.

 

OK, so complaining is bad for your mood and the mood of your friends and colleagues, but that's not all that's wrong with frequent negativity. Apparently, it's also bad for your brain and your health. Yes, really.


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Complaining according to many is infectuous and therefore something to be frowned upon. For administrators and those in Managerial positions, emlpoyees who complain are a liabilty because they poison the minds of others. We have all heard about the Pygmallion effect and know that the story that we project is the story that will go around.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 14, 6:23 PM

Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.

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Brian Eno Talks About Using Artificial Intelligence To Create Music And Art

Brian Eno Talks About Using Artificial Intelligence To Create Music And Art | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

On June 28, Brian Eno will launch a new video experience for the title track of his latest album The Ship, which was released in April. What's different about this music video is, according to Eno, it isn't really a music video at all, but rather a visual experience informed by and created with artificial intelligence.

"Just as I'm excited about the possibilities of artificial intelligence and new technologies, I'm so incredibly and numbingly bored with videos and the traditional music videos, that I just couldn't imagine wanting to do that," said Eno, on stage at Cannes Lions. "So really, this is an attempt to say, is there some other way we can do this thing?"...


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I guess we need to accept that AI is in! We have begun using Artificial Intelligence in almost every aspect of life, whether it is transport, (driverless trains, driverless cars, or even planes that can fly themselves) or medicine, or even industry, so why not music?
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 22, 10:24 PM

The legendary producer and artist took to the Cannes Lions stage to talk about art, technology, and his new project, The Ship.

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4 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Blog Updated

4 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Blog Updated | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

What if you could, on occasion, publish content that is surprisingly easy to put together and still be incredibly useful to your readers


Today’s article will help you write blog posts faster and keep your blog updated regularly, all while keeping readers fully satisfied and addicted.Did I mention you will also establish greater authority and build impressive relationships with other bloggers in the process?


Let’s get started....


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I am a blogger and I need to keep upto date. As blogging becomes even more technical and complicated, what with new templates coming in and terms like SEO, Keywords popping in, Blogging has become much more than just the content. What matters is increasing reach, packaging to make the content look attractive, and yes, consistency!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 17, 3:20 AM

Learn how to write blog posts faster, publish as often as you wish and keep every article incredibly useful? This post has you covered.

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People and skills make Ireland the 7th most competitive economy in the world

People and skills make Ireland the 7th most competitive economy in the world | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
People, culture and skills were the key reasons that Ireland jumped from 16th to 7th place as the world's most competitive economy.

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Training in soft skills, 21st Century skills, Social skills and the ability to motivate people to work to the best of their abilities does make a difference!
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How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas

How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

How do successful authors engage their fans on social media? And what can authors post on social media besides links to their own books?

Below you’ll find 23 ideas, along with examples from successful authors. Many of these tactics can help promote a book, but in more creative and engaging ways than simply posting a link to a book’s retailer page.

Publishers and agents, this post is written for authors. We encourage you to share it with your authors to help them build more engaging profiles.

Authors, we hope hope you find the list useful — and please share your great ideas in the comments!...


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I am an author with three published titles, and the fourth one coming up soon. All I can say is that Social Media has been a big help to me in promoting my books. The article gives authors some valuable tips on how to use social media to help promote one's books! Happy reading!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 7, 10:24 PM

Valuable and easy to implement social and content marketing ideas for authors. Recommended reading for authors and. 9/10

donhornsby's curator insight, June 8, 10:30 AM
(From the article): To drive exposure for a book, create an image of a notable, inspiring, or funny quote from the book. You can use tools like Canva or Designfeed to easily turn quotes into eye-catching images.
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Who (dis)likes advertising the most?

Who (dis)likes advertising the most? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

American adults are more apt to generally dislike (61%) than like (34%) advertising, according to arecent YouGov study [pdf]. In fact, intense dislike (“dislike a lot”) outweighs liking advertising “a lot” by an almost 6-to-1 margin (28% vs. 5%) among the 1,000 adults surveyed. However, some groups have a more positive view of advertising’s likability than others.


The study breaks down its results by demographic group. Some key highlights from those results follow.


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Advertisements tend to be disruptive in many instances, It is not just advertisements of beauty products that interrupt your viewing of a favourite serial or movie , but also those nasty pop ups that refuse to go while surfing the net for important information. While it is true that we can not do without advertisemets because they provide financial support however, we need to find ways to incorporate them in such a way so as to make them less disruptive! The number of American adults who dislike advertisemets is greater than those who tolerate them according to this write up!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 31, 10:42 AM

Statista tells us who dislikes ads the most.

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SEO Handbook: 17 Essential SEO Tips Your Blog MUST Follow - SumoMe

SEO Handbook: 17 Essential SEO Tips Your Blog MUST Follow - SumoMe | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
New to SEO? Here’s all the tips you need to know to optimize your content before, after, and when you blog.

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An important guide that helps you promote your content and boost viewership. This is a must read for those who are into blogging and websites!
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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, May 19, 11:35 AM

What a great article on SEO for blogging! I know all the tips but they are explained in plain English. So, the information is easy to read and absorb.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 19, 4:21 PM

Practical tips for better SEO results.

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 32 Actionable and Proven Copywriting Secrets

 32 Actionable and Proven Copywriting Secrets | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be a professional to write powerful and strong copy. You just need to know your audience and add a few stylistic firecrackers.

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These are important tips for drafting sellable content. Some of the helpful tips include writing epic content, allowign the readers to get an idea in 15 seconds, using a font that is readable, and so on. Content providers will learn a lot from this writeup!
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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 15, 10:23 PM

 

Copy-writing is a skill not all business owners possess, and poor copy on a website or in an email newsletter, can have a dramatic effect on audience response rates. If the objective of your website or newsletters, is to encourage viewers or readers to take some form of immediate action, then your copy needs to be compelling. Copy-writing skills can be developed by most business owners, and the secrets to successful copy-writing as outlined in this article, should be of tremendous assistance to any business owner looking to improve their response rates.

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How Decision-Making Is Different Between Men And Women And Why It Matters In Business - Forbes

How Decision-Making Is Different Between Men And Women And Why It Matters In Business - Forbes | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

In my work as a leadership trainer and a career success coach for women over 11 years, it’s become abundantly clear that the quality of one’s decision-making is not only a critical factor in her professional success and impact, but also reflects a wide range of influences that we’re typically unaware of, including core values, internal preferences, societal influences, social abilities, cultural training, neurobiology, comfort with authority and power, and much more.

To learn more about decision-making in general, and key differences between the way men and women make decisions in particular, I asked Dr. Therese Huston to share her insights. Therese was the founding director of what is now the Center for Faculty Development at Seattle University and has spent the past fifteen years helping smart people make better decisions. She has written for the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, and her first book, Teaching What You Don't Know, was published by Harvard University Press. Her current book How Women Decide: What's True, What's Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices “pries open” stereotypes about women’s decision-making and serves as an authoritative guide to help women navigate the workplace and their everyday life with greater success and impact.


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Women make for good leaders, and it is high time we accepted this as an emerging reality. In the education sector, especially school education, women are more successful as principals and managers. The reason is perhaps that they are less likey to make wrong decisions under duress.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 12, 7:16 PM

A common perception is that when women are stressed, they become emotional and fall apart , but when men are stressed, they remain calm and clear-headed. Dr. Therese Huston sets us straight.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 15, 4:11 PM
Decision-making is a very important topic and often overlooked by companies. For those who speak the Spanish or Portuguese, more about decision-making can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
S3 Inc's curator insight, May 26, 1:53 PM

S3 Inc is a women owned technical services company. Learn about the differences between men and women in decision-making and its importance in business in this article from Forbes.

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The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company

The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Large-scale organizational change has always been difficult, and there’s no shortage of research showing that a majority of transformations continue to fail. Today’s dynamic environment adds an extra level of urgency and complexity. Companies must increasingly react to sudden shifts in the marketplace, to other external shocks, and to the imperatives of new business models. The stakes are higher than ever.

So what’s to be done? In both research and practice, we find that transformations stand the best chance of success when they focus on four key actions to change mind-sets and behavior: fostering understanding and conviction, reinforcing changes through formal mechanisms, developing talent and skills, and role modeling. Collectively labeled the “influence model,” these ideas were introduced more than a dozen years ago in a McKinsey Quarterly article, “The psychology of change management.” They were based on academic research and practical experience—what we saw worked and what didn’t.

Digital technologies and the changing nature of the workforce have created new opportunities and challenges for the influence model (for more on the relationship between those trends and the model, see this article’s companion, “Winning hearts and minds in the 21st century”). But it still works overall, a decade and a half later (exhibit). In a recent McKinsey Global Survey, we examined successful transformations and found that they were nearly eight times more likely to use all four actions as opposed to just one.1 Building both on classic and new academic research, the present article supplies a primer on the model and its four building blocks: what they are, how they work, and why they matter.


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I like this article for being straightforward and to the point. A majority of transformations continue to fail, and fixed patterns might not help enough!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 5, 7:37 PM

Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.

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5 Creativity Tips From Prince's Stellar Career

5 Creativity Tips From Prince's Stellar Career | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Tributes to the work of Prince continue to appear, more than a week after the legendary songwriter and performer passed away at age 57.

A recent story showcased Prince's strengths in the realms of creativity and talent development--and revealed how his passion for music was the key to his prolific career. Here are five highlights: 

1. Prince had a work ethic born of passion. Even after he was a famous and rich superstar, Prince's work ethic never waned. "He'd come to rehearsal, work us, go work his band, then he'd go to his studio all night and record," is what James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, Prince's high school classmate and producer, tells EW. "Then the next night he'd come to rehearsal with a tape in his hand and he'd say, 'This is what I did last night.' And it'd be something like '1999,' and you're just like, 'Who does this?'"

2. Prince was a molder of young talent--a superboss. His proteges included Scottish singer Sheena Easton, dancer Carmen Electra, and his former drummer, Sheila E. "He loved working with women and helping them and encouraging them and saying, 'Hey, I think this would be a good song for you,'" Sheila E. tells EW. Like Miles Davis and other "superboss" artists, Prince prided himself on being the foundation of a talent tree, and watching his branches find their own paths. 


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There there is so much to learn from Prince's stellar career, such as having a sound work ethic born of passion, moulding young minds,and the use of technology thrown in!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 2, 12:40 AM

Prince was a superboss--and a passionate developer of others' talents.

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Design School's Ultimate Guide to Designing With Backgrounds [With Ready-to-Use Templates]

Design School's Ultimate Guide to Designing With Backgrounds [With Ready-to-Use Templates] | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

In order to arrange your design, you need a place to start. Backgrounds are the foundation of your graphics — it helps pave the path to forming a successful composition.


Textures and colors help create depth and contrast, allowing your graphics to stand out and get noticed. Well composed images can help create space for you to overlay text, while visually communicating your message at the same time.


Using a background can help give your designs more context and provide a visual element to help support your content.


Bonus: We’ve designed most of the images in this article as templates for you to personalize! To use them for your own stuff, just click them and they’ll be ready to edit in your Canva account (No Canva? It’s free!). 


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The post contains some interesting design tips on working with backgrounds with some ready-to-use templates thrown in!
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Blogging or designing visuals? Learn these background design tips to make your message pop.

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5 Ways To Experience Flow And Get Crazy Productive - Forbes

5 Ways To Experience Flow And Get Crazy Productive - Forbes | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

The average person has 70,000 thoughts each day, and if you don’t learn to organize them, they have the potential to wreak havoc on your productivity.

 

When you succumb to the flurry of thoughts running through your head, your mind becomes disorganized, and the more you ruminate on intrusive thoughts, the more power you give them.

Most of our thoughts are just that—thoughts, not facts. When you find yourself believing the negative, distracting, and pessimistic things your inner voice says, it’s very hard to slow down the momentum of your thoughts.


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One has an average of 70,000 thoughts in a day, and to handle all of them is a challenge indeed! In the context of the busy and hectic lives we lead, it is important to be in the flow, as being overwhelmed by thoughts and issues can add up to stress. While it is difficult to slow down time one can atleast try to organise the flow of thoughts. This is an interesting write-up that will help you organise yourself in these hectic and busy times. Organising thoughts in a to-do diary will help a great deal!
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