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28 brilliant questions to ask at the end of every job interview

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Here's what to say when the interviewer asks, "So do you have any questions for me?"


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Vimal Rai's curator insight, May 4, 2016 6:01 AM
I think this is a great list...but, do be wary of asking questions to which the answers can be deduced by doing some pre-interview research. Go ahead and ask the questions to which only the interviewers or people within the company can tell you about.
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8 Ways to Figure Out What You're Passionate About Without Leaving Your Couch

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Not sure what your passion is? Here are some creative and thoughtful exercises you can do to practice some self-reflecting in your spare time.


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Vimal Rai's curator insight, October 6, 2016 10:19 AM
This can be a useful exercise, even if the answer isn't quite what you expected. If you're like me and have more interests than you can recount in 3 seconds, a long list of "passions" to boot, then you should try this. What do you have to lose?
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How to Make Yourself Write an Entire Blog Article Every Single Day

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Blogging is an essential part of my business, and I can tell you firsthand how difficult it can be. 


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Daniel Watson's curator insight, September 8, 2016 6:41 PM

 

If you have set up a blog for your business, either on your website or as a stand-alone endeavour, you need to feed the beast with regular blogs. This can be easier said than done, especially after the initial enthusiasm has waned, and ideas for posts are harder and harder to find. Advice from successful bloggers can be most useful if you have hit such hurdles, and this article provides great pointers on how to maintain a regular schedule of blog posts.

Brett.Ashley.Crawford's curator insight, September 9, 2016 9:08 AM
All true.  Writing is hard but writing is essential for content generation.  Writing can take many forms (video, audio, etc.) but it is a mental pursuit to find the structure and meaning you intend to convey.
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Why BPM is the essential link between the IoT and CRM in the digital age | Information Age

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The service-led IoT economy needs orchestration, collaboration, and continuous optimisation for efficiency - this is where the role of BPM comes in

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How To Create An Effective Unique Value Proposition 

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A step-by-step process for attracting, converting and monetising the most profitable customers in your market. Let’s start with a simple premise: all customers are not created equal.  Some are dramatically more profitable than others.


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Chuck Taylor's curator insight, February 7, 2016 11:27 AM

Great Article

Alexandru Otelea's curator insight, February 8, 2016 4:58 AM

I found it very useful.

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How Boards Interview CEO Candidates

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When we work with boards of directors to help them prepare to interview CEO candidates, we develop an interview guide that will organize the conversation, which typically runs for 90 minutes.  While

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Vimal Rai's curator insight, February 1, 2016 10:23 AM

Not very often you come across a post that literally teaches you what to expect in an interview for the top position. Even if you're not gunning for a C-level job, these questions are worth thinking about,

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Top 10 Skills You Need at Work That Have Nothing to Do with Your Job

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Hiring managers make the difficult decision of who the best candidate is for the job based not just on the specific job requirements but also basic “soft skills” every worker should have, like communication and teamwork. Here are the top 10 additional job skills everyone needs.

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Amy Clark's curator insight, January 5, 2016 7:12 AM

Interesting insight...

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Top 5 Ways to Find Content for Social Media

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Content is the most important part of social media management. Finding awesome content for social media pages captures the attention of potential customers.
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7 Habits of Remarkably Happy People

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Happiness is a state of mind. If you're willing to adopt a different approach to your actions, you can achieve it.
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To Improve Your Focus, Notice How You Lose It

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We’ve all been there.  You try to focus on a task and soon you’re looking out the window, wondering about dinner, analyzing your golf game, fantasizing about your lover.  How did your mind end up in Cancun, when you were supposed to be thinking about first-quarter strategy?

The normal act of concentration or attention is a mess, but it’s a mess with a specific structure.  To learn to sharpen your focus, you can start by understanding this “structure of distraction” – how, exactly, your concentration strays in the first place.

Over the last 20 years as a clinical psychologist I have led workshops and meditation groups that have taught people from all walks to see the structure of their own distraction. In my work with clinicians in end-of-life care, understanding this structure has helped them to distinguish between the needs of dying patients and their own emotional responses. This same skill has helped families to drop resentments and choose togetherness. It has helped business leaders to clarify their strategic goals and develop the courage both to initiate and to end internal and external relationships. It has even helped golf players to keep their mind on their swing and their eye on the ball.
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5 Ways Top CEOs Screen Job Candidates

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The success of Alexander the Great – arguably the world’s most
successful conqueror – is partly because Aristotle – one of history’s
greatest minds – tutored him. Of course, Aristotle was successful partly
because he was tutored by the great Plato, who himself was tutored by
the great Socrates. The

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Vimal Rai's curator insight, November 10, 2015 1:15 AM

Great insights into the top qualities leaders are after!

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20 Top Apps for Business Productivity

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Productivity is critical for small business owners and there are a wide range of apps available in both IOS and Android that are available to be deployed to improve business productivity. This article lists a good selection of apps from both platforms that are well worth considering if you are not already using them.

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7 Websites That Will Help You Improve Your Communication Skills

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, May 7, 2015 7:11 AM

Communication is very important element for personal branding. It also helps for entrepreneurship and to show your authenticity. Thanks for the list of websites that helps for better communication. 

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useful upgrading resources

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Successful leaders design their relationships. This is how

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Eric McNulty, director of research for Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, discusses designing your leadership relationships.


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Vimal Rai's curator insight, October 12, 2016 10:15 AM
Wow. Powerful advice about designing your relationships instead of letting them be designed by default.
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"All relationships are designed. The variable is whether this is done purposefully or left to chance."
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All relationships are designed. The variable is whether this is done purposefully or left to chance.
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The S.O.A.R. Answer Model | HumanResources.com

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Vimal Rai's curator insight, February 10, 2017 9:36 AM
Very practical advice for your next interview!
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The Feeling Wheel

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How to Use “The Feeling Wheel”

In my book I’m a Type A—How the Heck Will I Ever Retire? I stress the importance of Type As being aware of their feelings and emotions as a way to better being able to relax. It is often unaddressed feeling and emotions th

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Patricia Clason's curator insight, February 9, 2016 9:44 AM

What are you really feeling? this tool will help you figure it out, sometimes its not what it seems!

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Design tools for design thinking - ..STBY...

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Design tools for design thinking
STBY has been involved in the creation of toolkits for several clients, in sectors from education to international development to design. Recently we have finished a toolkit on innovation in emerging markets, and we are facilitating the development of an exciting design thinking toolkit for the care sector. Why are toolkits so popular? 
Clients consider tools and toolkits effective ways to capture the knowledge and skills of experts in a format that can easily be shared. Toolkits promise to make a complex process accessible to novice practicioners. However, a design thinking toolkit does not automatically make everyone a design thinker. 
With just a hammer and a saw you can’t build a house straight away, you need to learn how to use each device individually, and you can only get started if you have wood and nails. It really helps if a ‘master’ explains you the tips and tricks, so you don’t have to rely on reading the manual. If you use your tool over and over again you will be able to create stable and good looking objects. And finally, some day you’ll be able to build upon your ‘master’s’ advice and develop your own way of working. 
The risk of ’tool-ification’ is to reduce design thinking practice to a rote procedure, and in that way it can lose depth and creativity. Reflecting on our projects, toolkits are never designed in isolation. We develop artefacts, but we also design the way they will be used in practice. Sometimes tools form part of a course or training, in other cases they are used by experts to guide colleagues. It’s important to apply almost a service design approach to making toolkits, to keep in mind how they will function and be used in the broader ecosystem of an organisation, group, or class.
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Infographic: What works, what doesn't in CRM

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CRM is a highly adopted strategy for managing your customers and prospects. So how do you make it work for your business?

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Amy Clark's curator insight, February 2, 2016 10:55 AM

great infographic!

malek's curator insight, February 2, 2016 11:05 AM

Lack of executive sponsorship degrades CRM projects. 

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10 Ideas for Improving Your Business Website

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Your small business website is the online face of your business. But what do you put on your site. Members of the small business community, this week, shared some helpful tips on building a better business website.


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Paulo Martins's curator insight, February 2, 2016 3:45 AM

A lot of good hints that deserves your time, if you really want to improve the performance of your business website.

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Any business seeking growth via acquiring more customers or clients needs to ensure that their business website performs effectively and attracts the right viewers. Far too many small business websites need reviewing and updating, and one barrier faced by business owners tackling this task, is finding ideas to make their site perform. The ten ideas outlined in this article should greatly assist anyone finding themself in this position.

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Any business seeking growth via acquiring more customers or clients needs to ensure that their business website performs effectively and attracts the right viewers. Far too many small business websites need reviewing and updating, and one barrier faced by business owners tackling this task, is finding ideas to make their site perform. The ten ideas outlined in this article should greatly assist anyone finding themself in this position.

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What's Next In Mobile Technology?

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We’re now coming up to 9 years since the launch of the iPhone kicked off
the smartphone revolution, and some of the first phases are over - Apple
and Google both won the platform war, mostly, Facebook made the transition,
mostly, and it’s now perfectly clear that mobile is the future of
technology and of the internet. But within that, there's a huge range of
different themes and issues, many of which are still pretty unsettled. 

In this post, I outline what I think are the 16 topics to think about
within the current generation, and then link to the things I’ve written
about them. In January, I’ll dig into some of the themes for the future -
VR, AR, drones and AI, but this is where we are today. 

See here to listen to the podcast we did around this. 

 

1: Mobile is the new central ecosystem of tech

Each new generation of technology - each new ecosystem - is a step change
in scale, and that new scale makes it the centre of innovation and
investment in hardware, software and company creation. The mobile
ecosystem, now, is heading towards perhaps 10x the scale of the PC
industry, and mobile is not just a new thing or a big thing, but that new
generation, whose scale makes it the new centre of gravity of the tech
industry. Almost everything else will orbit around it. 

The smartphone is the new sun

Resetting the score

 

2: Mobile is the internet

We should stop talking about ‘mobile’ internet and ‘desktop’ internet - 
it’s like talking about ‘colour’ TV, as opposed to black and white TV. We
have a mental mode, left over from feature phones, that ‘mobile’ means
limited devices that are only used walking around. But actually,
smartphones are mostly used when you’re sitting down next to a laptop, not
‘mobile’, and their capabilities make them much more sophisticated as
internet platforms than PC. Really, it’s the PC that has the limited,
cut-down version of the internet. 

Forget about the mobile internet

Mobile first

What would you miss?

 

3: Mobile isn’t about small screens and PCs aren’t about keyboards - mobile
means an ecosystem and that ecosystem will swallow ‘PCs’

When we say 'mobile' we don't mean mobile, just as when we said 'PCs' we
didn't mean ‘personal’. ‘Mobile’ isn't about the screen size or keyboard or
location or use. Rather, the ecosystem of ARM, iOS and Android, with 10x
the scale of ‘Wintel’, will become the new centre of gravity throughout
computing. This means that ‘mobile’ devices will take over more and more of
what we use ‘PCs’ for, gaining larger screens and keyboards, sometimes, and
more and more powerful software, all driven by the irresistible force of a
much larger ecosystem, which will suck in all of the investment and
innovation. 

Mobile, ecosystems and the death of PCs

 

4: The future of productivity

Will you always need a mouse and keyboard and Excel or Powerpoint for ‘real
work’? Probably not - those will linger on for a long time for tens of
millions of core users, but not the other billions - computing and
productivity has changed radically before and will change again. Big
screens will last, for some, and maybe keyboards, for some, but all the
software will change. It will move to the cloud, and onto mobile devices
(with large or small screens), and be reshaped by them. The core question -
is typing, or making presentations, actually your job, or just a tool you
use to get your actual job done? What matters is the connective tissue of a
company - the verbs that move things along. Those can be done in new ways. 

Office, messaging and verbs

Podcast: Slack

Tablets, PCs and Office

 

5: Microsoft's capitulation

Microsoft missed the shift to the new platform. Xbox is non-core, Windows
Mobile is on life support, Windows 10 is a good prop for the legacy
business that can slow but not prevent this change, and Satya Nadella has
explicitly stated that the decades-old strategy of ‘Windows Everywhere’ -
of trying to be the universal platform - is over. That doesn’t remotely
mean that Microsoft is dead, but it has to work out how to use the cash and
market position of the legacy monopolies to help it build new businesses.
That’s a big change from the past, where everything was about building
Windows and Office. But it’s not quite clear what those new businesses will
look like - Microsoft has to try to reinvent the connective tissue of the
enterprise. 

Microsoft, capitulation and the end of Windows Everywhere

 

6: Apple & Google both won, but it’s complicated

The mobile generation is unusual in that we seem to have two winners - both
Apple and Google won, in different ways. Conventionally, the bigger
ecosystem wins and sucks all activity into its orbit, but Apple’s ecosystem
has perhaps 800m active users, far larger than in previous generations, and
has perhaps half of global mobile browsing and two thirds or more of app
store revenue (a good proxy for overall economic activity). Android has
more users but Apple has more of the ‘best’ users (from a developers’
perspective). 

Indeed, one can also ask whether Google rather than Apple has a problem -
Google’s existential need is reach, and both iOS and Android give it reach,
but the reach it has on iOS is limited by what Apple will allow. And less
than a quarter of iPhone users have bothered to install Google Maps. 
Conversely, Apple’s weakness in cloud services and AI may end up becoming
an equivalent strategic problem over time. 

Ecosystem Maths

How many ecosystems?

What does Google need in mobile?

 

7: Search and discovery

The internet makes it possible to get anything you've ever heard of but
also makes it impossible to have heard of everything. It allows anyone to
be heard, but how do people hear of you? We started with browsing, and that
didn’t scale to the internet, and then we moved to search, but search can
only give you what you already knew you wanted. In the past, print and
retail showed us what there was but also gave us a filter - now both the
filter and the demand generation are gone. So, who has the traffic, and
where do they send it? How do AI, or discovery, or the platforms themselves
fit into this?  How much curation, and where? How do you get users?

Search, discovery and marketing

Google Now, Maps and Apple Music

Platforms, distribution and audience

Bay Area problems

Mobile is not a neutral platform

 

8: Apps and the web

There's an involved, technical and (for people like me) fascinating
conversation in tech about smartphone apps and the web - what can each do,
how discovery works, how they interplay, what Google plans with Chrome,
whether the web will take over as the dominant form and so on. But for an
actual brand, developer or publisher wondering if they should do an app or
a website, the calculation is much simpler and less technical: ‘Do people
want to put your icon on their home screen?’ 

Apps versus the web

 

9: Post Netscape, post PageRank, looking for the next run-time

For 15 years the internet was a monolith: web browser + mouse + keyboard.
There were other options, but for most normal consumers the web and the
internet were practically the same thing. The smartphone broke that apart,
but we haven’t settled on a new model. Competition between Apple and
Google, with Facebook trying to butt in, plus all the unrealised
possibilities of a new medium, means the interaction models of mobile keep
changing. Really, we’re looking for a new run-time - a new way, after the
web and native apps, to build services. That might be Siri or Now or
messaging or maps or notifications or something else again. But the
underlying aim is to construct a new search and discovery model - a new
way, different to the web or app stores, to get users.  

Apps versus the web

App unbundling, search and discovery

Mobile is not a neutral platform

 

10: Messaging as a platform, and a way to get customers. 

A big part of this hunt for a new runtime, and a new discovery layer, is
messaging. Facebook almost built this on the desktop and WeChat has managed
to build it on mobile in China. By turning messaging into a development
environment, you create an alternative to the web or the app store, but
without the binary installation problem of apps (‘is it installed or not?’)
and with your own new discovery and user acquisition platform. An important
strand of this is unbundling services - you unbundle content from apps into
messaging (or notifications) and you also unbundle messages from websites
(via email or apps) into your messaging platform, turning it into the new
connective tissue of your phone. At least, that’s the idea. 

Facebook and a few others want to do this outside China, but haven’t
managed yet (and building layers onto the OS is tough for anyone other than
the OS owner), and Apple and Google are also pondering how to take this
forward. 

Messaging and mobile platforms

Podcast: messaging and mobile platforms

WhatsApp sails past SMS, but where does messaging go next?

See also this primer on WeChat from my colleague Connie Chan

 

11: The unclear future of Android and the OEM world

Android won the handset market outside of Apple, but it’s not quite clear
what that means. Attempts to make a straight ‘fork’ of Android (e.g. Kindle
Fire) fail on lack of access to Google’s services, but that doesn’t mean
no-one can create a mostly non-Google experience - this is what Xiaomi and
its imitators are doing and why Cyanogen is enabling as well.  And this
matters, because the OS, more and more, is a route to discovery of services
- if you control the OS you can shape what people do, far more than you
could on the desktop web.. 

Amazon and Android forks

Why do we care about Xiaomi?

Android taxonomies

 

12: Internet of Things

Our grandparents could have told you how many electric motors they owned -
there was one in the car, one in the fridge and so on, and they owned maybe
a dozen. In the same way, we know roughly how many devices we own with a
network connection, and, again, our children won’t. Many of those uses
cases will seem silly to us, just as our grandparents would laugh at the
idea of a button to lower a car window, but the sheer range and cheapness
of sensors and components, mostly coming out of the smartphone supply
chain, will make them ubiquitous and invisible - we’ll forget about them
just as we’ve forgotten about electric motors. 

This means, I think, that talk of standards for IoT misses the point -
‘connected to a network’ is no more a category’ than ‘contains a motor’,
and there will be many different platforms and standards. More important is
the fact that, especially in the enterprise, this explosion in sensors
means an explosion in data - we’ll know far more about far more, and that
allows fundamental system redesign. 

The internet of things

The home and the mobile supply chain

The industrial internet

 

13: Cars

The move to electric and the move (if and when) to autonomous, self-driving
cars fundamentally change what a car is, but also what the whole automotive
system might look like. Electricity changes the mechanical complexity of
cars and hence changes who might build them and what they might look like.
Autonomy and on-demand services change who buys them, meaning the buying
criteria will be different. But they could also change the urban landscape
just as much as cars themselves did - what do mass-market retail or
restaurants look like if no-one needs to park?

Ways to think about cars

Podcast: ways to think about cars

 

14: TV and the living room

The tech industry spent a quarter-century trying to get to the TV set to
take it online - that was going to be the mass-market computer. Now it
looks like this might finally be happening, but it’s almost a side-show -
Microsoft declares Xbox is no longer a strategic asset, TVs are accessories
to the smartphone, and it’s the smartphone, not the TV or PC, that
delivered the computing revolution and took computing into the living
room. 

TV, mobile and the living room

Notes on TV

 

15: Watches

Watches are maybe the most puzzling satellite in the smartphone solar
system. In theory they should be everything - the aim of every scifi
fantasy - yet today it’s easy to dismiss them as pointless toys. To me,
they’re an accessory - a useful and pleasing adjunct to your smartphone,
but they’re still very early. 

How is the Apple Watch doing? 

Why is Apple making a gold watch?

Ways to think about watches

 

16: Finally, we are not our users

The future is unevenly distributed, but so is understanding and interest in
it. In the tech industry we’re comfortable living with the latest things
and presume that everyone else does. But really, these services are
accessories and enablers of people’s lives, and they look at them
differently for what they can do for them. So most iPhone users don’t use
Google Maps, most people don’t use a calendar at all, and audio cassettes
are making a comeback, as normal people take ownership of the tech in their
lives and shape it to their needs. 


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Craig Broadbent's curator insight, December 30, 2015 11:54 PM

Interesting look at the future!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 31, 2015 11:08 AM

This is a good article sharing the author's take on where we are today in mobile technology. Agree or disagree?

Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 6, 2016 9:36 AM

No surprise but great list of reference reading for the new year.

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Infographic: How Often Should I Post on Social Media?

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A research-backed guide and infographic to how often you should post on social media's biggest sites like Facebook, Twitter, and more.
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Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ

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Is Your Company Encouraging Employees to Share What They Know?

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Many of the things we need to know to be successful – to innovate, collaborate, solve problems, and identify new opportunities – aren’t learned simply through schooling, training, or personal experience.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 2015 6:36 AM

Where are the knowledge flows in your organisation? Are they comprehensive and open to all?

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(From the article): Leaders tend to place a disproportionate emphasis on tools like training materials or knowledge portals partly because they are easier to manage and control. It is less clear how to manage amorphous, interactive learning processes; you can’t simply force coworkers to interact and share experiences. However, more often than not, leaders simply need to remove obstacles that discourage people from seeking or sharing knowledge and learning vicariously. They can create a structure that allows these interactions to take place organically by focusing on three steps: (see article for the three steps)

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31 Expert's Tips for Standing Out on Social Media Platforms

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If you utilise social media to market your business, you need to find ways to stand out from the crowd, and cut through the barriers to be noticed enough, to have a positive effect on your bottom line. This is easier said than done, but if it is your aim to be noticed, a good starting point is this excellent article, which presents advice from 31 successful exponents of the art of being noticed on social media.