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Making Change in Education II – Complexity vs. Lean Six Sigma (learning isn’t like money) – Dave’s Educational Blog

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7 Most Important Communication Techniques to Master

7 Most Important Communication Techniques to Master | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Knowing 5-7 communication techniques in the workplace will help your career and success.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, December 4, 12:23 AM

 

The ability to effectively communicate with those in your team is vital to your future success as a business owner. Poor communication technique, is fortunately a problem which can be easily overcome, with knowledge and practice. This article discusses seven important communication techniques, that all business owners should attempt to master, to ensure that their teams are on the same page as themselves and working productively.

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People normally communicate but only a few take time to understand if their message is understood.
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Strong communication skills are a wonderful skill to have in your arsenal. Great communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This goes for all of your personal relationships as well as your work partnerships. You will be able to get more of what you want when you communicate well.

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4 Ways to Grow Your Small Business with Artificial Intelligence

4 Ways to Grow Your Small Business with Artificial Intelligence | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
The power and promise of artificial intelligence for small business continues to grow, but most small business owners may be more concerned with keeping the lights on and the doors open than navigating what may seem like a complex web of new technology.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 22, 12:37 AM

 

The business world is constantly evolving and the technology available, to assist business owners grow their businesses, is becoming smarter. The newest technology evolves around utilising artificial intelligence, to drive more cost effective outcomes, in a range of business activities. This article identifies four ways, in which small business owners can utilise artificial intelligence right now, to grow their businesses.

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Want More Customers? Solve Their Problems

Want More Customers? Solve Their Problems | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
People go online or search through print magazines to solve problems. Even if they’re perusing Pinterest for recipes or Facebook for the latest gossip on the new neighbor, they have an “itch” to scratch.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 15, 1:22 AM

 

As a business owner, you have a product or service that you make available, in the hope that customers will flock to you to purchase. Providing the right solutions at the right time for potential customers, and making them aware of the solutions your business offers, is the secret to gathering more customers. This short article tells you how to achieve this outcome.

Orlando Delgado's curator insight, November 15, 12:40 PM
If you are not online you do not exist...
 
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The Future of Work and Learning

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The Future of Work and Learning The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and it is changing everything.

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The Four Building Blocks of Transformation

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Successful transformations may be relatively rare, but they do exist — and yours can succeed as well. A transformation, in this context, is a major shift in an organization’s capabilities and identity so that it can deliver valuable results, relevant to its purpose, that it couldn’t master before. It doesn’t necessarily involve a single major initiative (though it could); but the company develops an ongoing mastery of change, in which adaptability feels natural to leaders and employees.

An effort of this sort can take place on a large or small scale; it can involve the front, middle, or back office; it can be conducted by any type of enterprise, from a startup to a global enterprise; and it will affect every aspect of the organization’s structure, including such functions as innovation, finance, marketing, sales, human resources, and operations. At any scale, it requires a cultural shift and highly engaged leaders, who take control of the organization’s future in these four ways:


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PwC on business transformation essentials - large or small scale.

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A Guide to Remodeling Your Sales Process for the Modern Market

A Guide to Remodeling Your Sales Process for the Modern Market | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Address the needs of the modern market with the right sales process and expertise in high impact selling.
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Why Managers Are Central to an Agile Culture

Why Managers Are Central to an Agile Culture | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

There's growing awareness that organizations need to be far more agile.

Only half of employees globally clearly know what's expected of them at work -- it's hard to respond quickly and nimbly when you're not sure what your responsibilities are.

And most employees are unclear about what their organization stands for, while fewer believe strongly in their organization's values.

There's a reason leaders cite "culture" as an important priority.

Agility, if it exists in an organization at all, is dictated by culture.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 24, 10:54 AM

Gallup on how mind set work, much more than tools,  is critical to being able to become agile.

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Transformation starts with agile leadership | McKinsey

Transformation starts with agile leadership | McKinsey | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

Agile organizations require a fundamentally different kind of leadership. Recent research confirms that leadership and how leadership shapes culture are the biggest barriers to—and the biggest enablers of—successful agile transformations....

 

...Leaders need three new sets of capabilities for agile transformations. First, they must transform themselves to evolve new personal mind-sets and behaviors. Second, they need to transform their teams to work in new ways. Third, it’s essential to build the capabilities to transform the organization by building agility into the design and culture of the whole enterprise.

To fully transform yourself, several shifts will be necessary—and leaders will need to make these changes in a disciplined way.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 18, 11:42 AM

There is an increasing, and welcome, trend to see organisations as living systems that respond dynamically to change rather than moving linearly from state A to state B. Critical to making this move successfully is leadership oprating in a fundamentally different way. Useful article here on developing mind sets and processes that help to make the shifts meaningful.

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5 KPIs to Measure Financial Health of Your Business

5 KPIs to Measure Financial Health of Your Business | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Proper financial management and KPI measurement will help you stay on the right path to success. Here are 5 KPIs to measure your business’s financial health.
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5 Steps to Personal Productivity

5 Steps to Personal Productivity | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Follow these five steps to make a weekly productivity plan and get the job done.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, October 8, 2:52 AM

 

The main reason, why a lot of business owners are not as productive as they should be, is that they don't plan to be productive. A daily plan that keeps you on task, is a sure fire way. to increase your personal productivity. This article, outlines five steps to follow, to create your own weekly productivity plan.

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 8, 6:44 AM

A to-do list is simply that – a list. It’s an unorganized ledger of tasks that need to be completed at some point, by someone. While they codify objectives to execute, they do little else. In contrast, a plan is a strategy for execution. It comprises all the resources – including your own efforts and tasks – to tactically achieve an objective.

Marie Torossian, CPA, CGMA's curator insight, October 8, 11:06 AM
When you're the owner of a small business you are managing every thing! To keep you on track here are 5 steps to personal productivity and effectiveness to keep you and your business on track! 
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The Evolution Of Explosive Social Media Growth #Infographic

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The Evolution Of Explosive Social Media Growth The popularity of Facebook and other social network platforms is constantly growing. Check out this infographic and learn why!

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Enhance Your Collaborative Team Work with These Tools via Educators' tech 

Enhance Your Collaborative Team Work with These Tools via Educators' tech  | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Is Management Humane? Behind The Scenes Of The 10th Peter Drucker Forum

Is Management Humane? Behind The Scenes Of The 10th Peter Drucker Forum | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

Overall, the Drucker Forum was packed with speakers and their brilliant opinions on what’s wrong with managementand its inhumane way of operating. There simply needed to be more examples of how we can fix it. Over the years of its existence, the Drucker Forum has made great strides regarding global representation, as well as gender and cultural diversity. For example, the 2018 version saw a record number of women participate as chairs or speakers. Thirty-eight percent is impressive. By 2019, I hope it becomes 50 percent.

If there was one comment that should act as a call to action for attendees, it came from Paul Polman (ex Unilever CEO):

“You’re not going to solve problems by attending conferences. You have to do something. If you don’t take action, you’re as guilty as those who created the problems in the first place.”

“Do something,” is the perfect manner in which to say we need more examples of the how.


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David Hain's curator insight, December 7, 11:06 AM

Strong on diagnosis, not so hot when it comes to practiacl solutions - thoughtful musings on the latest Drucker forum from Dan Pontefract.

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5 Secrets to Increase Employee Engagement With Technology

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Here are five different methods for leveraging technology to generate further employee engagement in your company.


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5 Essential Outsourcing Tips For Small Business 

5 Essential Outsourcing Tips For Small Business  | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
When most entrepreneurs first start their businesses, they do so alone and handle every task, from accounting to content creation, by themselves too.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 20, 1:45 AM

 

Sooner or later, all small business owners come to the realisation that they cannot do everything themselves, and must find ways to reduce their workloads. Small businesses often are not in the position to take on employees, but they can take advantage of external expertise, via outsourcing some of the workload. This article provides five tips to avoid making common mistakes during such a process.

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Introducing a new workplace issue: Helping your human and robot employees get along

Introducing a new workplace issue: Helping your human and robot employees get along | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

The transition to a workplace where humans and machines will need to productively co-exist could make or break a business. As company leaders plan for the future, they will have to consider machine learning's impact on everything from productivity to skills to morale and culture. And they will have to learn how to lead a business that may have as many intelligent machines as people.


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What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person.

What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person. | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
The thing I learned is that the elements of a great leader are, in a lot of ways, the same elements of a great person. Some people have this idea that leaders act a certain way and have a certain bravado about them. I actually think the truth is far from that, and that the people others want to follow are those who are true to themselves, have authenticity in their relationships, and are great people.

You really want to work for great people, so realizing that being a great leader was just being a better person is very liberating in a lot of ways.”

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David Hain's curator insight, November 8, 7:08 AM

We are human beings first, bosses, supervisors or leaders by result of perceptions held by others. Maybe one route to being an excellent leader is  to concentrate foremost on being an excellent human being?

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Kill Your Performance Ratings

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Evidence is mounting that conventional approaches to strategic human capital management are broken. This is particularly true for performance management (PM) systems—the appraisal approaches in which employees (working with their managers) set goals for the year; managers interview others who have worked with them and write up an appraisal; employees are rated and ranked numerically; and salary, bonus, and promotion opportunities are awarded accordingly. A 2013 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management asked HR professionals about the quality of their own PM systems; only 23 percent said their company was above average in the way it conducted them. Other studies uncovered even more disdain. According to the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a management research group, surveys have found that 95 percent of managers are dissatisfied with their PM systems, and 90 percent of HR heads believe they do not yield accurate information.

The performance management systems in many companies are misleading, cumbersome, and complex, requiring some HR departments to put aside an entire quarter to manage them. More important, they can be counterproductive. In the context of neuroscience research, most PM practices turn out to damage the performance they are intended to improve. That’s because they are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of human responses, as revealed in recurring patterns of mental activity.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 6, 8:41 AM

Want to make a huge difference to motivation in your organisation and bring a growth mindset to the staff? Zap the performance ranking system and replace with regular learning conversations! There are many reasons why, eloquently explained here.

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Do You Have A Boss Or A Leader? -Infographic

Do You Have A Boss Or A Leader? -Infographic | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Do you have (or are you) a boss or a leader? There are some major differences between bosses and leaders. Reflect on your leadership style and discover where you fit between the two.

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15 Simple Tricks To Improve Your Presentation Skills | Emerging Education Technologies By Vuzza Adzimy

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The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation

The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

Even companies that devise sound strategies are likely to encounter two formidable obstacles to using advanced technologies at a transformative scale. The first challenge is the sheer number and breadth of technology solutions required to truly transform an enterprise, often in the hundreds. The second one might be called the “last-mile” challenge: redesigning a company’s processes to capture the value of new technologies, in line with their strategic goals. Both sound technical, but they play out far from the traditional IT organization and create headaches for the business leaders who will need to guide their people toward new patterns of thinking and operating.

A playbook for overcoming these challenges is starting to emerge across industries. In this article, we’ll explore five cornerstone practices underpinning the progress of successful companies:

Develop technology road maps that strategically focus investments needed to reinvent their legacy businesses and create new digital ones.
Train managers to recognize new opportunities and build in-house capabilities to deliver technologies.
Establish a modern technology environment to support rapid development of new solutions.
Overhaul data strategy and governance to ensure data are reliable, accessible, and continuously enriched to make them more valuable.
Focus relentlessly on capturing the strategic value from technology by driving rapid changes in the operating model.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 12, 8:39 AM

Th efuture involves significant leverage form continuously emerging techology enhancement - but how do you get thwat right. McKinsey on their latest insights.

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Why the Future of Work is Learning

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On the occasion of our upcoming Future of Work Tour, we sat down with Heather McGowan – one of the key experts of the tour – to talk about how technology and globalization are reshaping how we live and work. It quickly became clear that the issue of identity is foremost on Heather’s mind. She elaborated: “Higher education went from being a rare pursuit of creating new knowledge to a factory pipeline aimed at creating a deployable and skilled workforce. Then, from the late ’60s to early ’90s, we started on a pathway of creating a fixed identity. We asked people to choose an occupation and a future self, and to study and work hard to realize that identity. We still ask children what they want to be when they grow up. We ask university students to pick their major before they have taken their first course. Yet more than half the work we’ll be doing in future doesn’t yet exist and the other half of those work tasks may become automated.


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Three considerations for Modern Training Design

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With all of the options available to accommodate individual learning objectives, many practitioners assume, “Oh! I’m only creating microlearning. I don’t need ADDIE or SAM or any complicated framework.”

However, when thinking about flipping your classroom to a more modern program, our team offers one critical reminder: instructional design becomes more important than ever. Standalone courses do not exist anymore, and neither do standalone training resources. Everything connects to everything else, making thoughtful design a critical piece of your blended learning puzzle.

During her recent ATD Webcast Blended Learning: A Five-Dimensional Puzzle, Jennifer Hofmann shared the factors she considers when embarking on a new design project. Whether you design, facilitate, or manage training programs, these three elements provide a foundation for understanding modern blended learning.


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A new brain-inspired architecture could improve how computers handle data and advance AI

A new brain-inspired architecture could improve how computers handle data and advance AI | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
IBM researchers are developing a new computer architecture, better equipped to handle increased data loads from artificial intelligence. Their designs draw on concepts from the human brain and significantly outperform conventional computers in comparative studies. They report on their recent findings in the Journal of Applied Physics.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, October 5, 9:17 AM

Forget Von Neumann principles and switch to phase-change memory.

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IBM researchers are developing a new computer architecture, better equipped to handle increased data loads from artificial intelligence.