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Amazon Planning TV Set-Top Box to Stream Internet Video

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Amazon is planning to release a TV set-top box to stream Internet video, according to a report.

The company is planning to launch the item this fall, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, which cites "three people familiar with the project."

The box would let TV viewers order Amazon's videos on an a la carte basis and via Amazon Prime, the company's Netflix-like streaming service, according to the report. The box would vie with Roku — which also offers Amazon videos — and Apple TV, which does not.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/24/amazon-tv-set-top-box/

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Ten principles of design thinking that deliver business value | McKinsey

Ten principles of design thinking that deliver business value | McKinsey | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

The importance of design is only increasing. Consumers have instant access to global marketplaces and ever-higher expectations of service. They no longer distinguish between physical and digital experiences. This makes it increasingly difficult to make your product or service stand out from the crowd. As a result, design has become a CEO-level topic for many executives.

But while the concept of “design thinking” emerged as far back as 1969, and while many companies have tried to adopt its principles, relatively few have made true shifts in growth and profitability through design. Fewer still have been able to prove concretely the exact value of the design actions they’ve taken.

We have begun to explore the underlying design practices that allow some firms to succeed above others. Our research into global companies across multiple industries aims to uncover the connections between business value and design. Our early findings, presented in this article, are not yet statistically significant; we will continue to expand our data set in 2018 to reach that goal. But already some trends are evident. We see ten design actions across three themes that appear to correlate with improved financial performance.


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David Hain's curator insight, January 22, 7:30 AM

Design thinking becoming more embedded? Or just good business practice without the trendy name? 

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70 Great Coaching Questions for Managers Using the Grow Model

70 Great Coaching Questions for Managers Using the Grow Model | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
This article provides managers with 70 awesome coaching questions to use within the GROW coaching model.

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Beyond process

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Over the past several decades, the business world has relentlessly pursued efficiency-driven business process reengineering, seeking to integrate, standardize, and automate tasks in ways that can reduce costs, increase speed, and deliver more predictable outcomes. As the landscape shifts, perhaps it’s time for organizations to expand their focus beyond business process reengineering to pursue business practice redesign, helping frontline workgroups to learn faster and accelerate performance improvement, especially in environments that are shaped by increasing uncertainty and unexpected events. The perspective we outline here goes beyond the growing work done on high-performing teams and agile practices by focusing specifically on the practices necessary to accelerate performance improvement over time.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 15, 7:44 AM

With virtually nothing left to cut, do businesses need to switch from redesigning business processes to redeveloping the business culture? The argument too do so is pretty compelling. The challenges of doing so are numerous and difficult!

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This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks)

This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks) | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

Forget slogans and posters. Forget mission statements. Forget culture decks. A survey of over 400,000 people across the U.S. found that when employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than two times as likely to give extra effort at work -- and to plan for having a long-term future with their company.

 

But wait, there's more: When employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than five times as likely to believe their leaders act with integrity.

 

The result? At those companies, employee turnover rates are half that of other companies in the same industry. Productivity, innovation, and growth metrics outperform the competition. For public companies, stock returns are almost three times the market average.


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 12, 8:17 AM

Great Study of 400k employees . So don't waste time on that culture deck ...Promote your best people... if teams matter promote the best team player... if productivity matters promote the best at that... the companies that do this have less turnover, more innovation and better engagement . Carrier Guidance big key. #ADPELEFY18 #offthebenchleadership  #Workhappy #hellowork

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, January 12, 1:14 PM

Great insight "When employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than five times as likely to believe their leaders act with integrity."

Carolyn Rowe's curator insight, January 15, 12:34 PM
For all for all who are looking for ammunition in the effort to get talented team members promoted.  
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The Evolving Role Of The CIO In 2018

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Today’s CIO has rightfully assumed a much more prominent place in the strategic thinking of the business.

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What is Deep Learning? Here's Everything Marketers Need to Know

What is Deep Learning? Here's Everything Marketers Need to Know | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Deep learning might seem like a complex, confusing topic at first. But not only is this AI technology is here to stay -- it can help marketers ... a lot.

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Why is Website Design Important 

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Website design is really an art, and as most business owners are not talented artists, it pays for them to engage an experienced designer, to design a great website for their business.


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Daniel Watson's curator insight, January 2, 11:32 PM

 

If you don't have a website for your business, or your existing website was designed more than 5 years ago, you need to carefully consider the need for professional design assistance before building a new website. The importance of professional website design, is often overlooked in this age of cheap, build it yourself websites, usually to the detriment of the business itself. This article, written by yours truly for our topic's sponsor, outlines the benefits of good website design.

Bryan Worn's curator insight, January 3, 10:58 PM

Our websites are like a shop front. First impression count so good advice here from Daniel

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24 Intrinsic Motivation Examples in the Workplace, Sports, and the Classroom - Develop Good Habits

24 Intrinsic Motivation Examples in the Workplace, Sports, and the Classroom - Develop Good Habits | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do?What is it that really prompts your behaviors?Motivation can be either extrinsic or intrinsic, meaning it can either come from outside or inside of a person. Extrinsic motivation comes when you feel the urge to do something in order to gain a specific reward, …

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 30, 2017 8:29 AM
Read thoroughly, there’s something for everybody. At least take a look at the poster.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 31, 2017 9:08 AM

Lots of great ideas and some reading recommendations along the way... 

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Free Screen Sharing and Online Meetings | Dead Simple Screen Sharing

Free Screen Sharing and Online Meetings | Dead Simple Screen Sharing | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Free and Open Source Screen Sharing and Audio Conferencing right from your browser for Online Meetings, Sales, Customer Support and Team Collaboration.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 25, 2017 12:57 AM

The free version can be used with groups of up to 10.

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Top 20 Inspiring TED Talks On Storytelling, Filmmaking And Creativity

Top 20 Inspiring TED Talks On Storytelling, Filmmaking And Creativity | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
In this post you’ll find our specially curated list of the very best TED talks on storytelling, writing, filmmaking and creativity.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 26, 2017 1:32 AM

Useful stuff if you want to skill up in the art of storytelling.

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Material handling equipment Houston is valuable in an assortment of organizations. Material taking care of hardware are utilized for moving or putting diverse kinds of materials.

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How To Turn Complicated Ideas Into Simple Concepts

How To Turn Complicated Ideas Into Simple Concepts | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

You’re sitting in a conference room with all the big bosses. They’re meeting to discuss the annual budget, and it’s your job to pitch them your case for more money for your team.

 

The problem?

 

While you’re quite confident everyone has a vague idea what your department does, you’re not nearly as confident that everyone sees the importance of what you do or the way you do it.

Why? Well, what you do is pretty specific. Maybe so much so that your own friends don’t quite get it.

 

But even if that’s the case, you’re going to have to learn how to get people on board with your work when you’re looking for a cut of the company’s budget, meeting with someone from a completely different field, or pitching an idea to a client.

 

Here’s how to do that:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 21, 2017 5:13 PM

Sometimes you need to explain the “one thing” that your audience should care about and understand.

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Keep it Simple!! 

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Organizations Have a Training Problem. Are MOOCs the Answer?

Organizations Have a Training Problem. Are MOOCs the Answer? | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Insights from a study of 28,000 learners in 127 countries.

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How to Re-Engage, Reinvigorate and Retain Your Audience with Content

How to Re-Engage, Reinvigorate and Retain Your Audience with Content | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Landing new clients is important, but too often do businesses neglect their existing customers. Learn how to use content to help keep your customers loyal.

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Graphics Design's curator insight, December 18, 2017 4:57 AM

custom postcard design services help to promote your old or new products and services.

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Using data and reinvigorate content 

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Systems thinking: Why it is important

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Cyber-Security Practice: Learn it in one week

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. . Read, think, learn and share over Social Media… Security is everyone's responsibility! We are ALL responsible for the Internet's future! . ===> "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only t...

 


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todd harmsworth's curator insight, May 8, 2017 6:33 AM

security is everyones responsibility and when your in charge of a classroom full of adolescences they then become your responsibility. good to read and take notes from

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security is everyones responsibility and when your in charge of a classroom full of adolescences they then become your responsibility. good to read and take notes from

Tiffany Wheatley's curator insight, May 9, 2017 5:01 AM
A critical part of our future career is being aware and informed about legal, safe and ethical protocols.
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A New Frontier for Executive Coaching

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Chaotic, largely unexplored, and fraught with risk, yet immensely promising” is a description of the coaching industry from “The Wild West of Executive Coaching,” a 2004 ground-breaking article in Harvard Business Review by the president and CEO of the Executive Coaching Network, Alyssa Freas, and U.S. top 50 coach Stratford Sherman.
Flash forward more than a decade later. Are we still in the midst of a coaching rodeo? Has the field continued to gallop ahead but in many directions?
The answer is complicated. It is true that the executive coaching industry still comes with its share of fuzzy evaluation metrics, a lack of standard qualifications and uneven execution, but in many ways, the field has also evolved — and in unexpected ways.
Here I examine the areas in which the executive coaching industry has properly evolved — as well as the areas where there is still room for improvement.


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David Hain's curator insight, January 16, 7:06 AM

Interesting viewpoint on the state of executive coaching. Well on the way, but with a fair distance to go on both supply and demand side.

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What do you think.  Are you willing to introduce it to your leadership?

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How to create a Learning Environment people actually want to be part of

How to create a Learning Environment people actually want to be part of | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it

Learning leaders everywhere: I know this might sting, but unless you hire David Copperfield to do magic tricks in the background as you execute your learning programs, no substantial number of people are going to “magically appear” unless they're actually interested in the topic.

Seems pretty logical, right? You wouldn't go see a non-favorite interview with a non-favorite, non-interesting person. Why waste time or do triple the work in an overpacked, undersupported learning management system spewing non-related materials? Why the call for mandated learning programs for streamlined workforce acumen with lack of or invisible support from the organization itself? Have employees tell you what they want!


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An Introduction to Modern Workplace Learning in 2018 (free e-book) – Modern Workplace Learning Magazine

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20 Best 3D Printing Software Tools (All Are Free) | All3DP

20 Best 3D Printing Software Tools (All Are Free) | All3DP | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
his article is about finding the best 3D printing software for every stage of your workflow. Which 3D printing software is best for preparing 3D models to print? How about designing 3D models from scratch? What if you’re an absolute beginner?

Have no fear, we’ve answered all of these questions, together with information on proficiency levels and where they can be downloaded. And the best thing is that all of them are either totally or free for students, educators and open source projects.

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Remove Image Backgrounds Free & Fast - Background Burner

Remove Image Backgrounds Free & Fast - Background Burner | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Free online background remover to remove the background from any image or photo. The fastest way to remove backgrounds online.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 4, 2017 7:36 AM

useful tool for editing and changing backgrounds on an image.

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Makeroid App Builder

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We love making this world better, that's why we founded Makeroid. To make things easier and accessible for everyon.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 27, 2017 2:13 AM

Interesting tool to get your students started making apps.

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11 Cold calling tips to get Prospects to stay on the line

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Cold calling isn't dead, but it's more difficult than it used to be. Explore 11 cold calling tips to ensure that prospects stay on the phone with you.

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Storytelling with Data Visualization

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Does your data tell a story and can you visualize it? We look at the history and thought processes behind data visualization and successful infographics.

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Nikke Blout's curator insight, May 13, 2015 5:16 PM

Content Marketing: the magic of visualizations in helping data tell the story. #contentmarketing #marketing #bigdata #sales #agility

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Infografías que cuenten historias. 

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Material handling equipment Houston is valuable in an assortment of organizations. Material taking care of hardware are utilized for moving or putting diverse kinds of materials.

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Experts explain why Machine Learning will make some jobs easier – and kill off others

Experts explain why Machine Learning will make some jobs easier – and kill off others | Transformations in Business & Tourism | Scoop.it
Two experts on AI explain why the rapid rise of machine learning will have different effects on different segments of the job market.

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Facts about the machine learning job.
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