Organizational drive

August 26, 2013

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Drive for increased job responsibilities diminishes with age – starting at 25

“… once they reach their 30s, only a minority of men or women express a desire for greater job responsibilities. 

among men 35-44, only 45 percent seek additional responsibilities, a sharp drop from 63 percent in the 25-34 age group. By 55-64, only 18 percent of men have that drive for more responsibilities. Women’s rates track closely to the men, and actually surpass men in the 65+ age group, 11 percent to six percent.

There’s something more going on here than people simply slowing down or opting for more family time. As people progress in their careers, they start devoting more time and energy into activities that have more meaning to them. For many salaried employees, that doesn’t mean doing more for employers. … people of all ages are still willing to take on additional work in their lives if it means advancing themselves, their industries or their professions. …

Simple promises of promotions and raises don’t turn on employees like they used to. The rewards that will motivate them need to be geared toward greater working flexibility, more training and education, greater contributions to profession and society, and more opportunities at entrepreneurial ventures.”

If you stop a jogger

August 26, 2013

Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them.”

— Jean Baudrillard,
French sociologist

Use it illegally

August 26, 2013

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To Predict The Future Of Technology, Figure Out How People Will Use It Ilegally

“When thinking through the implications of a new technological development, it can be tempting to take the designers’ word on how something will be used in order to play out the results. After all, they built it, they should know what it’s good for, right? And quite often they do–and many people end up using the new tools and systems just as the inventors intended.

Many, but not all. And, for a futurist, here’s where it really gets interesting.

New technologies don’t exist in a vacuum: they interact with both technological and non-technological systems as well as a variety of human wants and needs. This allows for the emergence of surprising combinations of goals and uses, many of which may be completely outside of the expectations of the designers. In short, as the patron saint of futurism William Gibson once said, “the street finds its own uses for things.”

As a futurist, I try to think beyond the designers notes when it comes to the impacts of emerging technologies. I find that it’s often useful to imagine the unintended, seedy, improper, or illicit uses of new tools and systems. How might Invention X be hacked? How could it facilitate a user having disproportionate power over another person? How will it be used to help the user have sex? How would it enable someone to commit a crime? Thinking along those lines can help to uncover the more subtle connections between a new technology and incumbent systems, spot hidden security flaws, or even reveal markets for a product that the developer had ignored.”


August 26, 2013

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Hidden message in the new Wendy’s logo

“When growing up our brains learn to love what’s on the menu at home. Most of us also associate home cooked meals with a safe and loving environment. Most people have a sentimental attachment to at least a few of the dishes their Mother’s used to make. I have fond memories of a rice pudding with sour cherry souce my Mom used to make.

It should not be a surprise to see the fast food restaurant, Wendy’s associating their refreshed brand with Mom’s cooking. Look at the clever way the word Mom is hidden in Wendy’s collar. …

This is something you may not notice consciously for years, but unconsciously it will leave an imprint on your brain and you will associate it with the brand. It’s a bit like the arrow in the Fedex logo or the bear in Toblerone.

See more fantastic logos with hidden meanings.”

Mind Hacks

August 26, 2013

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6 Mind Hacks That Keep Stress In Check (Really!)

“”Stress is our perception of what’s happening outside of us and the power we give it,” says Lauren E. Miller … “If you make the conscious choice and stay awake at the gate of your thoughts, then you can adjust your perception of any situation,” she says. …

Be mindful of how you label things.
“Life happens. You have a thought about it. It’s completely objective until you label it,” Miller explains. … Decide to take a moment before you judge and categorize a situation: It’s your choice to label an experience as something beneficial (because you’ll end up learning from it in the long run), or something strictly painful, that’ll only make you hurt.

Erase and replace.
With the tap of a key, you can delete a typo from your screen. The same goes for a stressful thought. Miller suggests using the word “delete” consciously. Practice saying “delete” aloud. “You can actually shift your attachment, you can sever the power you’re giving to your negative thought that’s defining your reality.” …

Stop by a graveyard.

… Ask yourself, “Would I want to be worrying about this from my deathbed?” and consider the choice you would have wished you made at the end of your life. …

For more on stress, click here.”

A monumental day

August 26, 2013

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What The SEC Announcement Means For Startups And Entrepreneurs

“July 10th, 2013 marked a monumental day for many startups across the United States – the US Securities and and Exchange Commission (SEC)announced that the ban on general solicitation has been removed for small businesses seekingstartup capital, allowing for sweeping changes in the way businesses find funding.

With general solicitation now permitted, startups have the opportunity raise money from a wider range of investors and sources – potentially accelerating their funding and increasing their chances of business success.

Here’s an infographic from the folks at that shows what the changes to come as a result of that lifting of the ban can mean for startups and entrepreneurs seeking funding:”

The wisdom of the many

August 26, 2013

By Boaz Tamir via   Article

Managing the Wisdom of the Many

“We tend to think only a select few are geniuses and that innovation and creativity are qualities of extraordinary individuals, not the masses. If technological innovation is the key to competitive advantage and industry leadership in today’s frenetic market, then according to this view, the commercial fate of a company lies in the hands of just a few individuals, a few brilliant entrepreneurs who hold the key to our future.

Given the complex reality of the 21st century, lean organizations that depend on the qualities of rare individuals will face multi-dimensional risks: difficulty integrating the wisdom of the individual into the group’s purpose; limiting and sometimes closing off space for group thinking; suppression of motivation and cooperation among those who are not members of the closed “genius club”; and sacrificing the impetus for change and innovation that can be found, as James Surowiecki tells us, in the “wisdom of the crowds.”

This wisdom crosses the boundaries of culture and technology, breaks through the boundaries of policy, politics and gender, and is greater than the ability and talent of any particular one individual. What does this have to do with lean product and process development? More than ever, product and process development requires a team effort.

In a competitive global market, the role of the trailblazing individual is necessary, but it is not sufficient to complete a full product development cycle (Design, Build, Test, Learn, Adjust). Lean product development requires the integration of individual capabilities with the activities of the multi-disciplinary team.”