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True Secret to Success: Gratitude. I'm utterly convinced that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of a single emotional muscle: gratitude. People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what's wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don't go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective. By contrast, people who lack gratitude are never truly happy. If they succeed at a task, they don't enjoy it. Therefore, if you want to be successful, you need to feel more gratitude. Practice Nightly The best time to exercise gratitude is just before bed. Did you help somebody solve a problem? What you're doing is "programming your brain" to view your day more positively. Reprogramming Your Brain More important, you're also programming your brain to notice even more reasons to feel gratitude.

The more regularly you practice this exercise, the stronger its effects. This method works. 3 Interview Questions You Must Ask. Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working. To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here's a simple but incredibly effective interview technique I learned from John Younger, the CEO of Accolo, a cloud recruiting solutions provider.

(If you think you've conducted a lot of interviews, think again: Younger has interviewed thousands of people.) Here's how it works. Just start from the beginning of the candidate's work history and work your way through each subsequent job. Move quickly, and don't ask for detail. Go through each job and ask the same three questions: 1. 2. 3. "What's amazing," Younger says, "is that after a few minutes, you will always have learned something about the candidate--whether positive or negative--that you would never have learned otherwise. " Here's why: How did you find out about the job?

He or she is just looking for a job; often, any job. Why did you leave? Direct New Ideas. Social Media Advertising Software for Brands & Agencies. Open Marketing Cloud Company Newsroom Where Brand Marketing Meets Business Outcomes Your customers are spread across devices and channels.

Social Media Advertising Software for Brands & Agencies

Through our brand specific solutions you can access all the tools and data you need on one platform. Plan Advertise Analyze Customize All the tools you need to strategize, plan and execute a marketing campaign with your team. Manage and optimize your advertising campaigns across social channels and any device type. Bring together all of the data relevant to your business, in one place, and make it actionable. Install third party integrations with 1-click in order to meet your specific business goals.

Smart and flexible marketing software for planning, optimizing and analyzing social advertising campaigns. SHIFT Top Ranked in Forrester Wave Social Advertising Platforms Not convinced? You're in Good Company 10 of the top 20 global brands work with SHIFT Official Platform Partners Never Miss An Opportunity To Convert a Customer It's Time to Redefine Your Brand Marketing. The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives. Could Data Science Reduce Resume Overload? A new job board called Bright aims to kill resume overload with a little bit of data science.

Could Data Science Reduce Resume Overload?

Instead of encouraging candidates to apply for as many jobs as possible, Bright promises to cut down on unnecessary resume exchanges by showing both parties what is the best fit for them. To do so, the startup analyzed 2.8 million resumes submitted in response to more than 2.1 million job descriptions on its beta site. Hundreds of HR recruiters looked at the resumes and rated them based on compatibility with their corresponding descriptions. Meanwhile, a team of about 15 data scientists and engineers tracked the ratings and used them to develop an algorithm that not only predicts such compatibility, but also learns more about a specific employer's preferences as that employer uses the site.

Bright uses it to assign each job seeker a score for each job. Like competing job site Path.to, it feels a little like a dating site. Hiring managers can sort submitted resumes by the same score applicants. How Intangible Corporate Culture Creates Tangible Profits. Imagine a person from another planet turning up at a funeral here on Earth.

How Intangible Corporate Culture Creates Tangible Profits

Without having to be told, he would know that a funeral is not an appropriate place to tell jokes. This, Professor Michael Tushman tells his class at Harvard Business School, is the meaning of culture. But culture does more than inform every individual in an organization what attitudes and behaviors are expected of them. Culture reflects an organization's soul and is responsible for generating human energy. Investing in culture is the wisest investment any corporation can make. Like a garden, organizational culture develops whether or not you design it. Although cultivating a great culture demands a lot of emotional investment, leadership wisdom, and a genuine care for people, it is a financially low-cost investment with a high economic return.

Southwest Airlines is probably the greatest success story in American airline history in terms of turning intangibles into monetary value. [Image: Flickr user lecercle] What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Mornings are a great time for getting things done.

What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. Your supply of willpower is fresh after a good night’s sleep. That makes it possible to turn personal priorities like exercise or strategic thinking into reality. But if you’ve got big goals—and a chaotic a.m. schedule—how can you make over your mornings to make these goals happen? Because I write about time management frequently, I’ve gotten to see hundreds of calendars and schedules over the years. 1. Part of spending your time better is knowing how you’re spending it now. While measuring your mornings, try tracking your whole week. As for the mornings themselves, you can be organized but still not be spending them well. 2. After you know how you’re spending your time, ask yourself what a great morning would look like. For personal growth: For professional growth: Strategize: In an age of constant connectivity, people complain of having no time to think. 3. 4. 5.

BT executives set for £90m windfall after turnaround. 9 Steps to Building a Content Marketing Strategy. InShare202 Providing the right content when and where your consumers want it in a format that is easy for them to digest is key to content marketing.

9 Steps to Building a Content Marketing Strategy

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of buzz about content marketing. Blog posts touting that the key to social media is good content abound and many books have been written about it. It should be obvious that content is important to social media, or any marketing for that matter. The actual commercial that you put on the air is vital to your television strategy and the actual advertisement is vital to your print strategy. Content is vital to the success of any social media effort - what you actually talk about matters. Why Content Marketing? But developing a solid content marketing strategy isn't just important as a social object to be posted in Twitter or on Facebook.

A content strategy can be as simple as a single execution, like the CDC Zombie Apocalypse, or a comprehensive microsite with content that is updated frequently. 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers. In the beginning, there was just you and your partners.

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Now you have others to do all that and it's time for you to "be strategic. " Whatever that means. If you find yourself resisting "being strategic," because it sounds like a fast track to irrelevance, or vaguely like an excuse to slack off, you're not alone. This is a tough job, make no mistake. After two decades of advising organizations large and small, my colleagues and I have formed a clear idea of what's required of you in this role. Anticipate Most of the focus at most companies is on what’s directly ahead. Look for game-changing information at the periphery of your industrySearch beyond the current boundaries of your businessBuild wide external networks to help you scan the horizon better Think Critically “Conventional wisdom” opens you to fewer raised eyebrows and second guessing. Interpret Ambiguity is unsettling.

Decide. Where ideas and people meet. Secrets of the shopping trolley. A survey found that when they cook, more than half of all Australians rotate between a repertoire of five meals or fewer.

Secrets of the shopping trolley

Photo: Peter Braig YEAH, yeah, I know - two serves of fruit and six serves of veg; three serves of lean meat and six (six!) Serves of grains. Two-and-a-half of dairy; and beer, vodka and triple-choc mud cake ''only sometimes and in small amounts''. The daily diet guidelines are spelt out in detail by the Department of Health and Ageing in an effort to save us from ourselves. But I don't eat like that and chances are you don't either. We are eating fewer potatoes but more cheese; fewer carrots but more yoghurt. Advertisement When we went out to dinner in 2002, it was most probably to Italian. According to Hourigan, protein and carbohydrate intakes are both up. Likewise, we are getting more grains, but not in the form we might recognise. When we cook, a Westfield survey found more than half of all Australians rotate between a repertoire of five meals or fewer. The Social Media Statistics Of Fortune 500 Companies [INFOGRAPHIC] Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions.

Warren Buffett On Housing Market: I Was 'Dead Wrong' OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Saturday that he was "dead wrong" with a prediction that the U.S. housing market would begin to recover by now, but he remains optimistic about the nation's economy.

Warren Buffett On Housing Market: I Was 'Dead Wrong'

In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Buffett said he is sure housing will recover eventually and help bring down the nation's unemployment rate. But he did not predict when that will happen. Investors eagerly await the letter from Buffett, 81, the so-called Oracle of Omaha, who built a roughly $44 billion fortune by following a steadfast, no-nonsense investing strategy.

Buffett said housing "remains in a depression of its own," but he predicted, in typical plainspoken style, that the housing market will come back because some human factors can't be denied forever. "People may postpone hitching up during uncertain times, but eventually hormones take over," he wrote. The housing prediction proved painful for Berkshire Hathaway.

Online: 9 Questions Before Choosing A Credit Card. 8 Strategies for Launching a Brand Presence on Pinterest. Charles Nicholls is an expert in ecommerce, web analytics, social media marketing and online buyer behavior.

8 Strategies for Launching a Brand Presence on Pinterest

He is also founder and chief strategy officer at shopping cart recovery company SeeWhy. You can follow Charles on Twitter @webconversion and read his blog. Many marketers have heard of Pinterest, but despite this, most brands have yet to hop on the hottest new social network. In this article, we'll look at why Pinterest is important to brands and provide seven simple steps for leveraging brand presence on Pinterest. Pinterest has quickly become one of the top five referring traffic sources for several apparel retailers. Despite the powerful numbers, most brands and merchandisers are not present on Pinterest. For those brands looking to develop a Pinterest presence, try these seven simple steps. 1. Just like you would reserve a Twitter handle for your brand, secure a Pinterest user name. 2. Think color, style and brand values. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Best Sellers. British culture may be our new great industry. All the data on debt you will ever need to know. Why Social Media Will Disappear. In the 1960’s the “Madmen of Madison” Avenue were challenged as the age of television forever changed the advertising and marketing landscape.

Why Social Media Will Disappear

The arrival of color television in 1961 was rapidly becoming an integral part of the family home and engaged millions of people with captivating television shows, news as it happened and movies. The advertising agencies had to reinvent themselves as the new technology became widespread and by 1979 over 300 million televisions were occupying the corners of peoples living rooms. 50 years ago the choices of media were simple compared to today with essentially only a few media types. Related Resources from B2C» Free Webcast: Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products RadioNewspaperMagazineCinemaTelevisionTheatrePoster In 2012 we have a smorgasbord of media including CD’s, podcasts, blogs, online video, online photos, iTunes, satellite radio, mobile phone, tablets, email, Internet, TiVo and video recorders.

Just to name a few! The Age of Media Convergence. Tobybarnes: Lego has influenced & insp... The best 100 digital agencies in the world. 12 Big Ideas for the Financial Services Industry in 2012 - American Banker Magazine Article. Banks know health care is a big opportunity. They are spending more than $100 million a year acquiring and building technology to process claims and other transactions for providers of health services, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS). But there's a lot more that banks could be doing, especially as more provisions of Obamacare—officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010—go into effect over the next two years. Besides serving as the payments vehicle for doctors, hospitals and health care plan administrators, banks could become central to a kind of "health-wealth" portal that many believe will be a major source of the $35 billion in health care savings that the White House projects the act will provide by 2013.

"What we are suggesting is banks move beyond that core payments business to data processing," says John Casillas, senior vice president of the HIMMS Medical Banking Project. When Incentive Pay for Agency Performance Doesn't Work. The Perils of Multitasking. The title says it all in this McKinsey piece from earlier in the year. While it is fashionable, expected and admired to multitask the reality is that it is counterproductive. The piece expands into a personal strategy to focus, filter and forget. It’s a welcome reminder for time management principles.

It underlies the thinking with a new aspect to multi-tasking that is addictive and physiological. This drug like effect generates company inefficiency, errors and missed opportunities. Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy | McKinsey We tend to believe that by doing several things at the same time we can better handle the information rushing toward us and get more done.

Like this: Like Loading... Google Engineer Shares 2012 Plans for Google Wallet. The Google Wallet continues to dominate the emerging field of mobile payments with its strong lineup of financial industry and merchant partners including Citi, MasterCard, Visa and First Data. We caught up with Rob von Behren, co-founding engineer for Google Wallet, this week to find out what's on the drawing board for this product in the coming year, as well as the company's overall technology philosophy vis a vis mobile payments. In 2012, Google will expand out its APIs to make it easier for third parties such as Groupon, merchants and banks to interact with the Google Wallet, von Behren says, noting that Google will not charge for the use of these APIs. "From Google's perspective, the wallet is an appliance for users," he says.

"It should be able to hold whatever a user would want in it. It should work with all credit cards and coupons from third parties such as Groupon. The new APIs would allow banks to more easily interact with the wallet and with their customers. Biggest Tech Fails This Decade: 12 Epic Product Flops. How Samuel Palmisano of I.B.M. Stayed a Step Ahead - Unboxed.

How to Launch a Social Ambassador Campaign. Eulogy for Mellie. Ori Hadomi of Mazor Robotics, on Choosing Devil’s Advocates. iTunes 12 Days of Christmas App Offers Free iPad Downloads. How Tech & Social Media Companies Cashed Out in 2011. How Will Digital Change Small Business in 2012?