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Gideon Rosenblatt
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Employees at companies with a strong sense of purpose are more likely to believe their firms are doing well across a wide variety of measure than employees in firms without that sense of purpose. Those measures include: financial performance, competitiveness, values and beliefs, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction. 

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Employees who feel a strong sense of purpose see their firms as financially stronger, more competitive, and better at customer and employee satisfaction.
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I wonder . . . thinkin' . . . what about employees who have a strong sense of purpose?  I cannot remember anyone ever asking me that question at any job interview.  Collecting people with a strong sense of purpose . . . would that lead to a better company ipso facto ?
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What is a Regenerative Business?

One of the first steps to building regenerative business is rejecting the idea that your business is just a piece of property. Regenerative businesses prioritize people, then they prioritize mission, and then they prioritize maximizing returns for shareholders. 

Sound radical? Well, apparently, even someone like "Neutron Jack" didn't think so: 

“On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world. Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy… your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products.”
– Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

Think a minute about what Welch is saying when he says that “shareholder value is a result, and not a purpose for business” - he’s saying that even if you do care about shareholder returns, focusing on building shareholder value is not how you get there.

How do we go about building regenerative businesses that sustain themselves and the broad range of stakeholders on which they depend, and do so for the long-haul? 

#regenerative   #mission  
Regenerative business creates strategies designed around stakeholders and social impact - and they are the future of business.
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Yeah, it was later in his life, +Gunther Sonnenfeld. Here's a bit of the context from a piece by Steve Denning: 
Even Jack Welch sees the light…

Moreover in the years since Jack Welch retired from GE in 2001, GE’s stock price has not fared so well: in the decade following Welch’s departure, GE lost around 60 percent of the market capitalization that Welch “created”. It turned out that the fabulous returns of GE during the Welch era were obtained in part by the risky financial leverage of GE Capital, which would have collapsed in 2008 if it had not been for a government bailout.

In due course, Jack Welch himself came to be one of the strongest critics of shareholder value. On March 12, 2009, he gave an interview with Francesco Guerrera of the Financial Times and said, “On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world. Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy… your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products. Managers and investors should not set share price increases as their overarching goal… Short-term profits should be allied with an increase in the long-term value of a company.”
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The maker of Roomba says its robots may someday recognize everything in your house. Put enough sensors on them and combine that with cloud access to boost their intelligence and we could have some pretty smart household robots.

Laundry is a key chore people want to hand off to robots, but don't hold your breath.

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I cannot wait! Talk about low cost cleaning.
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The Shared Interest Graph

Much of what we do here on Google+ is share interests with one another. We do it through communities. We do it through circling people with similar passions. We do it through commenting and learning together. 

I wrote this article last June to provide people with an overview of what the interest graph is, how it's being used by companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, and explore this notion of a "shared interest graph" - which is essentially the intersection between our social graph and our interest graph. I figured that enough time has gone by that it's probably worth sharing it again. 

#interestgraph   #sharedinterestgraph  
The Interest Graph is software for connecting us to our interests. Today, it makes us better shoppers. Tomorrow, it could change the nature of work. #facebook #google+ #interestgraph
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+Richard Harlos yes i second you on the disable algo feature - smart idea
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Here's some interesting thoughts from Eric Ries on organizational learning and innovation. 

If you're not familiar with Reis, I highly recommend his book Lean Startup).  Here is a brief summary of it that I did here in July 2012:

Over this last year or so, I've had the pleasure of tracing back the trail on learning organizations from Reis to Peter Senge and back to the person he credits, Arie de Geus. These people are giants on this topic area. 

Thanks +Steve Wright and +Jim Hays for flagging this interview. 
Great interview with Eric Reis (author Lean Startup) on disruption and entrepreneurship.  +Gideon Rosenblatt 
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+Marshall Kirkpatrick - this is the summary I mentioned.
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Map Your Desired Super Powers

If your interests lie in the cross-section of super powers and infographics, you will absolutely love this one. 

Powers of the body? Well, under "body manipulation", there's invisibility (Invisible Woman), and body growth (Ant-Man, Goliath). And under "transmute body", there's sand (Sandman), diamond (Emma Frost).

But there's also "Object Manipulation", "Mastery", "Force Control" and ... well, you get the idea. 

OK. Geek out. (It's ok). What are your top three? 

#superpowers   #superheroes   #modernmyths  
We've seen plenty of infographic brilliance from the folks at PopChart Lab -- including rocker hairdos, beer, rapper names, and kitchen tools. Well...
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+Dan Ritchey may also appreciate this infographic.
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The Matrix gets a step closer with the latest update to Android's camera app. It now allows for this kind of "bokeh" blur effect, something you could only get with a SLR camera in the past. It's a pretty nifty trick. You snap the pic and then shift the camera up ever so slightly. The software then handles the blur between foreground and background. 

Uh, Apple, you might want to take note on this one. Pretty cool trick. 

More on the app:

#images   #camera   #photo   #blur   #bokeh  
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+Gideon Rosenblatt Yes I checked.  Its great that its in the Play Store.  My phone upgraded itself though
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Purpose Drives Profits And Confidence

According to the latest study from Deloitte, 82% of respondents who work for an organization with a strong sense of purpose, say that they are confident that their organization will grow this year, compared to 48% of those who did not have a strong sense of purpose. 

Click the image to see the full findings, or better yet, click through to the full infographic and article on +Forbes:

Thanks to the folks at +B Corporation for flagging this.

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Telegraphing "Time to Read" on Your Content

+Visnja Zeljeznjak has been talking to me about the importance of including a "time to read" metric in online content. This article talks about why it might make sense to implement on your site. 

I'm currently looking at the best way to implement this on my WordPress site. There are a number of plugins and I'm just trying to assess which might work best. 
Telling your potential audience how long it'll take to read your content might encourage readership. How to create estimated reading times.
How much time does the average adult in the United States spend with digital media every day? According to an August 2013 estimate by eMarketer: 5 hours and 16 minutes. Calculated another way, that’s 316 minutes per day. How many of those 316 minutes do they spend reading your content? Estimated Online Reading Time Basic website analytics […]
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Thanks +Visnja Zeljeznjak. Unfortunately, I made a whole bunch of other changes to the site at exactly the same time, so there will be no way to really know. 
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Which smile is genuine, and which is social?

"Whenever we smile, there are 2 potential muscles we activate. The first one is the zygomaticus major and it controls the corners of your mouth. Whenever this muscle only is activated, it’s not actually a genuine smile. Scientists call this also the “social” smile. The second muscle, known to show sincerity is the obicularis occuli and it encircles our eye socket."

Here's a great piece on the science of smiling:

Turns out, smiling is good for you. But I guess most of us already knew that. 


HT +Jeffrey J Davis 
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I'm a technologist with a background in business and social change. I write about the impact of technology on business and society.
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Painting a future where business and technology serve our highest aspirations as a species.
I'm a writer with a background in technology, business and social change. 

Most of my writing today is at The Vital Edge. My focus there is on organizations that use technology to fulfill missions that matter to society and the planet. 

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For nine years, I ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Groundwire specialized in CRM, web and social media communications all aimed at helping organizations strengthen their ability to engage people. I am also a proud board member of YES! Magazine

Prior to that, I spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions. While there, I developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites and marketed the company's consumer multimedia titles. 

I was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with my wife, CJ, and two boys.

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  • Wharton School
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