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Jonathan Becher
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I started new series of posts called 'Digital Dose' which summarizes interesting #digital tweets over last 2 weeks
Below is a collection of #digital tweets from last 2 weeks – from my perspective the trends, tips and digital news that’s worth a read whether you’re a casual observer or a fellow CDO. 2 Aug 2015 ea...
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Professor @TeresaAmabile studies how everyday corporate life can influence employee performance. My blog on her book: 
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Ponte is an Italian word that literally means bridge but refers to the extra day taken off to make a national holiday falling on a Tuesday or Thursday into a four-day vacation.
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Here are some factoids about the US 4th of July that are not commonly known
On July 4 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. The declaration announced that the thirteen American colonies no longer considered themselves as part of the British Empire but rather a new nation of independent sovereign states — the United States of America. This in itself is well-known: however, here are some factoids...
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A simple, but practical, extension to the traditional two-column pro/con decision list. My latest blog:
I always ask aspiring business people: How do you beat Bobby Fischer, the renowned chess champion of the 1970’s? The Answer: Play him at anything but chess. This excerpt is from the second chapter of Seymour Schulich’s book, Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons. Schulich is a self-made billionaire and one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists, having...
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I couldn't spell most of the words the 8th-graders got. Can you?
This year at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee there were 285 entrants, including 139 boys and 146 girls. The kids ranged in ages from 9 to 15 years old. Forty-four spellers were only children; two were from families with 10 children. They came from all 50 U.S. states and 11 other counties. There was even...
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8 ways to say no including “You are welcome to X. I am willing to Y.” My latest blog: 
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Remember the half-empty/half-full glass? Given the current fascination with 'unicorn' companies, I've created a new variant
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Carol Dweck explains why a growth mindset is more likely to succeed than a fixed mindset. Read more:
One of the tenets of my management guidelines is that I emphasize results over effort. With a focus on outcomes rather than activities, I recommend metrics that track impact (how much change occurred) rather than output (how much was produced). I don’t like to reward people for trying hard if they were working on the...
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As a way of exploring what I've been writing about, I generated a word cloud on my last 20 blog posts. It shows that #WordsMatter
More than six years ago, I created a wordle of my 10 most popular blog posts. Back then, word clouds were relatively new and I thought it was an interesting way to explore what I had been writing about. Some words were expected – performance, scorecard, objectives, strategy, metrics. Others were a bit more surprising –...
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The so-called Lucretius problem is exacerbated by the fact data captured in the past is not necessarily as reliable or as complete as data captured today. As a result, historical data includes bias or variability. 
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People are more likely to resist when they are told what to do. Use a store attributed to Winston Churchill and invoke the silver salt shaker effect.
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