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5 EASY WAYS TO FIND GREAT STORIES IN YOUR DATA

<i>This article originally appeared on Column Five.</i><p>Data storytelling is one of the best tools out there for content marketers. But for data noobs it can …

4 storytelling lessons from Pixar

Whether you’re shooting a company video or writing up a press release, one word sums up today’s communications: storytelling.<p>How best to craft your …

11 Creative Concrete Countertop Designs To Inspire You

While concrete countertops are most often predictable and simple, they don’t have to be. Concrete can be manipulated and poured into very unique and …

7 Books That Will Make You an Idea Factory

A Coursera co-founder and former Google exec on the books that help him come up with so many great ideas.<p>Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of great ideas don't just pop out of thin air. Most are actually the unexpected combination of two or more concepts from different branches of …

18 Free Exploratory Data Analysis Tools For People who don't code so well

Introduction<p>Some of these tools are even better than programming (R, Python, SAS) tools.<p>All of us are born with special talents. It’s just a matter …

Data Science

Karim Rashid wants you to realize how poorly designed everything you own is

A conversation with the mercurial industrial and interior designer<p>Karim Rashid may look fairly content in the above picture: shades lowered, wearing one of his signature all-white outfits. But in previous shots, he was holding forth a ceramic white coffee mug. And there was a problem. The mug was …

5 Design Jobs That Won’t Exist In The Future

And seven jobs that will grow, according to design leaders at Frog, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, and more.<p>Organ designers, chief drone experience designers, cybernetic director. Those are some of the fanciful new roles that could be created by the global design industry in the next few years.<p>But what …

How To Easily Generate Leads Through LinkedIn With 5 Simple Steps

<i>How do you</i> <i>generate leads</i> <i>for your business?</i><p>Do you buy them? Let them come to you?<p>Kidnap them? (Free tip: no!)<p>Or do you approach lead generation with a thoughtful and proven strategy?<p>If you have been struggling to generate leads for your business, don’t worry. I have been there. I know the struggle.<p>I …

Marketing

The Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing

The widespread deployment of low-cost sensors and their connection to the internet has generated a great deal of excitement (and hype) about the future of manufacturing. The internet of things (IoT) and industrial internet in the United States, Industrie 4.0 in Germany, and 物联网 (wù lián wăng) in …

So You Think You Need an A3 Template

Source: Tracey Richardson’s personal files Click to expandProblem solving is a core part of continuous improvement and lean management. The so-called …

Lean Manufacturing

10 Places to Find Design Inspiration Online

Creativity is magical, not magic.<p>I wish I could say I came up with that clever adage, but I have the deep dark corners of the Internet to thank for …

Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

Data Visualization

3 ways to calm "why" vs. "how" feuds

<b>“Everyone Welcome! Even the McCoy’s”</b><p>On the surface, this sign at Hatfield’s BBQ in Nashville alludes to the long-running, post-Civil War Hatfield — …

Levelled Production: Why Do It?

In my first lean post “The Problem With Batch Logic” I described how batch logic, the basic of most planning systems, has three fundamental flaws …

Toyota Production System

The 15 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Do you want to make your commute or lunch hour more productive? Then you should give these podcasts a listen.<p>Podcasts have become a very useful tool for the busy entrepreneur. They're easy to create, are quick to digest (especially for those with longer commute times or who use public transport), …

10 books that will change the way you live your life

Whether the focus is getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, getting a creative project off the ground, kicking procrastination forever, or figuring out — hallelujah! — what to do for a career, we're all works in progress.<p>But finding the path that'll get us there is a torturous, tender, …

Scientists are asking the wrong questions of big data

Big Data has changed all that. These days, tremendous volumes of information are being generated and collected through new technologies, be they large telescope arrays, DNA sequencers or Facebook.<p>The data is vast, but the kinds of data and the formats they take are also new. Consider the hourly …

Big Data

The 3 Types of People Who May Want To Consider Skipping College

With student loans reaching mortgagee-sized proportions, more people are creating creative alternatives to traditional higher ed.<p>According to College Board the average cost of attending a four-year college course in the U.S. has risen an astounding 41% in the last decade. A freshman going off to …

Free tools for data cleaning, visualization and analysis

<i>Useful free tools for data cleaning, visualization, mapping, and analysis. These tools are more reporting oriented, but are also useful for …

B tested patterns for higher conversion rates and growth

Try Being Direct instead of indecisive.<p>You can send your message with uncertainty trembling in your voice, or you can say it with confidence. If …

UX Design

Josh Woolliscroft Turns Boring BIC Pencils Into Works of 'Nonconformity'

Josh Woolliscroft, artist and corporate prankster, created a whimsical series of custom writing utensils from boring HB BIC pencils. After shaving …

Can Your C-Suite Handle Big Data?

Over the past 30 years, most companies have added new C-level roles in response to changing business environments. The chief financial officer (CFO) role rose to prominence in the mid -1980’s as pressures for value management and more transparent investor relations gained traction. Adding a chief …

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Counterintuitive Advice For LinkedIn Users Part 3 - Stand Out And Promote

In Part 1 of this series, I focused on branding your profile and in Part 2 I discussed techniques for being found and using LinkedIn for research. In this final piece in the series, I share with you ways to differentiate your profile and maximize your hard work – repurposing it and getting others …