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How You Can Boost Page Views on LinkedIn



In one week, I increased the number of people looking at my LinkedIn profile by 425%. And that’s pretty exciting—more views means more potential job opportunities, more connections, and more visibility in my industry.

Also exciting? The only thing I did differently in those seven days was start and participate in a few group discussions.

Now that I’ve discovered how beneficial it is to be an active contributor, I’m making it my goal to join group discussions at least once a week. Here’s how to do the same, so you can make your profile views soar.

1. Find the Right Group

If you’re already a member of several groups relevant to your industry, profession, or interests, great. If not, let’s fix that.

Go to the search bar at the top of the page and enter some keywords. If you’re a content strategist, try “content strategy,” “content marketing,” “creative content solutions,”…

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5 inspiring TED talks by women leaders in 2014

5 inspiring TED talks by women leaders in 2014


There are so many TED talks that have the power to illuminate and inspire. The TED series turned 30 in 2014, and the list of talks by inspiring women leaders keeps growing and growing.

Here Fortune.com culls it down to 5 great TED talks by women in 2014. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. But we do hope some of these will spark some innovative ideas for 2015.

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Top 10 Company Mission Statements

Top 10 Company Mission Statements

Dr. Diane Hamilton's Blog

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Companies often list their vision and their mission statements on their sites. The difference between a mission statement and a vision statement is that a mission statement focuses on a company’s present state while a vision statement focuses on a company’s future.  However, some companies tend to blend these statements.  The following are some of the top technology-based company mission statements:

Amazon:  Amazon’s vision is to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.  (They list this as their mission as a combination mission/vision on their site).

Apple:  Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.

Dell:  Dell’s mission is to be the most successful computer…

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Databricks demolishes big data benchmark to prove Spark is fast on disk, too


Databricks, the startup focused on commercializing the popular Apache Spark data-processing framework, has used Spark to crush a benchmark record previously set using Hadoop MapReduce. The company says it’s a misconception that Spark is only significantly faster than MapReduce for datasets that can fit a cluster’s memory, and that this test ran entirely on disk helps to prove that.

Using 206 machines and nearly 6,600 cores on the Amazon Web Services cloud, Databricks completed the Daytona GraySort test, which involves sorting 100 terabytes of data, in just 23 minutes. The previous record was set by Yahoo, which used a 2,100-node Hadoop cluster with more than 50,000 cores to complete the test (albeit on 102.5 terabytes) in 72 minutes.

To address early concerns about Spark’s ability to reliably handle large-scale datasets, the Databricks team then ran an unofficial the test and completed the same benchmark across a petabyte of data, on 190…

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That’s Intriguing #30: They Don’t Call ’em Fleeting Thoughts for Nothing

Intriguing Insights on How to Create Compelling Communications That Pass The Eyebrow Test®

Why is it important to ink it when we think it?

Did you read Alice in Wonderland? Do you remember this passage?

“The horror of that moment, I shall never, never forget!” – the King.
“You will, though,” the Queen replies, “if you don’t make a memo of it.”

Even the Queen knew to jot thoughts when they’re hot.

I’ll always be grateful to former National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones for showing me why it’s every writer’s job to ink it when we think it.

Hall of Fame speaker Dewitt, (who lives part-time in Hawaii and can be found online at www.DewittJones.com), and I were enjoying a walk/talk along a Maui beach discussing the topic of intuition.

What is intuition? Where does it come from? Why are those intuitive nudges never wrong? How can we capitalize on them?

Dewitt was doing something that puzzled me. We’d go about 100…

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