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By Jimmy Guterman

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Jimmy Guterman is editorial director of Collective Next and a curator of TEDxBoston. Previously, he served as a senior editor of Harvard Business Review.

Who are you at work?

That’s a more complicated question than you might think. There’s a side of us that we emphasize when we’re among our coworkers: our work selves tend to be more buttoned-down than the people we are on evenings and weekends. The things that preoccupy us outside work often get pushed to the back when we’re at corporate HQ. Emphasizing your professional strengths and “workplace demeanor” makes it easier for both the people who you report to and the people who report to you to feel confident in you. But such an approach can feel little bit fake sometimes, can’t it? Like we are putting on a show. Read more »

Posted by & filed under analytics, devices, information security, privacy, search, Web Development.

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We’ve all been there. Your mind wanders during your daily routine and then suddenly your interest is piqued by a random, rogue question. It lingers persistently and blocks all other attempts at thought. You completely disregard the fact that it is 2:30 AM and turn to the one source of information that is reliable — or at least won’t complain when you ask it a question at all hours of the night. Google. Yahoo. Siri. Bing. Alexa. All happy to take a stab at solving your dilemma. You enter your search: “Which is more deadly, a shark or a coconut?” The wheel spins and your retinas burn and then finally the answer is revealed. You lean back and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your instincts did not lead you astray. However, after everything is said and done and you found the answers you sought, the real question is this: if you aren’t paying your search engine for these answers, how do they make money? What does a search engine get in return for all the queries you feed it? It turns out, quite a lot. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Business, communication, Content - Highlights and Reviews, leading teams, management, motivation.

By Lauren Keller Johnson

Lauren Keller Johnson is a freelance writer living in Harvard, MA

As a manager, one of your most vital responsibilities is motivating your people—inspiring them to give their best on the job, including their creativity, devotion, and energy. When your employees are motivated, they work together to generate the results your organization needs—whether it’s stronger sales, happier customers or clients, greater market share, or some other critical goal.

But most managers stumble in their efforts to motivate employees. That’s because they rely on traditional carrot-and-stick motivation techniques such as pay raises and threats, says Susan Fowler in her book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does.

Such techniques may push your people to do whatever it takes get the “carrot” or avoid the “stick” in the short-term—but their motivation will evaporate soon after. Why? Carrots and sticks are external motivators—things that employees have no control over. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Digital Publishing, java, libraries, PubFactory, Safari, Semantic Analytics, Solr, xslt.

Safari PubFactory logo Safari isn’t just a single product providing books, videos, and training courses to business professionals. We also have a robust client services group that serves the academic publishing market. The team and talent at our PubFactory division operate some of the flagship products in online search and reference.

Providing great academic and scholarly content has always been the PubFactory team’s primary focus and 2014 was another great year in that effort.  The number of publishers and products using the platform continues to grow, and PubFactory’s feature set has expanded in genuinely useful ways.  Here are the ways Safari transformed online publishing just last year:
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By Lois Kelly and Carmen Medina, co-authors, Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within

One of the great misperceptions about people who get labeled “rebels” at work is that they are simply young upstarts who are out to change everything. Our experience and our research say that’s not true. And as a manager, understanding your rebels’ true motivation is essential to benefitting from their enormous value.

Most rebels have a productive mindset; they tend to focus on the things that get in the way of achieving what matters and suggest better ways. They are not anarchists or people who want to reinvent every wheel.  Most rebels are much too practical to change what’s working well. Instead, they set their sights on what’s broken and aim to eliminate the organizational habits, bureaucratic rules, and widely accepted business practices that slow down progress without adding any value.
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Posted by & filed under Digital Publishing, html5, xslt.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a standards organization serving the “open web” — the set of freely available specifications that underpin most of the visible internet. In the years since the W3C was founded, all modern businesses have become “web” businesses, with their own industry-specific processes, jargon, and priorities. To that end, the W3C has formed interest groups for those industries which are adjacent to the web, with a goal to promote web technologies and ensure that the web is meeting common commercial needs.

I was co-chair for the Digital Publishing Interest Group for a time, and I have first-hand exposure to their work in interviewing publishers, documenting best practices, and writing recommendations for future specifications.

Screen shot of the first table of the DPUB specification review

One of those deliverables is an intimidating table of W3C specifications and standards that were considered relevant to digital publishing. There’s a lot to digest there, and it’s unlikely that any single human is deeply familiar with all of it. I’ve provided an opinionated gloss of the most relevant or active standards, and feel free to comment if I’ve disparaged or ignored your favorite specification.
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Posted by & filed under annotations, iOS, ipad, mobile, Native apps, news, Product Updates & Tips, Safari, Safari Queue.

Version 1.1 of Safari Queue is now available in the iTunes Store. We launched the app in late November, and we’re pleased to say that we’ve made a number of improvements in this first update.

What’s new in this version?

Version 1.1 of the Queue app includes the following new features and improvements:

  • Highlighting! Highlights sync with your Safari account.
  • Added a “Downloaded” filter to the main queue.
  • Improved night mode to better support notes, sidebars, tables, and so on.
  • Added support for video playback via AirPlay.
  • Updated video table of contents for improved legibility.
  • Added support for 180-degree rotation on iPad.
  • Cleaned up typography and and graphical elements on the main queue.
  • Refined chrome animations in the reading interface.
  • Fixed a bug where the queue would fail to load for a very small number of users (the “null” bug).
  • Added better support for pinch and zoom in PDF-based (non-reflowable) books.

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Posted by & filed under Business, communication, management, managing yourself, presentations.

By Jimmy Guterman

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Jimmy Guterman is editorial director of Collective Next and a curator of TEDxBoston. Previously, he served as a senior editor of Harvard Business Review.

Back when you were a beginning knowledge worker, chances are you distinguished yourself first by what you knew. You showed that you were passionate about the technologies relevant to your work by keeping up to date on the latest and greatest and sharing what you learned with your colleagues. This helped differentiate you and put you on a management track. But it all changes when you actually move into management. Once you’ve made that jump, your job is no longer show what you know; your job is to share and present what you and your team need to do. Read more »

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By Lauren Keller Johnson

Lauren Keller Johnson is a freelance writer living in Harvard, MA

You’ve decided you’re an introvert. Maybe you took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test or read about the defining characteristics of introverts as compared with extroverts, and said, “Yep—that’s me.”

Regardless of how you arrived at your conclusion, you probably identify with the introvert communication preferences Patricia Weber describes in her book Communication Toolkit for Introverts:

  • Thinking things through before speaking
  • Openly talking about yourself with people you know and trust
  • Staying in the background in group gatherings
  • Communicating through writing
  • Conversing with others one-on-one rather than in groups or meetings

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