Smartcuts

  • Does Height Really Determine Career Success?

    … likely have had from a young age. Indeed, histories of US presidents—which I documented in Smartcuts re: how success correlates with age and experience—indicate that successful presidents were confident go-getters who had the gall to defy normal paths and procedures. And the short actors? Success and confidence in Hollywood clearly have…

    Shane Snow/ The Content Strategist- 15 readers -
  • The Big Reason It Might Be Time to Quit Your Job

    … conducted for the book Smartcuts, that’s about how many people feel like they could easily switch careers. The actual number is 23 percent. Concerning, however, is that other 77 percent. Just over half of employed, college-educated American workers say they could pursue a different career, but it would be difficult. And nearly as many as say could…

    Shane Snow/ The Content Strategistin Content- 6 readers -
  • Why Realistic Goals May Be the Biggest Thing Holding You Back

    …-for-the-stars goal-setting, workers need two key things: feedback—so we know where we are regarding the goal, and self-efficacy—belief in our own competence. Without those two things, any goal is worthless from a statistical perspective. In Smartcuts, I write about how, paradoxically, innovation history shows that it’s easier to build a big business than…

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  • 12 Quotes That Will Help You Work Smarter

    …, Smartcuts. I hope some of these inspire you to think a little differently about the work you’re doing, too! Tweet this. “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty if you think you can make a better glass.” #smartcuts “Noticing the little things can help us conquer the big ones.” #smartcuts Tweet this. “Great stories build…

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  • What’s the Secret to Apple’s Innovation? Bad Ideas

    … a product or come up with a new idea has an unfair advantage over those who try to copy. However, it turns out that first-mover advantage is not an advantage at all! As I explored in Smartcuts, research from the University of Southern California shows that 47 percent of first-movers in business fail outright. More than half the time, however, it’s…

    Shane Snow/ The Content Strategist- 8 readers -
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Content Strategy

    … Submit a Q and get an A Some nerds play Xbox or memorize X-Men backstories. The nerds at Contently spend all day thinking about content strategy. To spread the nerd love, we’ve decided to hold what we’re calling The Content Strategy MegaQ&A, where the Contently content team will answer any and all questions you throw at us about the world…

    Erin Ward/ The Content Strategistin Content- 6 readers -
  • Leveraging Platforms for More Powerful Content

    … [Editor's note: This is the third post in our Content Strategy 200 series, inspired by Contently CCO Shane Snow's upcoming innovation book, Smartcuts. Stay tuned for a series of webinars, e-books, and content strategy classes in the months to come.] In the digital age, editors and content strategists have to wear many hats—including…

    Erin Ward/ The Content Strategistin Content- 15 readers -
  • How ‘Smartcuts’ Can Change Your Content Marketing

    … that this “hacker thinking” I’d identified in my stories for WIRED and Fast Company and so on was not endemic to tech startups, but had been employed long before them by some of the most interesting groups in history. Don’t take shortcuts. Make smartcuts. What did Ben Franklin, The Second City comedy school, and history’s fastest-growing media company…

    Shane Snow/ The Content Strategistin Social Content- 10 readers -
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