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- 11 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- 5 readers -
  • Why Realistic Goals May Be the Biggest Thing Holding You Back

    … There are two main camps when it comes to goal-setting, and they love to argue. The first says that it’s better to set realistic goals, because it’s more encouraging and rewarding to meet your goals than to stretch and risk failing. The other says to aim higher than you think you can achieve—something about shooting for the moon and hitting…

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  • 12 Quotes That Will Help You Work Smarter

    … We live in a world where technology and communication are causing everything to accelerate, from careers to innovation to meltdowns. Yet many things in many industries remain stuck. Most businesses stop growing after a few years. Most people are frustrated at the speed of their career progression. Most ideas die in Congress. Et cetera. Part…

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

    … advocated seems to be working extra well. For what pirates lack in job security (and, often, Vitamin C), they make up for in speed, autonomy, and the ability to keep competitors guessing. Which, as it turns out, is what Apple is very good at—even if they guess right. With last week’s announcements at Apple’s launch event for the iPhone 6, Apple Watch…

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  • 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…

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  • 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- 9 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- 9 readers -
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