A very interesting map infographic from National Geographic that shows where and how the population of 7 billion lives. The map shows population density; the brightest points are the highest densities. Each country is colored according to its average annual gross national income per capita, using categories established by the World Bank.

The most amazing thing for me on this infographic is how World population and per capita income have been shown in co-relation with things like Life expectancy, years of education, literacy rate, fertility rate, new migration rate, phone subscriptions, cars, carbon dioxide emissions etc.

World population and per capita income

World population and per capita income

Here is one of the correlations with world population and per capita income and you can see more on National Geographic’s website by clicking on various tabs of infographic.

World population and per capita income

World population and per capita income

 

For a productive day at work tomorrow, give the smartphone a rest tonight.

smartphone late into the evening doesn’t just make it harder to get a decent night’s sleep. New research findings show it also exhausts workers by morning and leaves them disengaged by the next afternoon.

That means the way most knowledge workers do their jobs—monitoring their iPhones for notes from the boss long after the office day is done and responding to colleagues at all hours—ultimately makes them less effective, posit researchers from University of Florida, Michigan State University and University of Washington.

Read More on Wall Street Journal.

 

Here is a very nice information on right tactics for Social Media. Rand Fishkin addresses the 10 big social media challenges in this post.

 
Source Nielsen

Source Nielsen

 

As per recent study by Nielsen, nothing has more power to drive consumers to the store than milk (59% of instances), closely followed by pet food (56%) and baby food (52%).

And it is true in case of our family. Every time we go to buy milk it always costs us more than $30-$40. We always come back with many other things, what we all call “impulsive buying”.

 

Source: Nielsen

Source: Nielsen

 

2103 report for Incapsula reveals an increase in bot traffic since last year. Are you currently segmenting your bot traffic in your web analytics profile? Are you ensuring that your website metrics are not inflated? If not, I think this a right time to start thinking and doing something about it because

61.5% of Web Traffic Is Not Human

61.5% of Web Traffic Is Not Human

 

Here are some good articles on how you can segment the bot traffic if you are using Google Analytics:

 

Here are the top five most popular online safety tips from Google Blog:

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Be careful, Your iPad or iPhone can be in your Neighbor’s house.. that is how Apple’s Find My iPhone application shows. While sitting in my home I tried to test this app and my iPad is in my Neighbor’s house as per this app. I know the gps locations cannot be so accurate but I am sharing this to share that next time you loose your iPad or iPhone, think before you knock your neighbor’s door LOL

My Ipad Not in My House

My Ipad Not in My House

 

 

Engagement

Be Engaged Means

Being part of the team and not be on the sidelines! This is what I say when someone asks me, what does be engaged mean.

Before I share what be engaged means to me, lets look at the meaning of the word.  Engage is a verb and (past tense: engaged) which means “occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention)” and also it means “participate or become involved in”.  As per my understanding it is a verb that applies to both the person and the org/project/group. Both the individual and the group needs to do some action to make it engaged. It is quite unfortunate to see when only individuals are expected to be engaged all the time and there is no effort from the organizations/groups to create conducive conditions.

Engagement comes when there is:

  • A willingness from the Person on individual level
  • Communication, Trust, Win-Win for everyone involved and Leadership from the org/project/group.

I have personally not seen a true engagement when anyone of these is missing. Leadership is the key to all other ingredients. If anyone of the items is missing from creating a conducive environment a strong leadership can help and facilitate the change of the environment and make it right to be engaged.

I strongly believe that Engaged employees = Productive employees.

Be Engaged means to attract, involve and be involved. What does Be Engaged means to you? I would love to hear what does be engaged means to you.

 

I receive numerous emails about the best ways to get PDUs to renew the PMP certification. Here is the best guide resource for Free PDUs for PMP renewal:

http://pmzilla.com/24-real-methods-get-your-free-pdus-pmp-pmirmp-pmisp-pmiacp-etc

This is the best resource I have found till now and this helped me in my renewal too.

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