According to Nielsen‘s latest Cross-Platform Report, “Americans spent more time than ever before looking at all kinds of screens.” Statista’s Felix Richter posted this interesting chart.

Infographic: People Spend More Time Looking at Screens Than Ever | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

The editors at Soundview Executive Book Summaries have a knack for identifying the latest business trends by the book topics that are being published. Lately, there has been an increase in books on the topic of Purpose. Soundview believes this interest is due to the following factors:

  • Younger generations, when considering the work world, are looking at “enjoying life along the way, and believing that what you do matters.”
  • Work needs to have a purpose and be “worth the sacrifice.”
  • Younger generations “want to know that the company they work for is focused on the health and safety of people, and on the preservation of the environment.”

Here are recent titles mentioned in the post about Purpose:

The Purpose Economy, by Aaron Hurst

Part of the Do Books series, Do/Purpose, written by David Hieatt

Black Hole Focus, by Isaiah Hankel

A Culture of Purpose, by Christoph Lueneburger

Valerie Strauss, writing for The Washington Post, lists various book titles that are being read by incoming college freshman that are either required, or suggested reading. Here are some of the titles.

Virginia Commonwealth – The Circle, by Dave Eggers

Seton Hall University – Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory

Clemson University – Machine Man, by Max Barry

Princeton University – Meaning in Life and Why It Matters, by Susan Wolf

Middle Tennessee State University – This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

University of Pennsylvania – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman

New York University – Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

Rollins College – My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student, by Rebekah Nathan

Millsaps College – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Ellyssa Kroski, writing for OEDb (Open Education Database), lists 10 excellent digital tools that help you think, organize, write, and present. Not only are these tools helpful for students and educators, they offer some exciting possibilities for business professionals as well. Here are a few of my favorites from the list:

Hemingway Editor – “This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability.”

TheBrain – “TheBrain combines the best of note taking, file synchronization and mind mapping apps to give you the ultimate digital memory.”

ZooBurst – This “digital storytelling tool” allows you to teach or present information in a visual way and create your own pop-up books.

Adobe Voice – This storytelling app “allows you to create stories using a combination of still images, icons, voice narration, and background music.”

iBooks Author – Create your own course textbooks (or business content!)

This is a great infographic from E-Learning Infographics on how to effectively search Google. “Search engines are the backbone of everyday internet use, but are you aware of the hidden tips and tricks available to improve your search?”

Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Chelsea Kerwin (Beyond Search) writes about a new search engine called Niice. “It is focused on inspiration search and the presentation of quality images to spark ideas…Somewhat like Pinterest, Niice allows users to create ‘moodboards’ or collections of images which can be saved, collaborated on, or downloaded as JPEGs.”

This site is well worth a look and the demo on how to create a moodboard is both audibly and visually appealing. “No noise. Just the good stuff….Just beautiful, inspiring design from hand-picked sources.”


Top Ten Online Colleges provides an interesting infograhic entitled, “The Ten Most Important Work Skills in 2020.” The data is from a report published by the Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute.

Important Work Skills for 2020


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