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  • It’s certainly no secret that Very Short List loves a good Venn diagram—which is why we were particularly tickled by the very funny 15 Venn Diagrams to Explain the Internet’s Fascination With Venn Diagrams, presented by NextRound.

    It’s true that this device, named after English logician John Venn (officially defined as “a diagram that uses circles to represent sets and their relationships”), is easy shorthand for explaining things in our Internet, attention-span–challenged age. NextRound’s list is filled with clever entries, such as Women, Karaoke (simply, Japan + alcohol), and—our personal favorite—the Vin (as in Diesel).

  • he question is not trivial. A leadership brand conveys your identity and distinctiveness as a leader. It communicates the value you offer. If you have the wrong leadership brand for the position you have, or the position you want, then your work is not having the impact it could. A strong personal leadership brand allows all that's powerful and effective about your leadership to become known to your colleagues, enabling you to generate maximum value.

    What's more, choosing a leadership brand can help give you focus. When you clearly identify what you want to be known for, it is easier to let go of the tasks and projects that do not let you deliver on that brand. Instead, you can concentrate on the activities that do.

  • Most people know that good feedback is essential to designing and developing quality websites.

    But what constitutes “feedback” can be ambiguous: for some, it is little more than a hasty spell-check; for others, it is akin to submitting and defending a PhD dissertation.

    While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for those seeking feedback on their work, there are some proven ways to get helpful input from others.

    Here are a few ideas and tools to assist you in your quest for an improved product.


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