What to do when you need experience | Negotiation requires collaboration | Proper alignment helps companies succeed
February 13, 2017
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What to do when you need experience
Experience is part of a leader's skill set but is understandably difficult to obtain for younger people in a rapidly shifting world, writes Naphtali Hoff. He suggests such leaders pursue educational and training opportunities, seek mentors and peer groups, and seek feedback on their work as often as possible.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/10) 
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Negotiation requires collaboration
Amy Trask, former CEO of the NFL's Oakland Raiders, says that the best negotiations are based on collaboration. You can be yourself when communicating during such situations, she argues, and consider bucking tradition by seeking win-win solutions while sitting next to, not across from, the other person.
Fast Company online (2/9) 
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Why follow a best-practice expense management process?
While most companies would like to adopt best-practice procedures, it can be hard to know what best practice is and then know how to implement it. This guide will help. Download our guide to receive eight tips and five resources that will make submitting, approving and reimbursing expenses more efficient, more accurate and less frustrating.
Strategic Management
Proper alignment helps companies succeed
Corporations face the difficult task of aligning several components, including purpose, strategy and management systems, write Jonathan Trevor and Barry Varcoe. Enterprise alignment is everyone's job, they argue, and is different from viewing the enterprise through the lens of an organizational chart.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/7) 
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Smarter Communication
Gone are the days of "command and control" leadership
When you've done something wrong, it is important to admit it and apologize, regardless of your seniority, writes Marius van Dijke. "The solution, like all good and effective solutions, is of course not an easy one and will require time, effort and commitment," he writes.
Forbes (2/2) 
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Smarter Working
A weekly spotlight on doing more without working longer
A little disorder can lead to great ideas
Consider an environment where employees are encouraged to work across teams and departments, which can break down silos and expose ideas to new contexts and ways of thinking, writes Shane Parrish. "By adding just a little disorder, a company can give its employees the freedom to think differently and maybe even help them out of a rut that is often caused by looking at something with too narrow a focus," he writes.
Farnam Street (2/7) 
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In Their Own Words
Bloomberg: "Nobody's going to outwork me"
Bloomberg: "Nobody's going to outwork me"
Bloomberg (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
When Michael Bloomberg interviews a job candidate, he looks for signals that he or she will take care of people and not just be self-interested. "The part that's most important in an education is how to deal with people," he says.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (2/1) 
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TMG CEO values failure for its lessons
Mistakes can be the best opportunity to learn and apply, says Shazia Manus, CEO of payments company TMG. "This has given me respect for failure and made me believe in failing forward -- meaning I should gather what knowledge I can from my failings and leverage it in the future for continuous improvement," she says.
The Huffington Post (2/10) 
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Daily Diversion
Drone developed to help bees pollinate flowering plants
A tiny flying robot can help bees pollinate flowering plants, according to a study published in Chem. The bottom of the drone contains a patch of horsehair treated with a sticky substance that picks up pollen from one plant and deposits it to another without damaging the flowers.
New Scientist (free content) (2/9) 
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