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September 14, 2017
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How to push through personal troubles at work
When you have personal troubles, confiding in a few close people who can support you when you need it can help get you back on track at work, writes Naphtali Hoff. Focus on the ways in which you are needed, and try to find the silver lining.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/13) 
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The value of principles over rules
Rules are popular yet too constraining for the modern corporation, writes Eric McNulty. "Principles, unlike rules, give people something unshakable to hold onto yet also the freedom to take independent decisions and actions to move toward a shared objective," he writes.
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (9/13) 
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Strategic Management
Apple hasn't stopped trying to wow its fans
Apple hasn't stopped trying to wow its fans
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As the smartphone market has matured, Apple's sales growth has slowed, prompting the company to pursue new ways to retain consumer excitement, writes Ian Bogost. Apple's recent product launch, he argues, showed how the company is trying to fend off the inevitable transition from hot new product to habit.
The Atlantic online (9/12) 
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Smarter Communication
10 ways to make sure you are understood
Scott Mabry outlines 10 ways to reduce misunderstanding between leaders and their employees. "The gap between what we think people understand and what is really going on in their minds is almost always much bigger than we think," he writes.
Soul to Work (9/11) 
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Stop answering, start listening
Learning to listen helps managers move away from dictating answers and making teams dependent, writes Dan Rockwell. He offers an exercise for leaders to assess and improve their listening skills.
Leadership Freak (9/13) 
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The Big Picture
Each Thursday, what's next for work and the economy
Owners of NYC taxi medallions face difficulty
The value of New York City taxi medallions has plummeted as riders shift to Uber and other alternative transportation. Many owners who have borrowed money to buy a medallion are behind on payment.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/10) 
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In Their Own Words
Guaranty Media executive talks college football takeaways
Playing football for Louisiana State University helped Guaranty Media Vice President Gordy Rush learn the value of time management, teamwork and discipline. "In football you will have a bad play or make a mistake, the ability to flush that play and get off the ground to play the next play has been huge both personally and professionally," he said.
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (La.) (9/11) 
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Daily Diversion
The world's last byssus seamstress shares her craft
Chiara Vigo is thought to be the world's last maker of byssus, a rare silk-like substance harvested from the endangered noble pen shell clam. The material dates back to Mesopotamia and is mentioned in both the Old Testament and on the Rosetta stone.
BBC (9/6) 
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