Becoming innovative is your opportunity | Leadership looks different at every level | Will Disney be Rupert Murdoch's last big play?
November 16, 2017
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Leading Edge
Becoming innovative is your opportunity
The ability to be innovative doesn't always come naturally, but it can be learned, writes LaRae Quy. Be curious, seek out innovative people and situations and take risks when you can.
SmartBrief/Leadership (11/15) 
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Leadership looks different at every level
There are seven levels of leadership, with humanity and humility rather than technical ability becoming more important as you ascend to higher levels, writes Dan Rockwell. "The higher you go in organizational life, the more you rely on others," he writes.
Leadership Freak (11/14) 
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Every board now knows its company will fall victim to a cyber attack, and even worse, that the board of directors will need to clean up the mess and superintend the fallout. Find out what the experts recommend in this report.
Strategic Management
Will Disney be Rupert Murdoch's last big play?
Will Disney be Rupert Murdoch's last big play?
Rupert Murdoch (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Rupert Murdoch and his sons are reportedly listening to Disney's interest in certain 21st Century Fox properties, including movie and TV studios, amid concerns that Fox isn't big enough, especially globally, to compete against consolidating rivals. Another uncertainty is whether Murdoch's sons Lachlan and James, both Fox executives, wish to pursue the same course of action as their father.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/14) 
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Iowa is a high-talent, low cost location
A high concentration of educated professionals and a low-cost environment are two reasons why Chief Executive said Iowa is one of the best places for financial services companies to do business. Simply put, Iowa is where smart money lives. Find out more.
Smarter Communication
How to answer when you don't have the answer
Sometimes, it's better to answer a question rather than say, "I'll get back to you," writes Anett Grant. You can bring the question to a level where you are knowledgeable, answer in a forward-looking manner or simply express appreciation for such a good question.
Fast Company online (11/15) 
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Tall tales can be an effective speaking tactic
Sometimes, a speech calls for a tall tale, a story that's exaggerated and told in a deadpan voice to capture your audience's attention, writes Jim Anderson. "You can either laugh in order to communicate to your audience that you were just joking or you can be earnest to let them know that you believe that every word that you said was true," he writes.
The Accidental Communicator (11/14) 
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The Big Picture
Each Thursday, what's next for work and the economy
Jobs everywhere are becoming more digital
Robots and artificial intelligence will advance quickly, so society needs to look at business models, policies and community structures if we want to reduce job losses and upheaval, writes Calestous Juma of Harvard Kennedy School. Meanwhile, a Brookings Institution report suggests the need for digital skills across fields has risen sharply since 2002, though the effects have been unevenly spread across industries, gender and race.
The Conversation (US) (11/12),  The Brookings Institution (11/15) 
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In Their Own Words
Mars CEO: Principles, lifelong learning lead to success
Mars has thrived for more than 100 years because the company has had the same five principles and provides formal programs to help employees learn about the global business, CEO Grant Reid says. "Whether it's within work or outside of work, take each and every opportunity you can to continue discovering and improving yourself," he says.
Forbes (11/10) 
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Daily Diversion
Scientists try to discover why Sardinians live so long
Scientists try to discover why Sardinians live so long
Sardinia (Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images)
Scientists are the studying the habits of people living on the Italian island of Sardinia, where reaching age 90 is common. A relatively small gene pool and healthy diets are two possible factors.
USA Today (11/15) 
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The risk is the challenge.
Mario Andretti,
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