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December 18, 2012
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Take an "inside look" at the new Element V drives
General Transmissions, a world leader in lawn care and snow-removal transmissions, has launched a fresh new website with clean design, intuitive navigation and helpful content, including a video "inside look" at their new Element V drives. With the new site, GT makes it easier and more efficient for OEMs to find, evaluate and select transmissions for walk-behind mowers, lawn tractors and snow blowers. Visit our site now.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Column: Reclaimed landfill helped curb flooding
    The Fresh Kills landfill on New York's Staten Island is a 2,200-acre site that is being turned into a park that supports wildlife. The park demonstrated its importance when it absorbed much of the stormwater from Superstorm Sandy. Landscape architect James Corner plans to transform the landscape with various native grasses, but the undertaking could face problems because of budget issues, Michael Kimmelman notes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Fed predicts more jobs but no drop in unemployment rate
    A paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco warns that the U.S. unemployment rate might stop falling even though the economy is improving and more people are finding jobs. Jobless statistics are likely to remain flat as the improving economy lures people who stopped looking for work back to the job hunt, at which point they are again counted as unemployed, the paper says. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • Don't rely on cookie-cutter leadership strategies
    Leadership shouldn't rely too much on uniform, "six steps to managing"-type leadership guides, says Karl Heiselman, CEO of Wolff Olins. Every employee is different, and bosses need to tailor their approaches to individual workers' needs. "[W]hen you're communicating with somebody ... you're trying to get the best work out of them. The way you do that is not the same for everybody," Heiselman says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • To invent the future, start by thinking like a designer
    Designers come up with groundbreaking ideas by combining empathy and creativity, Stanford University design educator Bill Burnett says. That means understanding your consumers' problems and desires, then using flashes of insight to come up with new ways to serve those needs. "What a designer does is imagine the future. That's what's powerful about design thinking for a business leader," Burnett explains. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men."
--Nicolas Chamfort,
French writer

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