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December 14, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Tell your workers that it's OK to fail
    Bosses should tell their workers that failure is to be expected and even welcomed, OptionEase CEO Kim Kovacs says. Failure is a learning experience, Kovacs explains, and also a sign that you're testing the failure points of your company's business model. "If you can recognize the failure before it becomes epic, that's a really good thing. You're going to learn way more every time you fail at something than when you are succeeding," she says. Inc. online (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 12 steps to help leaders to keep stress in check
    Too many CEOs are overloaded with stress, writes Carole Spiers, a stress-management consultant. To avoid burning out, it's important to stay focused, to make time for yourself and to learn to switch off whenever you get the chance, she writes. "Remaining disciplined by managing both time and productivity well, is the key to good stress management," Spiers writes. Management-Issues (U.K.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • We're determined to stay feisty, says Comcast CEO
    Comcast isn't the underdog it once was, says CEO Brian Roberts, and the company's growth brings certain challenges. "As we've gotten larger, how do we use that size to innovate and go faster, not slower, and take more risks, not less risk? ... That's my job, to keep the culture feeling feisty," Roberts explains. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Surf your way to better innovation
    Patagonia has an official "Let My People Go Surfing Time" policy, with team members encouraged to hit the beach whenever the waves are up. The quirky policy is in part an attempt to boost creativity, writes Fig co-founder Kevon Saber. "Patagonia's leaders believe many of the company's best ideas are formed outside the office; they also credit off-the-cuff outdoor sessions for many of Patagonia's best-selling products," he writes. Fast Company online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Have you got the stomach for serious innovation?
    Innovators always rock the boat, and it's essential that managers and innovators are aware of the disruption caused, writes David K. Waltz. That means giving creative types permission to cause problems, but also taking steps to avoid unnecessary organizational turmoil. "Those seeking to blaze new trails need to be careful they do not risk more than they are able to manage," Waltz writes. Treasury Cafe blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Middle managers will help us soar, says Airbus CEO
    Airbus chief Fabrice Bregier is betting that his company's mid-level managers have what it takes to turn his company around. Years of top-down strategic planning haven't delivered the goods, Bregier says, so he's betting the farm on a policy of decentralized decision-making. "We have extra potential if we behave again as a small-business unit. That is what we need to target," he says. Reuters (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • The writing is on the wall for corporate slogans
    Corporate mottos, slogans and credos simply confuse workers, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Rather than posting lengthy mission statements on the wall, try embedding your best practices into your actions and into your company's culture. "Consider how to take it off the wall and infuse it into every interaction. Only then will you see the real value in your corporate values," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • The exotic physics of Santa Claus
    It is theoretically possible for Santa Claus to deliver a gift to every child on the planet in a single night -- but only if he employs an army of helpers and uses exotic relativity clouds capable of warping space time, scientists say. That would allow each helper to spend months delivering gifts, while for those of us outside the cloud, just a few minutes would pass. "I think it’s very possible that a man who ... has flying pet reindeer could have the technology needed to utilize relativity clouds," says doctoral student Danny Maruyama. Popular Science (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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In theory, decentralization is a good idea ... But it is like an orchestra; the danger comes if it is not monitored and coordinated."
--Zafar Khan, Societe Generale analyst, as quoted by Reuters
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