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August 31, 2012
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  • Barclays turns down the volume with new CEO pick
    Barclays has named Antony Jenkins as its CEO after former boss Robert Diamond's resignation in the wake of an interest-rate manipulation scandal. Jenkins is seen as "refreshingly boring": a prototypical British and risk-averse retail banker, in sharp contrast to Diamond's brash, investment-banking focused approach. "His appointment signals that the bank is not going to be as brazen as it has been in the past," says investment manager Alan Beaney. Bloomberg Businessweek (8/30), The Guardian (London) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • In modern retail, only the tech-savvy survive
    The retail business is going high-tech, with the most successful companies using sophisticated analytics to track sales, streamline their supply chain and target customers more effectively, writes Erik Sherman. That gives early adopters a big advantage over their more laggardly rivals. "The difference between the winners and losers in retail increasingly comes down to one factor: tech savvy," Sherman writes. Inc. online (free registration) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • At 37signals, the weekend starts Thursday
    Chicago software house 37signals gives its workers Fridays off during the summer months -- all part of CEO Jason Fried's plan to boost morale and ensure his company's long-term success. That's a sharp contrast with many other Silicon Valley start-ups, which focus on working their employees into the ground in the hope of being acquired by one of the tech giants. "I'm a fan of growing slowly, carefully, methodically, of not getting big just for the sake of getting big," Fried explains. Fast Company online (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • 10 innovation lessons from Edmund Hillary
    Edmund Hillary's historic ascent of Everest holds important lessons for modern innovators, writes Gijs van Wulfen. Hillary's climb reminds us that doing something that's never been done before takes courage, teamwork, passion and an enormous amount of luck. "May his lessons inspire you to follow your passion and realise your innovation dreams," Van Wulfen writes. (Sweden)/Gijs van Wulfen's blog (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Hong Kong's "supermen" face backlash
    The combined wealth of Hong Kong's elite billionaires now amounts to 70% of the city's gross domestic product -- a vast amount that's leading some to question the political and economic power amassed by the city's six main conglomerates. "People think, 'Wow, Hong Kong -- it's so free,'" says business researcher Sin Yat-Ming. "But the developers control the whole supply chain in Hong Kong, so it's not easy for a newcomer to break in." The Wall Street Journal (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Are you keeping your workers engaged?
    Post-recession, restaurants are once again finding it tough to recruit. Keeping valued employees on the team typically involves coming up with the right mix of programs, practices and perks that keeps them engaged and feeling valued, say experts including Lucien Gunter, chief operating officer of Louisiana's Acme Oyster House. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Vice President of National DevelopmentReading PartnersOakland, CA
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Director/Senior Director of Clinical Development- Multiple SclerosisSelva AssociatesGreater Boston Area, MA
Vice President, AmericasGraduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)Washington, DC
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  • SmartBrief Excerpt -- "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty"
    What happens when well-intentioned people find themselves considering an illegal parking spot, or in the depths of a corporate scandal? SmartBrief On Leadership is pleased to share a preview from behavioral economist Dan Ariely's new book, "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty." In return for updating your SmartBrief profile, we will send you the introduction to Ariely's new book absolutely free. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • SmartBrief will not publish Monday
    In observance of Labor Day in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
You don't have to raise your voice or thump the table to get your point across."
--Antony Jenkins, incoming CEO of Barclays, as quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek
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