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January 28, 2013
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Leading Edge 
  • What Abe Lincoln taught Howard Schultz about leadership
    Abraham Lincoln is a great model for any business leader, says Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. The former president was a moral visionary and a superb listener who sought advice from trusted advisers and those outside his immediate circle. "Lincoln's presidency is a big, well-lit classroom for business leaders seeking to build successful, enduring organizations," Schultz says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to avoid stinking up your company
    Great bosses know that "a skunk stinks from the head down," and that businesses similarly succeed or fail based on their leadership, writes Bill McBean in this book excerpt. To avoid making a stink, aim to be determined, humble, transparent and flexible, McBean advises. "If you want to give your business a good start toward success, it has to start with leadership, and leadership has to start with you," he writes. Fast Company online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
Strategic Management 
  • 4 ways to ensure your firm survives flu season
    It's a particularly rough flu season, and smart companies are taking steps to protect their workers. Among the best strategies: Be generous with sick days to keep the contagious away from the healthy; let employees work from home when they feel up to it; and put a bottle of hand sanitizer on every worker's desk. CBS MoneyWatch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The economics of insuring A-Rod
    Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees superstar, just underwent hip surgery -- and that's a big problem for Team Scotti, the insurer that underwrites his $275 million contract. All professional teams insure their players against injury, but the sheer size of A-Rod's contract means a payout could drive up premiums across the league, leading many franchises to reduce the size of the contracts they offer to star players. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (1/26), Daily News (New York) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Has Mark Zuckerberg forgotten how to innovate?
    Mark Zuckerberg knows the power of disruptive technologies, but when it comes to enacting social change, he seems happy to tackle problems by simply throwing money at them, Diane Brady writes. His championing of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election bid, like his donation to Newark's school system, has focused on raising money rather than on finding creative uses for social media and other technologies. "[B]y making his main contribution a monetary one, he's undermining the power he could bring to the table," Brady argues. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Read by CEOs 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Leadership readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
The Global Perspective 
  • GM is still playing the field in emerging markets, says CEO
    General Motors is rethinking its emerging-markets strategy, which has focused on a partnership with Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp., says CEO Dan Akerson. GM will continue to work with SAIC in Asia, Akerson said, but will explore other relationships in Russia and Latin America, including a possible tie-in with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • How to reach outside your company for innovation
    Open innovation can be a powerful tool for companies hoping to cut creative costs while still coming up with ideas, writes John Dillard. Still, it's important to be realistic about how much time and energy you can invest in open innovation. "[C]hoosing the right path can be difficult, as organizations must weigh the benefits and liabilities of using outside help against developing technology internally," Dillard writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • Science decides between the chicken and the egg
    Scientists believe they've found the answer to the timeless conundrum: Did the chicken or the egg come first? This animated clip explains their reasoning, which focuses on the way proto-chickens evolved into modern chickens and depends on our definition of the word "egg." YouTube/ASAPScience (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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