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January 21, 2013
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  • Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
      
    President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

  • Boeing continues producing 787s, but stops deliveries
    Boeing said it has suspended deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner while it corrects problems with lithium-ion batteries blamed for a string of mishaps. "Production of 787s continues," spokesman Marc Birtel said. "We will not deliver 787s until the [Federal Aviation Administration] approves a means of compliance with their recent airworthiness directive concerning batteries and the approved approach has been implemented." Bloomberg (1/18), Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Bottom Line 
 
  • An analytical approach to getting more from your workers
    Many companies' return on human capital is second rate, writes Jac Fitz-enz, founder of the Predictive Institute. He advises companies to restructure their human resources management model and introduce a systematic analytical process for managing human capital. CFO.com (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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In the C-Suite 
  • Stop rewarding your company's escape artists
    Bosses shouldn't reward workers for narrowly avoiding catastrophes, writes Jane Perdue. Getting that close to disaster in the first place is a sign of poor planning, Perdue explains. "Great CEOs achieve the right results by assuring that just the right amount of planning happens," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why taking handwritten notes is a waste of time
    Using a paper notebook is inefficient and frustrates people who know that tech devices such as tablets are more productive, writes Alexandra Samuel, vice president of social media at Vision Critical. With the help of tools such as Evernote, you can easily share notes with colleagues, maintain a digital record of meetings and transfer ideas into your task-management program, she writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
Off the Charts 
  • Uncomfortable truths that foodies need to face
    Healthy foods can have their own particular baggage, Joanna Blythman writes. For example, quinoa has been embraced worldwide because it is a high-protein, tasty grain, but its popularity means that many Bolivians can no longer afford their native food. And Peru's growth of asparagus to export around the world has depleted its water resources. The Guardian (London) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
Leveraging human capital is a business function that is essentially similar to leveraging other investments."
--Jac Fitz-enz, founder of the Predictive Institute, writing at CFO.com
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