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September 25, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Why smart leaders hire damaged workers
    When it comes to hiring, it's always best to look for workers who've been beaten up a little by life, says Mark B. Templeton, CEO of Citrix. Battle-damaged employees have had a chance to prove their resilience and to learn from their mistakes, Templeton argues. "I’m looking for wisdom, and wisdom ends up being a measure of scars, and things that went wrong and what you did about them," he explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Could a male State Department chief keep up with Hillary Clinton?
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodhamn Clinton has a punishing schedule that's seen her visit 110 countries during 376 days on the road -- and Washington insiders suggest there's no way a male leader could cope with that kind of pressure. Like Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright before her, Clinton brings raw stamina, emotional intelligence and a touch of glamor to her diplomatic missions, writes John Norris. "Putting it delicately, some wonder whether a man with more 'traditional' family commitments simply would have the time, energy, and focus required to be fully effective as secretary of state," he argues. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
  • 3 ways to breathe new life into a company
    Vital Network Systems was was hemorrhaging $500,000 a month when John Koehler took charge, but the IT executive soon put the company back in the black. That required a combination of authenticity and ruthlessness, Koehler explains. "You need to find a way to be profitable with the sales you have and then innovate to add incremental business past that," he says. "If you're profitable where you are, then any growth becomes wonderful." Inc. online (free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Corporate innovators have never had it so good
    There's never been a better time to be a big-company innovator, writes Scott Anthony. Strategic and technological advances mean that big companies now have the same innovation advantages as startups and lone entrepreneurs, while also having the resources and scale to innovate and test ideas effectively. "It's easy to bemoan the stifling bureaucracies that characterize some large companies. But giants ... have hard-to-replicate advantages over start-ups," Anthony writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (9/24), Harvard Business Review (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Meet Dunkin' Donuts' mad scientist
    Stan Frankenthaler, a three-time James Beard nominee, is global product innovation chief at Dunkin’ Brands, where his team creates dozens of donut and ice-cream varieties each year. Not all are successful, Frankenthaler admits, but that's part of the game. "That's why we have so many choices. Part of new flavors is definitely about reinforcing our position as a leader in the marketplace, and new always drives interest," he says. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How frequently do you seek out coaches and mentors to help team members improve?
    Sometimes  32.11%
    Often  30.37%
    Rarely  19.55%
    All the time  10.47%
    Never  7.50%
  • Another set of eyes: Coaches and mentors can be a great resource for your team members (and you). The nearly 30% of you not seeking those opportunities out are likely missing a chance to improve your people and your team. A coach or mentor (and it doesn't have to be an externally hired one) can be a confidant and help your team member through issues they're not comfortable bringing to you or to the members of their teams. Be ready and willing to give your people the resources they need to succeed, including helping them find a coach or mentor to work through difficult issues with. -- Mike Figliuolo is managing director of ThoughtLeaders and author of "One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership."

    Discuss the results.
  • Which best explains your approach to creating and delivering training for your people?
We always seek external providers of training content and delivery
We are biased toward going external but do some things internally
We are biased toward doing things internally but sometimes go external
We do pretty much everything internally and rarely look outside for help

The Global Perspective 
  • Technology takes the sting out of going global, says Schneider chief
    Technology is making it easier for companies to go global, says Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire. Physical location still matters -- Tricoire moved his office from Paris to Hong Kong recently to focus on Asian markets -- but mobile and social networks make it far easier to keep teams connected with consumers. "The world will be connected, the world will be digitized, and Schneider Electric will be one of the leading pioneers on this transition," Tricoire says. The Wall Street Journal (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Where's the beef? Not in India, says McDonald's
    McDonald's is making headway with Indian consumers, thanks in part to an overhaul of its menu for a country where most people are religiously opposed to eating beef. After testing menus featuring non-beef classics, the restaurant chain is planning to open an all-vegetarian restaurant. "India has been a huge experiment for McDonald's," says regional spokesman Rajesh Kumar Maini. National Public Radio (text and audio) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Do your employees feel pressured to think alike?
    Thriving workplaces need to have individuals with critical thinking skills, but this year's political battles may pressure employees to adopt "groupthink," Martha Finney writes. She offer two examples where politics contributed to workers being fired, or passed over for a job. "You are counting on your people to bring their best thinking to work every day, not only lockstep, self-righteous passion," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • How to perform CPR on a panda
    Veterinarians have developed specialized CPR techniques to use on birds and animals ranging in size from parrots to pandas, including the cub that died recently at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Distressed animals can sometimes be resuscitated by breathing into their snouts and performing chest compressions, experts say, but be warned: Reviving an elephant by blowing down its trunk might be an impossible challenge. Slate/Explainer blog (9/24), Reuters (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Communication with the board is really critical to your success because that's how you can get the kind of advice you need to lead a company through hard times."
--Mark B. Templeton, president and CEO of Citrix, as quoted in the New York Times
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