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January 7, 2013
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The Leaderboard 
  • How to lead a team of your peers
    It's hard enough leading your subordinates -- but leading a team of your peers is especially difficult, writes John Baldoni. Authenticity and passion are vital if you're to win over a peer group, Baldoni explains. "Leading those who can say 'no' to you is always a huge challenge, but if you can convince them by your actions and your enthusiasm, then they might believe in what you are doing," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Sales Strategies 
  • Why head count is critical to reaching your goals
    No matter how talented your representatives, you can't expect to succeed if you don't have enough people to get the job done, writes S. Anthony Iannarino. "[Y]ou can't make your number without having the players you need on the field." (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Daily Data Points 
  • Enterprise software to lead tech down the road to rebound in 2013
    The technology market will continue its gradual rebound this year, propelled by strength in the mobile, cloud and smart computing sectors, but it will take another year for the industry to regain the glory of pre-recession days, according to a new forecast. A report from Forrester Research estimates that global tech spending will increase 5.4% in 2013, despite declines in hardware sales, with business intelligence and analytics software posting strong gains. eWeek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

Strategies from Sales & Marketing Management 
  • Begin 2013 by improving your presentations
    Committing to consistently delivering better sales presentations could be the most important New Year's resolution your team makes. Our three-part series on improving personal presentation skills provides tips from Rutgers Business School Professor Marc Kalan, who has to be compelling and convincing enough to hold people's attention on a daily basis. Sales & Marketing Management (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

On the Road 
  • Top gadgets for better business travel
    A number of little gadgets can improve your travel experience, writes Mary Branscombe. For example, the Fitbit One can track your physical activity, while the Defender H200 can back up your critical data. ZDNet (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
App Update 
  • Service can back up your cloud-based business data
    Backupify provides backup services for users who need to protect their Google Apps or data. Pricing varies depending on which services you want to create backups for; there's also a pricing option that's based on the amount of storage you need. ZDNet (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Read 

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

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Making Small Talk 
  • "Hashtag" named 2012's #wordoftheyear
    "Hashtag" was the word of the year for 2012, according to the American Dialect Society. "This was the year when the hashtag became a ubiquitous phenomenon in online talk," according to Ben Zimmer, who leads the organization's New Words Committee. Previous winners include "Tweet" and "Occupy." Mashable (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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