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January 7, 2013
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Leading Edge 
  • How your kids shape your leadership style
    Having children changes the leadership style of male CEOs, including the way they compensate employees, researchers say. Male employees are most likely to be compensated less than their female colleagues, who can expect average salary increases of up to 1.1% after their boss becomes a father. That might be because bosses gain respect for women after seeing their wives give birth, or because they hope to create a more level playing field for their daughters, the researchers say. The Wall Street Journal (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Disney's bracelets attempt to balance customer service, privacy
    Walt Disney World in Florida will enable customers to bypass entry turnstiles and use rubber bracelets encoded with credit card data to enter the park and buy items. Customers could also be alerted by smartphone when rides are available without having to stand in line. "If we can enhance the experience, more people will spend more of their leisure time with us," said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Thomas O. Staggs. The technology will also allow Disney to track guest behavior, but it also allows guests to control how much information they share. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • America leads the world in corporate investigations
    Corporate investigators are the private eyes of the business world, tasked with rooting out internal malfeasance and doing due diligence on potential business partners. Demand is up, in part because American firms are expanding into emerging markets. "It's a business we win in America but serve in Asia, driven by the export of Western ethics," says Tom Hartley, who leads Kroll Advisory Solutions. The Economist (free content) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • The decline of American tinkering
    Many of America's greatest inventions came from curious people messing around with the mechanical devices they used in everyday life, says author Alec Foege. That's been less and less the case for decades, however. "The United States risks losing its hallowed tinkerer tradition -- as well as the engine of innovation that fueled an unprecedented era of growth," Foege writes. "Economic success has given us the time and resources to tinker, but it has also blunted our impetus to do so." CNNMoney/Fortune (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Packaging innovators are tortoises, not hares
    When it comes to packaging design, nimbleness isn't a big part of the innovation process, write Christine Horan and Jason Robertson. Overhauling machines and distribution networks is an arduous task, so every upgrade or change has to be carefully considered and exhaustively tested before implementation. "[F]or every small advancement you make in package design, there is an iceberg of innovation underneath," Horan and Robertson write. FastCoDesign (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Global Perspective 
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  • 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
Daily Diversion 
  • Kansas group braces for the zombie apocalypse
    A group calling itself the Kansas Anti Zombie Militia is preparing for a zombie apocalypse by stocking up on metal baseball bats and sharing strategies for tackling undead hordes. Spokesman Alfredo Carbajal says the "zompoc" is a real threat, but adds that preparedness is worthwhile even if the dead don't rise up. "My thought is, if you are ready for zombies, you are ready for anything. ... The point is to keep yourself and your loved ones safe," he says. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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