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December 28, 2012
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Leading Edge 
 
  • Leadership lessons from "Stormin' Norman"
    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at age 78. The four-star general's philosophy of leadership stressed the importance of humility, hard work and moral fortitude. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy," he once said. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Are your goals holding you back?
    Good leadership is about having realistic goals -- but also about having the gumption to reveal them and do what's needed to achieve them, writes Dan Rockwell. "You never achieve what you don't name," he writes. Leadership Freak blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
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Strategic Management 
 
  • Merchants move toward more same-day delivery
    Hints that Amazon aims to increase its same-day delivery options have retailers of all sizes, from Wal-Mart to Shoptiques, scrambling to compete. The services required, however, are often money-losing and may not even be perks customers want, analysts say. "There's lots going on in this space, and it's all driven by Amazon," said Tom Allason, founder and CEO of Shutl, a U.K.-based delivery service. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Get with the flow. How payment processing affects cash flow.
Cash flow is the lubricant of business. Without a healthy cash flow, business dries up. It stops. It can't function. Which is why it is vital to keep the revenues coming in as the expenses go out. But there's one aspect of cash flow that many of us are not aware of. It is how managing credit cards and other such non-cash payments affect cash flow. Turns out it has a huge affect. Download the free guide today.
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Innovation and Creativity 
  • Want innovation? Fake it until you make it
    You can't force innovation, but you can create situations that put you under artificial pressure to be more creative, writes Jeff Haden. Setting fake time limits or budget constraints, pretending there are no rules holding you back or intentionally producing lousy ideas can all lead to meaningful breakthroughs, he argues. Inc. online (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What drives large-scale food innovation?
    Foodies today have access to all kinds of information from small-scale producers at the local farmers market and organic grocery, but the story is less clear when it comes to global brands such as Kraft, Pepsi and Nestle that play their competitive hands close to the vest, writes National Geographic's Dan Stone. He offers a little peek, including Pepsi's plans for a R&D facility in Shanghai, to cater to local tastes. National Geographic News/Change Reaction blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Ikea's forecast in India: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
    Ikea's plan to build 25 stores in India has run into trouble after officials ruled that the retailer could sell furniture but not food. Ikea is protesting the decision, which would force the company to alter its business model and might leave Indians unable to purchase the furniture giant's renowned Swedish meatballs. The Guardian (London) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
Daily Diversion 
  • The men who flew for 64 days without a break
    In the 1950s, the Hacienda Hotel in Las Vegas dreamed up a wacky publicity stunt: Have a two-man team fly a Cessna 172 for more than two months without landing. The plan involved pumping fuel and handing canisters of food to the low-flying plane from a speeding supply truck. The aviators had to take baths by dousing themselves with water while clinging to the outside of the plane. Jalopnik.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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SmartQuote 
When placed in command, take charge."
--Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. general, as quoted in Forbes
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