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November 29, 2012
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  • How would you fare in "Chainsaw Gang?"
    CMT has debuted a reality show called "Chainsaw Gang" about guys, chainsaws, intricate carving and Deadwood Tree Sculptures. Neil Genzlinger arranged for a Skype tutorial with Stacy Poitras, the owner of Deadwood Tree Sculptures in California who helped Genzlinger carve a bear head from a tree stump. Genzlinger recounts his attempts in this article. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Caterpillar takes wait-and-see attitude with China
    The Chinese economy has hit bottom, but Caterpillar is waiting to see when improvement will begin. The company adjusted its operation there when expansion started slowing. "We will know a lot more after we get through the first quarter," Caterpillar Group President and Chief Financial Officer Edward Rapp said. China Daily (Beijing) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Indicators 
  • Latest U.S. home sales data unexpectedly negative
    A shadow of doubt was cast over recent signs of recovery in the key U.S. housing market with an unexpected decline of 0.3% in October sales of new homes and a downward revision in September's numbers. Nonetheless, noting volatility in new-home sales data, "we are not changing our view that a modest recovery in home sales, construction activity and prices is well under way," said economists John Ryding and Conrad DeQuadros of RDQ Economics in New York. Bloomberg (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • Good leaders know when to be passionate
    The best leaders know how to manage their teams effectively -- and also how to inspire them and generate real passion for the company's goals, writes Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, CEO of The One-Page Co. "The kind of passion involved in leadership isn't overbearing and loud; it's a deep unwavering commitment to an overall mission," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fear is at the heart of innovation hesitation
    Fear of losing the essence of what made a company successful is usually what keeps it from diving into innovation, Holly Green writes. Examining your fears for unfounded mental hang-ups and voicing your concerns within the company for feedback are two ways to overcome the natural tendency to cling to past success and avoid sometimes painful steps toward innovation. Use fear to your advantage by proposing the innovative idea as a solution to a looming threat to existing business. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Obama proposes small-business tax breaks
    President Barack Obama asked Congress to appropriate $25 billion to cover the cost of tax breaks for small businesses that hire workers or give pay raises to current employees. Under the proposal, small businesses would get a refund of 10% of increased payroll costs. The Washington Post (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • Outdoor Power Report: A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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