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December 7, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Apple's Cook says he's not short on passion
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's well-aware that people see him as "robotic" in comparison with predecessor Steve Jobs. That's not so bad, Cook says, since it makes it easier to maintain discipline, but it doesn't mean he isn't passionate about his job. "I certainly am not a fist-pounder. That isn't my style. But that and emotion are two different things," he says. Bloomberg (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Smart leaders have a taste for low-hanging fruit
    Want to quickly improve your leadership? Focus on identifying and picking low-hanging fruit, suggests Scott Eblin. "Don't overcomplicate things. Look for behaviors that are relatively easy to do and remember and likely to make a difference in how others experience you as a leader," Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Take big risks, or you're guaranteed to fail
    Bosses should be willing to take big risks, otherwise they'll never succeed, says Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "If there is no risk, you have already missed the boat. Your competitors will already be there," Perkins says. Knowledge@Wharton (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Want creative breakthroughs? Harness your unconscious mind
    Asking consumers what new products or services they need is "like asking the political affiliation of a tuna fish sandwich," Douglas Van Praet writes. People simply can't consciously access their deepest desires, Van Praet explains. "The truth is the unconscious mind, the seat of our motivations, communicates in feelings, not words," he writes. FastCoCreate (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • In China, marital strife is a serious business
    China's captains of business have been dissolving their marriages more often since a 2003 ruling that made divorce easier, and that's having a serious effect on their companies. Chinese tycoons typically control huge chunks of their companies, so divorces can leave ex-spouses with a considerable ownership interest. "Shareholding in the U.S. tends to be more diffuse," notes Andrew Collier, Orient Capital's managing director. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How Brazil's pro-business policies backfired
    Brazil's government has been taking pro-business steps in recent months, including tax breaks for manufacturers, reduced electricity tariffs and steps to improve transportation infrastructure. So far, though, investors haven't been keen to pour cash into Brazilian businesses. "The government's high-handed approach and hostile attitude towards the private sector seem to have put off the very investors it hoped to attract," The Economist notes. The Economist (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Do you have a need to lead?
    The best leaders are those who have a real calling, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's not always comfortable to be the boss, but when your values and abilities coincide with opportunity, it's important to step up. "The calling sometimes whispers very softly, so you have to open your ears and heart to hear what it's asking of you," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • Florida to hold real-life Whacking Day
    In "The Simpsons," townsfolk gather each year to whack snakes -- and now the state of Florida is to hold a real-life version of Whacking Day. Starting Jan. 12 and lasting for a month, the state will encourage people to hunt down and kill Burmese pythons, with cash prizes offered for the longest snake carcass and for the most snakes killed overall. "Part of the goal ... is to educate the public to understand why non-native species like Burmese pythons should never be released into the wild," says Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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--Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as quoted in Knowledge@Wharton
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