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September 19, 2012
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  • Plan ahead to negotiate effectively
     
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    The key to negotiating effectively is to be clear about what you're trying to achieve and communicate, says Dan Shapiro, director of Harvard's International Negotiation Program. Get your employees involved beforehand in figuring out your priorities for major negotiations, Shapiro advises. "That simple piece of preparation can save you a lot of grief and can help you and your full team feel comfortable as you're negotiating with the other side,” he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading Edge 
  • Want to be a better boss? Try getting pregnant
    Pixability CEO Bettina Hein says getting pregnant made her a better boss. The processes of childbirth and parenting alter the brain chemistry in ways that directly affect managerial and leadership skills, Hein claims. "Childbirth strengthens the area in your frontal cortex that governs executive function -- important stuff such as planning, problem solving, verbal reasoning, and multi-tasking," she writes. "Hugely helpful." Inc. online (free registration) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
 
  • How Goldman Sachs regained its mojo
    Goldman Sachs has been through the wringer lately -- but its damage control strategies have put it back on the right trajectory, writes Steven M. Davidoff. "Goldman, despite the controversies it has faced, has put itself in a position to not only profit but continue its dominance," he writes. "It's a case study in business survival and reputational repair." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Does your company need a chief strategy officer?
    Appointing a chief strategy officer can be an important step toward boosting your company's performance -- but only if you're clear about what you're looking for, write Taman H. Powell and Duncan N. Angwin. "By understanding how the duties of the CSO can vary significantly, boards and CEOs can make better decisions about which type of CSO is necessary for their leadership teams -- and set proper expectations for the role that the CSO will play," they argue. MIT Sloan Management Review (free content) (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Cultivate a work environment where employees thrive.
In Shifting the Monkey, Todd Whitaker explains how to nurture a workplace culture that affirms responsible employees while holding weaker ones accountable. Discover why focusing on the best employees first is integral to any organization's efficiency and success. Read an excerpt from chapter one.
Innovation and Creativity 
  • How to innovate like Joss Whedon
    After completing a big movie, screenwriter/director Joss Whedon likes to recharge his creative juices not by taking a vacation but by plunging into a new project. Trying something new helps restore your love for your industry, Whedon explains, and allows you to look at your work with fresh eyes. "When you work at something really hard, then working at something else is a vacation." FastCoCreate (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Marriott sets sights on sub-Saharan Africa
    Marriott International will begin opening its first hotels in sub-Saharan Africa, with a location set to launch in the Rwandan capital of Kigali sometime next year. Africa "is a bit of a blank piece of paper for the hospitality industry" at present, says Alex Kyriakidis, chief of Marriott's Middle East and Africa division, but the company plans to change that by opening at least eight African properties over the next five years. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Is it time to say "sayonara" to the kaizen system?
    Japan's vaunted kaizen system, in which businesses make constant quality improvements by tweaking their manufacturing processes, is on the ropes, industry-watchers say. Major Japanese manufacturers are struggling to innovate and adapt to the digital revolution, or to break into new markets. "The good old days walked out the door and no one noticed," says Hideki Onda, a former distributor for Apple Japan. CNNMoney/Fortune (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Are you trying to break up your team?
    Bad leadership is all about killing teamwork as quickly and thoroughly as possible, writes Mark Chew. Pick fights, ferment discord, refuse to share information, make promises you can't keep and be as hypocritical as you can manage, Chew advises. "While this is not an exhaustive list, experience has shown that these five tactics will surely help to kill your team." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • How 10 celebrities became secret agents
    Celebrity might not seem an obvious asset for international spies, but over the years, plenty of prominent people have moonlighted as international men and women of mystery. British author Roald Dahl spent much of World War II trying to influence U.S. politics by bedding prominent Americans; culinary icon Julia Childs worked for America's Office of Strategic Services; and Harry Houdini infiltrated foreign police stations on behalf of the American Secret Service and Britain's Scotland Yard. MentalFloss.com (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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