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January 3, 2013
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  • Why Tim Ferriss starts with a cooking lesson
    Big Think
    Learning to cook means gaining confidence about your abilities and discovering that what seemed daunting is actually quite attainable, author Tim Ferriss says in this Big Think video. "I could take people from ground zero being really insecure, really fearful to really feeling completely self-reliant in the kitchen and all of the bumps in the road, all the lessons learned throughout," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Leading Edge 
  • Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty
    Henry Knox, the American revolutionary general, wasn't averse to leading from the front lines, writes Michael Friesen. Before the pivotal battle at Yorktown in 1781, Knox took command of artillery pieces, knowing that the guns' performance would be critical to his army's fate. "A great leader will have a finely tuned ability to delegate but must resist the temptation to abdicate," Friesen notes. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study suggests that CEOs with MBAs perform better
    About 40% of S&P 500 CEOs have MBAs, but research suggests that if you look only at the index's 10 worst performers, the MBA rate drops to just 20%. That, Francesca Di Meglio writes, suggests that while raw talent may be enough to carry leaders to the top of their profession, a sound business education can help once they reach the corner office. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Big Pharma should go back to basics, says Novartis CEO
    Pharmaceutical companies shouldn't expect value creation simply by finding new ways to market existing drugs, says Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez. Long-term growth can only come from a continuous stream of new treatments, he argues. "The industry needs to spend more money on R&D and less on sales and marketing," he says. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why a nationwide mindset was crucial for Alliance Bus Group
    Atlanta-based Alliance Bus Group has gained ground in the southern and eastern U.S. in recent years, thanks to an aggressive expansion strategy and an early focus on hiring and training people capable of running a national company, says CEO Doug Dunn. "Getting the right people on the bus -- pardon the pun -- was a major focus for us," he says. Smart Business/Atlanta (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Short on innovation? Maybe you need a "chief rouser"
    Conventional C-suite roles such as chief marketing officer or chief financial officer tend to be too inward-looking to help drive innovation, writes Luis Gallardo. It often pays off to think creatively, creating offbeat titles so that "executives can feel a new sense of purpose and direction in how they manage," he writes. "New titles ... such as chief of reason, chief resilience officer, and chief rouser will open the door to innovation like never before," Gallardo argues. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to make Steve Jobs proud in 2013
    Innovators should adopt Apple's 1997 "Think Different" ad as their mantra, writes Gijs van Wulfen. Aim to be a misfit, a rabble-rouser just crazy enough to rock the boat in your organization, Van Wulfen advises. "As innovator, be brave and be the change yourself," he writes. (Sweden) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Colombian coffee growers take on mainstream brands
    Colombian coffee has a problem: It's associated with mass-market brands such as Folgers and Maxwell House, making it hard for domestic growers to break into the more lucrative premium-coffee sector. To turn things around, a coalition of growers is testing out a range of marketing, retail and sustainability strategies focused on the Juan Valdez character and brand. Knowledge@Wharton (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • There's more to life than money
    Real motivation is a prize that can't be bought, writes Mary Jo Asmus. That's true for employees and for business leaders, Asmus adds, so it's important to find ways to make a difference in the areas that truly matter to you. "If you are a corporate leader, don't confuse having a regular paycheck with what motivates you," she warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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[A]s a leader, it is your responsibility to find passion in the work you do."
--Mary Jo Asmus, executive coach, writing at SmartBlog on Leadership
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