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December 11, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Why Fortune 500 CEOs should learn to love social media
    The leaders of smaller, fast-growth companies are more likely to use Facebook and Twitter than the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, according to a study. Large-company CEOs are inherently in an "ivory tower," but avoiding social media makes it even harder for them to understand important consumer trends, writes Josh James. "[B]y not having a social media presence, these giants are handicapping themselves when it comes to agility and growth," James writes. Inside the Domosphere blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 chief executives who should lose their jobs in 2013
    Yahoo's stock has been soaring since Marissa Mayer took over, and that shows the value of axing lackluster leaders and trying something new, writes Rocco Pendola. He suggests that a number of prominent but underperforming business executives -- including Best Buy's Hubert Joly, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Netflix's Reed Hastings -- should be handed pink slips in the new year. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
  • Big businesses call for equal immigration rights for gay workers' partners
    Pfizer, Ernst & Young and Goldman Sachs are among large companies backing proposed immigration reforms that would allow gay employees to sponsor same-sex partners for eventual citizenship. "From a business perspective, current law results in a loss of talent for global companies. Both immigration and LGBT equality are high priority and bottom-line issues for those companies," says immigration-equality campaigner Rachel B. Tiven. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Cable, colleges lay big bets on football
    The prospect of scoring some of the $25.5 billion in TV rights fees that will be pumped into college sports in the next 15 years is influencing cash-strapped universities and their business models. According to this article, that represents a risk for television, which is betting that college football, in particular, will continue to attract larger audiences even while moving away from traditional regions and rivalries, and for universities, which jeopardize their mission and integrity in developing football programs at the expense of others. The Wall Street Journal (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • How to unleash the power of "econovation"
    Innovation often falls short because it's developed without a clear sense of potential "economic and societal impact," writes Steve Faktor. One potential solution lies in the "econovation" metric, which grades innovations according to their profit potential, the consumer needs they serve and their ability to spur job creation and other societal goods. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How effectively do you handle dealing with enemies at work?
    I'm OK: Conflicts exist but I work hard to eliminate them  65.93%
    I'm not very good: I let conflicts go on and sometimes make them worse  20.05%
    I'm great at it: I eliminate conflict and focus on productive work  11.44%
    I'm terrible: I provoke conflicts and do little to defuse situations  2.58%
  • This job would be great if it wasn't for the people: Conflict is inevitable. As leaders, your job is to move through it as quickly and productively as possible. That's extraordinarily hard sometimes especially given the stresses we face. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take your "enemy" to lunch because the only way conflicts end is if we're proactive about resolving them. Focus not on the conflict itself but rather your reaction to it. In doing so, you're headed down the path of resolution. -- Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of "One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership."

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  • As 2012 ends and 2013 takes form, how are things shaping up?
Next year is going to be fantastic
Next year will be better than this year
Next year will be about the same as this year
Next year will be worse than this year
Next year is going to be horrible

The Global Perspective 
  • Post-Chávez Venezuela could prove more business-friendly
    Venezuela's leftist leader, Hugo Chávez, is battling cancer, and for the first time has publicly discussed the possibility that he will have to step down. That could lead to private-sector renewal in the Caribbean petro-state, analysts say. "Any successor, whether from the opposition, or handpicked by him, will be more moderate, more market-friendly than Chávez has been," says Kathryn Rooney Vera of Bulltick Capital Markets. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Have India's tech companies lost their way?
    Indian tech companies are urgently in need of a new business model, says former HP India President Ganesh Ayyar, now CEO of MphasiS. "Unless Indian IT firms are able to bring a better value proposition and fresh perspective into the market, we will become heroes of yesteryears," he says. The Economic Times (India) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Are your goals driving you crazy?
    Goal-setting is inherently stressful, so smart bosses clearly explain their intentions rather than simply announcing goals, writes Dana Theus. That helps defuse some of the tension, and makes it easier to find creative solutions. "Intentions ... are a leader's best friend for staying sane and accomplishing more," Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior Vice President of MarketingTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
Vice President, Network Development and Provider RelationsLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Senior Corporate CounselMedivationSan Francisco, CA
Senior Director, QualityAmerican Medical SystemsMinneapolis, MN
Senior Control Systems EngineerMarotta ControlsMontville 07045, NJ
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
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Editor's Note 
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