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January 2, 2013
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Leading Edge 
  • Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos named world's top CEOs
    The late Steve Jobs was the world's top-performing CEO, closely followed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, according to an analysis by Insead researchers. Former Samsung CEO Yun Jong-Yong, Vale ex-CEO Roger Agnelli and Gilead Sciences chief John C. Martin round out the top five. "These CEOs have shown the way, and others can learn from them," the researchers write. Harvard Business Review (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What should your New Year's resolutions be?
    It's a good time to try to become a better boss, but where should you start? The Wall Street Journal's panel of experts recommends taking professional development seriously, learning how to influence those around you and getting serious about organizing your to-do list. "If all you do is make lists of the projects you need to finish, odds are good that they will remain unfinished far longer than you'd like," writes Heidi Grant Halvorson. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Retailers say "return fraud" costs them billions
    Retailers are getting ready for a rush of post-holiday product returns, with nearly 1 in 20 expected to be fraudulent. Such returns, in which customers return used or stolen items or produce counterfeit receipts -- is estimated to cost retailers $8.9 billion in 2012, with almost 30% of fraud occurring during the holiday season. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Innovations to remember from 2012
    The past year was a good one for innovations and technological breakthroughs, writes John Blau. Whether it is NASA's Mars rover, the discovery of the Higgs boson, Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive or James Cameron's descent into the Mariana Trench, Blau writes, people will be talking about 2012's technological breakthroughs for years to come. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How VCs hope to find the next big thing
    Venture capitalists are hoping finding the next generation of world-changing entrepreneurs, writes Michael Gaiss. Some candidates with potential include General Catalyst's University Hacker Olympics and First Round Capital's Dorm Room Fund, in which the money men are reaching out to students and other young visionaries. CNNMoney/Fortune/From The Crowd blog (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartPulse 
  • Do you expect your people to come back rested and ready to go after the holidays?
    They'll be about the same as before holiday break  45.15%
    They'll be suffering from post-holiday doldrums and exhaustion  32.78%
    They're going to be hard-charging as soon as they come back  22.07%
  • Get them excited: Many of you have team members who will need a boost when they get back from the holidays. Your task as a leader is to first ensure you're excited about the new year ahead, then to figure out how to get folks out of the dumps quickly so they can start being productive. Try giving them new challenges, new and exciting projects, or setting goals for them that advance their interests and careers. If there's something clearly in it for them, it can help snap them out of that post-holiday fog. -- Mike Figliuolo is managing director of ThoughtLeaders and author of "One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership."

    Discuss the results.
  • What is the greatest leadership challenge you face this year?
Helping our business recover and thrive in a challenging economy
Retaining the members of my team and helping them develop further
Building my skills as a leader
Dealing with new regulations, taxes and economic uncertainty
Growing our high-performing business and maintaining performance

The Global Perspective 
  • Where Nokia went wrong
    Nokia has been eclipsed by Apple and Samsung, and it only has itself to blame, industry analysts say. The company foresaw the rise of smartphones but lacked the decisive leadership needed to move beyond lucrative feature phones and implement a future-proof business strategy. "Nokia repeatedly saw the future and adopted a strategy to seize the opportunity but failed to execute," says analyst Ian Fogg. TechCrunch (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Daily Diversion 
  • How Navy SEALs would have rescued Han Solo
    America's special forces would have been able to quickly resolve many classic Hollywood plots, including Han Solo's capture in "Return of the Jedi" and the zombie shopping-mall siege in "Dawn of the Dead," says Navy SEAL Don Mann. The SEALs' no-nonsense tactics -- zipping down lines dangling from helicopters, shooting everyone, grabbing their target and leaving -- might not have made for great viewing, but they'd have been more effective than the movie characters' bumbling efforts, Mann says. Wired.com/Underwire blog (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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SmartQuote 
Success requires more than simply showing up early and staying late."
--Cal Newport, professor of computer science at Georgetown University, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal
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