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December 27, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Treat your workers like a pack of huskies
    As individuals, husky dogs are notoriously headstrong, but put them in a sled team and they'll work together, Jack Zenger writes. Many employees are the same: Their productivity and value only emerge when you put them in the right context. "Sometimes ... you will never recognize an employee's full potential until they are placed in the right area with the right people," Zenger writes. Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Women who rose to the top in 2012
    It has been a year of ups and downs for female business leaders, Colleen Leahey writes. Among 2012's big winners: Marissa Mayer, who took over as CEO of Yahoo; Marillyn Hewson, who unexpectedly landed the top job at Lockheed Martin; Phebe Novakovic, who runs General Dynamics; and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who now also serves as Big Blue's chairwoman and president. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Clash of the titans in the cloud
    Amazon and Google will bump up against each other in cloud computing services and other areas in 2013, Alexei Oreskovic and Alistair Barr write in this analysis. "Amazon wants to be the one place where you buy everything. Google wants to be the one place where you find everything, of which buying things is a subset," said Chi-Hua Chien of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "So when you marry those facts, I think you're going to see a natural collision." Reuters (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Dental hygiene is a hotbed of innovation
    There have been at least 138 toothbrush-related patents filed in the U.S. this year for such developments as advanced electric-toothbrush technologies and ergonomic handles. "Cleaning the teeth is actually a pretty complex problem, and I think that's probably why there's been so much invention around it," says Tom Mintel, Colgate's head of toothbrush research. National Public Radio (text and audio) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartPulse 
  • As you've delivered year-end reviews, how are your people reacting?
    They're not at all surprised with their ratings  49.70%
    They received the rating they expected with one or two surprises  38.10%
    Their rating varied dramatically from what they expected to receive  6.25%
    Their rating didn't closely match their expectations but it was close  5.95%
  • Surprises in reviews aren't good presents: I know it's the holidays, and you want to get the members of your team a surprise present, but a surprise in their review is like a lump of coal in their stocking. Your people shouldn't be surprised by anything in their reviews if you've been giving regular feedback, having ongoing development conversations and going through a rigorous self-appraisal process. I'm doubting any of the surprises they received were pleasant ones. Here's a New Year's resolution for you -- resolve that in 2013, your people won't have any year-end review surprises. --Mike Figliuolo is managing director of ThoughtLeaders and author of "One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership."

    Discuss the results.
  • Do you expect your people to come back rested and ready to go after the holidays?
They're going to be hard-charging as soon as they come back
They'll be about the same as before holiday break
They'll be suffering from post-holiday doldrums and exhaustion

The Global Perspective 
  • Gold is a kind of magic, say Swiss refiners
    Switzerland has locked down about two-thirds of the world's gold-refining industry, with four sites processing more than $100 billion worth of gold in 2011. In recent years, jittery investors have been buying up gold to insulate themselves against monetary risks. "Gold has a very special role, I don't know if someone can explain what that special role is -- but it's very special," refinery director Mehdi Barkhordar says. BBC (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Why bosses should join the culture club
    Many bosses neglect culture in favor of agonizing over products and services, writes S. Chris Edmonds. That's a mistake: Culture, after all, is the driver of all company activity. "Because of this fact, corporate culture may be your company's most important asset," Edmonds argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • I love you, but not your credit score
    There are some people grilling potential romantic partners about their credit scores, writes Jessica Silver-Greenberg, with a low score potentially enough to torpedo an otherwise promising first date. "It was really awkward because he kept telling me that I was the perfect girl for him, but that a low credit score was his deal-breaker," recalls one jilted woman. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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SmartQuote 
It is the responsibility (and the opportunity) of all leaders to cultivate a collaborative environment in which team members can flourish."
--Jack Zenger, leadership-development expert, writing at Forbes.com
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