February 19, 2013
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Leading Edge
Leadership: The difference between life and death at the South Pole
Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott believed in the power of noble intentions -- but that led him to set overly ambitious goals, to fail to plan effectively and, ultimately, to perish, writes Art Petty. By contrast, Roald Amundsen took a more pragmatic approach to exploration and was able to guide his team to success. "Don't get caught up in the nobility of your tactics, when there may well be a better, less-elegant approach to save the project, your job or in Scott's case, his life," Petty writes. ArtPetty.com (2/17)
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Is it OK for CEOs to talk like sailors?
David Farr, CEO of Emerson Electric, raised eyebrows last week after subjecting a conference-room full of analysts and investors to a potty-mouthed tirade attacking the company's critics. Some present said Farr's profanities and aggressive demeanor called into question his leadership abilities; others, though, took a more forgiving view. "You have to respect a CEO who is that passionate about his company," says Eli Lustgarten of Longbow Research. The Wall Street Journal (2/18)
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Strategic Management
3 cheers for horseburgers
British supermarket chain Tesco is reeling after it emerged that some of the meat it sold as beef was in fact made from horses, but the episode is actually a blessing in disguise, writes Michael G. Jacobides. In today's complex global marketplace, the people who certify a product's quality are the ones with the real power -- so Tesco's troubles are actually a reminder of just how much power it really has, Jacobides argues. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/15)
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Why robots will not destroy the workforce
Many people seem convinced that the automation of the workforce will lead to widespread joblessness and economic disaster for regular folks, but Scott Winship argues that this is unlikely. "The amount of economic insecurity -- and the extent of its increase -- have been greatly overstated," and technology makes us more productive, which can only be a good thing, Winship writes. Forbes (2/18)
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Innovation and Creativity
Is Samsung now more innovative than Apple?
Samsung's innovation pipeline is impressive, especially when compared with Apple's recent run of form, writes Steve Kovach. Samsung's giant-screened phones created a device category, and its software is more creatively designed than Apple's iOS platform, Kovach argues. CNN/Business Insider (2/18)
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SmartPulse
How much exposure do your team members have to the leaders above you?
Some--my team members occasionally get the spotlight  34.73%
Little--leaders above me see my team during crises or major updates  28.59%
A lot--those leaders see my team all the time  28.59%
Never--my team members are kept in the dark  8.09%
Give them the spotlight: One of the best ways to help your team members grow is to expose them to the leaders above you. Doing so helps your team appreciate the way those leaders think and the issue those leaders face. It will also give them insight into different leadership styles and techniques. On top of that, it's a source of pride for your team members to get to show off their hard work to senior management and, conversely, being kept in the dark and locked away can hurt morale and motivation. So find some opportunities to let your people shine -- they'll be grateful you did. -- 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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The Global Perspective
Meet Russia's richest people
Russia has never had more billionaires -- 131, according to a magazine survey. Industrialist and Facebook investor Alisher Usmanov remains the country's richest person, with a fortune estimated at $18.72 billion. RT.com (Russia) (2/18)
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
A promotion doesn't automatically make you a leader
Leaders don't gain the "skills and strengths of a Steve Jobs" just because they're given a new title and expanded authority, writes Joel Garfinkle. To succeed and lead your former peers, you'll need to be open to learning and developing on the job. "Cut yourself some slack and allow for time for the growth to take place," Garfinkle advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/18)
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Daily Diversion
Swedish hotel has no rooms, only park benches
A Swedish charity has created a hotel that charges holidaymakers about $16 a night for the experience of sleeping rough in spots that might otherwise be frequented by genuinely homeless people. The project, intended to raise awareness of homelessness, promises guests such resting spots as park benches, an abandoned factory or under a bridge. Architizer.com (2/13)
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SmartQuote
Victory awaits him who has everything in order -- luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck."
-- Roald Amundsen, polar explorer, as quoted at ArtPetty.com
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