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July 17, 2012
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Leading Edge 
 
  • Why productive leaders focus on problems and set limits
    The most productive leaders never lose sight of the problem they're trying to solve and have strategies to keep their team involved, writes Microsoft's J.D. Meier. Success comes when teams are focused on their strengths, ask the right questions, dump perfectionism and limit their hours. "[O]ne of my best managers forced me to set a limit of forty hours. This meant I had to ruthlessly prioritize and focus throughout the week to flow the most value," Meier concludes. MichaelHyatt.com (7/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Young leaders must learn collaboration to be effective
    Young leaders should be urged to follow their passions while not shouldering too much responsibility alone, Dan Rockwell writes. Instead of acting independently and making haphazard, impulsive choices, young leaders would be better if they were shown how to properly take risks and inspire others. "Young leaders limit themselves by sinking into themselves. Shifting from success to significance makes great dreams possible," Rockwell writes. Leadership Freak blog (7/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

 
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Strategic Management 
 
  • The divorce of strategy from leadership
    Strategy has become such a competitive game that it now "has less to do with leadership than ever before," says Harvard Business School professor Cynthia A. Montgomery, whose book is profiled and excerpted. Clear values are a good way for a company to begin, but it's not enough. "Learning to be a strategist doesn't happen overnight. It's like a muscle that you have to flex. Don't wait to see if you might someday get the chance to drive strategy," Montgomery says. HBS Working Knowledge (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Does Marissa Mayer need to be the Steve Jobs of Yahoo?
    Yahoo! made a well-received choice in longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer as CEO, but the task awaiting her is monumental and will require patience, says venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. "Apple demonstrates that it's possible to turn a tech company around. Apple also proves how hard it is because it is one of a very small number of examples. ... It's three to five years to do the job. So one of the things she needs [is] for the board to support her for that period of time," he says. Business Insider (7/16), Forbes (7/16), TheAtlantic.com (7/16), All Things D (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
In order to survive, grow, and compete in the digital age, organizations need an ERP that is highly flexible and able to adapt. So, what are the tough platform questions you should ask yourself when shopping for an ERP?
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Innovation and Creativity 
 
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SmartPulse 
  • How prepared is your organization for an unexpected business interruption?
    Somewhat prepared  33.90%
    Well prepared  33.71%
    Unprepared  15.82%
    Very well prepared  12.81%
    Very unprepared  3.77%
  • How well does your organization do succession planning for key positions?
Extremely well: We all know who's next in line for any position
Well: We know who the next level of talent is for most positions
Fair: Some positions are planned for, but many are not
Poorly: If we lose a critical player, it creates succession chaos

The Global Perspective 
  • Is China's economic slowdown just a blip?
    China's second-quarter economic growth was 7.6%, the lowest rate of increase since 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the country will look to boost the economy while adding jobs and expanding private enterprise. "The drivers and potential for economic growth are still relatively large," he said. TheAtlantic.com (7/14), Bloomberg Businessweek (7/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Workers who speak up are seen as more competent
    Those who make themselves heard are often the workers seen as the most competent, writes Joel Garfinkle. Even if you don't have the perfect solution, speaking up in meetings can boost your confidence while letting co-workers know you have ideas to share. "You have experience and expertise on topics related to your job, and it is critical that you share them whenever the opportunity arises," Garfinkle concludes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • Please don't tell me the side effects, because then I'll get them
    Experiencing side effects from a new drug? It could be the "nocebo effect." A report suggests that, just as a placebo can alleviate symptoms by suggestion, when doctors tell patients about side effects of drugs, they are more likely to experience them, even if they are themselves taking a placebo. "The new generation of placebo and nocebo research is teaching us that how we feel is highly dependent on the feedback we get from the people around us, particularly from trusted health professionals," writes Steve Silberman. PLos Blogs/NeuroTribes blog (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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SmartQuote 
The strength of youth is passion. Never quench it; always fuel it. Yes it's dangerous. But it sure beats lethargy and safety."
--Dan Rockwell, writing at his Leadership Freak blog.
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