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December 3, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • The CEO who started in a gang
    ViSalus Sciences CEO Ryan Blair is an ex-gang member who spent time in jail before finding his feet in the business world -- and he says the experience has made him a better boss. Among the lessons he learned: Don't let people take small liberties with you, or they'll decide you're a pushover. "The same thing goes on in business. ... You have to stand up for yourself and your principles," he says. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
  • Let's party -- but not too hard, CEOs say
    Nine out of 10 companies plan to throw a holiday party this year, the most since the recession hit and up from less than 75% last year, according to a Battalia Winston survey. Still, many parties will be low-key, low-budget affairs, with almost half held at lunchtime rather than in the evening. "You can't be Scrooge forever," says Battalia Winston CEO Dale Winston. "It's not that business is booming; it's just that [firms] don't want to keep skimming everything down." The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The 142-year-old startup
    After selling Airborne, entrepreneur Victoria Knight-McDowell decided to buy Pine Brothers -- a venerable 142-year-old throat-drop brand that had largely atrophied. She used her experience running a startup to revitalize and grow the brand, which is now distributed through CVS, Walgreens and other major retailers. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Why every company needs a boss of innovation
    To create a culture of innovation, start by creating an innovation infrastructure, advises Rowan Gibson. Appoint an "innovation czar" to oversee your company's creativity, along with part-time "innovation mentors" and full-time "innovation consultants" to coach and support future innovators. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Global Perspective 
  • "Avon ladies" model helps developing-world retailers
    Developing-world retailers are embracing the "Avon ladies" business model, with female entrepreneurs employing door-to-door saleswomen to hawk products including soap, medicine and solar lamps. "By having people at their doorstep from the local community, people they can relate with, telling them about this new product, they're more likely to consider it," says Shivani Siroya of InVenture, which uses the model to sell money-management services in India. The Economist/Schumpeter blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Why good bosses don't get impatient
    Good leadership includes the ability to control the things you are able to while not worrying about things beyond your influence, John Baldoni notes. "We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to it," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Daily Diversion 
  • The cars that turn business leaders into road warriors
    Automakers are creating vehicles intended to serve as mobile offices, with built-in media hubs, Wi-Fi and other business-focused gadgets. The 2013 Bentley Mulsanne includes built-in video conferencing tools, drop-down iPad stations and a champagne chiller to help CEOs celebrate success. "People, when they're in the back of this car, they like to do business. ... They're not desperately interested in the scenery going by," says Kevin Rose of Bentley Worldwide. National Public Radio (text and audio)/All Tech Considered blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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