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October 1, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Leaders shouldn't try to be experts, says Acumen chief
    It's always tempting for bosses to present themselves as experts in their field, says Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund. In today's complex world, though, it's virtually impossible for a single person to fully grasp all aspects of an organization's work. The best leaders "reject trite assumptions, reject the status quo, and are really open to listening to solutions from people who are most impacted by the problems," Novogratz says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Meet the homeless playboy who wants to change the world
    A dozen years ago, Berggruen Holdings Chairman Nicolas Berggruen decided to do away with most of his worldly goods -- selling his luxury apartments and becoming a nomad, albeit one with a Gulfstream IV jet. After meeting with artists and public intellectuals, Berggruen says, he has rediscovered his love for politics and moral philosophy and wants to dedicate himself to some of the world's most intractable public-policy problems. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • How to boost worker productivity without burning them out
    Restaurants need to strike a balance between keeping service staff busy and giving them wiggle room for activities such as upselling. Researchers found that three-quarters of restaurants were typically overstaffed, and that pinpointing optimal staffing levels could boost the average restaurant's sales per customer per hour by 41%, and its total sales by up to 35%. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Is corporate lobbying a waste of time?
    When corporate lobbying doesn't get results, it's an expensive waste of shareholder money, writes Moshe Silver; when it does get results, it leads to regulations and tax loopholes that cost society even more. Silver argues that the solution might lie in an increase in "one-size-fits-all" regulatory approaches, which could reduce the degree to which firms can gain competitive advantages through lobbying. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
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The Global Perspective 
  • Netas, babus and taxes, oh my
    India is being held back by a tangled tax code, ineffective "netas," or political leaders, and stuck-in-the-mud "babus," or bureaucrats, the Economist declares. Increasing public anger could lead to meaningful government reform, but doing so will take time and a real commitment to change, the magazine notes. The Economist (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • For super-employees, promotions can be like kryptonite
    Every boss fears that their star workers will leave them, and promotions can sometimes exacerbate that concern, writes Martha Finney. To hang on to your best employees for as long as possible, acknowledge that they won't be around forever, and keep them happy and fulfilled by offering ways to improve their skills and marketability. "Maybe the best way to keep a star is to set up an exit strategy," Finney writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • Want better economic policies? Ask a warlock
    There have been few meaningful advances in economic theory since the 1960s, experts say, but massively multiplayer online video games offer a chance to change that. The games -- in which thousands of people play warlocks or space captains engaging in trade, speculating on commodities and even forming banks -- offer a rare opportunity for researchers to watch economies rise and fall in real time. "The future is going to be in experimentation and simulation -- and video game communities give us a chance to do all that," says economist Yanis Varoufakis. The Washington Post/WonkBlog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Editor's Note 
  • Follow @SBStartup live from #NAWBOWBC on Oct. 4 and 5
    SmartBrief's small-business and entrepreneurship editor Brooke Howell will be tweeting live Thursday and Friday from the National Association of Women Business Owners Women's Business Conference in Louisville, Ky. Follow her at @SBStartup to join in on the conversation, and learn about the buzz and advice women entrepreneurs and business owners are sharing at the conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
You've got to have the humility to see the world as it is."
--Jacqueline Novogratz, chief executive of the Acumen Fund, as quoted in the New York Times
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