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December 12, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Competitors are just distractions, Google CEO says
    Smart bosses don't make strategic decisions or seek to rally employees by focusing on their competitors, says Google CEO Larry Page. True progress only comes when you do things nobody else has thought of yet, and you can't generate that kind of innovation by watching your rivals, Page explains. "[I]f you're looking at somebody else, you're looking at what they do now, and that's not how again you stay two or three steps ahead," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Business lessons from the Cabbage Patch Kids
    The Cabbage Patch Kids became a colossal holiday-season hit in part because they appealed to shoppers -- and their kids -- on an intuitive, emotional level, writes Kevin Young. Companies should similarly seek to appeal to consumers on conscious and subconscious levels while delivering "unexpected outcomes," Young writes. FastCoDesign (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • How social media makes companies more innovative
    Social media is potentially a powerful innovation-driver, writes Alexandra Samuel. Social chatter doesn't just provide real-time data -- it also creates pressure for change while highlighting "an area of business opportunity or vulnerability," she writes. "[I]f we do better with social today, we'll be better prepared to change and adapt tomorrow," Samuel adds. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Western companies must learn to be frugal
    Western companies should learn from the Indian concept of "jugaad," which is essentially the use of frugal innovation practices by Indian entrepreneurs, writes Peter Hesseldahl. Frugal business methods can open up huge markets, although companies must be prepared to make big changes. "Developments of frugal solutions require you to re-think the whole chain of business: from market research, design and development, through to marketing and distribution," Hesseldahl writes. (Sweden) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Danish bank's "Occupy"-themed ad campaign falls flat
    Denmark's Danske Bank has been forced to backtrack after an advertising campaign that used images from Occupy Wall Street. Officials said they'd hoped to win back the public's trust but now recognize that the campaign's imagery rubbed many people the wrong way. "The [commercial] misuses the symbols of rebellion against Danske Bank, its business model and methods," says Danish politician Peter Hummelgaard Thomsen. The Wall Street Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tax evaders could wreck Pakistan's economy
    Just 270,000 of Pakistan's 180 million citizens have paid taxes for three years straight, putting a huge hole in the nation's finances. Policymakers are planning an amnesty measure to encourage future payments, but that risks allowing corporate tax-dodgers to legitimize their activities. "Without reform Pakistan courts economic disaster, a financial crisis that might blow the precarious economy away like straw," the Economist warns. The Economist (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Stop trying to motivate your team
    The best bosses don't try to directly motivate employees, but instead focus on leading by example and encouraging people to harness personal beliefs and ideas, writes Garret Kramer. "In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long," Kramer warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • "Seinfeld" lives on, 140 characters at a time
    "Seinfeld" hasn't been on the air since the 1990s, but its plotting and "show about nothing" premise has been updated for the Twitter age through @SeinfeldToday, which tweets out "modern" episode descriptions. "People always say that if they had cellphones, Seinfeld couldn't exist, which is true for a certain type of Seinfeld episode but not as a general rule (which I think the account shows)," says Jack Moore, a Buzzfeed editor who created the account. Daily News (New York) (12/11), The Atlantic Wire (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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