Why Facebook employees love Mark Zuckerberg | "I am not the CEO of Best Buy," says Best Buy CEO | How March Madness can put a spring in the step of workers
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March 19, 2013
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Why Facebook employees love Mark Zuckerberg
A whopping 99.3% of Facebook employees think CEO Mark Zuckerberg is doing a good job, according to Glassdoor.com, making the young leader the most popular boss on the website's ranking of 50 CEOs. That's partly due to Zuckerberg's legendary accessibility and refusal to segregate himself in a corner office, says Glassdoor spokesman Scott Dobroski. "He sits in the open seating area along with every single other employee, and they see him in a regular bathroom as they would anyone," Dobroski says. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/18)
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"I am not the CEO of Best Buy," says Best Buy CEO
Hubert Joly's business card lists him as CEO of Best Buy, but Joly says he doesn't want to be defined by his job title. Best Buy would continue if Joly disappeared, he explains, so it's important not to identify the company too readily with any single leader. "I am not the CEO of Best Buy. I am just a man honored to have the job," he explains. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/17)
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White House Chef Kass to Present at Menus of Change™
Co-presented by The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard, Menus of Change will include speakers from foodservice, nutrition, environmental, and business concerns. Sam Kass, assistant chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives at the White House is one of them. See who else is coming, and join us yourself this June. Menusofchange.org
Strategic Management
Why Prime is a big win for Amazon
Amazon's Prime service, in which customers pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping and digital content, has proven a big win for the online retail giant. The cost to Amazon of Prime perks only marginally exceeds the fees it charges, and members increase spending by as much as 150%. The key, Brad Tuttle writes, is a price point that's not too expensive but is enough to spur increased spending to justify being a member. Time.com (3/18)
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How March Madness can put a spring in the step of workers
There are legal considerations to letting employees participate in March Madness brackets at work, but doing so correctly can build team spirit and morale without hurting productivity, says Murat Philippe of Avatar HR Solutions. Bracket betting "is something that is going to happen anyway, no matter what a company may say," Philippe says. "It doesn't really cost you a great deal, so you may as well saddle it up and ride it out." USA Today/Gannett News Service (3/17)
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Innovation and Creativity
Why being prepared is bad for innovation
It's good to be prepared -- but not too prepared, Howard Jacobson writes. Planning carefully for every eventuality can rob you of creativity and the ability to generate ideas on the fly, Jacobson explains. "When our preparation crosses a line and starts to hinder that expression, it renders us dull, distant, and dead," he warns. Fast Company online (3/18)
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Innovation lessons from an elephant lover
Biologist Allan Savory endorsed a plan to cull African elephants to preserve a national park, only to find, after killing 40,000 elephants, that the park's condition deteriorated rather than improved. That disastrous episode left Savory determined to find workable solutions while questioning assumptions in the pursuit of lasting fixes. Metacool blog (3/17)
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The Global Perspective
Obama's free trade strategy might just work
The White House is pushing for regional deals to spur global trade. It's a smart strategy, writes Daniel Altman, that should allow pro-trade coalitions to bypass roadblocks such as France and India and to create large free trade areas that eventually will be able to join forces. "Obama may have gotten a late start on trade, but a shift to regional deals will give him a great chance to finish strong," Altman writes. ForeignPolicy.com (3/18)
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
3 ways to be more assertive
Bosses can't get away with failing to assert themselves, writes Joel Garfinkle. It's important to acknowledge, address and overcome social anxieties and to have confidence in your ideas. "We all have times when we'd prefer to be low key. But if this is a pattern [that] is getting in the way of upward mobility, you need to take corrective action," Garfinkle writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/18)
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Daily Diversion
Turkish thieves have a bridge they'd like to sell you
Residents of a town in western Turkey were astonished Monday morning to find out their 82-foot bridge had been stolen while they slept. Police believe that the thieves wanted the 22-ton bridge to sell for scrap. "Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek," said resident Mustafa Karakaş. Today's Zaman (Turkey) (3/12)
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-- Hubert Joly, CEO of Best Buy, writing in the Star Tribune
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