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October 5, 2012
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Leading Edge 
 
  • Leadership lessons from the first presidential debate
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney was the consensus winner over President Barack Obama in this week's presidential debate, writes Scott Eblin, and business leaders can take away some important lessons. Romney developed an aggressive game plan and stuck to it, while paying plenty of attention to his body language and overall self-presentation. "Romney had a clear picture of the impression he wanted to leave and followed through on it," Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • You've got to keep on drumming, says DuPont CEO
    DuPont chief Ellen Kullman got the keys to the corner office at the height of the financial crisis, and her first big challenge was to rally her workers. Persistent, clear messaging is the key to motivating during a crisis, Kullman says. "You just have to continue that drumbeat," she explains. CNNMoney/Fortune (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
 
  • How Chobani ate Fage's lunch
    Fage is Greece's top-selling yogurt brand and launched in the U.S. nearly a decade before rival Chobani, but today, Fage has just 14% of U.S. market share compared with Chobani's 47%. That's partly because of a botched marketing strategy that sought to cement Fage as a niche product rather than a mainstream brand. "Niche thinking is obsolete. ... There are either niche products that made it big (Greek yogurt) or niche products that never went anywhere," writes Al Ries. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Get with the flow. How payment processing affects cash flow.
Cash flow is the lubricant of business. Without a healthy cash flow, business dries up. It stops. It can't function. Which is why it is vital to keep the revenues coming in as the expenses go out. But there's one aspect of cash flow that many of us are not aware of. It is how managing credit cards and other such non-cash payments affect cash flow. Turns out it has a huge affect. Download the free guide today.
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Innovation and Creativity 
  • Are you innovating or just rebranding?
    Some of MillerCoors' recent and proudest innovations are novelties such as wide-mouthed beer bottles and keg-shaped cans, writes John Miziolek. That's a sign the company is whipping up interest in its brand rather than creating genuinely new and innovative products, Miziolek writes. Fast Company online (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Can Formula 1 succeed in America?
    Formula 1 officials are planning to break into the American market after a five-year hiatus, with quirky boss Bernie Ecclestone promising to run an F1 race in New Jersey in 2013. "Will it work? It's certainly not a given," says F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. "This market is huge, but does America really care? I don't know." Vanity Fair (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The myth of developing-world entrepreneurialism
    Some of the biggest and most respected Western companies started in their founders' garages, but in the developing world, few startups blossom into corporations. That suggests many of the world's poorest entrepreneurs go into business only reluctantly and stay small even as their prospects improve. "We are kidding ourselves if we think they can pave the way for a mass exit from poverty," write researchers Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. The Economist (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Stop trying to act like a leader
    The best leaders don't act out the role of a leader; rather, they allow leadership to emanate from their inner character, writes Mike Henry Sr. "By leading from who you are, and bringing life to your team, they bring life in return to you, your team and your customers," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • French bees munch candy, make technicolor honey
    Honeybees in northern France have mysteriously begun making blue and green honey. Beekeepers blame a local biogas plant, which processes luridly colored waste from a factory producing M&M's candy. Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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SmartQuote 
Innovation has to be ingrained in an organization's DNA, not in a plaque on the wall that displays their corporate mission."
--John Miziolek, CEO of Reset Branding, writing in Fast Company
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