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February 4, 2013
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Leading Edge 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, writes Dov Seidman. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach that listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but rather for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • It's Super Bowl Monday -- are your workers awake?
    The Monday after Super Bowl is a bad day for many bosses, whose workers are likely to be hungover and groggy. There's talk of turning the day into a national holiday, since nobody's being productive in any case. Until that happens, leaders should consider keeping a stock of ibuprofen, sports drinks and comfort food on hand for reviving ailing employees. "Embrace it with extra coffee and pastries on hand," advises Stella & Dot CEO Jessica Herrin. Inc. online (free registration) (2/3), (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Logistics, not strategy, is the path to victory
    Two new histories of World War II reveal the key role that logistics played in securing the Allies' victory, writes Michael Schrage. Little-known bureaucrats re-organized the U.S. and British supply chains to ensure the front-line fighters had everything they needed to succeed. "In wartime, logistics eats strategy for lunch," Schrage argues. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why Pret A Manger's workers pretend to be happy
    Quickservice chain Pret A Manger uses mystery shoppers to ensure its workers feign happiness at all times, with entire teams losing their bonuses if a single worker is spotted without a smile. That puts the company on the cutting edge of the growing "emotional labor" business, experts say -- but not everyone's impressed. "[I]t is such a buyer's market in the labor market -- because of so many unemployed workers per job -- that employers can get away with a lot of demands on their workers that ordinarily wouldn't be possible," says professor Harry Holzer. The New Republic (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Coke's OJ team has a quintillion problems to solve
    To produce its Minute Maid and Simply Orange juices, Coca-Cola has to solve an immensely complicated series of production and supply problems, including the use of satellite imagery, juice pipelines and data algorithms that factor in as many as a quintillion data points. That lets the company produce OJ to the same standard regardless of changes in weather, crop yield or other variables. "You take Mother Nature and standardize it. Mother Nature doesn't like to be standardized," juice-procurement director Jim Horrisberger says. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Global Perspective 
  • How to be a first-time CEO
    Terry Leahy became CEO of British supermarket chain Tesco at age 40 and says he was completely unprepared. He made up for his inexperience with an innovative streak and a strong work ethic. "I had no sort of natural authority. But, compensating on the other side, I had a lot of energy," he recalls. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Aim for the stars -- but keep an eye on the road ahead
    It's fine to have sky-high ambitions, but you should make sure your hopes and dreams don't distract you from the banal but vital process of running a business, says John Baldoni. "Aspiration is a process of reaching for the stars. But before you can reach for the stars, you check the ground upon which you are standing," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Daily Diversion 
  • The Irish argument for farmers' right to drive drunk
    Rural Irish people should be given a license to drive drunk, some local officials say, because otherwise tougher blood-alcohol limits will prevent them from visiting remote pubs. Tipsy farmers should be allowed to drive home -- "maybe on a bike, or maybe on a tractor" -- to help rural businesses, one local official argues. PRI's The World (Boston) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategy without capability is nothing but a hope and an aspiration."
--Michael Schrage, journalist, writing in CNNMoney/Fortune's Weekly Read blog
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