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December 24, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • Women need to pick their battles, says Carol Bartz
    The business world is still a tough place to be a woman, says ex-Yahoo chief Carol Bartz, and it isn't possible to fight back against every instance of sexism. "If somebody says this or that, as long as they are not grabbing you or touching you, just ignore them. Don't fight everybody. It doesn't help," she says. Knowledge@Wharton (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • How top companies take advantage of the holidays
    The holiday season doesn't have to sap your company's productivity. In fact, some companies see it as a chance to refocus on core values. Zappos has all employees spend 10 hours over the holiday period working in its customer call center to remind them of the value of customer service, while Target likes to run group volunteering programs instead of end-of-year parties. "Giving back to others is a great way to stay motivated," says Target human resources exec Jodee Kozlak. Fast Company online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Companies warm to incubators
    Big companies are running incubator services in a bid to boost their R&D efforts, which is a great way to inject startup-style innovation into a company's operations, says PayPal Chief Operating Officer David Chang. "It's great to be on the cutting edge, but not have your foot fully in," Chang says. "The incubator, we hope, will keep us really sharp." Inc. online (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Global Perspective 
  • British gift-card company gets a second chance
    Clinton Cards, the British gift-card retailer, seeks to reinvent itself by giving stores an overdue facelift and refocusing on gifts rather than just stationery. That's already allowed the company to almost double its customers' per-visit spending and to nearly erase an annual operating loss. BBC (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • Fact-checking the Nativity story
    The birth of Christ probably didn't go down quite the way many Nativity plays suggest, experts say. Jesus was most likely born sometime around 4 B.C., and almost certainly not Dec. 25, scholars say. What's more, he probably wasn't born in a stable, but rather in the spare room of a peasant dwelling. The Week (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
We've done mission and vision and value statements. But I think that what you write on a piece of paper is not as important as how you behave every day."
--Robert J. Murray, global chief executive of iProspect, as quoted in the New York Times
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