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December 27, 2012
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  • Geithner says debt ceiling is days away
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a letter to Congress that the U.S. government's borrowing will reach the $16.4 trillion debt limit Monday, but that the Treasury plans to resort to "extraordinary measures" to allow it to legally keep borrowing. That will buy the government two months before it is unable to meet its financial obligations, Geithner said. The Washington Post (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Analysis: BRIC countries face uncertain growth without reforms
    A decade of rapid growth for the BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- is over as average gross domestic product growth is forecast to slip to 4.5% in 2012 from an annual average of 8% from 2000 to 2008, Liam Denning writes. Each country faces particular challenges in modernizing to boost growth rates going forward. Russia must address corruption to attract investment and Brazil has to simplify regulations, Denning writes. The Wall Street Journal (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

Your Bottom Line 
 
  • Analysis: HR, compliance will be issues for CFOs in 2013
    Next year will be one of compliance for finance chiefs as regulations in areas such as health care and 401(k) fee disclosures go into effect, Joanne Sammer writes. Plus, any "fiscal cliff" deal is likely to affect human resources practices and the CFO's role, Sammer writes. Business Finance (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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In the C-Suite 
 
  • 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. Twenty-eight percent of senior bosses say 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
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

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SmartQuote 
Chances are good that any fiscal cliff resolution will have some implications for HR and employee benefits."
--Joanne Sammer, writing at Business Finance
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