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January 8, 2013
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Leading Edge 
 
  • Catholic University aims to provide an ethical B-school education
    Catholic University of America is launching a business school, hoping to infuse moral and religious teaching into a conventional B-school curriculum. It's hoped that the program will enable leaders who will put ethics, faith and public service at the heart of their business activities. "It is a misreading of Catholic theology to think that one cannot be a successful business person and a person of faith," says Andrew Abela, chairman of the business and economics program. The Wall Street Journal (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
  • The black-market economics of Tide
    Tide detergent has emerged as an alternate currency in some criminal circles, where bottles are used to pay for drug purchases and other underworld debts. The phenomenon is fueled by an extraordinary economic cycle in which the shoplifting of Tide bottles disrupts retailers' supply chains, forcing small stores and even some major chains to buy back potentially stolen bottles from middlemen to keep their shelves stocked. New York magazine (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Polaroid takes cues from Apple with retail stores
    Polaroid is hoping to emulate the success of Apple's retail operations by launching sleek Fotobar stores where consumers can print photos, get photography lessons or chat with experts. "I'm inspired by the fearless leader of Apple who went against the grain," says Fotobar founder Warren Struhl. "He got so much abuse for wanting to open up stores. Look how that went." FastCoCreate (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

Innovation and Creativity 
 
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SmartPulse 
  • What is the greatest leadership challenge you face this year?
    Helping our business recover and thrive in a challenging economy  25.03%
    Growing our high-performing business and maintaining performance  20.69%
    Dealing with new regulations, taxes and economic uncertainty  18.97%
    Retaining the members of my team and helping them develop further  17.71%
    Building my skills as a leader  17.60%
  • Challenges abound: Clearly, all of you face a variety of challenges. Whether it's improving your business, your team or yourself, overcoming these challenges will require focus, prioritization and dedication. Your challenge as a leader is keeping your priority list short and executing quickly and efficiently against the highest priority items. Be wary of saying "yes" too often, as that will dilute your efforts and, ultimately, you'll answer this question the same way next year as you did this year because you didn't make the progress you desired. -- Mike Figliuolo is managing director of ThoughtLeaders and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”

    Discuss the results.
  • How deep is the bench strength in your organization?
Great. We have solid succession plans in place with lots of great players
OK. We have high potential candidates identified for the most critical positions
Marginal. We do a mediocre job of building our talent base
Poor. Our bench is pretty bare and we lack solid succession plans

The Global Perspective 
  • Why 2013 is the year to get serious about India
    There's never been a better time for Western entrepreneurs to launch operations in India, writes Gautam Chikermane. The economy is expanding, a well-trained workforce is in place, and the political system is getting increasingly business-friendly. "If you're entering India this year, you could be getting in on the ground floor," Chikermane writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartBrief At The Event 
  • Who is buying all those Apples and xBoxes?
      
    With more than 150,000 people descending on Las Vegas this week for the Consumer Electronics Show, 3,100 vendors will showcase their new and updated consumer electronic devices, including high-end television sets, smartphones, smart cars and printers. The most cherished consumers for consumer electronic manufacturers are those with the most disposable income. These consumers are often the first to adopt new technology because they want the latest and greatest. The rest of the population follows as the price of new technology decreases. Does consumer electronic spending and ownership vary across the country? What type of consumer buys which types of technologies? This article explores a few examples. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

  • SmartBrief at #CES: SmartBrief senior editor Susan Rush is at the Consumer Electronics Show and tweeting @SB_Tech. Want more news about consumer electronics? Subscribe to the free daily e-mail CEA SmartBrief. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • The economics of online dating
    Online dating has effectively created "a frictionless market" for lonely hearts, making it extremely easy for people to find their perfect matches, writes Peter Ludlow as part of The Atlantic's continuing debate on online dating. That lack of friction is not necessarily a good thing: the ease of finding replacement partners makes people less likely to work through problems in their relationships, and less likely to reflect on or learn from their dating mistakes. The Atlantic online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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SmartQuote 
I hire for attitude. Skills can be learned. I'll take attitude any day over a good skill set."
--G.J. Hart, CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, as quoted in the New York Times
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