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January 24, 2013
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Leading Edge 
 
  • Why GM sacked Fritz Henderson
    Former General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre dishes the dirt on Fritz Henderson, who briefly was CEO. Henderson was a good man and an expert on the auto business, Whitacre explains in this book excerpt, but refused to delegate or streamline his team of direct reports, and hence failed to get much done. "I was mystified as to how Fritz found the time to talk with 15 or 20 people a day and still deal with all the other things that were on his plate," Whitacre writes. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What's your big idea?
    Leaders need to have a big, bold vision that others can rally around, writes Karen Kang. That's the best way to burnish your personal brand and to get the most out of your workers, Kang writes. "The measure of your success is not just what others are saying about you, but in the impact you are making on the world," she writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
In order to survive, grow, and compete in the digital age, organizations need an ERP that is highly flexible and able to adapt. So, what are the tough platform questions you should ask yourself when shopping for an ERP?
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Strategic Management 
 
  • Get ready for the extraterrestrial "gold rush"
    A company called Deep Space Industries hopes to send robotic prospectors to the asteroid belt in search of valuable metals such as platinum. Subsequent missions would involve mining the valuable metals and returning them to Earth, perhaps for use in orbital manufacturing facilities. "In principle, mining asteroidal material could become economical within a few decades," one scientist says. The Guardian (London) (1/22), PopularMechanics.com (1/23), The Guardian (London) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • It's time to start taking employee problems seriously
    Some companies refuse to address individuals' "pain points" to avoid setting a potentially costly precedent, writes Laura Vanderkam. That's a false economy, she argues: If your turnover increases or your workers' productivity drops, you'll wind up paying far more than if you'd simply fixed the problems. CBS MoneyWatch (1/23) 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 
  • Struggling to innovate? Blame your HR team
    Hiring practices can have a big impact on a company's innovation culture, writes Liz Ryan. Needlessly pompous and arbitrarily complex recruitment policies mean many firms' hiring practices reward compliance rather than creativity. "The whole encrusted recruiting process ... makes it easy for organizations to hire drones, and it makes it hard for them to hire the brilliant and complex people they need to solve their problems," Ryan writes. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Management Blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Real innovators welcome failed experiments
    The most innovative companies are great at experimenting and are able to learn even from trials and test-runs that go horribly wrong, writes Tim Kastelle. "[T]here's no point in testing ideas ... if you don't learn from the ones that fail," he explains. Innovation For Growth blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Red tape slows IKEA's global growth, CEO says
    New IKEA store openings that used to take two to three years from start to finish now take twice the time, as bureaucracy grows in many markets, CEO Mikael Ohlsson said. "We need to learn how to deal with it by having more projects on the go. But I also think there's room for improvement from the authorities' side, as well." The Wall Street Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Congratulations, new CEO: Time to get your team on board
    Leadership transitions can be tense and unsettling times for all concerned, writes Molding Box CEO Jordan Guernsey. It's important for new CEOs to communicate effectively and to stay focused on institutional priorities during the handover period, Guernsey writes. "Ultimately, it is up to the new leader to plant the seeds and cultivate the continued growth of the organization," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
 
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SmartQuote 
Having humility and doing a good job at personal branding are not mutually exclusive."
--Karen Kang, author, writing at ThoughtLeaders
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