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September 26, 2012
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  • Smart bosses should hire video gamers, not Harvard MBAs
      
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    People who spend their time playing the "World of Warcraft" video game likely will be better employees than those who've earned an MBA from Harvard, says Deloitte's John Seely Brown in this Big Think video. "Warcraft" players have to handle constantly changing strategic priorities and other variables, all while learning to collaborate with and lead other players. "This is an interest-driven phenomenon that unleashes exponential learning of a dimension that's almost unimaginable any other way," Brown argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Leading Edge 
 
  • Should we teach entrepreneurship to kindergarteners?
    If we're serious about educating the next generation of innovators and business leaders, we need to start early, writes Scott Gerber. Nobody expects kindergarteners to start a company, he argues, but teaching entrepreneurial skills to 5-year-olds would give them a solid foundation for their development. "[T]hat same student a decade later will be better equipped to handle the future workplace if he or she has a sense of what's coming," Gerber writes. CNNMoney/Fortune (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The biggest mistakes made by freshman bosses
    Mistakes are all too common for new business leaders during their first year, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to avoid micromanaging without seeming detached; to deal effectively with subordinates who feel they should have been given the chance to lead; and to be open and honest with your family about the pressures you're under. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
  • How an ex-bodybuilder helped Chrysler bulk up its sales
    Chrysler has beaten rivals by scoring consecutive annual sales gains, thanks in large part to U.S. sales chief Reid Bigland. A former bodybuilder, Bigland relies on muscular sales strategies and tried-and-tested promotional techniques to keep moving vehicles. "We don't have a lot of airy-fairy goals at Chrysler," he says. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Will Yahoo ever be worth shouting about again?
    New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer held an all-hands meeting Tuesday to reveal her plan for turning around the tech company. Yahoo's return to health reportedly will be driven by a focus on recruiting top talent from promising startups, plus a narrowing of its product lineup and a shift toward mobile technologies, Mayer told workers. Los Angeles Times/Tech Now blog (tiered subscription model) (9/25), All Things D (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • 4 ways companies can break out of ruts
    Big companies tend to be wary of risk, thus struggling to develop innovative products, writes Sangeeta Badal. Breaking out of that rut and cultivating an entrepreneurial culture is vital to corporations' long-term competitiveness, Badal adds. "While companies can succeed with routine and structure, they will find it difficult to lead the market that way," he writes. Gallup Business Journal (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Will China give cornflakes a chance?
    Kellogg is partnering with Singapore's Wilmar International to sell breakfast cereals in China. That could be a tough task: Few among the Chinese eat Western-style cereals, and Chinese milk is often watered down. Analysts say the company might find more success marketing fruity muesli blends or cereal bars that can be eaten without milk. Google/The Associated Press (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • A good mentor is priceless
    Data show that mentoring relationships can help workers to get ahead, Dana Theus writes. These sorts of relationships are particularly effective when the mentor is high up within the industry and the mentor and protégé make the relationship last, she notes. Mentors are helpful for entrepreneurs as well, says consultant Deb Evans, who found that well matched pairings helped mentees improve sales and gave mentors fresh new ideas. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • "Gangnam Style" is good news for Korean tech company
    "Gangnam Style," the K-pop video that's taken YouTube by storm, has also given an unexpected boost to a small Korean company run by the singer's father. D.I. Corp, which manufactures semiconductors, has seen its stock value double since the video's launch, although analysts warn the surge might not last once "Gangnam Style" fades from the public consciousness. Reuters (9/25), The Atlantic Wire (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Though the Edsel and New Coke linger as bad memories, Ford and Coca-Cola are still innovating."
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