February 7, 2013
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AA and US Airways reportedly near merger
American Airlines and US Airways are working out final details of a merger that would create the world's biggest airline, according to media reports. Creditors of AMR, American's parent company, have reached agreement on the allocation of equity in the new entity, sources familiar with the matter said. US Airways Group CEO Doug Parker is expected to head the merged carrier, they said. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/Sky Talk blog (2/6), WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (2/6), San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/Tribune Media Services (2/6)
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Investors press for more LBOs like Dell deal
Facing surging demand for higher returns, banks and investors are trying to persuade private-equity firms to consider more leveraged buyouts, such as Dell's $24.4 billion deal with Silver Lake Partners. Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6)
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5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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SEC is asked to shorten reporting deadlines for investors
The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and the National Investor Relations Institute are seeking to have the Securities and Exchange Commission shorten the time that institutional investors have to report their holdings in companies to two days after the end of a quarter, from the current 45. The petition is posted on the SEC's website. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (2/6)
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FASB updates standard involving other comprehensive income
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has updated a standard that deals with reporting reclassification out of other comprehensive income. "The update improves reporting in a manner that enhances reporting for users of financial statements, without imposing significant costs to preparers of financial statements," Chairman Leslie Seidman said. Accounting Today (2/6)
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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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4 ways to be a more intense boss
Intensity is a powerful tool for any leader, although it's important to ensure that your focus and commitment don't come across as anger or obsession, writes Art Petty. Authenticity is a vital part of that process, Petty adds. "Your commitment to the mission at hand must come through in your every word, action and during every encounter," he writes. ArtPetty.com (2/4)
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6 ways to lead like a mother lion
On a trip to the Serengeti, Beth Armknecht Miller spotted a lioness caring for her cubs -- and showcasing some key skills every business leader needs. A lioness models good hunting techniques for her cubs, watches them carefully while allowing them space to fail, and rewards their successes. "One of the primary roles a leader has is to develop her team to their full potential. And on the plains of the Serengeti, eating and being aware of your surroundings are critical to survival," Miller writes. Great Leadership (1/31)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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Don't set your watch by clocks at Grand Central station
All of the clocks at New York's Grand Central Terminal are set to the wrong time. Officials decided to set the clocks a minute fast, creating the illusion that trains leave slightly late, to encourage commuters to take their time and not run for the trains. The tactic seems to be working: The station has "the fewest slips, trips, and falls of any station in the country," Megan Garber writes. The Atlantic online (2/1)
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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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Lessons in leadership can be found in the most unexpected places."
-- Beth Armknecht Miller, founder and president of Executive Velocity, writing for Great Leadership
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