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December 13, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • 5 reasons bosses shouldn't try to be perfect
    Perfectionism isn't a desirable trait in business leaders, writes Henna Inam. The best leaders are comfortable in their own skin and recognize, and even embrace, their flaws to develop an authentic and credible leadership style, Inam argues. "They learn to ease their desire to 'be perfect' based on some kind of external standard in favor of 'being powerful' in an authentic way," she writes. The Glass Hammer blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategic Management 
  • The myth of American productivity
    It's often said that American manufacturing job losses are due to the sector's productivity gains, allowing more to be made with less labor. That's not necessarily the case, writes Timothy Taylor, who cites economist Susan Houseman's interview explaining how much of the apparent productivity gains that came from the computer sector were due to computer-design improvements rather than more efficient manufacturing practices. "Add all these factors up, and the condition of U.S. manufacturing looks more ominous than the standard story of high productivity and resulting job losses," Taylor writes. Conversable Economist (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • It pays to be paranoid, says Samsung strategy chief
    Intel executive Andy Grove used to say, "Only the paranoid survive," and that's a lesson Samsung has taken to heart, says Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn. Only companies that continuously watch their backs are motivated to keep innovating, Sohn explains. "You are only as good as your latest product, and so we'll continue the push for innovation and talent that can put us in a new place," he says. MIT Technology Review online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • Innovation tips from "The Princess Bride"? Inconceivable!
    The book and movie "The Princess Bride" came about because screenwriter William Goldman asked his two daughters what story they'd like to write about. One asked for a story about a princess, the other for a story about a bride -- and so Goldman was forced to find a way to shoehorn the two concepts together. That shows the power of "semantic intuition," in which people name solutions before actually coming up with them, writes Bryan Mattimore. Fast Company online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to harness the power of rejection
    Research suggests that people are at their most creative immediately after undergoing rejection. That suggests bosses shouldn't try to coddle workers who get things wrong, but should instead give them the chance to say, "I'll show them," says David Burkus. "[T]he key is to assign the rejected person right away to a new and important task. ... You want to let their creative juices flow," Drew Boyd writes. InnovationExcellence.com (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Daily Diversion 
  • For human ostriches, everything is on the menu
    Over the years, a surprising number of people have become minor celebrities by eating unusual things. Side-show trickster Todd Robbins likes to munch on lightbulbs; French entertainer "Monsieur Mangetout" once ate an entire Cessna 150 light aircraft over two years; and YouTube celebrity Louis Cole found fame by eating roadkill, mice and live locusts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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