Why "Lean In" isn't just for women | Beleaguered companies get recognition for crisis management | Why HR departments should take data seriously
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March 25, 2013
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Why "Lean In" isn't just for women
Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In," should be on every business leader's reading list, regardless of gender, writes Scott Eblin. While Sandberg's tips for women on leadership and career advancement are getting plenty of attention, her book also includes serious and powerful insights on issues such as mentoring. "People will be talking about and referring to this book for a long time to come. If you haven't read it, you won't be able to intelligently participate in the conversation," Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/22)
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Why leaders should model themselves on Margaret Thatcher
Recently released papers shed light on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's handling of the Falklands crisis, writes Heritage Foundation fellow Luke Coffey. Thatcher's decision to go to war came at a time of uncertainty, confusion and conflicting advice from subordinates, making her stand all the more impressive, Coffey argues. "Perhaps the biggest lesson one can learn is that making the right decision is not necessarily the same as making the most popular decision," he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/24)
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Strategic Management
Beleaguered companies get recognition for crisis management
JPMorgan Chase has been named the best crisis-management team of the year for its handling of the "London whale" trading loss, edging out Chevron and St. Jude Medical for the IR Magazine award. "No one wants to be in a crisis communications situation," said John Christiansen of Anadarko, a past nominee. "[But] it's nice to be recognized." The Wall Street Journal (3/22)
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Why HR departments should take data seriously
Big Data is changing the ways in which companies handle their finance and marketing operations, but HR teams have been reluctant to take the plunge, David McCann writes. That's a missed opportunity, experts say, not least because HR records are potentially a gold mine of actionable data. CFO.com (3/22)
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Innovation and Creativity
Entrepreneurs create disruptive unmentionables
The women's underwear business doesn't see much in the way of disruptive innovation, Erin Schulte writes, but Thinx aims to change that. The Kickstarter-funded startup is pitching a line of underwear that is pretty and resilient, targeting Western consumers and developing-world women with a Tom's-style "one-for-one" distribution model. Fast Company online (3/22)
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The Global Perspective
Innovation, not litigation, is the way to beat Chinese copycats
There's little point in fighting back against China's copycat manufacturers, says Xmi's Ryan Lee, whose flagship speaker system's success was threatened by the emergence of cheap Chinese knockoffs. Legal battles take time, and the tech business moves too quickly for lawsuits to be effective, Lee argues. "You innovate faster than your fakes. That's how you play in the technology game," he says. BBC (3/24)
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
You can't lead by being distant
The best bosses aren't afraid to get involved when it comes to feedback, coaching and mentoring, writes Linda Sharkey. "While feedback is essential, how you deliver it is also critical. As the leader, don't distance yourself from others -- instead, get involved and stay involved," she advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/22)
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Daily Diversion
Millionaire goes for the frugal life
The latest lifestyle trend among millionaires -- at least one tech millionaire -- is a tiny living space. Graham Hill, who lived in a mansion in Seattle, has moved to a sparsely decorated, 420-square-foot studio apartment in New York City. MSNBC/Life Inc. blog (3/21)
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-- Luke Coffey, a Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, writing at the The Blog for the Huffington Post
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