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November 19, 2012
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The Leaderboard 
  • Why it pays to be a servant leader
    Servant leaders have all the skills and competencies of regular leaders -- but they also have a clear vision for why they're leading, writes Mark Miller. That ultimately makes them more effective, Miller asserts. "Their effectiveness is ultimately rooted in their character," he explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Sales Strategies 
  • What is your behavior telling your sales reps?
    As a sales leader, you influence your representatives' behaviors and beliefs by the way you act, writes S. Anthony Iannarino. For example, your representatives won't consider the sales process important if you aren't committed to it, he writes. Likewise, your salespeople will become dependent on you if you don't make the effort to coach them. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Data Points 
  • Pace of U.S. business investment drops
    Major U.S. companies are slashing investment plans at a rapid pace amid uncertainty over taxes and their economic prospects. Among the 40 largest publicly traded companies, half say they plan to scale back capital investment this year or in 2013. The Wall Street Journal (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Adobe: $2B in online sales projected for Cyber Monday
    Sales on Cyber Monday are expected to increase 18% this year, hitting $2 billion, according to a forecast by Adobe Systems. Black Friday will be another good day for e-retailers, with a 12% bump from 2011 sales, Adobe says. E-commerce also is set to blossom on Green Monday, which is Dec. 10, and Free Shipping Day, which is Dec. 17. PCWorld (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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On the Road 
  • High-end hotels offer day rates for the hit-and-run business traveler
    Some of the world's most luxurious hotels are quietly catering to the hit-and-run business traveler with day-rate offers at a discount price. "Most of the time, it's for business guests. Many of them might have an early meeting, and they want a place to get themselves ready and have a shower," notes Nassar Khalil, director of sales and marketing for The Beaufort in London. CNN (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
App Update 
  • Why security is key for mobile CRM
    It's critical for CRM companies to focus on security as they roll out mobile solutions for their customers. One way to make an app more secure is to update it frequently, according to Tim Keanini of nCircle. "Frequent updates raise the cost of attack to cybercriminals, because even if they find a vulnerability, the window of opportunity is extremely short," he said. E-Commerce Times (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Making Small Talk 
  • Robot catfish makes a splash at espionage exhibition
    A robot catfish named Charlie is among the unusual exhibits at an espionage exhibition in New York City. The fish is theorized to have been built by the CIA to take covert water samples from rivers near factories and nuclear plants. FastCoDesign (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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People don't learn by listening to the words you speak. They learn by watching your behavior."
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