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January 4, 2013
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Leading Edge 
  • It's time for leaders to get real
    Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. "Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea," he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to prevent "Death by PowerPoint"
    PowerPoint presentations can be stodgy and tedious, but abandoning them isn't necessarily the answer, Wayne Turmel writes. He discusses a tool that can help while also suggesting that users learn PowerPoint's basic features and apply them according to the situation. "The fact is, if we used the tools in PowerPoint the way they were intended, we would probably be just fine," Turmel argues. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • If you save the company money, make some noise
    Many managers aim to outperform their spending targets, but not all realize the importance of quickly reporting revised spending projections, Paul Smith of Procter & Gamble writes. Not reporting savings can lead senior managers to make important strategic decisions based on inaccurate information. "If you've figured out a way to save more money, by all means do it. Just let management know about it," Smith writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • You can't buy success, says Strauss Zelnick
    Media and entertainment companies can't buy success, says Take-Two Interactive Software CEO Strauss Zelnick. The best media outfits are masters at capturing the zeitgeist, and that's something that has to happen organically. "By the time you try to buy someone else's success, and some of our competitors have done that ... you run the risk of buying at the peak and running it down," Zelnick says. The Wall Street Journal (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Innovation and Creativity 
  • How a pop star became Coke's innovation guru
    Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am is a pop star, but also a pioneering corporate innovator. He's impressed execs at Intel, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Coca-Cola with his ability to think outside the box and come up with quirky, creative ways to boost engagement and strengthen brands. "Will is a visionary," Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent says. "He offers an endless stream of creativity and possibility." CNNMoney/Fortune (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Polo players pony up for cloned horses
    Good polo horses are hard to find, so two companies are offering cloning services. Dozens of cloned polo horses have already been created, with one clone selling for $800,000. "Firms that clone polo ponies are set to mint it," The Economist notes. The Economist (free content) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Get personal to engage your team
    When John Bossong's 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Daily Diversion 
  • The 57 sins of Isaac Newton
    In 1662, a teenaged Isaac Newton kept a coded journal -- and hundreds of years later, modern code-breakers finally deciphered his notes. The notebook turned out to be a list of Newton's many "sins," which apparently included eating apples in church, making mousetraps on Sunday and stealing a friend's bath towel "to spare my own." MentalFloss.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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When I was 32 ... I was not anywhere near as secure in my skills and ability as I am today, and that may have come out as being tougher and more brash than it should have."
--Strauss Zelnick, former president of 20th Century Fox, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal
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