Helping employees grow is a great gift | Working at Tesla is not for the faint of heart | Fox reinvented the NFL -- and itself -- when it won broadcast rights
December 14, 2018
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Leading Edge
Helping employees grow is a great gift
Personalize employee gifts by asking each person about professional-development goals, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. You could then help employees create individual plans for learning, offer opportunities to gain experience within the company or budget a development plan of their choosing, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (12/13) 
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Working at Tesla is not for the faint of heart
Working at Tesla is not for the faint of heart
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Elon Musk was always a temperamental perfectionist, but his decision to fully automate the Model 3 factory in 2016 drastically slowed production at first, leading to fits of rage from Musk and the departure of dozens of executives, writes Charles Duhigg, who spoke with dozens of employees over several months about life at Tesla.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (12/13) 
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Resources to Transform Your Engagement
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Strategic Management
Fox reinvented the NFL -- and itself -- when it won broadcast rights
ABC, NBC and CBS refused to pay more for NFL broadcast rights when Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was seeking a more lucrative deal in 1993, and Rupert Murdoch wanted credibility for his fledgling Fox network that had yet to broadcast sports, according to this oral history of the deal 25 years later. "I believe if they hadn't gotten the NFL, Fox would have puttered along, like the WB or UPN," says David Hill, president of Fox Sports.
The Ringer (12/13) 
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Strong Culture, Strong Leaders: It's a Matter of Learning
A strong company culture that values learning translates directly to greater employee loyalty and growth potential. So what does a culture of learning look like, and how do you build one? Get the eBook to learn how.
Smarter Communication
Ask your team forward-thinking questions
Ask questions of your teams that prompt them to look to the future, writes Mary Jo Asmus. For example, ask employees to think about "How will we interact differently when we trust each other?"
Aspire-CS (12/11) 
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Smarter Living
Get your mind and body right each Friday
Good habits -- and bad -- add up
The positive results of adopting small, healthier habits may be imperceptible at first, but compound quickly when replacing bad behaviors. "But when we repeat 1 percent errors, day after day, by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes, and rationalizing little excuses, our small choices compound into toxic results," writes author James Clear.
Farnam Street (12/10) 
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In Their Own Words
CEO: Having support is key early on
Her first few days as CEO of UNICEF USA taught Caryl Stern the importance of a support system. "I've stayed close to so many of those women and am forever thankful for that network," she writes.
Business Insider (12/11) 
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Daily Diversion
Quick jaws are the hallmark of the Dracula ant
The Dracula ant, found in Australia and Southeast Asia, snaps its jaws closed at 200 mph, the fastest animal movement on record. "Likely, they use their jaws to hunt prey, employing the tremendous forces involved to stun or kill them before carrying them back to the nest," writes Avery Thompson.
Popular Mechanics online (12/12),  USA Today (12/12) 
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