Generosity is the real marker of a good boss | Sometimes slowing down is the best way to reach your goals | What is J. Crew really worth?
 
 
December 4, 2015
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Generosity is the real marker of a good boss
Good leaders possess a long list of skills and qualities -- but one trait is more important than any other, writes Dan Rockwell. Every boss needs a generous outlook that lets them approach others with courage, compassion and a genuine desire to connect. "All the skill in the world won't compensate for a stingy heart," Rockwell writes. Leadership Freak blog (12/3)
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Sometimes slowing down is the best way to reach your goals
Taking breaks to rest and reflect is an important and overlooked aspect of work, writes Allan Milham. "Pauses can have a huge impact on our decision-making capability, with increased judgment, more reflective thinking and better results," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/3)
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2023 Year Ahead Outlook
In the U.S., what are the chances for a mild recession and quick recovery? Will China's reopening spark a consumer-led rebound? Could bonds and stocks rise as markets regain a solid footing? Will the surge in commodities continue? BofA Global Research analysts share their latest views. Read the interviews
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Strategic Management
What is J. Crew really worth?
J. Crew store
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J. Crew's private-equity owners are slashing their estimations of the retailer's goodwill value as the company has trouble attracting new customers, write Shelly Banjo and Gillian Tan. "With J.Crew's website hawking up to 50 percent off tweed blazers and floral pants this week, there's no sign the company is taking the steps needed to return ... the brand to its former glory," they write. Bloomberg (12/3)
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Smarter Communication
The importance of vocal exercises
Projection and pitch are crucial elements to public speaking, and they can be learned, writes Steve Knight. He offers breathing exercises to help speakers project their voices, and tips for testing your vocal range and finding the right pitch. LinkedIn (11/29)
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Smarter Living
Get your mind and body right each Friday
How to handle the stress of time passing by
Our perception of time changes as we age and have fewer first-time experiences, and the stress of too much to do doesn't help, Kristin Wong writes. She offers some advice for living more freely in the present, including reorganizing your time and actively seeking new experiences. "If you've gotten overly comfortable with life, try saying 'yes' more often," she writes. Lifehacker (12/3)
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In Their Own Words
Going public is tough but worth it, says Box CEO
Box has had a roller-coaster ride since going public this year, but CEO Aaron Levie says that going public has been an important validation of the business model. "If you're the CIO of GE or IBM, you want to ensure that you're betting on a company that's going to be around for the long-run, and understand its financials," Levie explains. "For us, being public is a dramatic accelerant to answering and addressing all of those kind of questions and concerns." Business Insider (12/2)
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SmartQuote
Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features."
-- Steve Jobs,
entrepreneur
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