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February 2, 2018
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The expert industry reflects our unwillingness to hear other opinions
There are too many people claiming to be experts as part of a cycle of gaining recognition and revenue, and this trend is inspired somewhat by growing societal divisiveness, argues Paul Jarvis. "We assume that the experts we choose to believe in have the answers, and we shut off to anything to the contrary," he writes.
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Improve yourself to improve your leadership of others
Leaders who can't manage their emotions create a workplace ruled by fear and stress unless they address their subconscious behavioral controls, says leadership coach Christine Comaford. "The more fully developed they are, the more a person can operate in what I call the Smart State, where all three key parts of our brain are working together and one has behavioral choice," she says.
Skip Prichard Leadership Insights (1/31) 
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See the Latest Employee Relations Trends
In the latest Employee Relations Benchmark Study, a third of organizations reported some or a significant increase in employee relations issues. It’s time to look at employee relations trends and best practices to make strategic plans for the future. Download the report now.
Strategic Management
Transform challenges into new opportunities
When traditional business models are being disrupted, look at that as a chance to explore new possibilities, writes T.C. Doyle. Technology and marketing can help transform an old way of doing things into a new revenue stream, he writes.
Channel Futures (1/31) 
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Founder's values set the pace for IKEA's growth
Founder's values set the pace for IKEA's growth
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IKEA executives credit the company's late founder, Ingvar Kamprad, and his beliefs in cost efficiency, company culture and a lasting corporate structure for propelling the company's growth, writes Tom Turula. "He was always very much about the customer experience, which was his greatness," says executive Hakan Svedman.
Business Insider (1/29) 
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From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future
"A fascinating review of 500 years of new technology and the challenges as well as opportunities of technological change."
-Steve Case, American Entrepreneur, founder of AOL

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Smarter Communication
Turn drama's negative energy into a positive
End the villain-victim cycle of drama in your office by teaching openness and persistence and discouraging people from issuing ultimatums and unsolicited advice, writes Nate Regier. "Getting open shows that your intention is not to struggle against this person, but to join them in finding a better solution," he writes.
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Leadership Perspectives and Predictions for 2019
Local governments are facing massive challenges in the coming year. But whether you're leading public or private sector organizations, these 19 thought leaders have ideas on what's ahead. Their expertise in everything from equity and inclusion to organizational culture shifts may offer you a new perspective on issues that may impact you or your organization. Download the e-book.
Public Leadership Resolutions for Uncertain Times
We bid farewell to 2018, a year that was filled with natural disasters, dire warnings about climate change, gun violence, and intense political conflict. And yet in this winter of our discontent there are signs of determination and renewal at the state and local level of government. For public officials, known for their resilience, here are some reminders for their new year's leadership more >
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Smarter Living
Get your mind and body right each Friday
Research: News overload is bad for our well-being
Access to news alerts 24/7 from our phones can harm our mental health, says Graham Davey, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology. "Our studies also showed that this change in mood exacerbates the viewer's own personal worries, even when those worries are not directly relevant to the news stories being broadcast," Davey says.
TIME online (1/31) 
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In Their Own Words
Leaders are obligated to tackle performance issues
Kelly Bienn of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber says giving honest feedback is hard but is part of the job. "I have learned that giving consistent feedback and course-correcting regularly is much less painful than letting things slide and waiting for something to go seriously wrong," she says.
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (La.) (1/29) 
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SmartBrief At The Event
Dot Foods exec's speech highlights how to share your story
Dot Foods Executive Chairman John Tracy showed the power of a speech that started with an icebreaker, offered valuable lessons about the family-owned business and still made the audience's needs paramount, writes James daSilva. "In less than 30 minutes, Tracy was able to re-energize the room, entertain and inform, and offer takeaways without making the speech all about himself," daSilva writes.
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Daily Diversion
Research explores how to get teeth to repair themselves
Researchers have discovered a way to regenerate decayed teeth in mice and rats, possibly moving toward a replacement for cavity fillings, writes Ferris Jabr. A study published in Scientific Reports found certain drugs encourage stem cell activity and tissue repair in damaged teeth, he writes.
Scientific American online (2/1) 
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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
F. Scott Fitzgerald,
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