Use insight and "outsight" to develop your company's leaders

Most HR leaders use inward-facing leadership-development protocols that ask workers to reflect on their skills and capabilities, writes Herminia Ibarra. There's a place for that approach, but it's also important to use outward-facing methods that focus on cultivating new experiences, skills and relationships. "[P]aradoxically, exhorting managers in transition to be more introspective can backfire, encouraging them to stick with comfortable behaviours instead of growing new capacities," Ibarra writes.

Iowa district outfits administrators with body cameras

An Iowa school district is outfitting principals and assistant principals with body cameras in order to record their interactions with students and parents. Officials say the move is intended to protect both sides, while others call it an overreach.

Mobile and Wi-Fi can drive shopping center sales and loyalty
Marketing Land

The use of Wi-Fi and mobile marketing to target smartphone users while they are at shopping centers can drive customer engagement and sales. Using Wi-Fi technology that's already in most shopping centers allows retailers to eliminate the need for registration pages and apps while providing promotional offers, directories and loyalty programs while shoppers are already onsite. Retailers can then use data captured from shoppers on patterns and insights to gauge future product and marketing methods.

Higher egg prices linger after avian flu outbreak

Restaurants and bakeries continue to feel the pinch of higher egg prices after the worst U.S. avian flu epidemic in more than three decades. Shakers American Cafe in Central Florida has spent $250 more per week for eggs during the past six weeks, and Se7en Bites bakery has seen the prices it pays for eggs triple.

Survey reveals most U.S. adults trying to reduce sodium intake
HealthDay News

Just over 50% of more than 180,000 adults across the U.S. said they are watching or reducing their daily sodium or salt intake, according to a survey published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers found that efforts to reduce salt intake were highest in areas with high rates of high blood pressure.

World Cup win by U.S. leads to pushback over "payback" tweets
Daily News (New York)BBC

The U.S. team's victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup sparked a flurry of celebratory tweets, including a number of off-color messages relating the victory to the Pearl Harbor attack. Some Twitter users pushed back against the messages and called for a more sporting approach.

Sears Canada CEO named to Barnes & Noble's retail arm

Barnes & Noble has chosen Sears Canada CEO Ronald Boire to head the bookseller's retail operations after it spins off its college stores into a separate company next month. Boire joined Sears Canada in 2012 and was named acting CEO two years later; his resume also includes stints at Brookstone, Toys R Us and Best Buy.

Celebrities to voice "Minecraft: Story Mode"

"Minecraft: Story Mode" will debut on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and PCs and Macs by the end of the year, Adam Rosenberg writes. The game, developed by Telltale Games, will be "driven by the choices that players make" and will feature a celebrity cast led by Patton Oswalt. Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson and Corey Feldman will be among the other actors lending their voices to the game.

U.S. regulatory framework for biotech products to be updated

The Obama administration said it will update the regulatory system for biotech products, which is almost 30 years old, to ensure the protection of public health and address regulatory challenges for biotech firms. The initial framework update is expected to be completed in about a year, and public input will be accepted. BIO expressed support for the plan and said it is hoping for a new policy that is "timely, predictable, based upon the best available science, and incorporates 20-plus years of experience with the technology."

HTC sinks back into the red after year of profits

HTC reported a net loss of $261 million in the second quarter, ending a streak of four quarters of slight net profits. Revenues fell by nearly half compared with the same period a year ago, and the Taiwanese phone-maker closed some production lines.

Rendering: Tokyo's proposed Olympic stadium mired in controversy

The Japanese government will go forward with construction of an Olympic stadium in Tokyo regardless of pushback from Tokyo's governor and concern over who will pay for it. The 230-foot-high, turtle-shaped building designed by Zaha Hadid has been controversial from the start. Nevertheless, the Japan Sport Council has hired a contractor to build it.

Opinion: Ohio's wind industry supports schools, economic development

Ohio lawmakers should support wind energy development because the taxes paid by wind farms yield huge economic rewards for the state's schools and other areas of development, writes Jeff Snyder, superintendent of the Lincolnview school district in Ohio. The school district receives $400,000 in taxes annually from Iberdrola Renewables. "We didn't have to go ask our community to pay more in taxes. Instead we took advantage of the natural wind that has always blown in our own backyards," he writes.

United Airlines first to fly major route on biofuel
GeekWireDigital Trends

United Airlines is preparing to launch a test-flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco powered by biofuels. The plan is to then gradually phase a 30% biofuel blend out to the rest of the fleet.

AccorHotels announces deal to establish hotel group in Angola

AccorHotels is partnering with AAA ACTIVOS to build a chain of 50 hotels in Angola. "This historical and unheard of establishment of a hospitality group in Angola, which was made possible through our partnership with AAA ACTIVOS LDA, testifies to AccorHotels' ambition in Africa, where tourism is rapidly evolving," said AccorHotels CEO and Chairman Sebastien Bazin.