Coca-Cola is experimenting with ways to get shoppers to buy its products online, and it continues to make acquisitions while denying plans to invest in alcoholic beverages. "Whether it's a bolt-on or it's anything transformational, it's always got to obey three criteria: there's a strategic fit, there's a logic strategically, and the numbers financially add up, and there's opportunity," said CEO James Quincey.
Presentations to upper management need to stick to a single, clear message, writes Joel Garfinkle. "The information you're presenting needs to be just as clear and on message as the words you plan to say -- and when in doubt, leave it out," he writes.
A list of top business books as compiled by Fortune's Polina Marinova includes "Titan," the story of John D. Rockefeller; "Shoe Dog" by Nike founder Phil Knight; and "The Smartest Guys in the Room," about Enron. The list also includes selections on business fundamentals, management and entrepreneurship.
The worst thing a leader or organization can do is fail to recognize the hard work of employees, says former Yum CEO David Novak. "[L]ook for employees who are accomplishing their goals, daily, monthly or even longer, and reward them with something that shows your gratitude for their accomplishment," David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom write.
As the workplace evolves, the ability to be creative is moving up the list of desirable employee traits, writes Eric McNulty. "Leaders should work for clarity about what creativity means for a specific role, and to do this, it's helpful to think about what creativity means in various contexts," he writes.
Being able to look at the big picture and understand how the pieces work has helped Leslie Austin, HR Solutions' chief operations officer, move from HR to the C-suite. "[I]f you aren't the smartest person in the room, the willingness to accept new challenges and work very, very hard will pay off and carry you far," Austin says.
In the 19th century, the term "pudding" could describe a variety of dishes, including main courses of varying quality. In the US, puddings long ago fell out of favor, mostly seen today as sweet desserts, though the pudding remains a staple of British cooking.
Rent My Way founder Kassandra Rose encountered gender-based bias and skepticism while fundraising for her startup, and while that hasn't changed, she offers tactics to help women advance themselves. "We are creating our own experiences, and the less time we attach to the words and actions of others, the more time we'll have to taste freedom!" she writes.
Team sales pitches require one-on-one preparation to get everyone delivering the same message to the client, writes Stephanie Scotti. Important considerations include whether the pitch speaks to the client, shows differentiation and has compelling and smartly designed visuals.
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