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September 6, 2012
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Leading Edge 
  • You're hired! Now go to business school
    An increasing number of companies are nudging their newest recruits toward business school. Giving recent graduates support as they apply for MBA courses builds loyalty and helps to fill gaps in their training, HR experts explain. "It's a very significant investment, both financially and time-wise, but we see it as one of the most important things that we do in terms of developing our practitioners," says Deloitte's Julie Meehan. The Wall Street Journal (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 10 traits of highly successful entrepreneurs
    A scientific study of the world's most successful entrepreneurs suggests that they have certain innate talents in common, write Sangeeta Badal and Joe Streur. Entrepreneurs need a creative streak, an ability to market themselves and their ideas, an ability to view every problem through its impact on their profits, and an unusual degree of self-awareness. "Successful entrepreneurs know themselves well and can perceive others accurately," Badal and Streur write. Gallup Business Journal (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategic Management 
  • Is your company holed below the water line?
    It isn't always easy to tell when a company's in trouble, writes Steve Tobak. Still, if your sales team seems panicked, your deputies are telling you to change course or your margins are slipping, then it's likely that more woes are ahead. "Thinking back on hundreds of corporate failures, including quite a few I got to see up close and personal, there were always warning signs of pending doom," Tobak writes. CBS MoneyWatch (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Innovation and Creativity 
  • How companies learned to out-innovate lone inventors
    Apple's unmatched ability to generate new products and categories speaks to a major shift in the way corporate innovation is wired, writes Scott D. Anthony. Lone entrepreneurs and inventors still have a role to play, but big corporate research departments are where the most exciting and creative work is being done, Anthony argues. "The revolution spurred by venture capitalists decades ago has created the conditions in which scale enables big companies to stop shackling innovation and start unleashing it," he writes. Harvard Business Review (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't obsess over "eureka moments"
    Everyone longs for a "eureka moment" in which they come up with a killer idea or industry-changing product, writes Chris Grivas. The reality of innovation is much more mundane, Grivas argues. "[O]ften the key to innovation lies not in the big idea, but in discovering a new way to look at the problem," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Global Perspective 
  • Why Arab diners love cheeseburger pizzas
    Pizza Hut raised eyebrows recently by launching a cheeseburger pizza -- yes, a pizza studded with mini cheeseburgers -- in restaurants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The episode highlights the Middle East's extraordinary appetite for U.S.-style fast food, experts say, with classic American quick-serve chains encountering strong demand. Knowledge@Wharton (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Global bribery crackdown has fizzled, watchdog says
    Only a handful of countries are making a serious effort to clamp down on companies involved in corrupt practices abroad, undermining a 15-year-old campaign to tackle global graft, according to a Transparency International report. The U.S., Germany, Britain and Italy are doing their share, the report notes, but Japan, France, Canada, Mexico and Brazil are not. Reuters (9/6), Supply Management online (U.K.) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Tips to find the best leadership path for you
    Some leaders have already mapped out where they want to be in their careers, but if you're not sure, ask an expert, such as a career coach, to help you identify what might be a good fit, Mary Jo Asmus writes. "Check possible career options against what you know about yourself by asking: 'Will this position/career play to my strengths?' and 'Will it fulfill my deepest values?' " she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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