Fresh Pick of the Day, January 12, 2016: Leadership Lessons From Fairy Tales

From Knowledge@Insead – “Fairy tales help children to answer basic existential questions, like who am I, what is the good life, where do I belong? Through fairy tales they learn to navigate reality and survive in a world full of ambiguities and dangers. Executives, with their seeming mastery of the world, may be an unlikely audience for such fantasy. But the universal truth is, everyone likes a story. And fairy tales, with their immediately recognisable dramatics, characters and fundamental moral truths provide universal insights into human behaviour, illustrating the dangers of leadership and various ways in which executives can derail.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day January 11, 2016: “Your grandmother was right. Slouching is bad for you–and maybe your career” from Washington Post

From Washington Post – “…spending two minutes before a stressful event like a job interview holding ‘expansive’ power poses–such as putting your hands on the hips like Wonder Woman–can increase testosterone and lower the stress hormone cortisol. ‘The mind shapes the body,’ she says, ‘and the body shapes the mind.'”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 8, 2016: “How To Speak So That People Want To Listen” from Forbes Magazine

From Forbes.com – “In his TED talk, Julian advises people to remember the word ‘hail.’ It stands for: Honesty. Authenticity. Integrity. Love. He says, ‘The H, honesty, is being true in what you say, being straight and clear. The A is authenticity, just being yourself. The I is integrity, being your word, actually doing what you say, and being somebody people can trust. And the L is love, (in the sense of) wishing people well.'”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 5, 2016: “China leads global markets to bad start! | FT Markets”

From FT Markets – “China’s 7% market slide and weakening currency hit global markets Jonathan Wheatley and Mike Mackenzie discuss how Monday’s market fall in China is hitting global trading markets. Worries over the Chinese economy have shifted to commodities stocks, with oil faltering and mining companies among the worst performers.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, January 4, 2016: “11 Ways Successful People Overcome Uncertainty”

From Inc Magazine – ” Our brains are hardwired to make much of modern life difficult. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with uncertainty. On the bright side, if you know the right tricks, you can override your brain’s irrational tendencies and handle uncertainty effectively. Our brains give us fits when facing uncertainty because they’re wired to react to it with fear. In a recent study, a Caltech neuroeconomist imaged subjects’ brains as they were forced to make increasingly uncertain bets–the same kind of bets we’re forced to make on a regular basis in business. The less information the subjects had to go on, the more irrational and erratic their decisions became. You might think the opposite would be true–the less information we have, the more careful and rational we are in evaluating the validity of that information. Not so. As the uncertainty of the scenarios increased, the subjects’ brains shifted control over to the limbic system, the place where emotions, such as anxiety and fear, are generated.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, December 29, 2015: “Can Employee Training Lead to Higher Profits?”

From Knowledge@Wharton – “Does intensive internal training of employees lead to higher profits? In knowledge-based industries where the main asset is skilled professionals such as software engineers, the answer is yes, according to the research paper “Strategy, Human Capital Investments, Business Domain Capabilities, and Performance: A Study in the Global Software Services Industry,” by Joydeep Chatterjee, senior fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management and professor of global strategic management at the University of Washington. But not all training yields equal benefits. Surprisingly, technological training such as those on computer languages did not boost project profits, the paper found. Rather, providing an employee training to raise their level of knowledge about clients’ industries did the trick.”

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Podcast # 23: “Business Rhythm’s Top 5 Books on Investments” from Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie

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December 14, 2015 – From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie – Christmas holidays have started and we will continue with our Business Rhythm’s best business books. Today, we will share with you our picks of the best investment books in the market.


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Fresh Pick of the Day, December 7, 2015: “Beyond the Red Cup: The Grass Is Not Greener: When Staying Put in a Job Pays Off” from Knowledge@Wharton

From Knowledge@Wharton – “At some point in your career, you will invariably face a choice of staying with your current employer or taking a job at a new company. The enticement could be better pay, rosier opportunities at the new firm — or to escape a toxic work environment. But is it necessary to change employers to move ahead? And how do the benefits of moving firms compare to upward mobility at your current employer?

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