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 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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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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Podcast # 22: “Business Rhythm’s Top 5 Books on Leadership”

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From Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie -“In this podcast, we will talk about what we think are the best 5 leadership books that you should read. Through our careers as managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, we have read tons of business books in the market. We thought of sharing our picks of the best leadership books to our listeners and hope that they will also benefit by reading these books. Frank, hat will be your top recommended book on leadership?”

Here are the links to the Top 5 Business Books

1. Leadership is an Art by Max de Pree

2. Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

3. Questions of Character by Joseph Badaracco

4. Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

5. The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem


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Fresh Pick of the Day, November 10, 2015: “Do the BRICS still matter?” from Center for Strategic and International Studies

From Center for Strategic and International Studies – “The report provides a critical account of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) as an analytical category, examining some of its constitutive dimensions, to see whether the possibilities of an effective intra-group cooperation could lead to a major change in world power distribution, or whether social disparities, diplomatic divergences, and political and economic differences could prevent the BRICS from forming a coherent and effective strategic alliance. It examines some of the group’s common features and their differences, putting into perspective their relative weaknesses and strengths, their strategic culture, and how it has shaped their foreign policies.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, October 26, 2015: “Why an Open Mind Is Key to Making Better Predictions”

From Knowledge@Wharton – ” Financial advisors, TV pundits and an endless stream of experts and nonexperts readily offer their predictions about the future, whether related to the stock market, international relations or the next Presidential election. But how good are those predictions? As it turns out, most of us are not very good at making forecasts, and even the best-known experts do not have a solid track record. So what makes a good forecaster? In the new book, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Wharton management professor Philip Tetlock and co-author Dan Gardner look into what makes people good forecasters. Tetlock, who is also a professor of psychology at Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke to Knowledge@Wharton about his decades of research on the topic and how you can incorporate some of these forecasting techniques into your own life.”

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