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9/21/2018

Teams value CEOs who make brave shifts in strategy and focus on developing team members, writes Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Employees also want clear statements about your principles and values, as well as seeing how you live those even when pressured to act otherwise, she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
9/21/2018

Hoping to replicate the Texas shale boom elsewhere, oil giants such as Chevron are applying factory models to simplify hydraulic fracturing operations and solve and prevent pipeline bottlenecks, labor shortages and other problems plaguing the US shale industry. "They can transfer technology and skilled people across assets and parts of their portfolio from North America to Argentina," says Andrew Slaughter, executive director of Deloitte's Center for Energy Solutions.

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Andrew Slaughter, Chevron
9/21/2018

Distributors can increase their odds of making the first page of Google search results by using relevant keywords, accruing backlinks and developing rich product content, writes Dean Mueller, a partner at Real Results Marketing. "Provide solid, relevant and useful information to your customers and prospects for a higher probability of search engines looking on your site favorably," he writes.

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Google
9/21/2018

Mergers and acquisitions such as the June purchase of HiTouch Business Services are helping Staples strengthen its business-to-business foothold. "We will continue to look for strategic opportunities like this one where we feel we can help create better options for businesses in the marketplace," CEO Sandy Douglas says.

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TWICE
9/21/2018

Vehicles have increasing amounts of electronics, which can add complexity and cost to repairs. "Minor fender benders now damage sensitive safety components located in bumpers, side mirrors and fenders, increasing the number of vehicles needing sensor calibration and repair," says asTech's Dan Young.

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USA Today
9/21/2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the end of an EU summit the UK is prepared to leave the EU without a transition arrangement "if we get to the position where it is not possible to reach a deal." The statement came after European Council President Donald Tusk said the UK's proposed Brexit plan "will not work."

9/20/2018

Commercial trucks will not have full access to the Port of Wilmington in North Carolina until Monday due to the lingering Hurricane Florence-related floodwaters. However, a large transport ship will arrive in the port to provide relief supplies to the area.

9/20/2018

Improving your awareness of who you are, how you behave and what you need helps with your career and has grounding in research, writes LaRae Quy. "Inaccurate self-assessment leads to sales targets that can't be met, deadlines that can't be carried out and performances that are promised but not delivered," she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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LaRae Quy
9/20/2018

Just as the ancient Greeks talked about ethos, logos and pathos, making persuasive arguments today requires credibility and logic, as well as an emotional appeal, says Carmine Gallo, Harvard instructor and author. "Everything about human nature -- from the stock market to where we invest to how we vote -- is based on our emotional narratives that we tell each other as groups and within individuals," he says.

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Knowledge@Wharton
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Carmine Gallo, Harvard
9/20/2018

The essence of strategy is that, each day, you "confront things that stand between where you are and where you'd like to be," writes Wally Bock in this review of Erika Andersen's "Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change." The second challenge of strategy is keeping focused as a group long after the vision has been set, he writes.

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Three Star Leadership
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Wally Bock, Erika Andersen