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1/15/2021

The new year doesn't wipe away ongoing challenges, so leaders must continue to be resilient, compassionate, consistent and encouraging to help employees be inspired and motivated, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Leaders who train their eyes to find and celebrate the positive inspire the same in those around them," she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
1/15/2021

James Clear has 1 million email subscribers, a successful book and a reputation for sound advice on habits, and he shares why his own habits -- what he reads, how he spends his time -- shape what he's able to deliver. "Ultimately, the process of changing your habits is really the process of re-writing your story and learning to believe something new about yourself," he says in this interview and video.

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Substack
1/15/2021

Why it matters: Wikipedia isn't perfect, but isn't it funny that a nonprofit website can do a far, far, far better job of monitoring the information it shares than platforms that make billions of dollars?

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Wikipedia
1/15/2021

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Flickr
1/15/2021

Smart leaders recognize when they're being overtaken by bad habits such as trying to control everything, creating too many rules or thinking they don't need feedback or advice, writes Lolly Daskal. "Even smart, committed leaders have blind spots, and you may be needlessly frustrating and irritating people with unthinking behavior and attitudes," she writes.

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Lolly Daskal
1/15/2021

The 30-year-long success of Adobe's Portable Document Format hinges on the company's willingness to share PDF specifications and make Acrobat Reader free, which expanded the audience of users and developers, writes Rob Walker. The company has relinquished control of the PDF format but continues to improve its offering for cloud subscribers, bringing in $1.5 billion in fiscal 2020.

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Rob Walker
1/15/2021

Businesses are the most trusted institution and the information source most readily believed by employees, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, writes Rachel Miller. She explains the report's findings, why the need for trustworthy information will keep increasing, and what that means for communications teams and CEOs.

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All Things IC (UK)
1/15/2021

Top athletes know that rest is essential to performing at their best, and leaders should insist that their teams take time off and be aware of how much is being demanded of them in their jobs. Leaders should also consider the differences between short- and long-term rest, such as breaks versus extended vacations.

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NOBL Academy
1/15/2021

Stress doesn't have to be inevitable for hard-driving career-minded people, particularly if you build calm into your routines, exercise regularly and sleep enough, writes Larry Cornett. "It is not a weakness to admit that you need personal time to take your stress levels down a notch," he writes.

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Substack
1/15/2021

Cuneiform tablets found in the ruins of Kanesh, in modern-day Turkey, from the 19th century B.C. show women were deeply involved in the textile trade business with Iraq, writing to their brothers and husbands about issues of profits and fraud. The letters are part of a book about the thriving business of the Assyrian traders who sold textiles and other luxury goods.