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Obama sees a push to innovate as the answer to a stalled economy and falling US status. Critics say staying on the cutting edge is not what ails America. (The Christian Science Monitor)
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American businesses need the next generation of innovators to step up in order to succeed. But how do we find them? Tuck School of Business professor Vijay Govindarajan might have an answer. (Inc.)
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Career
We know that different times and different circumstances call for different leadership skills. So when it comes to managing your own career, how do you prepare yourself to move up? What abilities should young would-be executives focus on developing as they choose companies, functions, and jobs? And what skills should working executives hone as they strive to reach the next level? (Harvard Business Review)
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A new survey by Towers Watson finds with the continuing economic instability and the resulting strain of job insecurities, rising benefit costs and resulting financial troubles, many workers are failing to place a high priority on managing their health. (Towers Watson)
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University of St. Thomas
Education
Although business schools aspire to deliver global MBAs to students, it seems the vast majority are falling short in actual achievement. (Huffington Post)
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After a 10-month search, the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business has brought in the first female dean in its 87-year-history. Alison Davis-Blake, currently dean of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, will take over from dean Robert Dolan this August. (Wall Street Journal)
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International
Deutsche Bank boss Josef Ackermann's recent comment that a woman's presence on a company board might make meetings "prettier and more colorful" has sent his personal stock plummeting. (CNN)
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While America's leaders worry about how to curb China's increasing influence in currency, inflation, and trade issues, they are in danger of overlooking an even larger threat – one that could make those debates pointless: China is expected to surpass the U.S. in patent filings this year. (BusinessWeek)
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NBMBAA
NBMBAA is proud to sponsor the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, March 22-24 in Minneapolis, MN. Don't miss the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the country, which provides a compelling learning experience fostering business and thought leadership in workplace diversity and inclusion.
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Technology
The final round in the epic man vs. machine battle that's been playing out on Jeopardy! all week was fought tonight. The winner: Watson, IBM's supercomputer, who soundly defeated flesh-and-blood opponents Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, ending a three-night tournament and beginning a long period of social and technological commentators trying to figure out what it all meant. (PC Magazine)
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It's been a big couple of weeks in mobile. Verizon Wireless finally got the iPhone. Hewlett-Packard unveiled the first fruits of its Palm purchase last year. Nokia, the world's biggest handset maker, abandoned its once-dominant Symbian mobile software system and demoted itself to a kind of glorified contract manufacturer of Microsoft-powered devices. (BusinessWeek)
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The Economy
Business travelers who are back on the road after a cluster of brutal winter storms are seeing a harsh new world ruled by higher fares, new surcharges, and more fees. (Portfolio)
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Personal Finance
You can save money every day, and yet most Americans will do nothing to celebrate "America Saves Week," which is February 20-27 in case your calendar-maker happened to overlook it. (MarketWatch)
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Corporate America
William Ackman, whose stake in Borders Group Inc. will probably be wiped out by bankruptcy, also may be thwarted in his ambition to wed the bookstore chain to larger Barnes & Noble Inc., analysts say. (Bloomberg)
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Government
Like the rest of the federal government, the Small Business Administration is going to get the squeeze in 2012, according to President Obama's budget proposal released Monday. (CNN/Money)
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Leadership
Performance reviews represent just one skirmish in the war against the unhealthy and artificial power dynamic that is a legacy of the industrial era. Australian software company Atlassian has given this staple of corporate life a new look. (Fortune)
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