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Ideas that work
July 2, 2020
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Summer reading 2020

For those who want to slow down and still keep up.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Embracing the impersonal approach to customer service

Businesses should consider the pros and cons of adopting digital customer service systems.

by Matt Palmquist

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Career advice for a changing world

Four groups of people are most at risk from the pandemic’s economic effects, and each will have to chart a new course to achieve success.

by Blair Sheppard

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Connected and autonomous supply chain ecosystems 2025

To succeed in an evolving marketplace, companies need to transform linear supply chains into autonomous supply chain ecosystems.

 

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What COVID-19 is revealing about your customers and employees

Don’t let what you’re learning go to waste — capture it for post-crisis strategy and growth.

by Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O’Connell

A dramatic example of adopting best practices

George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 play Major Barbara, the best stage drama written about business, has lessons that resonate with today’s audiences.

by Daniel Akst

You can’t benchmark culture

Your company’s ideal behavioral strengths are unique, and shouldn’t be borrowed or copied — not even from a high-performance enterprise.

by Jon Katzenbach and Alice Zhou

Stolen ideas – via Seth Godin Newsletter

Is there a difference between someone stealing a potato from your farm and someone stealing your idea?

Well, if everyone in town comes and takes a potato, your farm is bust.

But if everyone in town comes and takes your idea, you’re more known, trusted and effective than you used to be.

During Google’s beginnings, their business and tech plan was available to anyone who stopped by Stanford and bothered to read it. Every popular podcast based on an original idea gave away that original idea the moment the first episode of the podcast was available–long before the podcast itself became popular.

When I was a book packager, we ended up publishing about 120 books and pitching another 1,000 that were never published. In all of that time, I can only remember one of our ideas (it was a big one) being stolen from us and published without our participation. That code of ethics created a feeling of intellectual safety. But, at the same time, it was our successful books that were copied the most–and that copying was not just a symptom but often a cause of their success.

The internet is a copying machine. Ideas morph and change and spin as they move from one end to the other. Ripping ideas off wholesale and violating intellectual property rights is nothing to be proud of–each of us can do better than that. But holding ideas too tightly in fear of the ripples and echoes they’re going to cause is the real problem.

Being original is an opportunity to advance the conversation. Building something of utility with persistence and grace is truly generous, though, and it’s not related to whether or not anyone has ever heard your idea before.

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 2, the 184th day of 2020. There are 182 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 2, 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau (gee-TOH’) at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)

On this date:

In 1566, French astrologer, physician and professed prophesier Nostradamus died in Salon (sah-LOHN’).

In 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

In 1917, rioting erupted in East St. Louis, Illinois, as white mobs attacked Black residents; nearly 50 people, mostly Blacks, are believed to have died in the violence.

In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.

In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, the first meeting between a Catholic U.S. chief executive and the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.

In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gregg v. Georgia, ruled 7-2 the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.

In 1986, ruling in a pair of cases, the Supreme Court upheld affirmative action as a remedy for past job discrimination.

In 1987, 18 Mexican immigrants were found dead inside a locked boxcar near Sierra Blanca, Texas, in what authorities called a botched smuggling attempt; a 19th man survived.

In 2009, federal marshals took possession of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff’s $7 million Manhattan penthouse, forcing Madoff’s wife, Ruth, to move elsewhere.

In 2018, rescue divers in Thailand found 12 boys and their soccer coach, who had been trapped by flooding as they explored a cave more than a week earlier.

Ten years ago: Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan to assume command of U.S. and NATO forces after his predecessor, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, was fired for intemperate remarks he’d made about Obama administration figures in Rolling Stone magazine. The United States defeated Japan 7-2 to win its seventh consecutive world softball championships. British novelist Beryl Bainbridge, 77, died in London.

Five years ago: Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. A Philippine ferry, the Kim Nirvana, capsized after leaving port in Ormoc City, killing about 60 people.

One year ago: Lee Iacocca, the automobile executive who helped launch some of Detroit’s best-selling vehicles at Ford and then Chrysler, died in California at the age of 94. Fire erupted at a Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky that was filled with about 45,000 barrels of aging bourbon; the warehouse and bourbon were a total loss and the bourbon leaked into nearby creeks and rivers. A decorated Navy SEAL, Edward Gallagher, was acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but was convicted of posing with the corpse. (Gallagher would be sentenced to four months’ confinement, but was set free since he had spent more time in custody awaiting trial; the case led to a conflict between President Donald Trump and armed services leaders over military discipline and forced the ouster of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.)

Today’s Birthdays: Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 91. Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 90. Actor Robert Ito is 89. Actress Polly Holliday is 83. Racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty is 83. Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu is 81. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is 78. Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 73. Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 73. Actor Saul Rubinek is 72. Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 71. Rock musician Gene Taylor is 68. Actress Wendy Schaal is 66. Actress-model Jerry Hall is 64. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 59. Country singer Guy Penrod is 57. Rock musician Dave Parsons (Bush) is 55. Actress Yancy Butler is 50. Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 44. Actor Owain (OH’-wyn) Yeoman is 42. Race car driver Sam Hornish Jr. is 41. NHL center Joe Thornton is 41. Singer Michelle Branch is 37. Actress Vanessa Lee Chester is 36. Figure skater Johnny Weir is 36. Actor Nelson Franklin is 35. Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale is 35. Actress Lindsay Lohan (LOH’-uhn) is 34. Actress Margot Robbie is 30.

SEASONED NUTS QUOTABLE

SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
“Colonialism hardly ever exploits the whole of a country. It contents itself with bringing to light the natural resources, which it extracts, and exports to meet the needs of the mother country’s industries, thereby allowing certain sectors of the colony to become relatively rich. But the rest of the colony follows its path of under-development and poverty, or at all events sinks into it more deeply.” ― Frantz Fanon

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Why Nurturing Talent Will Help Companies Survive the Pandemic

Great leaders develop talent on a continuous basis, according to Tuck School of Business professor Sydney Finkelstein. In a conversation with Wharton’s Peter Cappelli, he explains why that’s more important than ever.

PUBLIC POLICY

Do Long Waiting Times for Voting Put Democracy on the Line?

Research by Wharton’s Gerard Cachon explores how the principles of operations management can help explain voter behavior and strengthen democracy.

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Five Ways Leaders Can Reinforce Company Purpose During a Crisis

Building purpose into a company or brand has oftentimes been just a talking point, but today it is imperative, write Americus Reed, Brad Messinger and John Bremen in this opinion piece.

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Everything You Have Read About Contact Tracing Apps Is Wrong

Contact tracing is critical to reopening society. But are the apps for that any good? Penn’s Lyle Ungar answers that question and more in this opinion piece.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The simple cure for writer’s block -by Seth Godin via Newsletter

Write.

People with writer’s block don’t have a problem typing. They have a problem living with bad writing, imperfect writing, writing that might expose something that they fear.

The best way to address this isn’t to wait to be perfect. Because if you wait, you’ll never get there.

The best way to deal with it is to write, and to realize that your bad writing isn’t fatal.

Like all skills, we improve with practice and with feedback.

United States: Government Closes Bribery Probes Into Usana Health

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United States: Government Closes Bribery Probes Into Usana Health
Jul 01, 2020 06:00 pm
U.S. authorities have closed bribery investigations into Usana Health Sciences Inc.’s operations in China, the multilevel marketer of nutritional and personal-care products said Monday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week notified Usana Health it was closing a probe into the company, Salt Lake City-based Usana said. The decision
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United States: Five charged in Toledo City Council bribery and extortion scheme
Jul 01, 2020 05:30 pm
Four sitting Toledo City Council members and one local attorney were charged in a criminal complaint for their participation in a bribery and extortion scheme that encouraged soliciting and/or accepting cash, checks, money orders, or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their votes on City
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Mexico: Mexican president orders fraud complaints against green power firms
Jul 01, 2020 05:00 pm
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday ordered formal complaints to be drawn up alleging fraud by mostly renewable power companies, but he gave no evidence backing up the complaints. Ramping up his repeated allegations of corruption in power generation contracts won by mostly wind and solar power companies,
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China: Alibaba-Owned Taobao Live Sacks Former Operating Head for Corruption
Jul 01, 2020 04:30 pm
Zhao Yang, former head of content operations at Taobao Live, the livestreaming arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has been sacked for violating corporate discipline. Zhao’s misdemeanors include using his position to help external livestreamers secure contracts with Taobao Live, taking part-time work at firms engaged in the livestreaming business and accepting
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Vatican: Vatican police carry out new raid over suspected corruption
Jul 01, 2020 04:00 pm
Vatican police have raided the department in charge of maintenance and restoration at St Peter’s Basilica, seizing documents and computers for an investigation into suspected corruption. Tuesday’s raid was similar to one last October that involved another investigation into a separate department over the purchase of a building in London.
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Mexico: Former Pemex chief drops extradition fight in corruption case
Jul 01, 2020 04:00 pm
The former head of Pemex, Mexico’s state oil company, has dropped his extradition fight and will be flown home from Spain to face charges in the biggest corruption prosecution yet under President López Obrador. Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said Emilio Lozoya had “offered his collaboration to establish and clarify
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Did you know…

… that today is Digital Signature Day? In 2000, President Clinton signed a bill that gave online digital signatures the same legal validity as pen and ink signatures. He signed the law via digital signature and then with a pen. He declared that signing one’s name online would soon become a common way to hire a lawyer, sign a mortgage, open a brokerage account or sign an insurance contract.