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The opposite of micromanagement is a leadership approach in which trusted workers are given training, expectations and the authority to find solutions and make decisions on their own, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. That gives bosses the space to focus on big-picture thinking and also helps get the best out of their newly empowered employees. "Let the direct reports share what they've experienced and how they would do things differently, if at all, the next time," Baldoni says.

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Growth in online grocery sales is forecast to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 21.1% between 2013 and 2018, reaching nearly $18 billion, according to Business Insider Intelligence. Consumer demand for flexible shopping options and personalization are major drivers of the trend, according to Unata CEO Chris Bryson. "The shopping experience of the future is allowing shoppers to shop any way they want," he said.

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Prehype founding partner Henrik Werdelin argues that if you discover "an idea makes perfect sense, someone's already done it." To that end, seek out imperfect ideas that address customer pain points rather than organizational problems.

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No matter who your audience is at work or what the subject, quickly get to the heart of the matter, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Not only does such a style lead to brevity; it leads to the clarity people need to do their jobs better," he says.

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JD.com and Alibaba hold a 74.5% share of China's digital retail market, and Franklin Chu explores whether the two companies have any chance of toppling Amazon in the US. Alibaba's asset-light model presents a challenge in terms of competing with Amazon's affordable prices and fast delivery, and while JD.com's similar business model to Amazon could make it a viable competitor, replicating its business in the US would be extremely expensive, he writes.

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Performance anxiety evaporates when you focus on sharing something rather than trying to prove yourself, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Someone who seeks to be number one in order to prove how confident he is fails a fundamental concept of leadership," he says.

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Executive presence is the "right stuff of leadership," because it embodies the key leadership traits of "conviction, authority and power" and their application in leaders' daily lives, says John Baldoni. "Presence gives the leader the wherewithal -- authority and resilience -- to battle the odds and endure through being, doing, and reflecting," he explains.

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Remembering to breathe and take a break for physical activity can help you avoid letting negative emotions get the better of you during a conversation, advises John Stoker. Consider what could be the logical reason behind someone else's behavior and your own part in the situation while staying on the lookout for projective listening.

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Smart leaders build teams with people who have different styles and approaches than their own, but how do they find these people? Be on the lookout for curious, capable candidates who are capable of cooperating with people who see things differently, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video.

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Work matters, but many of us take things too seriously at the office, advises S. Chris Edmonds. The Chicago Cubs got results by arranging a pajama party on a flight back from a high-stakes game, Edmonds notes. "You don't have to host a pajama party to reduce tantrums. But a pizza lunch to celebrate traction on a big project might go a long way toward building relationships," he writes.

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