The goals of mindfulness help leaders improve focus and performance by emphasizing presence, awareness and intentionality, writes Alaina Love. Mindfulness also represents an ability to learn from failures and to be open-minded in what we witness rather than rush to judgment, she writes.
Research suggests successful innovation relies on high-level support and a lack of internal infighting, writes Soren Kaplan. "Continually look for ways to bring in other perspectives from within the company and make it the responsibility of people at every level to think about innovation within the business," he writes.
Perfectionist leaders create a culture in which no one measures up and mistakes are committed by only other people, writes Dan Rockwell. There is a difference between having high standards and expecting perfection, he argues, that can be seen when celebrating progress, rather than lamenting what wasn't achieved.
For Bea Perez, the challenge of reducing waste from plastic packaging extends beyond the ability to recycle to the development of a global infrastructure to collect used containers. The senior vice president of communications and public affairs for the Coca-Cola Company says that, even though the company has been active in recycling for years, it has embarked on a new initiative called World Without Waste to interface with governments, NGOs and other stakeholders to collect all of its packaging after use by 2030.
US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have signed a revised free trade agreement. Trump says the revision makes it easier for the US to sell cars, agricultural products and pharmaceuticals in South Korea.
Boeing has obtained a $376 million Air Force contract for four helicopters designed to protect US nuclear installations, replacing 46-year-old aircraft. The contract could lead to the purchase of 84 helicopters for $2.38 billion.
Ford is considering increasing vehicles it builds in China, said Joseph Hinrichs, executive vice president for global operations. With the tariff China imposes on cars from the US close to 40%, there is little reason to manufacture cars in the US and export them to China, he said.
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards is speaking out against state regulation of financial planning, hoping to pre-empt introduction of any such legislation in statehouses next year. "A patchwork of legislation around the country that's not the same -- we just don't see that as the right way to regulate this new profession of financial planning," said Richard Salmen, the board's chairman.
Fortune has released its Most Powerful Women in Business ranking, with Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson claiming the top spot. Notable names on the list include Judith McKenna of Walmart, Ann-Marie Campbell of Home Depot and Cathy Engelbert of Deloitte.
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