Catching summer rays at the beach is cool, but reading these top five stories from for the week of June 23 is cooler.

1. EQ: A Study in Manipulation: Emotional intelligence can be a major boost to a leader’s success, but in the wrong hands it can be dangerous. Editor Kate Everson has the story.

2. Six Ways Leaders Can Thrive in Ambiguity: Believe it or not, sometimes ambiguity can help a leader solve problems and stay balanced. David Dotlich has more.

3. Learning Trends: Here Today and Tomorrow: The future of enterprise learning will see today's trends become the norm. CLO columnist Brandon Hall has the story.

4. The Business of Learning: Donald Kirkpatrick's Contribution to Our Profession: The learning legend's impact on professional development will never be forgotten and always be revered. CLO blogger David Vance has more. 

5. Mobile Support: Age Is Just a Number: Use mobile learning as a support tool to circumvent problems associated with training a multigenerational workforce. CLO editor Sarah Sipek has the story. 

On Another Note …

Being a seasoned executive is one thing. Being a first-time CEO is another.

Even the most astute business executives are likely to get a huge wake-up call when taking the top job for the first time — especially for a public company, where the pressures extend far beyond the confines of the company office and into the homes of millions of investors who've put up their life savings betting on the company.

The Wall Street Journal pulled back the curtain this week on what it's like for rookie CEOs. Read more.

Also, why creativity is your best negotiation tactic, via Fast Company. Read here.


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