Archives from November 2008
Billion Dollar Lessons from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years.November 28, 2008 / Podcast # 08-48
The current conventional wisdom in the business world holds that execution is the key to a successful business strategy. Many experts have gone so far as to say that execution is more important than strategy. But, according to Paul Carroll, the coauthor of Billion-Dollar Lessons and a former Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist for The Wall Street Journal, looking back at the history of business failures teaches us that there are some strategies that are prone to disaster no matter how well theyâ€™re executed. Read more…
The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire and Recognize Your Employees and Achieve Remarkable Results.November 21, 2008 / Podcast # 08-47
We work in a 21st century world where email has replaced conversation, call centers have decamped to India and help lines have turned into a series of automated messages. And while many of us are habitually reaching for our cellphones and blackberries, there remains a part of us that longs for a little, old fashioned human interaction.
Jack Mitchell, co-owner of several well-known and family owned clothing stores is on a crusade to bring back the good, old fashioned hug. His new book, Hug Your People, is poised to continue the revolution that his first title “Hug Your Customers” began five years ago when it became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Read more…
What should companies do to prepare themselves to weather an economic downturn?November 14, 2008 / Podcast # 08-46
Jack Miller is a prominent Chicago area entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and former President/CEO of Quill Corporation, which became the nation’s largest independent direct marketer of office products, employing over 1,300 people with annual sales in excess of $630 million before being acquired by Staples, the giant office supply company, in 1998 for $680 million. Read more…
Want to find out how to create an environment that consistently fires up your team?November 7, 2008 / Podcast # 08-45
Employee disengagement is a widespread malady in todayâ€™s organizations, causing the loss of billions of dollars, hours of dissatisfaction and work lives lacking true value. Scientific research has validated the powerful effect of emotional connections on human beings. When individuals feel a connection with their organizationâ€™s identity, their colleagues and their day-to-day tasks, it fires them up.