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In August, I had the pleasure of presenting with Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of Peak: How Great Companies Get their Mojo from Maslow. Chip’s latest book, Emotional Equations, has been translated into 11 languages and dashed to the top of the New York Times best seller list this past year. So, what do Chip and...
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Momentum in manufacturing happens if the marketing "stars" align and the bullwhip effect has been tamed. For those folks unfamiliar with bullwhipping, imagine the complexities of obtaining the raw materials for a jewelry manufacturing process, client backlogs from demand, wholesaler management and inventory distribution, and retail sales...
In the U.S., our appreciation for a college education operates much like a simple casual loop reinforcing the belief that work toward a college education will eliminate barriers. In his 2004 book Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams, Alfred Lubrano notes the social pains of class mobility. You see, moving towards an educated "self...
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This week, I hosted a conference call with Saybrook professor Dennis Jaffe, which led me to rethink the most muddied and, perhaps, top-of–the-totem-pole thinking: family relationships within the business context. During my conversation with Dennis this week, I had an opportunity to visit his 2009 book on family stewardship, Stewardship in...
Rare is the time to chat in our workday, don’t you think? The other day I sat with Brian, my organization’s director of educational services, and Kelly, our enrollment coordinator. We engaged in something unusual: a casual, unstructured conversation in the workplace. The topic was something particularly jazzy to those of you born to...
Momentum in manufacturing happens if the marketing "stars" align and the bullwhip effect has been tamed. If you work in supply chain management or recall your MBA days, maybe you remember the Near Beer study?  Forio.com provides not only a wonderful explanation of the conundrum framed by the study but also offers a nice (but...
Why do we all seem to be begging to belong today? Kids beg for iPhones. Connecting via text is still connecting. Just ask anyone. Striking a balance between being alone and being part of a group—a team, a club, or an organization—seems to be the seesaw of life. Rollo May once wrote, "Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful...
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Roger Penske may have been the communitarian entrepreneur who spearheaded the transformation of Detroit for the last Super Bowl seen played on Michigan soil, but his real credit ought to be given to him for assisting a "shift" in the auto retailing world. You see, Penske has applied a systems lens to the interconnectivity of dealer...
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January in New England makes it hard to visualize the muddy turf of a baseball field after a spring thaw. But, after speaking with a group of parents recently, spring training for children's baseball starts as early as December up here with batting practice and other weekly regiments. Teaching children the proper sporting techniques in the pre...
Just before New Year’s Eve, I dashed to Maine to watch the private premier of the film Incredibly Loud and Dangerously Close. The film’s scheduled for national release on January 20th, but I got my exclusive sneak peak courtesy of my friend, Alex Libby, who helped director, Stephen Daldry, do research for the film by speaking with...
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I recently met Barbara Brueggemann and was overtaken with delight. Barbara is the Head of School at George Washington University's Online High School (or GWUOHS), an online, private high school that focuses on delivering an individualized college preparatory program for high school students. An educator with systems thinking strengths and...
Heineken just seemed to be a beer company to me; one with a ripened value due to years of good reputation. I had never thought about the company's ethics toward profitability or brand positioning until this week when I had dinner with Heineken USA's VP of Corporate Responsibility and Ethics during a business trip to Washington, D.C. During...