Issue 33 - Published April 5, 2007
What Must Starbucks Do? What Must Starbucks Do?
By John Moore

Published April 5, 2007 7:29 p.m. - In response to Howard Schulz’s memo citing his concern over the direction Starbucks is headed, John Moore, a former long-time marketer at Starbucks, enlists the ‘Starbucks Board of Customers’ (i.e. readers of Moore’s blog and Starbucks customers) to propose which changes the company must make to maintain (reclaim?) its integrity. ...
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Growing Great New Managers Growing Great New Managers
By Erika Andersen

Published April 5, 2007 7:20 p.m. - We’ve all seen it: a successful employee promoted to manager is given no training and essentially pushed into the deep end and told to swim? According to Andersen, this approach to creating new managers is epidemic. Using an accessible gardening metaphor, Andersen, founder of Proteus International, contends that new managers must have a support system avail ...
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Manifesto to Accelerate: 15 Truths Manifesto to Accelerate: 15 Truths
By Dan Coughlin

Published April 5, 2007 7:15 p.m. - Executive coach, Dan Coughlin, asserts that great businesses are defined by their ability to accelerate, which he defines as the ability to increase the rate of achieving desired outcomes in a sustainable manner. These 15 applicable truths will enable you to take your company or career from 0 to 60 while optimizing your passion for your work. ...
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Few and Far Between: Black Swans and the Impossibility of Prediction Few and Far Between: Black Swans and the Impossibility of Prediction
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Published April 5, 2007 7:06 p.m. - Taleb, author of The Black Swan, contributes this thought-provoking essay on what we know about what we don’t know. A ‘black swan’ is an improbable, dynamic event that, once it occurs, we rationalize to make it seem predictable (e.g. 9/11). Taleb discusses that while these black swans are actually impossi ...
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Managers Ignite! Now is the Time to Take Back Your Company, Your Career, Your Life Managers Ignite! Now is the Time to Take Back Your Company, Your Career, Your Life
By Vince Thompson

Published April 5, 2007 6:58 p.m. - Managers are under an extreme amount of stress and often their success is dependent upon the work of others. This pressure is driving managers to leave their jobs, or at least keep their options open. Vince Thompson advises: not so fast—there are ways to ignite your power as a manager and take your job ...
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Executive Hubris: How to Check Your Ego and Avoid Ruining Your Company and Your Career Executive Hubris: How to Check Your Ego and Avoid Ruining Your Company and Your Career
By Mathew Hayward

Published April 5, 2007 6:49 p.m. - Hayward lays it out plainly: “If you are going to have a successful career and life, you are going to have to learn to check your ego.” Using examples such as Buffett and Welch to show that CEOs don’t have to have huge egos to succeed (and Dean Kamen of Segway as an example of hubris at work), ...
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