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Filed Under: Best Practices

Published on: Monday, July 02, 2012

Buttoning Up on Service

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I adore buttons. I like their smallness and their mystery. I like how they do so much for so little.

Once Upon a Time, a pearl-white button on a shirt decided he wanted to see the world, so he pulled and stretched, until ping! He was free. This made the shirt unhappy, prompting an email to the shirt maker:

 

Published on: Monday, June 18, 2012

When the CEO Pay Gap Gets Out of Hand

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Recently, a newspaper columnist decried the revelations that a certain CEO had reaped a windfall in the tens of millions as "shocking." What was more shocking, on further review, was that any informed member of the business media would be so dumbstruck by the incredible gulf between CEO pay at some large corporations and the salaries of their average rank-and-file employees.

 

 
Howard Schultz, the former kid from Canarsie, is now mostly known as the king of coffee, but last year, he set his sights beyond Starbucks with social initiatives for cutting the debt, creating jobs and healthcare accessibility.

In just four years, Schultz took Starbucks out of a downward spiral and revitalized the brand, re-centering the focus on the core mission. In 2007, Schultz felt the Starbucks experience and the "theater" of the coffee shop were being diluted. The company was feeling the gravity from the impending financial crash, cutting 6,700 jobs and closing 800 stores worldwide.

 

 
A couple of weeks ago I posted a few thoughts on some of the "learnings" senior executives in transition or those just looking to make a change could take from coach John Wooden, which for lack of something more creative I called: Job Search Success Wooden Style. Based on some of the sports news that has happened since then, I hope someone sends a copy of Wooden on Leadership to the latest addition to the roster of the Miami Heat, but that's another story.

The real reason I bring up the post again is due to a comment that came in from Martin Yate, the well-known and respected author of the Knock 'Em Dead series that has covered the subject of effective job search from start to finish for many years.

 

Published on: Monday, June 21, 2010

Job Search Success Wooden Style

Posted By: Dave Opton
Filed Under: executive job search, dave opton, john wooden, best practices
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Whether you ever played basketball, or any other sport for that matter, it would not be hard to find anyone in the business world who both knew of and greatly admired Coach John Wooden who recently passed away at age 99. He certainly was a man who was looked to by many as not just someone who was a master strategist and motivator but maybe more importantly as someone who demonstrated what real leadership is all about at a very high level for a very long time.

If you have never seen Wooden's Pyramid of Success, it is very much worth a look and, I thought, has a great deal to offer anyone who finds themselves in the middle of trying to manage a job change at a time where the environment is challenging to say the least.

 

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