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 Gap International’s Leveraging Genius Conference began Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nearly 200 global executives and their teams from multiple industries and cultures have come together in a week-long journey to discover and leverage the origins of their own great performance (SmartBrief recently interviewed Gap International co-Chief Operating Officer Bob Rothman). The following excerpts come from Gap International’s in-conference interview with Jaime Graña, managing director of Diageo Mexico, about the business effects of the work under way.[…] Continue Reading »

If you’re a workaholic like me, you wake up rearing to dig into your to-do list every day (this includes weekends). Secretly you know that you can’t possibly get it all done that day, but no harm in trying, right? Wrong. There is an old Zen saying:

“Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.” — Lao Tzu

I know what you’re thinking: “I’m getting paid to produce, get things done, make things happen.[…] Continue Reading »

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” — Martina Navratilova

“The biggest differentiator of companies that excel in leadership development is the commitment and ownership of the CEO or top executive.” — Dan McCarthy

Don’t you hate it when people quote themselves?

It’s easy for a “chicken” CEO to just pay lip service to leadership development.[…] Continue Reading »

The idea of a national $9-per-hour minimum wage has spurred debate in the restaurant industry among workers trying to make a living and operators worried that higher labor costs could put more pressure on profit. Many chains are staying mum on the subject, as Nation’s Restaurant News reported, while one analyst is predicting which ones would feel the biggest pinch.[…] Continue Reading »

In what may have been his final appearance in office, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that knowing now how it would be, he would have still gladly taken the office in 2009. Chu told the audience at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Maryland that he learned that it was most important to focus on hiring the right people to accomplish the Obama administration’s clean and sustainable energy initiatives, rather than just the initiatives themselves.[…] Continue Reading »