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A Bookstore Battle

July 31, 2003
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Trying to make your company stand out from your competitor? You’ll want to take a look inside Borders and Barnes & Noble, whose senior management operate with different business philosophies and recruit employees with passions that support the uniqueness of each enterprise.
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Don't Mess With Carly

July 1, 2003
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Hewlett-Packard was once a consensus-driven, decentralized, "dwindling" company that focused on products and engineering. CEO Carly Fiorina has turned it into a hard-driving, top-down success that keenly focuses on customers and sales. If employees don't agree? Easy. It's Carly's way or the highway.
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Biohazards in the Suggestions Box

May 8, 2003
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Tom Terez unearths a series of memos detailing the unpleasant effects of a suggestion-box program.
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Caterpillar’s Values and Leadership Guide

May 2, 2003
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A list of the company’s values, and a description of what it means to be a leader at the company.
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Building Frameworks for Six Sigma Success

May 2, 2003
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Trendy quality initiatives usually fade before they can turn a profit. Six Sigma is different, say three companies that have trained employees to use this system of process improvement.
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Simple Rules for Workplace Harmony

March 5, 2003
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Shari Caudron imagines an HR department's exhaustive proposal for bringing peace to a cranky workforce. Will naps and Jell-O shooters help?
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At Google, the Proof Is in the People

February 28, 2003
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The Optimas Awards General Excellence winner is a rarity: a profitable Internet business. The young founders' people practices are aimed at attracting and keeping an unbeatable team.
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Cisco's Homegrown Gamble

February 27, 2003
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The company that believed buying talent was the key to success now relies on developing the employees it already has. Not everyone is convinced the strategy will keep Cisco Systems on top.
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Unite or Die

January 30, 2003
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If bankrupt United Airlines is going to survive, CEO Glenn F. Tilton will have to gain the trust of a badly divided workforce and find ways to get them to work together more efficiently. It's not mission impossible: Continental emerged from two bankruptcies and is prospering.
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Employee Loyalty Acid Test

December 30, 2002
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This survey will help you find out what employees are really thinking about their jobs.
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