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True Believers at Methodist Hospital

February 1, 2005
When the Methodist Hospital in Houston decided to embark on a "values realignment," there were plenty of skeptics to be won over--including the new vice president of human resources. But the effort to revive faith-based values without cramming religion down employees’ throats has been hailed by workers, patients and the press.
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Preserving the Starbucks Counter Culture

February 1, 2005
Starbucks’ competitive wages and generous benefits have made frontline recruiting as smooth as a latte. But with explosive worldwide growth, the Seattle coffee giant faces a tremendous challenge: Can it find enough quality employees to keep customers coming back for more?
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Magic For Sale

September 3, 2004
Top management at the Walt Disney Co., may be under intermittent fire, but its people programs steadily drive theme-park success. The company has packaged its workforce-management ideas under the Disney Institute brand and is happily disseminating them to corporations throughout the United States, including Chevron, BMW, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bank of America.
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Success, Scandinavian Style

July 30, 2004
The product names aren't all that's unusual at Ikea North America. Pernille Spiers-Lopez, the Danish-born president of the mushrooming home furnishings chain, is making her company a hotbed of high-yield humanism.
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Two Heads Are Now One

April 1, 2004
Kraft has scrapped its unusual two-CEO structure, to no one's surprise. Job-sharing arrangements among corporate chiefs are "always such a wonderful disaster," says one management observer.
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