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Small Groups, Big Ideas

March 9, 2006
W.L. Gore believes its egalitarian workforce philosophy--no titles, workers collaborating in small teams--fuels creativity and innovation. But as global expansion raises the need for more formalized practices, can the company maintain itself?
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On the Same Flight Plan

January 20, 2006
As US Airways and America West join forces, integrating the carriers' very different cultures is not only key to ensuring a smooth transition--the new company's survival might hinge on it. The merger deal, worth $1.5 billion, has been billed as a way to make both carriers more efficient.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Reverse a Culture Of Hostility

December 15, 2005
Our human resources department feels powerless to fix an entrenched problem. We lost some good people in recent years as a result of a hostile work environment, triggered by a vice president who constantly denigrates employees. Given that our human resources department has given up trying, what could be done to try to remedy the situation?
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Dear Workforce How Do We Develop Employees' Pay, Even Though We Don't Have Many Opportunities?

September 9, 2005
Training/staff development has not been a major focus. Now some employees have asked us to help them increase their base pay (merits or COLA are not guaranteed) by preparing for better jobs within our organization. However, our budget is limited and we don't really have that many internal promotions. What other ways might we develop these people--knowing full well it might prepare them for jobs outside our organization?
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