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Sound the Retreat

September 2, 2003
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Although the dollars that companies spend on retreats have fallen with the weakened economy, some organizations still sign up for off-site meetings that involve physical challenges and offbeat exercises. There's considerable debate about whether organizations can really rev up leadership skills or build a team through games, firewalking, rock-climbing or whitewater rafting. Last month's resignation by the U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General in the wake of her million -dollar retreats (which included mock trials and costumes) hasn't helped the image of retreats.
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That Sartain touch

July 31, 2003
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If human resources has a household name, it's Libby Sartain, who earned her stripes at Southwest Airlines, mended a fracture at SHRM, made a leap to Yahoo and now has written a road map for human resources professionals who want to be like her.
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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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