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Articles by Janet Wiscombe

Procter & Gamble Gets Some IDEO

February 2, 2007
A couple of years ago, Procter & Gamble CEO Alan G. Lafley loaded up his entire Global Leadership Council, 40 business-unit heads, for a pilgrimage to San Francisco. The one-day immersion, sponsored by IDEO, was designed to open the eyes of the executives to new ways of thinking
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IDEO The Innovation Factory

February 2, 2007
IDEO helps top executives rethink their approaches to problem-solving and developing creative environments. Senior managers turn to IDEO to learn how to foster creativity by developing corporate cultures that are founded on breaking rules, building teamwork and stimulating the free expression of ideas.
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Whats Behind the Wheel at Toyota

January 8, 2007
Former Secretary of Transportation Federico Peña says it should come as no surprise that Toyota Motor Corp.’s diversity program in North America—like its exploding profits—is a reflection of two bedrock philosophies: respect for people and haizan , Japanese for continuous improvement.
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Toyota Driving Diversity

January 8, 2007
Brent Loescher, a self-confident white male of 39, hardly looks like a poster child for diversity. At Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., his job title is operations design manager. But he also carries a badge that identifies him as a “diversity champion.”
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Renewed Energy

September 15, 2005
A spate of high-profile crises forced Royal Dutch Shell to take a hard look at its management structure and how it cultivates talent. Fortunately, says global HR executive Rick Brown, the company found that it had a deep reserve of employee loyalty on which to build.
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Don't Fear Whistle-Blowers

August 5, 2002
With HR's help, principled whistle-blowers can be a company's salvation. Here is how several organizations encourage a culture where bad news can be heard and acted on before it's too late.
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