It may have started with a dress code. advertisement advertisement When tech entrepreneur and investor Tom Chavez was a senior at Albuquerque Academy in the 1980s, he bristled at the private school’s clothing rules—no jeans, collared shirts—a holdover from the school’s roots as an elite boys’ prep school. “I thought it created an income-sorting, elitist atmosphere,” he recalls. So Chavez, a straight-A student who attended the school on a partial scholarship, successfully lobbied to get administrators to allow jeans and tamp down on flashy designer logos. “I remember being in college, thinking, ‘Way to go, Tom. I wish I could do that,'” says Chavez’s older brother, Marty, former CFO of Goldman Sachs and vice chairman at money management firm Sixth Street Partners. “I don’t have that direct rebellion in me.” call for regulation of Big Tech while funding and incubating businesses that serve as antidotes to what he sees as some of the sector’s ills. … [Read more...] about ‘I’m getting invited to fewer parties,’ says a tech insider turned critic
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The Great Resignation has left millions of positions unfilled, as US workers continue to leave jobs in record numbers. Where is the change management that will turn the tide ? Employers are hungry for new ideas to help keep workers engaged, while reducing turnover. Despite current change management efforts, 55% of workers plan to seek new opportunities (according to Bankrate.com ). Job security and better pay are top concerns for employees. But those concerns are topped by family matters. So, evidently change management isn’t managing what matters. And that’s why workers are going to continue to make decisions that change the status quo. Americans are prioritizing flexible work arrangements (56 percent) and greater job security (47 percent), according to that Bankrate survey. Employers struggle to find the change management magic that can deliver on those concerns. Indeed, it is a delicate balance between what companies … [Read more...] about Why Change Management Doesn’t Work: Millions Are Still Leaving The Workforce—Should You?
Image source: The Motley Fool. Intuitive Surgical ( NASDAQ:ISRG ) Jan 20, 2022 , 4:30 p.m. ET Contents: Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: Operator Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Intuitive Q4 2021 earnings release call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, today's call is being recorded. I'd now like to turn the conference over to your host, Brian King, head of investor relations for Intuitive Surgical. Please go ahead. Brian King -- Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations Thank you. So, good afternoon, and welcome to Intuitive's fourth-quarter earnings conference call. With me today, we have Gary Guthart, our CEO; and Jamie Samath, our CFO. Before we begin, I would like to inform you that comments mentioned on today's call may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ … [Read more...] about Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) Q4 2021 Earnings Call Transcript
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When Brooke Elby woke up on June 20, 2018, the first thing she noticed was a strange odor. It was coming from the bathroom of the hotel room in which she had slept. The shower had failed to drain and water had seeped into the carpet of the bedroom. The air stank of wet dog. All Elby wanted to do was cry. Later, she did. On the phone to her parents, like a jilted teenager begging to be picked up from a party, the 25-year old explained through sobs what had happened. She – a professional soccer player - had been traded with no warning by her team in Utah, made up of some of her closest friends, to a club in Chicago, a city she’d never even been. Then Elby listened in a state of numbness as her father tried to convince her to leave her job and come home to Pasadena, 2,000 miles away. Early that morning, she had arrived at O’Hare airport from Salt Lake City, scared and discombobulated. Two days prior, while she was sitting at a … [Read more...] about Illusory Level Playing Fields: The Off-Pitch Battles Facing Women’s Soccer
by Anthony Lark “Let’s say goodbye to all that stale pretence and manufactured pomp” Until the collective nightmare that was 2020, many of the so-called high-end hotels had a reputation for trying to convince guests to pay for often dingy guestrooms lacking any real views inside an otherwise ornate structure with a storied, celebrated past, where the first impression was a check in often akin to applying for a bank loan. Defined as “luxury”, in the good old days they got away with it. Over the thirty years I spent running Amanpuri and Trisara on Phuket, I heard hundreds of people complain of feeling ripped off at “legendary” and “iconic” hotels by staff that rudely treated them as anything but guests. How many of us did not tip the head waiter after dinner on the first night, to return the next evening and find ourselves stashed at a table by the kitchen door, or getting ushered past the prime and utterly empty deck chairs (with a book on them) by an indifferent pool boy … [Read more...] about What has the pandemic taught hotels about luxury. Is ‘less’ more?