After all the arguments and all the mass marches, opponents of Brexit faced a stark truth on December 13 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's election landslide: there will be no second referendum and divorce from Europe is inevitable.With the Conservatives set to win their largest parliamentary majority since 1987, Johnson will be able to push his divorce deal through parliament, allowing Britain to leave the EU next month.It will be Britain's most significant geopolitical move since World War Two.Close Some supporters of another Brexit vote blamed themselves for the crushing defeat. The main organisation campaigning for a second referendum imploded, while the leader of the main opposition Labour Party was ambivalent, pledging to stay neutral in any other vote. related news Senior China diplomat says US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust US House panel to cast impeachment vote on Trump on Friday Wall Street flat with all eyes on China news briefing "I am … [Read more...] about The dream is dead: Johnson election triumph breaks UK “remainer” hearts
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In an episode of his HBO show, The Shop, Lebron James shared that he often wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, tormented by the question “How did I end up here?” He wonders why he and three of his childhood friends were successful while four of their other friends are now all dead. The head nods of his guests all signaled that this question—why some of us make it while others do not—was one they had asked themselves, too. advertisement advertisement A few years earlier, another NBA superstar offered his own answer. In his 2014 MVP acceptance speech, Kevin Durant spent almost 30 minutes recounting, person by person, those who had helped him along the way and more specifically, how they had helped. From the small gesture of a teammate who left an encouraging note in his locker to the protection and inspiration provided by his single mom, who he famously designated “the Real MVP.” The question of what we attribute our … [Read more...] about 10 minutes reflecting on who helped you succeed can transform your idea of the meritocracy
In 2015, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook made it his mission to whip the beleaguered burger company into shape. In addition to focusing on improving food and service, forging a “contemporary restaurant experience” was front and center. New packaging was a no brainer in the plan to refresh the brand. Beginning this month, McDonald’s is phasing in new bags, cups, and boxes that embody a less-is-more mantra. The company’s packaging may be going on a diet, but is that enough to convince customers that positive change is afoot? advertisement advertisement The last time McDonald’s redesigned its global packaging was in 2013. It featured a frenetic collage of QR codes, slogans, illustrations, and symbols. Back then, the emphasis then was on storytelling using graphics. Now, it’s about using simplicity to convey the company’s new agenda of being modern and progressive. The Spartan concept riffs on what … [Read more...] about Can Packaging Design Make You Feel Better About Eating Fast Food? McDonald’s Hopes So.
“I bet no CEO of a company has said this to his team,” Shake Shack leader Randy Garutti tells a roomful of employees. “I want to challenge you to put us out of business.” advertisement advertisement It’s less than 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. grand opening of what will be the 66th Shake Shack–a gleaming, multimillion-dollar outpost located in a Victorian brownstone on Newbury Street, in Boston’s gold coast shopping district. The assembled workers sit riveted, but this last-minute dare is probably not what they were expecting. Garutti, the company’s CEO, has been up since 3 a.m. He came to Boston on a late-arriving early-morning Amtrak train, and he plans to hit three other Boston-area Shacks before heading home to New York. It has already been a long day. Is he having some kind of stress-induced, Howard Beale–style meltdown? Well, no. He’s just passing along a bit of the wisdom that has made his company one of … [Read more...] about How Shake Shack Leads The Better Burger Revolution
When we need help, we often don’t know where to turn. At a pharmaceutical company, an executive needed to synthesize a drug for less than the $50,000 that an outside vendor was charging. In my classroom, a student was dreaming of working at Six Flags, but they didn’t recruit at Wharton. advertisement advertisement I was surprised to see that in both cases, they got their problems solved. The executive found a colleague who had capacity in his lab and synthesized the drug for free, and the student landed an introduction to the former CEO of the amusement-park chain. The way those outcomes came about wasn’t all that complicated, but it rests on a method that too few managers know how to implement. Here’s how it works. The Reciprocity Ring I first learned about the “Reciprocity Ring” a dozen or so years ago from University of Michigan sociologist Wayne Baker and social scientist Cheryl Baker. It’s a dynamic group exercise … [Read more...] about Adam Grant Can Help You Coax Generosity Out Of Your Grumpiest Coworker