Iacocca, the son of Italian immigrants, started working at Ford Motor Company in 1946 and quickly rose through the ranks, and he was eventually named president in 1970. He was a major figure in the development of the Ford Mustang, the first vehicle of its kind, and helped the company soar to record profits. Despite that, he was fired by Henry Ford Jr. in 1978 on the grounds that the family scion “just did not like him,” according to the New York Times. In his 1984 biography, Iacocca described his firing as like getting “kicked off Mt. Everest.” … [Read more...] about ‘I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.’ Nine of Lee Iacocca’s best quotes on leadership
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Smiley, who previously served as vice president of Sony Pictures Entertainment, adds, “And when you don’t get that support because you’re the only one who understands, who’s going to speak up for you? I feel so blessed and fortunate to be at HartBeat, a company where we get it culturally right, and I know I’m amongst people who I don’t need to teach or walk through why ideas or artists are relevant to Black culture, when we have found time and time again that things that work for Black culture often work for global cultures.” … [Read more...] about How Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions is walking the walk in building Black power in Hollywood
While those actions are not useless, they are not where you are best utilized right now, especially if taking urgent action today assuages your guilt and pain and returns you to complacency tomorrow. What we need is for you to commit to this work for the rest of your lives, to strengthen your resilience so that you don’t tire as soon as this moment has passed, and to start with the very hard work of looking at yourself and the anti-Blackness and white-superiority you have internalized and perpetuated—and the many ways in which it has shown up in your work and life. … [Read more...] about Dear tech industry: Protesting is important, but it’s not enough
In a third experiment, the researchers surveyed 1,000 people and gave them a general trivia quiz, including questions such as “Ascorbic acid is better known as (a) vitamin C or (b) ethanol” or “What martial arts term means ‘gentle way,’ tai chi or judo?” Belmi says he tested every question ahead of time “to make sure everyone would suck at this game.” At the end of their interviews, applicants were asked to judge how well they thought they’d performed. … [Read more...] about Why we should be wary of our loud, overconfident colleagues
Duly inspired, Sleeth threw out the idea of kits and palettes altogether. He organized the existing three Starbucks collections of furniture, fixtures, and finishes into one massive, interoperable database called The Catalog. About 100 items in it are recognizable Starbucks staples, sturdy furnishings like their classic schoolhouse chair or the brick back-splashes behind their bars. Another 50 to 80 items make up what the company calls its “collection”: These are its more aggressively styled fixtures, art pieces, and the like that are refreshed every six months, akin to a spring and fall collection. The end result is a symbiosis of the kind of stringent operational structure you’d expect from a company that generated more than $14 billion in revenue last year combined with a soft creative touch. Ironically, you won’t find anything as outre as Roy’s black chandeliers in The Catalog. Not this season, at least. … [Read more...] about Can Starbucks Make 23,000 Coffee Shops Feel Unique?