When struggling to manage your day, eliminate tasks unrelated to your professional goals, writes John Rampton. Other ideas include tackling your most important task first and keeping meetings on track to save time.
Gov. Bruce Rauner won the GOP nomination in Illinois' primaries Tuesday by a narrow margin, while billionaire J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic primary. Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, also of Illinois, won his primary challenge from Marie Newman.
Pizza Hut will offer 50 pairs of Pie Tops, sneakers which allow users to order pizza with the press of a button, for sale through retail site HBX. Pizza Hut decided to make the shoes available for purchase after receiving a positive response to the original Pie Tops last year, said Zipporah Allen, the company's chief marketing officer.
Cusa Tea founder Jim Lamancusa has received 21 patents in his search for an instant tea that retains the qualities of natural brewed tea, all while making time for meditating, exercise and maintaining his network. "I have roughly 30 people in my network, some I meet with twice a year and others I meet with once a quarter," he says.
Talks between a special committee that advises Nordstrom's board and a group of Nordstrom family members about taking the retailer private have ended. The two sides couldn't agree on the company's value.
Company strategy will likely need an update if your market shifts, customers don't see the value or the company vision is old and tired, writes Manfred Gollent. The revised strategic plan must be based on more than profit targets, and it should be created in collaboration rather than by a lone leader, Gollent writes.
Businesses should consider the post-event debriefings commonly seen in the military, writes Inbal Arieli, co-CEO of Synthesis and former Israeli officer. These meetings should rely on factual statements while exploring what happened, why those things occurred and what can be done going forward.
Companies will keep customers for the long term when they approach interactions as a chance to connect instead of another sales opportunity, write Eric Buesing, Becca Kleinstein and Joshua Wolff of McKinsey. "Organizations that aren't thinking about ways to improve loyalty and customer experience at every touchpoint are ceding ground to the competition," they write.
Building relationships outside the office has helped Target Freight Management CEO Mike Wagner increase staff loyalty. "The minute we walk out the door, it's more about our kids and enjoying life and things like that," he says.
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