How to Get Ten Hours of Your Week Back

Next Level Blog

It comes from Caroline Starner who, when I interviewed her for my book, Overworked and Overwhelmed , was the head of human resources for the sunglass and sports apparel company, Oakley.

What Connects Coca-Cola, Lego, In-N-Out, Intuit, and Nike? Focus.

In the CEO Afterlife

Back in the ‘90s, LEGO had cluttered its corporate structure with the complexity that comes with acquiring a variety of businesses from apparel to theme parks. Management power rests with focused strategies on two product categories, athletic shoes and apparel. Such was the case with the divestment of Umbro and Cole Hann, set loose to facilitate greater focus on the Nike brand of footwear and apparel. Complexity has many definitions; excessive complication is the simplest.

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How Not to Screw Up When You’ve Been Screwed Over

Let's Grow Leaders

Accusations make terrible leadership apparel. When I heard his story, I wanted to scream with him and for him. But screaming at water under the bridge just brings more rapids. I paused for what was an uncomfortably long time. Then, I whispered, “I know this hurts. But you have to stop. Kick and scream and get it all out, and then take a deep breath and take off on the high road.” ” It’s true that John didn’t deserve this.

The New Fashion Mantra for Office Attire: Comfort

Coaching Tip

People expect comfort," says Caroline Belhumeur, creative director for the apparel label Club Monaco. Styles and fabrics have taken so sharp a turn toward comfort that fashions may never entirely turn back again. It's not like in the '80s when people were stuffing themselves into blazers and stilettos and hobbling around.". There's less separation between weekday and weekend clothing these days, says Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Amazon Announces “Pay to Quit” Program for Employees

leaderCommunicator

The idea originated from Zappos.com, the online shoe and apparel retailer; others, such as Netflix, are have used similar tactics. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in a letter to shareholders last week that warehouse employees wanting to quit can receive up to $5,000. Why pay your employees to leave your company? The purpose behind such an offer, according to Bezozs, is to ensure that Amazon’s employees really want to work for them. "In

My Favorite Podcasts — Tim Ferriss.

Rich Gee Group

Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is The Way, started as a Director of Marketing at American Apparel at age 21 (!). If you know me, I am an avid podcast listener. At any one time, I have between 15-20 podcasts on my iPhone and I listen to them in the car when I commute to my office on the water.

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2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth Blog

She has held roles of increasing seniority including VP and Senior Business Partner, leading Human Resources for the North America Geography, Global Product Creation (Footwear, Apparel and Equipment), Global Finance and NIKE, Inc.

20 Reasons Why Companies Should Do Less Better

In the CEO Afterlife

Today, 40% of Nike’s revenue comes from apparel and sporting goods. What’s left in apparel and sporting goods is a good strategic fit with Nike’s operations. Do Less Better is the name of my book. Do Less Better is also a culture and a strategy of organizations and their leaders. Do Less Better practitioners are fanatical about focus and de-complexity; herein lies the secret of their success. Yet, do less better isn’t something most leaders embrace.

3 Ways to Develop Winning Team Spirit

Michael Lee Stallard

Today, Varsity Brands includes Varsity Spirit, BSN Sports (sports apparel, footwear, and equipment) and Herff Jones (school graduation and achievement products). Photo of Jeff Webb courtesy of Varsity Brands. As football season begins, millions of fans are excited about cheering on their favorite high school, college or NFL teams. The best teams, those that are competitive over time, benefit from having a winning team spirit.

Why You Should Bring a Startup Founder Mindset To Your Leadership

Terry Starbucker

Danny Clancy of Homeschool Apparel ). Look at business like a labyrinth, not a maze (thanks Ken Tomita of Grovemade). OK, I’m going to come clean here. I’m pretty set in my ways. As befitting my nearly 56 years on this planet, I’ve gotten to the point where my likelihood to alter behaviors, look at things differently, or, more pertinent to this website, change the way I define and practice great leadership, is pretty low.

Why Hippies Make Great Business Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Judith Goldhaft employed the assistance of fabric designer and fellow hippie gal, Jodi Palladini, to create an apparel design that would permit San Francisco’s homeless women to sell their very own fabric creations. Guest post from Michael Klassen : After three decades of working in marketing, I thought I had heard or read nearly every story of innovation and entrepreneurship out there. Then I uncovered a story of business invention and reinvention that nobody knew anything about.

5 Surprising Findings About How People Actually Buy Clothes and Shoes

Harvard Business

Apparel brands are investing especially heavily in online shopping capabilities and introducing interactive features that complement apps and websites. To get a clearer, more-complete picture, we studied actual decisions made by 1,500 apparel and footwear shoppers in the United States. Other apparel brands might seek to attract customers through differentiated and personalized products. HBR Staff/CSA Images/B&W Archive Collection/Getty Images.

REI Sets The Example For Creating And Living Core Values

Eric Jacobson

You can learn from Recreational Equipment Incorporated , better known as REI -- an outdoor gear and apparel co-op. Are you a leader who is struggling with how to write your company's core values? As described in Amy Lyman's new book, The Trustworthy Leader , REI concisely articulates its core values in this series of statements: Authenticity -- We are true to the outdoors. Quality -- We provide trustworthy products and services Service -- We serve others with expertise and enthusiasm.

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Financial Fluency and A Leadership Opportunity

Great Leadership By Dan

While speaking this last week to one of the largest apparel companies in the country, I led an exercise that became an “Aha!” I did this recently at a large apparel company by drawing a simple circular diagram of the different ways we talk about sales. Guest post by Alan E. Shelton, leadership coach, speaker, blogger, and author: As a leadership coach and consultant I am considered a thought resource in the area of developmental leadership.

Nike’s Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession

Harvard Business

Phil Knight, former chair and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made. Knight discusses the company’s enduring culture of innovation, as well as the succession process that led to former runner and Nike insider Mark Parker becoming CEO.

15 Nuggets of Wisdom From 15 Entrepreneurs

Terry Starbucker

“Act small, think small” – Scott Hamlin , Co-founder of Looptworks , who makes apparel and accessories that are made by “upcycling” excess manufacturing materials. What are the secrets to entrepreneurial success?

A Monster of an Idea

In the CEO Afterlife

On top of that, I found the Monster logo on an array of items ranging from apparel to condoms – so much for the branding principles in Al Reis and Jack Trout’s best seller, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. My original premise for this blog was to share a variety of leadership and branding principles with the current generation of business leaders.

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You Know What A Customer Might Want, But Not Exactly

Strategy Driven

That’s why a CQB apparel configurator is something that you need to provide for businesses that want to quickly see how much their unique demands will cost. Your business should never assume to know what your customers always want. Funnelling them into a list of options that can either get the product and or service right or as close to right, is the best way to go about things.

The Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages

LDRLB

One such Strategista is Kay Krill, CEO of Ann Taylor (and Loft), a “ bellwether ” woman’s apparel retail store. “Strategy is stuck. For too long the business world has been obsessed with the notion of building a sustainable competitive advantage… I’m not arguing that it’s a bad idea—obviously, it’s marvelous to compete in a way that others can’t imitate… But it’s now rare for a company to maintain a truly lasting advantage.

What’s The Truth About Your Leadership?

Tanveer Naseer

In my previous piece, I looked at an underlying theme found among the numerous issues leaders in every industry face today and what this tells us about how we can be more successful in bringing out the best in those we lead. The enthusiastic reaction to the ideas I shared in that article got me thinking about the other piece of this puzzle.

Guest Post: 3 Steps to Magnetic Leadership

Lead on Purpose

My largest client is in the apparel industry with a multiplicity of brand names. By Alan E. Shelton. Perhaps one of the thorniest problems in business today, is how to create quality output without being specifically in charge. Product managers in coalition organizations know this all too well. How do you drive your goals when you are not in a line on an organizational chart? As a result, their organizational structure is not dependent on the normal hierarchal approach.

9 Great Ideas for Basketball Promotional Items

Strategy Driven

Most people love getting free apparel of any kind. Succeeding in business can be an uphill battle. After all, there are over 30 million small businesses operating around the United States. That stacks up to a huge degree of competition. The result? Standing out from the crowd, cultivating a well-known brand, attracting loyal customers, and driving sales isn’t easy. Is your basketball-related business seeking ways to boost its image and generate greater returns?

9 Steps To Success with Your Home Business

Women on Business

She is the founder of the Love You Revolution , an empowering apparel line, writes guests articles for YourTango.com & is the style & travel expert for KSRO’s Travel Talk radio. Guest post by Micaela “Bubola” Passeri (learn more about the author at the end of this post). Home-based business professionals have challenges when it comes to keeping their work and personal space separate.

Four Ways to Control How Your Business is Perceived

Strategy Driven

In 2014 a young employee of American Apparel tasked with finding a picture to fit in with a 4th of July celebration posted a picture of what turned out to be the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding to the corporate Tumblr account. In today’s global economy, competition is fiercer than ever, and businesses need to do everything that can to stand out from the crowd.

Entrepreneur Jake Thompson Shares His Story, Advice, And What's In Store For CED In 2015

Eric Jacobson

We have our apparel releases planned for the next year, but always take into account ideas people have or suggestions for colors. Some Tuesdays it may be a new apparel release (such as a limited-edition shirt), some could be a 72-hour sale, and others may be a special announcement.

The Alchemy of Culture: 4 Key Ingredients from the Founder of Qor

Steve Farber

And we know his latest venture, men’s sports apparel startup, Qor (pronounced “core”), is already achieving over 30% yearly growth in part because it’s replicating the Athleta culture of caring. If there’s one thing Joe Teno knows with great certainty, it’s that he knows nothing with great certainty. And that’s a good thing to keep in mind if you want to help build an innovative culture.

4 Fundamental Lessons for Leaders

Strategy Driven

In political campaigns, people literally clothe themselves in the apparel of leaders to share in their qualities. The first lesson of leadership: it is not about you. The essence of leadership is the ability to influence others. And all successful leaders realize what Dale Carnegie explained: “The only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.”. Being a leader means understanding what others desire.

Can Lean Manufacturing Put an End to Sweatshops?

Harvard Business

To examine this possibility, I conducted research on recent developments in Nike Inc’s apparel supply chain with Jens Hainmueller of Stanford University and Richard M. In the mid-2000s, Nike embarked on a program to introduce lean manufacturing to its apparel suppliers in the developing world. For example, we found improved compliance in India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, but no effects in China, the world’s largest exporter of apparel.

Is There a CEO Afterlife? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Former CEO of sports apparel maker Russell Corporation, Jack Ward puts his time and money into helping inner-city kids. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership. Branding. Is There a CEO Afterlife? by John • August 7, 2011 • Human Resources , Leadership , Life • 0 Comments. Those of you who have followed my blog have an idea of how I’m spending my time as a retired CEO. I’m working – not for money, for fun.

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Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage with this 4-Letter Word

Steve Farber

Under Armour–which has gone from start-up to a competitive player in the ultra-tough sports apparel business in just 10 years–is an example of this formula in action. It’s just damn good business. I know this to be true. I also understand a broader reality: Many leaders don’t buy it. Even if they agree in spirit, they reject the idea in practice. They think it is idealistic, naive, and impractical. So they don’t spend much time cultivating love at work.

Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage with this 4-Letter Word

Steve Farber

Under Armour–which has gone from start-up to a competitive player in the ultra-tough sports apparel business in just 10 years–is an example of this formula in action. It’s just damn good business. I know this to be true. I also understand a broader reality: Many leaders don’t buy it. Even if they agree in spirit, they reject the idea in practice. They think it is idealistic, naive, and impractical. So they don’t spend much time cultivating love at work.

GILDAN Case Study : Using CoachingOurselves Globally

Coaching Ourselves

Gildan is one of the world’s largest vertically-integrated manufacturers of basic apparel with over 50 000 employees worldwide. The Company controls almost every step in the manufacturing process, from raw materials to finished garments. Gildan uses CoachingOurselves, the approach created by Henry Mintzberg and Phil LeNir, as part of their leadership development program for managers with over 113 participants, in more than 8 countries. _. So, how is it going so far?

Gear up for the Holidays: Get a Head Start on your New Year Resolution Today!

Strategy Driven

And while you are at it, invest in some brand new training apparel and shoes too. It is that time of the year when you start thinking about the holidays. Finding just the right clothes for all those year-end do’s. Buying presents. Binging and letting yourself go. And of course then comes the inevitable New Year resolution to lose those post-holiday bulges and welcome a fitter you. This year why not try something new? Advance your New Year resolution and get that gym membership now!

How Consumer Brands Can Connect with Customers in a Changing Retail Landscape

Harvard Business

The accessories and apparel designer uses in-store radio-frequency identification to send clothing items to dressing rooms, helps customers choose different styles and sizes, and shows stock availability in stores and online. Retailer relationships can impose varying levels of constraint in D2C selling — less for apparel, perhaps, and more for CPG. But brick-and-mortar retail doors are closing, especially for apparel, as shoppers take their business online.

Patagonia's "Buy Less" Campaign May Lead to More Revenue

Harvard Business Review

Patagonia has always behaved as a maverick company, and its concern for sustainability has led it to pursue a new initiative: it's now actively encouraging consumers to buy less of Patagonia's new apparel. To put its buy-less idea into action, Patagonia recently partnered with eBay to enable consumers to resell their used Patagonia apparel via the Common Threads Initiative within eBay. Sell More New Apparel. This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line.

Distant Replay: My Mid-Life Crisis | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Her younger brother is wearing a blazer and a tie for the first time; he is proud of his new apparel, although the look on his face doesn’t support the premise. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership. Branding. Distant Replay: My Mid-Life Crisis. by John • August 23, 2011 • Life • 4 Comments. Back in February, I started blogging.

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For Better Retail Promotions, Ask These Questions

Harvard Business

Recent analysis for a leading apparel retailer showed elasticity of customer response to promotional discounts was up to three times higher during holiday periods than during non-holiday periods and two times higher during weekends than on weekdays. For example, our analysis in the men’s apparel category shows that, compared with everyday basics, promotions for in-season fashion items bring significantly more people into stores. John Rizzo/Getty Images.

Competitive Marketing Strategies of the Digital Era

Strategy Driven

Pick an influencer of your niche – for instance, if you have an apparel brand, look for influencers who follow fashion. In the booming era of the digital revolution, technological trends are no surprise to anyone. It continues to thrill audiences with exciting and mind-blowing features.

How Chinese Companies Disrupt Through Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business

The American textile and apparel industries, for example, will tell you that the evidence can be found in the blood on the floor — their blood, on what used to be their floor. Far from being disruptive, Chinese textile, apparel, appliances, metal, and solar and wind players have done little that has been different from the practices they found in these industries when they entered them. Experts continue to debate whether Chinese businesses are truly disruptive.

Dressing China

Harvard Business Review

All the world's apparel manufacturers and retailers have joined the race to clothe China. Unsurprisingly, apparel spending in China has been growing by a robust 16% per annum. In 2009, sales totaled $114 billion, making China the world's second-largest apparel market behind the $287 billion U.S. That's just a start, though; the Chinese spent only $96 a year on a per capita basis on apparel compared to the Americans' $935 and the Japanese's $891.

Marketers Need to Stop Focusing on Loyalty and Start Thinking About Relevance

Harvard Business

Instead of thinking of itself merely as a sports apparel manufacturer, the company has purposefully developed a “connected fitness” ecosystem. Under Armour intends to enable these platforms to grow independently, while reaping aggregated data that can inform and expand its apparel designs. Ultimately, the goal is to link customers to new services such as innovative start-ups that are developing embedded sensors and biometric readers for apparel. Topic Images Inc./Getty

Companies Are Working with Consumers to Reduce Waste

Harvard Business

Some retailers and manufacturers—in the apparel, footwear, and electronics industries—have launched programs to make their customers interested in preserving their products and preventing things that still have value from going to the landfill. Another apparel company, Patagonia , a high-end outdoor clothier, follows the same credo. As consumers, we are very wasteful. Annually, the world generates 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. This is expected to go up to 2.2

How One Clothing Company Blends AI and Human Expertise

Harvard Business

The company offers a subscription clothing and styling service that delivers apparel to its customers’ doors. To enable fast decision making, the screen on which a stylist views recommendations shows the relevant information the company keeps about a client, including apparel and feedback history, measurements, and tolerance for fashion risks — it’s all readily accessible.