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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Lands’ End Contest Confirms Strategic Role of Pinterest for Brands

C-Level Strategies

Though most of my time is spent helping companies create and communicate clear and compelling visions to grow their businesses exponentially, my conversations with C-level executives often turn to the topic of social media.

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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.

The Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages


One such Strategista is Kay Krill, CEO of Ann Taylor (and Loft), a “ bellwether ” woman’s apparel retail store. “Strategy is stuck.

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?

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.

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.

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How Chinese Companies Disrupt Through Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business Review

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. Experts continue to debate whether Chinese businesses are truly disruptive.

Zappos and the Connection Between Structure and Strategy

Harvard Business Review

The size of the apparel market only in the U.S. Hsieh recognized that it would take further innovation to reach more customers in other segments of the vast apparel market.

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.

Can Lean Manufacturing Put an End to Sweatshops?

Harvard Business Review

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.

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.

Bad Moves Update: Macy's Trumps Itself


Does this bizarre decision to dump Trump's goods imply that Macy's approves of the political and labor policies of the apparel lines it did not drop? Fortune : Macy's is dropping Donald Trump merchandise in order to show disapproval of his remarks about Mexican immigrants.

On or About the Night Prior to Christmas


A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stocking, socks, etc., Back by popular demand: From the lawyer's version of T'was the Night Before Christmas: Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House") a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse. had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a/ St.

Pamela Fields (Stetson) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Pamela Fields, chief executive of Stetson, the hat and apparel company “People know that they can come to me and [.]. Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times.

Sustainability 3.0: When Products' True Costs Are Covered

Harvard Business Review

The breakthrough comes when the largest companies in a sector decide to develop a sustainability index they will all live by, as is happening now in the apparel and footwear industry.

Making Personalized Marketing Work

Harvard Business Review

If somebody listens to a “Morning Run” playlist, Spotify might deliver ads for running shoes or athletic apparel. Let’s face it — U.S.

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Business Model Innovation is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Harvard Business Review

Within the first 5 years of its founding, Amancio Ortega, the founder of Zara figured out the responsiveness and speed were key to dominance in apparel retail as opposed to costs so Zara produced in expensive locations and used expensive shipping modes to react to trends faster.

Inventory Management in the Age of Big Data

Harvard Business Review

There are some notable exceptions in industries such as online apparel retailing, where companies can view real-time, customer-purchase decisions (e.g., We are on the verge of a major upheaval in the way inventory is managed.

Why the Print Catalog Is Back in Style

Harvard Business Review

Outdoor and apparel retailer L.L.Bean says it is experimenting with the page count of the catalogs it sends to regular website shoppers.

Marketing’s Mission: Make it Meaningfully Different

Harvard Business Review

Founded in 1998, Lululemon produces sports apparel for women that is fashionable, environmentally friendly, and as technically advanced as sports apparel for men. Everything you do in business builds your brand for good or ill, as your actions generate feelings, associations, and ideas in the minds of your consumers. The challenge is to make sure those actions create a meaningfully different experience that people want to repeat.

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.

The Benefits of Unplugging as a Team

Harvard Business Review

We recently worked with apparel industry leaders from design, sourcing, manufacturing, and brand management to prototype a more innovative, responsive, and responsible supply chain.

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.

Store Brands Aren’t Just about Price

Harvard Business Review

These purpose driven supers felt an extraordinarily deep level of emotion for the retailer brand at levels typically associated powerful lifestyle brands in apparel and luxury goods.

Luxury Brands Can No Longer Ignore Sustainability

Harvard Business Review

If I asked you to picture the consumer luxury market, you might imagine jewels, sports cars, watches, premium drinks, high-end shoes and apparel, and so on.

Study: Customers Really Do Trust Family Businesses More

Harvard Business Review

“The ‘family’ attribute has a different meaning depending on your target customer,” said Andrew Steiner, vice-president of marketing and customer operations for Ameripride, which has been supplying laundered apparel and linens to restaurants and auto shops since 1889.

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Companies Are Working with Consumers to Reduce Waste

Harvard Business Review

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. As consumers, we are very wasteful.

You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

Harvard Business Review

In contrast, it will be easier for footwear and apparel companies to move to lower-cost locations. HBR STAFF. The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge. Most economists, including those at the the IMF , think it is premature to talk about an economic crisis.

Personalized Technology Will Upend the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Harvard Business Review

In this approach, new entrant companies (often players from outside healthcare—retail, software, electronics, and apparel) focus on empowering and creating a better experience for consumers by providing detailed, personalized health information and advice.

Where You'll Buy Pants in the Future

Harvard Business Review

Bonobos was one of the first vertically integrated online apparel companies — specializing in men's pants. Online apparel companies like Bonobos, Warby Parker, Quincy, and more have been offering showroom space for years (though mostly near their headquarters in New York).

Is your staff dressed for success this summer?

Bud to Boss

As temperatures soar, so do employees’ temptations to break dress codes in favor of warm-weather apparel. On this first official day of summer, I’m thinking about office dress codes. But most organizations don’t loosen their dress codes in the summer, according to an Office Team survey. .