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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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amazon Announces “Pay to Quit” Program for Employees


The idea originated from, 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

Sowell on Diversity


But, again taking a world view, we find Jews prominent, often predominant, and usually prospering, in the apparel industry in medieval Spain, in the Ottoman Empire, in the Russian Empire, in Argentina, in Australia, and in Brazil. Back by popular demand: Thomas Sowell on " Cultural Diversity: A World View." An excerpt: If nations and civilizations differ in their effectiveness in different fields of endeavor, so do social groups.

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?

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.

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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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 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.

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.

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. .

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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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.

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?

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Interview With Ryan Holiday, Author Of, The Obstacle Is The Way

Eric Jacobson

Then Dov Charney at American Apparel, who taught me everything I know about business today. Ryan Holiday ''s newest book is, The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage.

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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.

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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.

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 & 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.

5 Surprising Findings About How People Actually Buy Clothes and Shoes

Harvard Business Review

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.

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

Harvard Business Review

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.

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.

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.

For Better Retail Promotions, Ask These Questions

Harvard Business Review

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. John Rizzo/Getty Images.

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.

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

Harvard Business Review

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.

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.

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.