14
Nov

I’ve written a couple of articles for PolicyMic.com which have attracted some thoughtful comments.   In this economic “recovery” which has failed to generate enough decent jobs to make a serious dent in the unemployment and underemployment rates, I’m sure that they have been far too many failed job searches.  Failure to land a particular […]

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26
Sep

I took my students to a local fair trade store this week and introduced them to Philip and Sara Dail. Philip and Sara own Beleza, a fair trade shop in Cameron Village in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was the third time I took my MBA students to visit their store (here they are in their […]

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15
May

Richard Leader, CFA, writing in the Houston Chronicle, had this to say about the trust and the economy: Central to financial markets around the world is the issue of trust.  Trust enables people to do business with each other.  Lack of trust causes economic stagnation.  Lots of different things have contributed to this mess we […]

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5
Oct

Our ongoing tough economy received some welcome news from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks today, as reported in The Wall Street Journal: Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz, who has been on a mission to cut the national debt and boost job creation, has pledged to donate at least $100,000 of profits annually from two Starbucks stores […]

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25
Apr

This from today’s New York Times: But as a recent Economix post by Catherine Rampell reports, cross-country surveys show that income inequality is negatively related to trust. Largely as a result, the average level of trust is significantly lower in the United States than in more egalitarian countries, particularly those of Scandinavia. And we seem to feel less trusting […]

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21
May

Update 5-22-10: Here’s an additional development reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that will help to spell the quicker demise of theater owners: Major Hollywood studios and one of the country’s largest cable operators are in discussions to send movies to people’s living-room TVs just weeks after films hit the multiplex, a step that would […]

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27
Mar

We just had an interview published in Chief Learning Officer Magazine about our new book, Becoming a Trustworthy Leader:  Psychology and Practice, which is due out next year by Routledge Press: In the past two years, with the global financial collapse and resulting recession, the issue of trust in leadership has been catapulted into the […]

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7
Jan

As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, GM’s CEO Ed Whitacre, Jr. proclaimed that General Motors will make a profit this year: “My prediction is we will be” profitable in 2010, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. told reporters at GM’s Detroit headquarters, a sign of rising confidence that also sets a tough benchmark for the still-struggling […]

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4
May

This from today’s Wall Street Journal: General Motors Corp. confirmed Wednesday it will force salaried workers to take up to three months off each year with partial pay as part of an effort to reduce costs during its expected summer shutdown of its car-making plants. The program, called Salaried Downtime Paid Absence Policy, states that […]

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22
Apr

Update: Our coauthor and good friend Professor Gretchen Spreitzer of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business was recently interviewed about our article, elaborating on our key findings, and you can listen to the interview here. Our article on how to improve organizational flexibility, innovation, and internal communication to improve trust during downsizing was […]

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