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Dec 1, 2005
How to Provide the Right Tools
Tony Wanless

If you’re Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House the secret sauce that keeps Joe Fortes on the top rung of city eateries is the ability of its staff to provide all the welcoming, schmoozing and pampering that you pay for...

Dec 1, 2005
How to Create Trust
Yolanda Brooks

If you’re Island Savings Credit Union When the old guard retired at Island Savings Credit Union 10 years ago, new president and CEO Pam Marchant retired the management style with them. Marchant, 53, began her watch at the Vancouver Island...

Dec 1, 2005
How to Create Employee Evangelists
Tony Wanless

It’s 10:55 in the morning and most of the head office employees of 1-800-GOT-JUNK have gathered in the ‘Junktion’ – the company’s headquarters near Granville Island – for what amounts to a revival meeting. There’s almost a cult-like fervour in...

Sep 1, 2005
Partnership Strategies: Buddy Up
Ian MacNeill

It was shaping up to be the best of times. Late last year the snow was deep and crisp and even and Doug Washer’s 60-sled snowmobile business was firing on all cylinders. “It looked like we were on track to...

Aug 1, 2005
Dismantling Traditional Hierarchy: Who Needs a CEO?
Tracy Tjaden

John Montalbano’s first task as the new head of Canada’s largest privately owned money management firm was to ban the role of CEO. The move gives more airtime to the company’s line that it’s all about the clients, and the...

Jul 1, 2005
Untimely Twists of Fate: X Won't be in Today
Sue Dritmanis

Untimely deaths are the twists of fate upon which a company’s fortunes turn. The demise of a competitor’s key player could be seen as an advantage. But when death comes calling in your own boardroom, the repercussions are universally negative.

Jun 1, 2005
Worst Companies to Work for in B.C.
Ian MacNeill

Walking into the headquarters of 1-800-GOT-JUNK is like stumbling onto the set of The West Wing, NBC’s fly-on-the-wall fantasy about life, love and the pursuit of power in the Oval Office. Like President Josiah Bartlet’s White House, Brian Scudamore’s corporate...

Apr 1, 2005
Learning from Our Mistakes: D'oh!
Myles Murchison

Rome fell after its citizens outsourced education and science to their slaves. Nazi Germany could have developed a war-winning atomic bomb if it hadn’t kicked out James Franck, Max Born and other world-class physicists from its universities because they were...

Sep 1, 2004
Employee Motivation: Battery Boosters
Vicki O’Brien

Apparently it’s okay for corporate B.C. to have fun and partake in some employee motivation again. So if you want to perk up your next executive getaway or senior management retreat or add a twist to a customer appreciation event, it’s a bit easier these days. All you have to do is loosen the purse strings and think ‘different’.

Jul 1, 2004
Corporate Social Responsibility: Believe It
James Hoggan & Richard Littlemore

There is one immutable rule in business, says Xantrex chair Mossadiq Umedaly: “You must do what your customers tell you to do.” That being the case – and viewed in light of a major Mustel Group survey commissioned by BCBusiness...

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