Shortly after Jim Hackett became CEO of Steelcase in 1994, the office-furniture manufacturer introduced two products. The Leap chair was a great success. But the Pathways office cubicle system ran into trouble from the start, plagued by R&D disputes, distribution misunderstandings, and product recalls. In this first-person account, Hackett explains how a company could fail as well as succeed.
"not the best, but worth a listen"
A detective who refuses to modify her body teams up with her cyborg rival to track down a burglar who is putting toys into homes. A solitary ice miner finds love and friendship while stranded on the surface of Galileo. And two hardheaded negotiators put their differences aside to evade an assassin and save their planets. Enjoy these visions of Christmases yet to come with three science-fiction novellas from Carina Press.
Bound Away offers a new understanding of the westward movement. After the Turner thesis which celebrated the frontier as the source of American freedom and democracy, and the iconoclasm of the new western historians who dismissed the idea of the frontier as merely a mask for conquest and exploitation, David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly take a third approach to the subject.
"Good mix of historiography and facts"
In this issue, Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of AlliedSignal and Honeywell, lays out what he expects of his direct reports and what they can expect from him. Then, James Hackett explains what you need to do to prepare for the perfect product launch. The third full-length article suggests ways you can do your human due diligence when considering a company for a merger or acquisition.