A brief reminder that employee recognition is quite important.  Something most of us know, but I suspect don’t always follow.

These companies are finding success by rewriting the rules of business. None of them is perfect on its own, but together they show what the corporate ideal could look like.

Source: Yum Brands former CEO David Novak on the one thing that makes companies successful — Quartz

 

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Keeping in the spirit of my last post (unusual libraries), I am sharing this article.  The headline of the article is unfortunately misleading or at best just focusing on the negative.  As you read the article, it summarizes that on average Americans read about 12 books annually, which is a much more positive aspect (and interesting from my perspective) than the headline about 25% of Americans not picking up a book.

Source: Pew books poll: One in four Americans didn’t pick up a book last year — Quartz

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Unusual is an understatement with some of the libraries in this article. Enjoy.

Source: Eight of the world’s most unusual libraries — Quartz

 

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Great story about a person following their passion and finding success.

Source: Graffiti Artist JonOne: From Harlem To The Bourbon Palace | Revolution

 

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Always nice to see positive news about people improving their lives.

California is home to a growing program that helps transition people from prison to campus—and other states are looking to follow suit.

Source: SF State and Other California Universities Are Offering Degrees to Former Convicts – The Atlantic

 

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While, I have no background in the convenience store industry, I found this article to be compelling.  The owner’s focus on innovation and customer focus is his key to staying ahead of the competition. Enjoy

In his 19 years of owning a gas station, Kent Couch has rolled out a beer cave, kombucha on tap, and uniformed attendants who greet customers by name.

Source: The Convenience-Store Innovator of Bend, Oregon – The Atlantic

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Source: Can you short Uber? — Quartz

This is a very good article that is worth a read (or two).  Irrespective of whether or not you have an interest in shorting Uber, the article provides insightful data (via good research and great reporting) on the future of vehicle ownership and self-driving automobiles.  Well worth the read!

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RIF – Does anybody remember the acronym RIF – Reading is Fundamental?  Maybe I watched too much TV on Saturdays as a kid. Nonetheless, it seems as if the 2016 Man Booker List, which identifies titles that are in the running for the Man Booker Prize, has been published.  I’ve read through this year’s list and have identified one or two titles that I’ll probably pick up.  Last year Marlon James won the top spot with “A Brief History of Seven Killings.”  While there were a couple of dry spots in the book, overall it was very enjoyable and definitely worth a read.  I hope the titles on this year’s Man Booker List are as enjoyable.  Take a look at the list via the link below.  You might find a few titles that pique your curiosity.

The authors in the running for Britain’s most prestigious literary award include three debut novelists.

Source: Inside the 2016 Man Booker Longlist – The Atlantic

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This post has been on my mind for a while, so I finally decided to sit down at the keyboard and share my thoughts.  Over the years I have interviewed my fare share of candidates.  The roles that I have interviewed people for have ranged from senior to entry level positions.  Irrespective of role, I have seen many candidates trip themselves up in the interview because they were not adequately prepared.  By prepared, I don’t mean having a dossier on the company.  In many cases candidates for both senior and junior level roles, have not completed basic research or just were not prepared.  A few examples include:

  • Not knowing what the company does
  • Not having reviewed the company website
  • Not having read the job description or remember what the job is, even though you submitted a resume and have accepted an in-person interview
  • Not having prepared any questions to ask the person interviewing you
  • Unable to remember (or unwilling to discuss) key accomplishments from you last position

The items above seem like common sense, but I have come across many people who were disqualified because of the aforementioned  items.  I know competition for talent is tough in today’s marketplace, but I don’t think it is too much to expect that people show  up prepared (as well as on time) for an interview.  Also, for folks conducting the interview, please take time to read the candidate’s resume.  Respect goes both ways.

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Last article (this evening anyway) on the resurgence of vinyl, I promise.

A company that hung on to its record-stamping machines is now the world’s No. 1 maker of LPs

Source: Vinyl Records: Czech’s GZ Media Is World’s Biggest Producer – Bloomberg

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