It’s the people, stupid: Part 2

Milton Moskowitz, the economist who assembles Fortune’s annual list of the 100 best companies to work for, wonders how much Wall Street has to do with making workplaces employee unfriendly. Speaking yesterday at the Communications Leadership Summit hosted by Ragan Communications in Chicago, Moskowitz pointed to Costco, which pays its employees considerably more than Wal*Mart. “I imagine some pipsqueak Wall Street analyst asking why Costco pays its employees so much,” Moskowitz said. Analysts look only at the cost and put pressure on the company, through the shareholders who follow analyst reports, to reduce those costs.

Costco, of… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #12: March 3, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 33-minute conversation recorded live from a hotel room in Chicago, IL with recorded input from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this week’s show:

Intro:

  • 00:27 Shel and Neville on what’s in this week’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 04:28 Comments from the last show

Short Takes:

It’s the people, stupid

I ran into a friend at a fundraiser the other night. A former chief operating officer with a well-known Silicon Valley company, he’s now semi-retired. We talked about his plans and he said he was considering writing a book or starting a blog. The title for either: “It’s the People, Stupid.” My friend, Mike, is forever confounded by the way executives view employees. It came as no surprise to Mike when the employee engagement issue emerged and research concluded that companies with engaged employees enjoyed double-digit growth compared to single-digit growth or negative growth in companies with largely unengaged or actively disengaged… Read More »

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #11: February 28, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 62-minute conversation recorded live via Skype from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this week’s show:

Intro:

  • 00:38 Shel and Neville on what’s in this week’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 01:38 Comments from the last show

Short Takes:

Organized religion blogging

Last year, one of my speaking gigs took me to Phoenix where I did a couple sessions at a convening of communicators from several segments of the US Lutheran church. (It always tickles me when I get such invitations, being the nice Jewish boy that I am!) Among my topics (no surprise here) was blogs.

Most of those in attendance hadn’t yet heard of blogs. Among those who did, few had thought about the application of blogs to an organization such as theirs. They were receptive to my talk, though, and I was delighted when I heard yesterday from Sallie Draper, one of my contacts, who invited me to take a look at the new leadership blog from… Read More »

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #10: February 24, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 54:14-minute conversation recorded live via Skype from Chicago, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 22MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you???ll also need software such as the FeedDemon RSS aggregator, or the free ipodder or DopplerRadio.)

In this week’s show:
Intro:

  • 00:31 Shel and Neville on what’s in this week’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes

Short Takes:

  • 01:47 The GM interview - comments and what other bloggers say… Read More »

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