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A dramatic example of adopting best practices

Why do Japanese family businesses manage to survive for so long? One reason may be that, when they lack a suitable hereditary successor, Japanese families will adopt a promising young adult to groom for the role. Almost always men, these outsiders marry into the family and even take the family name. Suzuki Motor’s leadership is a famous example of this tradition, with the company having been run by four generations of adopted sons.

Adoption of this kind — known as mukoyoshi — is virtually unknown in Western business. But it was well established at Undershaft and Lazarus, the explosive fictional enterprise at the heart of George Bernard Shaw’s bracingly funny play Major Barbara. For business leaders, the play is dynamite.

Why should we concern themselves with this long-ago stage comedy? Because there has never been a more important play about business, and many of its central concerns remain contentious

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Free Webinar | July 14: Waze CEO Shares Roadmap from Startup to Global Phenomenon

Join us as we delve into practical leadership advice and the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs in today’s landscape.

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If you have ever wondered how a startup becomes a global phenom and gets acquired by one of the world’s biggest brands, you won’t want to miss this one. This leadership series is hosted by Comparably co-founder/CEO Jason Nazar as he sits down virtually for a fireside chat with Noam Bardin, CEO of Waze — the world’s largest crowdsourced navigation app (acquired by Google for nearly $1B in 2013). This “If You Knew Then…” conversation will delve into practical leadership advice, personal life philosophies and guiding principles, and the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs in today’s landscape. 

Other topics that will be covered

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The Tech Industry Can Be An Accelerator for Change. Here’s How

Instead of focusing entirely on company cultures and HR practices, we need to put our tech to better use.

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The marginalization, as well as inequitable and inhumane treatment of people of color, is a broken record in this country. It is baked into our nation’s systems, policies, and laws. I am inspired and encouraged by the unified uprising across the nation and around the world in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others that are leading to police reform and a commitment from companies large and small to open dialogue and have the uncomfortable conversations that could lead to a change in corporate culture.

As a Black tech founder, I believe my industry must play a role in

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Three capabilities will help retailers “win the trip” through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 has changed the way people shop and what they care about most — possibly for the long term — so retailers’ strategies must also change. Whether the trip they’re looking to win is inside a store, curbside, or at a customer’s front door, emerging from the crisis on a strong footing will require retailers to plan around this new normal. Those that are best at sensing demand and responding quickly with engaging and brand-defining experiences will “win the trip” and see the highest return on their investments in those experiences, or return on experience (ROX).

For example, if your business is groceries, you’ve probably seen growth in demand for certain categories, including food and beverage, personal care and wellness, home improvement, and pet care, as most of life’s activity has shifted to the home. You now have an opportunity to compete for trips — real and virtual — and

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For Just $30, Learn an Invaluable Skill That Can Transform Your Career

Speed reading and improved memory could be your ticket to increased success.

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and have one skill in common that they both attribute as a major key to their elevated success. Can you guess what it is?

Speed was probably not the first thing to come to mind. And yet, when once asked what they would choose as a superpower, both men answered “being able to read superfast.”

When you think about it, it makes sense. Fast readers are able to consume and retain more information, process

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