As a company grows so does its structure. A small company with under 30 employees has a less complex challenge to segment staff into functional units or practice groups.....
The Stonehill Marketing and Communications Team sat down with newly appointed Vice President, Teddi Barber, to discuss the disruption in health care and how leveraging Design Thinking can establish a sustainable and thought-provoking dialog on its impacts on mature industries.
Bob Johnston is the CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Front Burner, a franchise management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida, which is affiliated with several niche brands. In this interview, Johnston discusses his long career with The Melting Pot—how he began as a dishwasher to owning the restaurant with his brothers. He also talks about what it takes to run a successful restaurant franchise and how to reinvent it in a competitive market.
If there’s one way to explain human behavior, look at mice. In the book ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’, Spencer Johnson describes the world of mice who vie for a block of cheese. Each day they go to the same spot to find their food. That is until one day the ‘hand of God’ moves the cheese and the mice panic. Facing starvation, they go day after day to the original spot looking for the cheese rather than searching for it elsewhere. The moral of the story: change is hard to implement because we’re creatures of habit.
Over the last few weeks we have been asked to facilitate multiple sessions for corporate innovation. Our clients end the session filled with excitement about Design Thinking and ask us for a few tools that they can use once we leave.
One of the most interesting books written in the last few years is Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal. The book explores organizational dynamics in the military and how they can best be applied to corporations.