Just Think It's reasonable to expect, in the turbulent e-commerce business environment, that companies won't necessarily evolve intact cultures. But teams do; they're islands of stability in a place where nothing else is stable.
Source: Strategy & Business, First Quarter 2000
Need a Read? What's in it for me? This age-old question applies as much to employers as to employees when it comes to designing benefits and rewards. In Rewards That Drive Performance (Amacom, 1999), Thomas B. Wilson examines case studies of several companies in diverse industries--among them Amazon.com, Fleet Financial Group, and Southwest Airlines--that used specific rewards programs to accomplish strategic goals. The case-study approach sorts out what's relevant to the reader and what's not--and makes this a valuable, hands-on read.
New Sensation Downtown New Orleans' old Maison Blanche and Kress department store buildings have come back to life--in the form of a top-notch hotel, that is. When the 452-room Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, opens July 31 in the two landmark buildings, city representatives are counting on the $200 million rehabilitation project to revive the historic Canal Street area, and for a wave of upscale retail growth to follow. The Ritz, the first luxury hotel to open in the city in 14 years, will have 23,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom.
www.zagat.com One of the more useful and user-friendly sites we've seen in a while, www.zagat.com, will help you find a restaurant when you're on the road. The country is searchable by city, and you can plug in all your preferences, from type of cuisine to accepted credit cards to price range. If you want nothing but the finest, you can ask for restaurants with only the highest Zagat ratings. There's even a way to specify restaurants with function space, and you can refine your search right down to the neighbor- hood in which you would like to dine.