Washington Mutual Senior Vice President for Internal Communication Rob Hallam and his 15-person planning team learned last October about company-wide budget cuts that would drastically affect the company's 16th annual “State of the Group” meeting just four months away. The theme: “It's About You: Vision, Responsibility and Spirit,” was a lock. The contracts were signed — 3,850 management-level executives would descend on the Anaheim, Calif., convention center for three days, beginning ...

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