Just Think It might be worth it to re-think recognition programs that mark anniversaries with the company. Why? They reward presence, not performance.

Source: Bob Nelson, Nelson Motivation, writing in the Washington Business Journal

Need a Read? New York Times' business book list is overflowing with stories from the Jack Welchs of the world, but what about the Abby Margaliths? Margalith is CEO of Starving Students of San Diego, a regional moving company that, in addition to its core business, helps to move battered women and their children from their homes to safe havens. As she puts it, "For me, it's more a question of how can I not do this?" Her story is just one highlight of the inspiring new book CEO Chronicles, by Glenn Rifkin and Douglas Matthews (1999, Knowledge Exchange), which bypasses the Fortune 1000 and looks to the heads of small- and medium-sized companies for lessons in leadership. You'll also find Rob Gordon of W.A.R. Ltd., a million-dollar independent record label he founded to give emerging artists a fair chance after he had a stint at Thorn/EMI, and Karla Hertzog of Tops Payrolling Service, who has balanced being a single mother with running a $41 million company. There is something to learn from their and the 40 other stories in this insightful collection.

New Sensation The buzz in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean, is the new Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, which is scheduled to open this summer. The architectural style of the 430-room beachfront resort was inspired by the island's majestic plantation homes, and its 18-hole Robert von Hagge golf course is being billed as one of the finest in the Caribbean (if not the world). The Rose Hall's location--a mere 10 minutes from the airport at Montego Bay--and its more-than-generous allotment of meeting space (16,745 feet of space that includes a 10,800-square-foot ballroom) make it one of the most meeting-oriented options around.

Book Mark There's no denying the power of a logo in shaping a company's--or an event's--image. The corporate identity consultants at Montreal, Canadabased 1800MyLogo Inc. share their knowledge at their new Web site, www.logoevent.com, with case studies on campaigns, articles on branding corporate events, and even a free online consultation service (no purchase required--they're banking on building clientele this way). The idea behind the site is that sometimes it takes going outside the company to get a fresh perspective--and that's definitely what they have to offer.

Consider This "Hell is a half-filled auditorium."