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12 Books That Every Leader Should Read: Updated

I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating -- a list of “Books Every Leader Should Read” on this Work Matters blog since 2011. These are books that have taught me much about people, teams, and organizations -- while at...

Stanford Court hotel changes hands, joins Mark Hopkins, Fairmont

And the Stanford Court makes three. The southern California investor that acquired the Fairmont in 2012 and the Mark Hopkins in February now owns Nob Hill’s third grand dame hotel, the Stanford Court. Woodridge Capital Partners announced the purchase this morning from a New York private equity firm, giving the Los Angeles group controlling interest

Noe Valley’s Real Food to be reborn

Eleven years, three months and two days ago, a great plague descended on 24th Street in Noe Valley. That’s when Real Food, an organic grocery, suddenly closed its doors, leaving loyal customers, suppliers and workers thrust into the cold — just before Labor Day of all days. Oh, the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth!

Amazon and the rise of the robots

Cyber Monday means all hands on deck for Kiva 8. With offers you can’t refuse from the world’s largest online retailer, which it promises to deliver the next day if not sooner, members of the  3,000-strong team will be whizzing around morning, noon and night, transporting  6-foot tall “pods” to workstations staffed by humans who sort

The long, grim struggle for the long-term unemployed

As of August 2014  three million Americans had been unemployed for more than six months. Over two million have been unemployed for more than a year. The only incremental improvement: the percentage of those out of work and looking for the past six months or more has declined, from 46% of the total unemployed in 2010, to

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