Mattress Firm’s King-Sized Acquisition: How CEO Steve Stagner is managing massive organizational change

CorpU recently talked with Steve Stagner, the CEO of Mattress Firm, the leading specialty retailer of mattresses and related products in the US. In September 2014, Mattress Firm went through an eye-opening transformation when it acquired Sleep Train, increasing its business size dramatically by 20%.  But Stagner isn’t losing sleep over it. He reports that... Read More »

Can Brand Activation Inform Strategy Activation?

One evening I happened to catch a few minutes of The Daily Show with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as a guest. He talked about the company’s new initiative to offer Starbucks employees free college tuition through Arizona State University’s online program. (Apparently about 70% of the company’s employees don’t have a college degree.) The workers... Read More »

Shawn Achor’s 5 Practices to Fuel Success & Performance at Work

“Our most commonly-held formula for success is broken,” says Shawn Achor, former Harvard instructor and New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage. Achor explains that success doesn’t fuel happiness. It’s the other way around: being happy leads to success. And you can actually train your brain to be happy. Download the infographic to find... Read More »

The Real Numbers Around Employee Engagement

Studies show employee engagement isn’t just “nice to have”, but yields measurable outcomes  If you’re like most executives you’ve heard plenty of talk about how to get your employees to feel happy and engaged in their work. While it sounds like a nice thing to do, you may be thinking, “Hey, I’m not a mean... Read More »

What Happened to Gary Hamel’s Moon Shots?

When Gary Hamel wrote “Moon Shots for Management” for the February 2009 Harvard Business Review, it seemed like it would be a “shot heard ‘round the world” for business, according to Sue Todd, Chief Strategy Officer for CorpU. But why, Todd wonders, hasn’t it had more effect? According to Todd, Hamel (who was recently ranked by... Read More »

Supply Chain Costs: Does Your Boss “Get It”?

Transportation costs represent a huge chunk of total supply chain costs. In fact, 60% of every supply chain dollar is spent on transportation. And expenses can increase even in a sluggish economy because of market and regulatory pressures. As a supply chain professional you’re probably all too familiar with this type of situation. But how... Read More »

The Approaching Crisis in Corporate Leadership

As companies prepare the top, middle and bottom layers of managers to face a VUCA world—a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—there’s a crisis brewing in corporate leadership development. So says Sue Todd, Chief Strategy Officer for CorpU and an expert on leadership best practices. Todd outlines some challenges faced by senior executives,... Read More »

Splitting the Brain of the HR Professional

Business and management guru Ram Charan commented in a recent HBR article that it’s time for companies to split the HR function in two. One HR leader would focus on leadership and organization—and report directly to the CEO—and the other would manage things like compensation and benefits. This trend is arising in response to widespread... Read More »

Do Vacations Make Us Happier?

Need a vacation? Before you email your boss, breathe a sigh of relief, and start packing your skis, passport, tennis shoes, binoculars, or sun block…make sure it’s the right kind of vacation. Workplace happiness guru Shawn Achor—Harvard researcher and the New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage—did a study that showed that some vacations... Read More »

Ed Skonecki on Connected Learning

Ed Skonecki, CorpU’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, recently sat down with Luke Kempski of JPL Learning Solutions to talk about virtual learning and why it leads to better retention than face-to-face workshops. He also discussed the challenges of getting a whole company on the same page. What we’re focused on is not only the individual... Read More »