Research and visual aids for OWN

This is a running list of images and video for the OWN storyline with text and lyrics by Chris Wells and music by Xander Duell, first workshopped in October 2012 at HERE in New York City; then presented in February 2013 at HERE’s Culturemart festival. If you’re looking for the dance video research for the … Continue reading

German and Japanese Stakeholder Capitalism

People in Germany and Japan…do not have quite the same views about money and motives as Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton have. They tend to believe that, although money is a splendid thing to have, and few people would not put themselves out to get some, if you want to know why people work hard, … Continue reading

Supermarket Owner Gives Away Stores to his 400 Employees

Joe Lueken, who owns and manages two grocery stores in Bemidji, Minnesota, and one in Wahpeton, North Dakota, is retiring at age 70. Instead of selling his stores to the highest bidder, though, he will transfer ownership to the stores’ 400 or so employees. The employees will participate in an employee stock ownership program, receiving … Continue reading

Interstitial (trading round) videos

T.1 (preshow) Robert: introductory promo video playing (on loop?) at start MEDIA SAMPLES: COMPANY AD, TRAILER   T.2 (after E.1) Erin: maybe about the Currency Industry? Showing what money is, the different aspects of it? Or a rudimentary econ lesson about how money moves etc (like the Banking YouTube videos we found?) Have this conversation … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Day of Works-in-Progress Showing

What an action packed Sunday it turned out to be for our final Workshop day! The afternoon began in the Mainstage space with a quick French lesson from Kristin as Mari and Caitlin tried their hand at Robert’s rewrites for the French Art Film scene in the Management storyline. Choosing between a scene entirely in … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management and Owners Day 3

This morning we worked on the Management track with writer Robert. We began by reading the new French art film scene Robert wrote during his day off from rehearsal. We also watched the first scene of LOVE CRIMES as inspiration for this scene. Then Kristin got to work staging with Caitlin & Mari. The shape … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 2

Today we started by reading through the pages writer Chris Wells brought in for us based on the exercises we did two days ago. It was a blast to recognize many of the themes and juicy lines that he incorporated from our previous work session. Next we read through the first scene a number of … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 1

Writer Chris Wells led us today in a number of writing and performance exercises to get creative juices flowing and to develop fresh perspectives on the Owners Track of our company. The actors had fun inventing a visual retelling of the Paul Revere story in 7 snapshots –  our featured image is of the actors … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 1

Writer Chris Wells led us today in a number of writing and performance exercises to get creative juices flowing and to develop fresh perspectives on the Owners Track of our company. The actors had fun inventing a visual retelling of the Paul Revere story in 7 snapshots – our featured image is of the actors … Continue reading

Warren Buffett — Letters to Shareholders

From the 2011 letter: Positive updates: The primary job of a Board of Directors is to see that the right people are running the business and to be sure that the next generation of leaders is identified and ready to take over tomorrow. We view [our] holdings as partnership interests in wonderful businesses, not as … Continue reading

Morning Show Interviews Media Sample

JCPenny CEO Ron Johnson on CBS This Morning (actual interview starts around 0:37). In the last minute or so they ask him if he’s wearing JC Penney, which a great little moment. Groupon CEO Andrew Mason on The Today Show.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Early Show (interview starts at 1:40)

TIME’s Top 10 CEO Scandals

Kenneth Lay, Enron In some ways, Kenneth Lay was Enron. Lay helped create the company in 1985; by 2000, he had turned it from a simple natural-gas corporation into an energy-trading giant worth $68 billion. But much of that money was based on shady accounting practices and losses not recorded in its financial statements. Investment analysts began … Continue reading

G&D and SmartCard/SIMcard Market

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute developed the GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, to standardize 2G cellular networks. The SIM card is a key feature of the GSM — it’s the vehicle for a Subscriber Identity Module that “stores network-specific information used to authenticate and identify subscribers on the network.” A SIM is embedded into … Continue reading

Corporate Governance: Stakeholder Theory

Comparative studies of corporate governance: Anglo-Saxon (Shareholder) model vs. German/Japanese Stakeholder model. Notes from Allen, Franklin and Douglas Gale. “A Comparative Theory of Corporate Governance.” Anglo-Saxon corporate governance (US, UK) is based on the Adam Smith model of organizing the economy. “The role of the firm in society is precisely to create wealth for shareholders … Continue reading

Warren Buffett

See here for Buffett’s influential NYT op-ed, “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich” Buffett’s TIME 100 2012 profile (written by Barack Obama, because why not) In the spring of 1942, an 11-year-old boy from Omaha made his first big investment, putting nearly his entire fortune — about $120 — into three shares of Cities Service Preferred. By June, the … Continue reading

Nucor Employee Relations Philosophy

Our relations with employees are based on these four clear-cut principles: Management is obligated to manage the company in such a way that employees will have the opportunity to earn according to their productivity. Employees should feel confident that if they do their jobs properly, they will have a job tomorrow. Employees have the right … Continue reading

More about Iverson and Nucor

http://www.anbhf.org/laureates/keniversen.htm http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-04-30/the-art-of-motivation http://www.darden.virginia.edu/corporate-ethics/leading_practices_nucor_culture.htm http://www.betterworkplacenow.com/iverson.html http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/nucor-corporation-history/

Nucor: Ken Iverson

To my eyes, two of the most fascinating sights to behold are hot metal in motion and a group of people in headlong pursuit of a shared purpose. Those images are the essence of Nucor. They convey how we turned a confused, tired old company on the brink of bankruptcy into a star player in … Continue reading

Mr. Welch and Mr. Lucky

For the past twenty-four years, I have had a lucky charm — a brown leather briefcase — that has come with me everywhere. My assistant, Rosanne, has nicknamed it “Mr. Lucky.” I won the briefcase in an Atlanta golf tournament in 1977, the year I first came to Fairfield. It has seen better days. It’s … Continue reading

CEO Interview Guide

  from Neff, Thomas J. and James M. Citrin, Lessons from the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders. (New York: Doubleday, 1999).  Leadership Questions What are the characteristics that make for a successful CEO today? Have these characteristics changed drastically in the last 10 or 20 years? In looking ahead, what skills and characteristics … Continue reading