September 5, 2010 |
Dear Karen: How can I get better data on my competitors? Answer: Join professional groups, attend trade shows and subscribe to industry publications. Such organizations often publish surveys and trend reports that will give you insights on what others in your field are doing. But don't spend too much time studying your competition when you should be focusing on your customers, said Seena Sharp, author of "Competitive Intelligence Advantage. " "Customers are looking for companies that solve their problems or give them what they want," she said.
August 9, 1996 |
Through the clamor of rumba music, Jamaican-accented English drifts from the open door of a neatly painted clapboard house. A sign identifies the building as the West Indian Welfare Centre, an organization that has existed for most of this century--ever since Jamaicans arrived to cut sugar cane. Founded to help Jamaicans in financial trouble, it became a social center and has now taken on a new vibrancy.
May 17, 1990 |
It looks like the best of times for Nosotros, an organization that honors Latinos in the entertainment industry. Members are happily celebrating their 20th anniversary and what they call a boom time for Latinos in the arts.
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April 27, 1995 |
Think Harvard is tough? Try the U.S. Congress. Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) has experienced both. His grades as an undergraduate at Harvard in the 1950s were high enough to send him on to the prestigious Harvard Law School. In Congress, for every A he receives, it seems there is an F not far behind. Using techniques that are far more arbitrary than those of any university professor, special interest groups ranging from the Children's Defense Fund to the National Assn.
September 15, 1997 |
Work and the workplace are morphing at tremendous speed. In short order, we have evolved from a predominantly industrial nation to a land of "knowledge workers." Are yesterday's management styles obsolete? What approaches will be appropriate for managing tomorrow's workers? Here, two California authorities on organizational behavior speculate about the management model for--dare we say it?--the millennium.
July 30, 1999 |
Across the state and nation, among many organizations that provide legal services to the poorest of the poor, merger mania is in the air. Although there have been marriages between legal aid groups in the past, the current wave of consolidations and merger talks is occurring at a speed and scale unprecedented in legal services history. The driving force is the Legal Services Corp., the quasi-government agency that allocates congressional funding for legal aid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1998 |
After years of serving as an outspoken leader for the Republican right at the local level, Simi Valley activist Steve Frank appears ready to hit the big time. The 51-year-old printing supplies salesman is fast at work building himself a broader platform as president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies--a grass-roots movement aimed at molding the GOP in its own, rigidly conservative image.
September 14, 1991 |
Los Angeles attorney Melanie Lomax and her mother, Almena, are beyond the standard mother-daughter squabbling, but one subject is guaranteed to incite debate: the NAACP. Almena Lomax, a retired newspaper publisher in her 70s, has been a lifetime member of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and continues to support it. But her daughter, general counsel of the Los Angeles chapter from 1984 to 1987, quit the national organization and is now a critic.
July 31, 1990 |
Julia Garmash wants to be a journalist, but she knows that it takes more than wishes and hopes. And to get an idea of how the press operates--and perhaps some experience herself--she's working part time in a foreign news bureau in Moscow. What could be more natural for a university-bound 17-year-old? In most places, nothing. But Garmash is a Soviet teenager, and Soviet youth typically have not worked their way through school in the past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1991 |
Down through the century-long history of the Tournament of Roses, candidates for Rose Queen and her court do their best to win approval from the panel of nine men who determine who will preside over the Rose Parade. To a man, this year's judges are men. Ditto, last year. And the year before. Only once, in 1988, has a woman served on the prestigious Queen and Court Committee that members of the Tournament of Roses Assn. consider the sugar plum among plum assignments in the volunteer association.