fistful of beans, blog, Toby Elwin

Fistful of beans 04/27/2011

Three of things I’ve seen, read, or thought might seed results:

1. Too Big to Succeed? — CFO Magazine

Citigroup, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase are the clear winners of the consolidation game. Each of these, individually, have more than 2 times the assets of 4th-place Wachovia.

These 3 banks have bet cross-selling and their scale give them advantage. However, some critics wonder if the whole is smaller than the sum of its parts and that scale may not count much in financial services.

2. More Than Half the Moms Not Satisfied with Their Career — Talent Management Magazine

Many working moms are not satisfied with their career. Working moms also feel their work is more stressful than being a stay-at-home mom. What might be the cause or the reason for this:  lack of work and life balance. In a review of some surveys:

  • 70% of respondents don’t have a flexible arrangement worked out with their boss;
  • Almost 4 of 10 say motherhood takes a back seat to work responsibilities; and
  • Besides pay and advancement, flexible work schedules and flexible arrangements are 2 factors in achieving career happiness for working mothers.

What has positively affect working mother’s workplace perspective:

  • 46% of working moms say they are more sympathetic to others’ needs/flexibility,
  • 42% try not to sweat the small stuff, and
  • 33% have become more patient

3. Girl Scouts censor Facebook criticism of palm oil in cookies —

Clearly a cautionary tale in how not to manage an organization’s Facebook page or online community.

From erasing user-generated comments to relying on a public relations department to manage your presence. Presented here is a view into how palm oil may create a slippery slope of marketing and public relations that could undo The Girl Scouts’ $700 million annual cookie sales.

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