Stories and Strategies from Real Life: 11/14/14

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Some of the best learning happens when you read stories about real people and real companies. Read them for ideas, for lessons, and inspiration. This week’s stories and strategies from real life are about Daisy Buchanan’s, Jim Jozwiak, Bellacures, J.C. Penney, and Scholastic.

From Steve Silva and Chad Finn: The End of Daisy’s: Sports Stars Flocked to Storied Boston Bar

“Having just dropped their bags off at the Sheraton, a crew including Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, and Graig Nettles settled into Daisy Buchanan’s, a cozy, subterannean bar on Newbury Street. It was October 1, 1978. The Bronx Bombers were in town for a one-game playoff vs. the Red Sox, the next day, that would decide the American League East.”

From The Distance: The Music Man

“Jim Jozwiak gets the band together at schools that don’t have their own music programs.”

From James daSilva: Bellacures: Taking a nail salon from #startup to franchise

“SmartBrief is talking directly with small and medium-sized businesses to discover their journeys, challenges and lessons. Today’s post is a Q-and-A with Samira Far, founder of Bellacures, a California-based nail salon with franchising opportunities.”

From Noel Tichy: J.C. Penney and the terrible costs of hiring an outsider CEO

“The vast majority of technical, political, and cultural errors made by Ron Johnson at J.C. Penney could be chalked up to his outsider status.”

From Hilary Burns: 6 things you didn’t know about Scholastic — the largest children’s publisher in the world

“I talked recently with several top female executives at Scholastic (and there are a lot) about how exactly the company has stayed so strong, despite massive changes that have challenged many established names in the publishing industry.”

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