Stories and Strategies from Real Life: 9/9/16

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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 InkStudio, Target, Dow Jones, Evernote, and Legion Logistics.

From Martin J. Smith: When Art Is Your Business, Treat Your Business Like Art

“How three Stanford alumni created an international gallery designed to benefit artists, collectors, and its owners — in that order.”

From Robin Lewis: Target’s Target

“Target’s CEO, Brian Cornell, means business and is not going to be left behind. With a 31 percent increase in online sales in 2015, while disappointing against Cornell’s promise to Wall Street of 40 percent, he has upped Target’s tech spend going forward. Along with building a team of experts, they are also identifying specific strategies for improvement and growth.”

From Morten Bennedsen: Losing the Battle for Dow Jones

“Enduring family businesses cannot rely on history; each new generation must remain active and committed if the firm is to stay relevant and strong.”

From Katie Benner: Warned of a Crash, Start-Ups in Silicon Valley Narrow Their Focus

“Evernote, a Silicon Valley start-up that makes a note-taking app, was supposed to be dead by now.”

From Val Prevish: NKY firm grows fast in ‘Silicon Valley’ of logistics

“Lacy Starling still remembers working at jobs she hated. That’s why as president of Legion Logistics, a third-party logistics company and one of the fastest-growing small businesses in the country, she wants to make sure that her employees never look back on their time at Legion with a feeling of regret.”

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