Entries Tagged as 'Business'

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Southwest Airlines

I was looking for a flight to visit long lost and dear friends in Chicago today when I decided to take a closer look at one of my favorite airlines.

Southwest has for years been that shining star in the vast field of ever dimming carriers. I remember in the early 1990s in one of the San Diego airport terminals, while waiting for an America West flight, bored to death, I watched as the Southwest folks at the neighboring gate were having all kinds of fun as the airline employees cracked jokes and played games with kids. Something was definitely up at that small little airlines.

The Southwest mystique has grown since then and has become the beacon of the commercial air carrier world. Indeed, the future of flight rests in Southwest’s anti-hub, many legged model of transport. Using smaller, more economical planes, Southwest fills more seats and keeps costs down, which means more green in their pockets. But their secret weapon is their workforce. Watching the genuine excitement that those Southwest employees had for their work and customers that day in San Diego was, dare I say, inspiring. Why, I’ve never been so enthused about work as those folks were. With a happy and energized workforce like that, it’s no wonder that Southwest is such a successful company.

So why is it on the electronic pages of NICE Magazine? Is it because of all of those crazy planes painted like Shamu? Could it be because they once used a red heart as a key corporate marker? It must be because their stock symbol is LUV. Well, tt has some to do with these things. But the main reason is found in the company mission statement found on their website:

The Mission of Southwest Airlines
The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit.

To Our Employees
We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.

Can’t beat a company that has that much love for their employees. Southwest proves that you can be a profit making machine and still have a bit of a human touch too.

The company is currently celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year. Go out and support them. Cheap fares, excellent service and a company with a conscience. That’s a win, win, win if I ever saw one.

Friday, January 27th, 2006

New York college gives out Pay It Forward scholarship

The nursing department of Alfred State College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, initiated a Pay It Forward scholarship, making its first award last fall. The program was inspired (of course) by the namesake book and movie that came out in 2000. A winning proposal is chosen for best demonstrating the spirit of the Pay It Forward concept, which asks people not to pay back favors or good deeds, but to then pass on the good will to three other people.

The winner of the first ever Pay It Forward scholarship was senior nursing student, Stacey Belanger. She proposed to connect terminally ill patients with her pet dogs. Not the most creative idea ever, but kudos to Alfred State and Belanger for even going there with this program.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Free romance books for soldiers

This nice book publisher is offering their $40+ books free to those soldiers serving abroad. As a Valentines Day promotion, Torrid Romance will ship one of their novels to your loved one. You just pay the shipping and handling fees.

Pretty cool deal and a fairly generous offer from this business.

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Ghirardelli Chocolate Co.

Just the mention of this company’s name gets the salivary glands kickin’ and visions of chocolate euphoria going a mile-a-minte.

But this isn’t your typical chocolate maker. Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., based in San Francisco, is on the cutting edge of green manufacturing, meaning they employ the latest in environmentally friendly techniques when making those delectable treats you’ve come to know and love.

According to this story by the Alameda Times-Star, Ghirardelli’s San Leandro, California plant leads the pack in the way of green manufacturing. By using co-generation techonology and cutting down on the use of cardboard shipping boxes, the firm has not only reduced its impact on nearby landfills and air pollution, it has created ways to save upwards of $1 million a year on its operations. Producing nearly 1,000 pieces of the chocolate a minute, the San Leandro plant is a little bit of heaven in more ways than one.

So, the next time you’re shopping for baking chocolate, or just indulging on a box (or two) of gift chocolates, remember that Ghirardelli not only stands for high quality but for high ethics as a responsible (and green) manuracturer.

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Cisco Systems Inc.

Cisco Systems Inc. is most known as that networking equipment company that hit it huge during the tech bubble of the late 1990s. Others may recognize the company by their enigmatic leader, John T. Chambers, former IBM sales exec turned new economy icon whose mug was all over CNBC as Cisco stock soared to the $100 mark (currently trading at $19.40).

This article from SearchNetworking.com lets you peer into the charitable heart of the company through Tae Yoo, Cisco’s VP of Corporate Affairs.