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After the Layoffs, What Next? (HBR Case Study and Commentary)

by Richard Manning Gun Denhart Suzy Wetlaufer Jim Emshoff Saul Gellerman Bob Peixotto

Harry Denton, the CEO in this fictional case study, has been caught off guard. As the head of Delarks, a venerable department-store chain in the Midwest, he has engineered a remarkable turnaround in only a year. Sales have rebounded, and Wall Street is applauding. But when Delarks's head of merchandising defects to a competitor, Denton is shocked to realize that many of the layoff survivors, in fact, have had it with him and with the company. The last straw was the recent closing of the Madison store, which Denton announced without warning to anyone--not even the company's head of HR, Thomas Wazinsky, a supposedly trusted adviser. The rumor mill says that many employees are considering leaving before Denton can inflict the next blow. And senior managers are not immune to the fear and anger. Even Wazinsky, one of the few links to Delarks's proud past, confesses to Denton, "I'll bet you're thinking of firing me." Denton has to act--and fast. He calls a "town meeting" for the 600 employees of the St. Paul store. The plan: rally the troops. Instead, Denton is routed. Angry questions are hurled at the CEO, and he is forced to beat a hasty retreat through the back door. In 98510A and 98510Z, Bob Peixotto, Jim Emshoff, Richard Manning, Gun Denhart, and Saul Gellerman offer advice on how to revive morale at the successful but troubled company.

Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization

by Richard Manning

In this bold book, Richard Manning narrates a fascinating revisionist history of agriculture, from the domestication of plants and animals ten thousand years ago to today's corporate megafarms. Instead of a bucolic Ur-myth, Manning portrays an enterprise that was from its inception expansionist, and that did not so much accompany colonialism as drive it. Drawing on the work of anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, and historians, as well as on his own extensive research, he traces a commodification of grain that has reached its apex in contemporary agribusiness and that has helped to build some of the most familiar -- and dysfunctional -- features of our political and economic landscape.

Go Wild

by John J. Ratey Richard Manning David Perlmutter

The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being. In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness and more, GO WILD examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and GO WILD will show you how.

Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, and Promise of the American Prairie

by Richard Manning

The author, an award-winning journalist and nature writer, looks at the grasslands of the American West and Midwest, tracing the region from pre-history to the present. He discusses attempts to control the land and efforts to restore native grasses and wild herds of buffalo, and visits Ted Turner's progressive and controversial Montana ranch. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

What's Inside Shells

by Richard Manning Angela Royston

Why does a sea urchin have sharp spines? What does a tortoise look like inside his shell? How can you tell how old an oyster is? Take a look! What's Inside? is a fascinating new series that looks beneath the surface of everyday things and explains how and why they work as they do. With a unique combination of vivid photography and colorful illustration, What's Inside? peels away the outer layers to reveal an exciting world for children to explore.

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