Closers (sponsored by SONY)

Laura Vanderkam

In the WFH environment, managers would be wise to manage to the task, not the clock, says Laura Vanderkam, author of “The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work From Home.” Read our Q&A.

DILBERT © 2006 Scott Adams

Before he became a world-renowned depicter of the banality of corporate America with his “Dilbert” comic strip, Scott Adams was rejected for an arts school, and instead earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Hartwick College and an MBA in economics and management from the University of California-Berkeley. In 1997, at the invitation of Logitech CEO Pierluigi Zappacosta, Adams, wearing a wig and false mustache, successfully impersonated a management consultant and tricked Logitech managers into adopting a mission statement that he described as “so impossibly complicated that it has no real content whatsoever.”

Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson

Matthew Dixon is Managing Director of the Corporate Executive Board’s Sales and Service Practice. Brent Adamson is Senior Director of the Sales Executive Council, a division of the Sales and Service Practice. Their book “The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation” was published in November 2011 by Portfolio/Penguin.

Tony Hsieh

Almost every discussion on employee satisfaction these days points to Zappos.com as the model to mimic. CEO Tony Hsieh says it’s just a common sense approach to “wowing” customers.

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