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What IKEA can teach you about designing your career

Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish entrepreneur, is well-known around the globe for founding IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer since 2008. Kamprad had dyslexia, a learning disorder that affects one’s ability to read, spell, write, and speak. What distinguishes IKEA from other retailers is a result of Kamprad’s dyslexia. His disorder caused him to struggle with numbers, so using pictures and letters made more sense. He replaced numeric codes with European names, places, and islands that make it easier to identify each furniture piece. Continue reading What IKEA can teach you about designing your career

Don’t markdown your career or grab it off the rack. Make it a perfect fit.

Don Fisher had bought two pair of pants. When they didn’t fit, he and his wife Doris began a search for the right size at clothing stores in San Francisco. Their futile search became an epiphany. “What if,” Don mused, “someone put together all the styles, colors and sizes Levi Strauss had to offer in one store?” That led to the creation of the first Gap store which revolutionized the retail industry. With no retail training or experience, they created a contagious shopping experience that the Fishers grew into a major global brand with over 3,200 stores and a portfolio that includes Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. Continue reading Don’t markdown your career or grab it off the rack. Make it a perfect fit.