Real estate agents constantly need to adjust to the changes in the real estate industry. With 83% of consumers with real estate needs starting their research online and an equal 80% or more of consumers working with the first agent that establishes contact, the competition to occupy online "real estate" for real estate agents has never been more important.
No one preaches corporate responsibility quite like Timberland's Jeff Swartz. Embraced by hip-hop trendsetters, his boot company grew eightfold in market capitalization from 1992 to 2005, hitting $1.6 billion. He used his position to deploy social initiatives galore, instituting some of the toughest worker-protection standards in the manufacturing industry, planting 1 million trees, and sponsoring thousands of volunteer events. He won accolades from Wall Street and social activists alike. But with his company's revenue soft and the stock price tumbling, is his own job sustainable?
Steve Mariotti shone as a corporate cog, succeeded as a solo businessman, struggled as a high-school teacher, and found meaning in the nonprofit he started. Stepping out on your own, he says, can be more than a good move — it can be a moral obligation.
Companies need to allow employees to liberate their inherent creativity, rather than squash it as most do. Tapping one's inner creativity within a destination-driven society requires the courage to slow down and reflect inwards.
Not long ago, he was the butt of jokes—lockbox, earth tones, a postelection beard. Then he dusted off an old slide show and jumped with both feet into the private sector. The untold story of how an epic loser engineered what may be the greatest brand makeover of our time.