Market Basket Employees Unite Over Fired President

"Become the kind of leader people would follow voluntarily even if you held no title or position." -Brian Tracy

Employees of Market Basket Foods, a Northeast grocery chain, have been organizing rallies to reinstate their fired president, Arthur T. Demoulas. 

According to his employees, senior management, and community members, Demoulas had a top notch business philosophy; he paid workers well, funded retirement accounts, had a personable disposition, and kept prices low. 

So why was he fired? According to an article in the Boston Globe,  the firing stemmed from a decades long family feud. 

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The Bamboo Ceiling : Asian-Americans Lack Leadership Roles

Image by Kheel Center,  Flickr

Image by Kheel Center, Flickr

Though Asian-Americans are the biggest non-white demographic in US companies, there is still a lack of Asian-Americans that hold leadership roles. In the US, 75% of top-management is usually white. This glass ceiling is being referred to as the bamboo ceiling. 

According to a recent article at NPR, a program at Stanford titled "Executive Education for Asian-American Executives" aims to close this gap once and for all. The program costs upwards of $12,000 and aims to teach Asian-Americans the skills that are traditionally required to get ahead in a Western work environment. Some of these skills include assertiveness, initiative, confrontation, and confidence.

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