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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to
visit Sochi, Russia, during an excursion while I was
on a Black Sea cruise. It is a picturesque city, with
promenades overlooking the sea and ski hills a short
distance away. And, like Maëlle Ricker, Olympic
snowboarder and the subject of our cover story (see
page 24), I was reminded of Vancouver’s North Shore.
Having been to Sochi only adds to my excitement to
watch Ricker and the other Canadian athletes compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
We can’t all be Olympic athletes, but many of us begin each year with a resolution
to take steps, both literally and figuratively, toward a healthy and happier life. I hope
this issue of The Connection will give you the encouragement you need. Laura
Langston’s article “Walk to health,” on page 28, is subtitled “Path to feeling good
begins with a single step.” That single step might be incorporating walking into your
daily routine, as Laura espouses, or adding Hemp Hearts to your diet (see page 37), or
writing a plan to achieve your goals for 2014 (page 9).
Maybe another one of your 2014 goals is making a weekly shopping trip to your
local Costco to check out the new items arriving daily and the special offers that change
each week. The enclosed Winter Savings and Costco Online books contain discounts
on dozens of products available in the warehouses or online at Costco.ca.
See you in the warehouse or online at Costco.ca. C
Lorelle Gilpin is Vice
President of Marketing,
Costco Wholesale Canada.
from the associate editor’s desk
THE TOPIC of this column is filling shoes, as in
“Those are big shoes to fill.” But the broader subject
is succession planning.
Filling shoes is what we’re doing these days at The
Connection. Over the past 10 months, the retirements of
this magazine’s two most senior editors have left spaces
for other staffers to fill. In our case, 40-plus
years of experience just went off to new pastures.
If a department or a company is being properly run,
big internal departures won’t cause major wrinkles. A
smart organization makes sure to develop employees,
give them more responsibility and make a commitment to increasing their skills and
abilities. These steps ensure that they’ll be ready to step up when the time comes, while
making them more effective and valuable at their current position.
Succession planning is the key way that a company, big or small, passes along its
values—its corporate DNA—to the next generation. At Costco, every warehouse
manager is told from the first day: If you’re not spending 90 per cent of your time
teaching your workers, you’re not doing your job right. It’s our way of making sure that
the company’s values and procedures survive the coming of new generations, and that
our customers are properly served.
I asked Susan Heathfield, a human resources consultant who writes about work-
place issues on About.com, about the importance of succession planning. “These are
the people you are investing the future of your company in,” she remarked. “They have
to own the culture.”
This is an important topic at The Connection, and throughout Costco. The com-
pany was founded in 1983, so many of the original and early employees are reaching
retirement age. A lot of energy is being devoted to filling shoes.
That way, the next generation can hit the ground running. I hope we’re doing just
that at The Connection. C
from the editor’s desk
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco