Archive for February, 2011

“Advocates are bred, not born….”

I agree.

Every organization needs people (employees, customers, clients, allies, etc.) who are its advocates among their family members, friends, and associates. No organization ever has too many of them.  Call them whatever you wish. Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba call them “Evangelists” whereas … READ MORE

Charles S. Jacobs: First interview by Bob Morris

Charles Jacobs

Jacobs is the founder and managing partner of 180 Partners, and the author of Management Rewired:  Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science. For over two decades, he has worked with leaders … READ MORE

The world needs more sprezzatura

Raphael's portrait of Castiglione

According to Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529), the term “sprezzatura” that he introduces in his classic work, The Book of the Courtier, is defined as “a certain … READ MORE

Playing ping-pong with Seth Godin

Here is a recent blog post to by Seth Godin to which I now respond, point by point:

A linchpin hierarchy

Do exactly what the boss says.

Comment: But only after you have made every … READ MORE

The power of exposition (if used effectively)

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) may well be the first person who formulated the four levels of discourse. At least I know of no sources that precede his Rhetoric and Poetics. They serve as … READ MORE

The 6 Toxic Beliefs That Lousy Bosses Love

Here is an article written by Geoffrey James for BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET … READ MORE

3 Ways to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Colleague




Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

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It can be incredibly frustrating … READ MORE

Be soylent – Eat people

Andy Kessler

In Chapter 7 of Eat People…and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs published by Portfolio/Penguin Group (2011), Andy Kessler explains the book’s title this way:

He has concluded that “the best way to leverage … READ MORE

Joseph A. Maciariello on knowledge work and learning

Joseph A. Maciarello

Here is the latest post by Joseph A. Maciariello featured in the Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Ezechange (DX) sponsored by the Drucker Institute. The Drucker Exchange (the DX) is a platform for bettering society … READ MORE