Archive for December, 2012

All About Celebrating a New Year

New YearFor years, I have wondered about the origin of what has become an international celebration of the arrival of a new year. So I went surfing and found the material that … READ MORE

Marching backward into the future….

DenialIn his latest book, Denial, Richard Tedlow provides a wealth of information and insights as he examines a number of especially interesting situation throughout U.S. history. Here’s a composite excerpt:

“The United States in 1900 did not have improved roads…We didn’t have gas stations. Indeed, … READ MORE

Business Basics: A book review by Bob Morris

Business BasicsBusiness Basics: Prepare Yourself, Add Customers, Cut Costs, and Eliminate Investments for You and Your Stakeholders
Donald Mitchell
400 Year Project Press (2012)

A cohesive, comprehensive, and cost-effective “game plan” for achieving and then sustaining peak performance

Note: I read this book when … READ MORE

Beyond machines, then what?

Beyond MachinesHere is an excerpt from an especially interesting article that I came upon while visiting the IBM website. For more than half a century, computers have been little better than calculators with storage structures and … READ MORE

Karen May (Google) in “The Corner Office”

May, KarenAdam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Karen May, vice president for people … READ MORE

Overcoming a bias against risk

Here is a brief excerpt from an article in The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company, in which Tim Koller, Dan Lovallo, and Zane Williams explain how risk-averse midlevel managers making routine … READ MORE

Enduring Ideas: The three horizons of growth

In this interactive presentation—one in a series of multimedia frameworks — Steve Coley, a director emeritus in McKinsey’s Chicago office, describes the three horizons framework. Based on research … READ MORE

4 of the best marketing videos of 2012

CBSMoneywatchHere is an article written by Erik Sherman for CBS MoneyWatch, the CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of … READ MORE

HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers: A book review by Bob Morris

HBR Guide to Finance BasicsHBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers
Various Contributors
Harvard Business Review Press (2012)

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Derrek Bok
This is one of the first volumes in a new series of anthologies of articles previously published in Harvard Business Review, in this … READ MORE

Gregory Unruh: An interview by Bob Morris

Unruh, GregoryGregory Unruh is a thought leader dedicated to sustainability innovation for business and the world. An Associate Professor of Sustainability at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, he is a noted writer, speaker and educator in the areas of corporate social responsibility, environmental … READ MORE