Archive for November, 2013

Find Your Superpower and Use It

Linkner, JoshHere is a recent Josh Linkner latest blog post in which he suggests that each of us possesses a “superpower” of one kind or another. First, recognize it. Next, understand and … READ MORE

Building the social enterprise

Building SocialHere is a brief excerpt from an article co-authored by Michael Chui, Martin Dewhurst, and Lindsay Pollak for the McKinsey Quarterly in which they explain how, by following a few simple principles, leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies to engage employees and transform … READ MORE

Connected: A book review by Bob Morris

ConnectedConnected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives — How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do
Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler
Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company (2011)

How and why our connections to other … READ MORE

The New Corporate Facts of Life: A book review by Bob Morris

New CorporateThe New Corporate Facts of Life: Rethink Your Business and Transform Today’s Challenges into Tomorrow’s Profits
Diana Rivenburgh
AMACOM (2013)

“What got you here won’t get you there.” Marshall Goldsmith

The Goldsmith assertion that serves as the title of this review refers to organizations as … READ MORE

War, Peace, and Listicles: Leo Tolstoy on Money, Fame, and Writing for the Wrong Reasons

tolstoyconfessionHere is a brief excerpt from another thought-provoking article by Maria Popova for her website, Brain Pickings, during which she provides a lament on being “self-confident and self-satisfied as only those can … READ MORE

What Jeff Bezos learned from Jim Sinegal, founder of Costco

SinegalIn his superb biography, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone discusses in Chapter 4 a breakfast meeting that Bezos once had with Jim Sinegal, founder and then (2001) CEO of Costco. … READ MORE

“This desolate wilderness….”

Thanks WSJHere is a chronicle of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton (1616-1685). It has been published annually in the Wall Street Journal since 1961.


Winning from Within: A book review by Bob Morris

Winning fromWinning from Within: A Breakthough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change
Erica Ariel Fox
HarperBusiness/Imprint of HarperCollins (2013)

Here is “a practical and accessible set of tools that explains how…to broker deals with others [and] make peace with ourselves”

The title of this review was … READ MORE

Thanksgiving: Did you already know?

thanks-1Bill Bryson is one of my favorite writers. Here is a brief excerpt from Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States (1998).

“When a celebration was … READ MORE

Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation: A book review by Bob Morris

D ThinkingDesign Thinking for Strategic Innovation: What They Can’t Teach You at Business or Design School
Idris Mootee
John Wiley & Sons (2013)

How cutting-edge design thinking can help business leaders respond to challenges that transcend specialized disciplines,

First of all, I think this is … READ MORE