Archive for August, 2014

An unlikely role model for those who aspire to be an engaged supervisor in business

imagesIn The Explorer Gene, Tom Cheshire explains how three generations of the Piccard family went higher, deeper, and further than anyone else had ever done before. Auguste Piccard was the patriarch. At one point, he accepted … READ MORE

Marshall Goldsmith on “The Power of Asking the Right Questions”

Goldsmith, MarshallHere is another brief, remarkably thoughtful article written by Marshall Goldsmith for Talent Management magazine. He suggests and I agree that mentors — and especially supervisors — should ask questions that probe for understanding to create … READ MORE

What does a healthy company look like?

One for all, all for one
Based on everything I have experienced, observed, and learned over the years, here’s what I think a healthy company looks like:

o First-Person Plural Pronouns: Everyone thinks in terms of “serving our customers,” … READ MORE

Peace Through Friendship: Worth a Try

Pdeace ThrioughHere is a brief excerpt from an article by Juliana Schroeder and Jane Risen for The New York Times. Its core thesis is brilliant but simple, as you will soon realize. Today, when … READ MORE

Brandon Stanton and Four Humans of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Humans of NYBrandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, published by St. Martin’s Press (2013) is one of the best books I have read in several years. He and his camera have roamed the five boroughs of New York and dozens of his more memorable encounters are … READ MORE

A conversation with the essayist and editor Joseph Epstein

epsteinpicHere is a brief excerpt from Katie Bolick’s superb interview of Joseph Epstein for The Atlantic, dated June 30, 1999.

It happened once that GQ magazine was to photograph the editor and writer Joseph Epstein in his classroom at Northwestern University.

Minutes before the photographer arrived, … READ MORE

Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie on “Lead at your best”

LeadHere is an excerpt from an article by Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. They recommend and explain five simple exercises can help executives to recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit their potential as a … READ MORE

Olivier: A book review by Bob Morris

Philip Ziegler
MacLehose Press (2013)

A comprehensive biography of a magnificent performer who was large, who contained multitudes

Prior to reading Philip Ziegler’s biography, what I knew about Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was limited almost entirely to seeing several of the films in which he … READ MORE

Paula Long (chief executive of DataGravity) in “The Corner Office”

LongAdam 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 Paula Long, chief … READ MORE

The Golden Age of Neuroscience Has Arrived

Here is an excerpt from an article by Micio Kaku for the Wall Street Journal in which he shares his thoughts about the fact that we have learned more about the thinking brain in the last 10-15 … READ MORE