Archive for September, 2014

How We Learn. Really.

CareyIn his runaway bestseller, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, Benedict Carey observes, “The science of learning is, at bottom, a study of the mental muscle doing … READ MORE

Jeff Bloomfield: An interview by Bob Morris

BloomfieldAs a founder of BrainTrust, a successful organization that trains and develops sales and marketing professionals, Jeff Bloomfield has given a lot of thought to why customers say yes. In Story-Based Selling: Create, Connect, and Close, Bloomfield … READ MORE

Manager and machine: The new leadership equation

Man and MaschineHere is a brief excerpt from an article co-written by Martin Dewhurst and Paul Willmott for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. As artificial intelligence takes hold, they ask, what will it take to be an effective executive? To read the complete … READ MORE

Amazon’s Q&A with Christian Rudder

ScudderI have just read and will soon review Christian Scudder’s Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), published by Crown (September 2014). Meanwhile, I thought you would be interested in sharing his thoughts about intriguing … READ MORE

The Innovator’s Method: A book review by Bob Morris

Innovator's MethodThe Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your Organization
Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer
Harvard Business Review Press (2014)

How to use the right tools to test, validate, and commercialize new ideas

According to Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer, the innovator’s method is a process “by … READ MORE

Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door


There are so many metaphors that can be invoked when describing the unique experience of reading a good book.

Magic carpet is my preference and others’ metaphors include a window, a mirror, an … READ MORE

Steven Wright: A Contemporary Philosopher

WrightThese are among my favorites from Steven Wright’s observations:

1. You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?

2. I was once walking through the forest alone, and a tree fell right in front of me—and I didn’t hear … READ MORE

The Wisdom of Oz: A book review by Bob Morris

Wisdom of OzThe Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do
Roger Connors and Tom Smith
Portfolio/The Penguin Group (2014)

Most limits are self-imposed: How to unleash the power of personal accountability to overcome the obstacles to your success

According to Roger Connors and … READ MORE

Why not multitask to get more work done?

NassResearch conducted by Clifford Nass and his associates at Stanford University was based on two assumptions:

o That multitaskers are superhumans, capable peak performance, while completing several tasks simultaneously

o That multitaskers have a highly developed ability to … READ MORE

Realizing the power of talented women

Talented-women_150x84In 2010, eBay embarked on a journey to bring more women into its top ranks. It found that commitment, measurement, and culture outweigh a business case and HR policies. Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Michelle Angier and Beth Axelrod for the … READ MORE