Archive for March, 2015

Liz Wiseman: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

Wiseman, bio-lizLiz Wiseman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How … READ MORE

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A book review by Bob Morris

Tales from BothTales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience
Michael S. Gazzaniga
Ecco/An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (2015)

“His wit and joie de vivre showed generations of students and colleagues the human face of science.” Steven Pinker

Most of the great … READ MORE

On Making Great Decisions

imagesHere is a brief excerpt from a conversation involving Stanford’s Chip Heath and McKinsey’s Olivier Sibony, featured in the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. They discuss new research, fresh frameworks, and practical tools for decision makers. … READ MORE

What’s your core business?

imagesI continue to be amazed by the number of business executives who do not know what their core business is.

ServiceMASTER has several divisions/brands: Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMASTER Restore, ServiceMASTER Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec. Years … READ MORE

The importance of delighting in the possible

Delighting-in-the-possible_150x84Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Zafer Achi and Jennifer Garvey Berger for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. They suggest that, in an unpredictable world, executives should stretch beyond managing the probable. To read the complete article, check out … READ MORE

Bernhard Schroeder: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

SchroederBernhard Schroeder is the Director, Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Programs and oversees all of the undergraduate and graduate experiential entrepreneurship programs on the San Diego State University campus. He also has responsibility for the Center’s marketing and outreach on … READ MORE

Middle management in gazelle organizations

Gazelle-143x200 While completing the process of evaluating workshops and seminars I conducted in 2014, I have also been scheduling and conducting additional ones in 2015. Most of my involvement is with gazelles, a majority of them companies in which venture capital firms have made a substantial … READ MORE

Kara Penn: An interview by Bob Morris

PennKara Penn is cofounder and principal consultant at Mission Spark, a management consulting firm dedicated to organizational change and improvement in complex and often resource-constrained settings. In guiding her clients’ thinking, planning, and action, Kara focuses on best … READ MORE

Chip and Dan Heath on “Four principles for making better decisions”

Authors (and brothers) Chip and Dan Heath propose four steps for improving decision making. Below is an overview of that process, whose initials spell “WRAP.” It’s elaborated in their new book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Business (Crown Business, March 2013).

For example

Consider at least … READ MORE

Gretchen Rubin suggests, “To Form Successful Habits, Know What Motivates You”

ToFormSuccessfulHabitsHere is an excerpt from an article written by Gretchen Rubin for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email … READ MORE