Archive for January, 2016

Literally, one of history’s coolest ideas

Johnson, StevenIn Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation published by Riverhead Books/Penguin (2010), Steven Johnson examines the origin and development of what is quite literally one of history’s coolest ideas: the … READ MORE

Why Ken Robinson is so important

Robinson, Sir KenWhy don’t we get the best out of people?

Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far … READ MORE

Lincoln and leadership

LincolnA recent Schumpeter column published in The Economist, “Lincoln and leadership,” explains how and why outsiders can make the best leaders — and also the worst. To read the complete article, please click READ MORE

Stop Second-Guessing Your Decisions


Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

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Do you find yourself revisiting every decision you make, agonizing over whether it really … READ MORE

The huge impact of the “small liberal arts college”


The quality of education at Beloit College helps to explain why I was awarded a full scholarship for graduate study in the comparative literature department at Yale University. On numerous occasions thereafter, when asked where I … READ MORE

How and Why Diversity x CQ = Innovation

LivermoreIn Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity, David Livermore addresses two separate but interdependent questions:

How can you utilize perspectives to come up with better solutions?

And what … READ MORE

People Artists: Drawing Out the Best in Others at Work

People Artists

Here is a portion of a Q&A created by David Zinger for the Halogen TalentSpace blog, a source for “the latest thinking on how to build a … READ MORE

Persuadable: A book review by Bob Morris

PersuadablePersuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World
Al Pittampalli
HarperBusiness/Imprint of Harper Collins (January 2016)

Why leaders should demand to know whatever they need to know, especially if it is not what they think they know…but in fact don’t

Those who … READ MORE

George E.L. Barbee: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

BarbeeGeorge E. L. Barbee is one of the original Batten Fellow faculty members (along with Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell and Jim Gilmore) at top-ranked University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and … READ MORE

Mini-Profiles of Four Great “Persuadables”

PersuadableThose who are persuadable have a mindset that is both willing and able – indeed eager — to consider diverse perspectives, especially those that challenge their cherished assumptions and premises. The healthiest organizations are those in which principled dissent is not merely encouraged; in … READ MORE