Archive for October, 2016

David Zweig on “Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of the Workforce”

invisibles-1In Invisibles (Portfolio/Penguin Group 2015), David Zweig develops in much greater depth several insights introduced earlier in an article that appeared in The Atlantic (March 12, 2012), “What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common?.” He explains why some people choose professions where accomplishments … READ MORE

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap: A book review by Bob Morris

strategic-leaders-roadmapThe Strategic Leader’s Roadmap: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy
Harbor Singh and Michael Useem,
Wharton Digital Press (October 2016)

How to … READ MORE

Geoffrey Colon on “Four Goals for Disruptive Marketers”

disruptive-marketingIn Disruptive Marketing (AMACOM August 2016), Geoffrey Colon suggests that that there is a new paradigm in marketing. The best minds (data punks, designers, and creative hybrids) “use social business models and insights instead of hierarchical org charts, while immersing themselves in the customer … READ MORE

Why Simple Wins: A book review by Bob Morris

why-simple-winsWhy Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters
Lisa Bodell
Bibliomotion (October 2016)

How and why simplification can “dramatically improve results [whereas] complexity can accelerate a company’s death knell.”

In all business operations, simplicity is desirable but complexity is inevitable. Long … READ MORE

Clarence Thomas’s Twenty-Five Years without Footprints


Clarence Thomas has never been assigned a landmark opinion for the Supreme Court. Why? Here is an excerpt from an article by Jeffrey Tobin for The New Yorker in which he responds to that question. To … READ MORE

The Agenda Mover: A book review by Bob Morris

agenda-moverThe Agenda Mover: When Good Ideas Are Not Enough
Samuel B. Bacharach
Cornell University Press (August 2016)

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison

As I began to read this book, I was again reminded of the fact that, for decades, those enrolled in a Dale Carnegie … READ MORE

Age of Discovery: A book review by Bob Morris

age-of-discoveryAge of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance
Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna
St. Martin’s Press (May 2016)

How and why “this new golden age will not simply arrive; we have to achieve it.”

As you begin to read this book, it … READ MORE

The Ingredients for Organizational Ambidexterity

lead-and-disruptFirst of all, what is organizational ambidexterity? In essence, it means that an organization is able to take full advantage of its existing assets and capabilities and apply them in the creation of new ones.

This is what Vijay Govindarajan has in mind when recommending what he … READ MORE

Harbor Singh and Michael Useem on “The Strategic Leader’s Checklist”

strategicleadersroadmap-sIn The Strategic Leadership Roadmap (October 2016), Harbir Singh and Michael Useem offer a six-step process by which to develop managers who can integrate leadership and strategy. Here is one of the passages that caught my eye:

The Strategic Leader’s checklist

1. Master the elements of … READ MORE

How to attack what Jim O’Toole characterizes as “the ideology of comfort and the tyranny for custom”

9781633692237_p0_v1_s192x300In Reorg, Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood introduce and then thoroughly explain a five-step process by which to complete organizational transformation. I agree with them that, in order to get it right, those involved should have … READ MORE