Archive for February, 2017

M. Tamara Chandler on “How Performance Management Is Killing Performance”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

Tamra Chandler is a bona fide people maven. This means she’s someone who has spent the majority of her career thinking about people, researching how they’re motivated, and developing new and effective ways for organizations to achieve the … READ MORE

The case for digital reinvention

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Jacques Bughin, Laura LaBerge, and Anette Mellbye for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. They explain how and why digital technology, despite … READ MORE

Winners: A book review by Bob Morris

Winners: And How They Succeed
Alastair Campbell
Pegasus Books Ltd (2015)

What we can learn from winners’ mindsets as well as from their modus operandi

Alistair Campbell carefully organized and then presents his material within four Parts. To his substantial credit, he anchors his … READ MORE

Great Teams: Foster a Shared Obsession

In Extreme Teams, Robert Bruce Shaw explains “why Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and other cutting-edge companies succeed where most fail.” They create a workplace culture within which great teams are most likely to thrive.

Shaw suggests takeaways for … READ MORE

Cedric Bru (the C.E.O. of Tahlia) in “The Corner Office

Adam 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 … READ MORE

Claire Brooks on “Marketing with Strategic Empathy”: An interview by Bob Morris


Claire Brooks
is President and Managing Director of ModelPeople Inc.,a global consultancy offering branding insights and strategic solutions to international clients in categories as diverse as food, fashion and cars. Her global … READ MORE

Riding Shotgun: A book review by Bob Morris

Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO
Nathaniel Bennett and Stephen Miles
Stanford University Press (January 2017)

Why the COO is probably “the toughest job in a company”

The is the updated edition of a book first published a decade ago in which Nathaniel Bennett and Stephen … READ MORE

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business: A book review by Bob Morris

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business
Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff
Harvard Business Review Press (2017)

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs

Most … READ MORE

Great Teams: Results & Relationships

In Extreme Teams, Robert Bruce Shaw explains “why Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and other cutting-edge companies succeed where most fail.” They create a workplace culture within which great teams are most likely to thrive.

Shaw suggests takeaways for … READ MORE

How breakthrough creativity happens at the intersection of different fields, ideas, people, and culture

In the Foreword to the revised and updated edition of Frans Johansson’s classic, The Medici Effect, Teresa Amiable discusses the concept of “intersectional creativity,” a process of collaboration that is ecumenical, multidisciplinary, multifunctional, and most important of all, open. Throughout history, the most creative teams — … READ MORE

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