Archive for April, 2017

The power and flexibility of RFID

What do you know about radio frequency identification (RFID)?

Most decision-makers in business know little (if anything) but they should. Why?

Here’s a Wiki briefing: RFID “uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags … READ MORE

The Power of Little Ideas: A book review by Bob Morris

The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation
David Robertson with Kent Lineback
Harvard Business Review Press (May 2017)

Do innovators have only two choices: innovate small incrementally or innovate big disruptively? “There is another option.”

In Brick by Brick, … READ MORE

Victory Through Organization: A book review by Bob Morris

Victory Through Organization
: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It

Dave Ulrich, David Kryscynski, Mike Ulrich, and Wayne Brockbank
McGraw-Hill Pearson (April … READ MORE

The halo effect and other managerial delusions

Companies cannot achieve superior and lasting business performance simply by following a specific set of steps.

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Phil Rosenzweig for … READ MORE

What is your core product?

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

These major businesses (listed in alpha order) no longer sell their original core product(s).

o Apple: its core product was a circuit board

William Tecumseh Sherman: A book review by Bob Morris

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life
James Lee McDonough
W.W. Norton & Company (June 2016)

“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” READ MORE

Five Key Questions for Supervisors

These are among the questions in the minds of direct reports and other employees that supervisors must be willing and able to answer, NOT by what they say but rather by what they do and … READ MORE

David Cancel (C.E.O. of Drift) 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 of … READ MORE

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

María Freire (Uruguayan, 1917–2015). Untitled. 1954

Here is an introduction to a superb exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that will continue through August 13. … READ MORE

American Ulysses: A book review by Bob Morris

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
Ronald C. White
Random House (October 2016)

A brilliant examination of a U.S. hero “from the inside out”

As I often do, I read this book in combination with another, James Lee McDonough’s … READ MORE