Questions to ask when obtaining feedback from an underperforming direct report

In Radical Candor, Kim Scott explains how almost any organization — whatever its size and nature may be — can “defy the gravitational pull of organizational mediocrity.” The ultimate goal of what she characterizes as Radical … READ MORE

Robert Bruce Shaw on “Extreme Teams”: An interview by Bob Morris

Robert Bruce Shaw assists business leaders in building organizations and teams capable of superior performance. His specialty is working closely with senior executives, as individuals and as groups, on organizational and leadership effectiveness. Robert often works with leaders … READ MORE

The Net and the Butterfly: A book review by Bob Morris

The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking
Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack
Portfolio/Penguin Random House (February 2017)

How breakthrough thinking can accelerate personal growth and professional development

Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack make brilliant use of similes and … READ MORE

Setting New Leaders Up For Success

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Nathaniel Plamondon for Halogen Software’s TalentSpace blog. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm, and sign up for email alerts, … READ MORE

Humility Is the New Smart: A book review by Bob Morris

Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age
Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig
Barrett-Koehler Publishers (January 2017)

“NewSmart”: Excellence at the very highest levels of cognition and initiative

What will be … READ MORE

How to Manage Habits

In The Leading Brain, Friederike Fabritius and Hans Hagemann explain several ”powerful science-based strategies for achieving peak performance.”

In Chapter 4, Fabritius and Hagemann offer these key points:

o Our brains prefer the path of least resistance. In order to trailblazer a new neural pathway, the brain … READ MORE

Jim Collins on “the extra dimension” of great leadership.

The last time I checked, Amazon US sells 9,369 volumes whose authors discuss great leadership. Four of the best were written or co-authored by Jim Collins.

As Collins explains in Good to Great, Level 5 leaders are those “who lead with a powerful mixture of … READ MORE

HBR’s 10 Must Reads for New Managers: A book review by Bob Morris

HBR’s 10 Must Reads for New Managers
Various Contributors
Harvard Business Review Press (February 2017)

“There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker

This is … READ MORE

Steven Spielberg: A book review by Bob Morris

Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films
Molly Haskell
Yale University Press (January 2017)

“Everything about me is in my films.” Steven Spielberg

There is substantial truth in Steven Spielberg’s observation, as Molly Haskell indicates in this brief but remarkably comprehensive biography in which she correlates … READ MORE

The Wisdom of Viktor Frankl

Photo Credit: Katharina Vesley

These are among my favorite Viktor Frankl observations:

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to “be happy.” But happiness cannot … READ MORE