How to start building your next-generation operating model

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Joao Dias, David Hamilton, Christopher Paquette, and Rohit Sood for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check … READ MORE

Build Moments of Silence into Your Day

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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We all need moments of quiet — research shows that silence restores the nervous system, … READ MORE

My Adventures in Marketing: A book review by Bob Morris

My Adventures in Marketing: The Autobiography of Philip Kotler
Idea Bite Press (May 2017)

To life!

If the essential function of marketing is to create or increase demand, then the essential function of demarketing is to reduce … READ MORE

Your Exit Map: A book review by Bob Morris

Your Exit Map: Navigating the Boomer Bust
John Dini
Gardendale Press (May 2017)

More than a map, actually; also a compass, travel guide, manual, medical kit, and GPS

Over the years, I have worked closely with the … READ MORE

The 25 most-viewed YouTube videos of all time

Here is an introduction to an article by Grant Pardee and Kristen Hubby for The Daily Dot in which they introduce and discuss the 25 most-viewed YouTube videos of all … READ MORE

Tim Clark and Bruce Hazen on business models for teams: An interview by Robert Morris

Before discussing Business Models for Teams, here are a few general questions. First,  was there a turning point (if not an epiphany) years ago that set you on the career course you continue to follow? Please explain.

Tim: Agreeing … READ MORE

Amazon’s core competence: storytelling

In The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, October 2017), Scott Galloway suggests that Amazon’s core competence in storytelling. How so?

“Through storytelling, outlining a huge vision, Amazon has reshaped the relationship between company and shareholder. The story is told … READ MORE

The Wit and Wisdom of Milton Friedman: Part 2

Milton Friedman (1912-2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy.

These are among my favorite Friedman … READ MORE

One of the Greatest Business Decisions: Tata Steel’s radical approach to downsizing (1993)

The material that follows is adapted from The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time: Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business, by Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, and the … READ MORE

The supervisor as gardener

At the obvious risk of extending a metaphor to its breaking point, I think the best supervisors are gardeners who have a “green thumb” for growing other people.

These are among their defining characteristics:

o They do not over-fertilize with … READ MORE