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The Wrong Way to Think About Creativity

June 21, 2021

 In Decoding Greatness, Ron Friedman explains how the best in the world reverse engineer their success. He extends the concept of reverse engineering into a wide range of applications that include but are not limited to investing. Carl Gustav Jacobi,…

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What the “Best Companies to Work For” Do Differently

June 20, 2021

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Michael O’Malley for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email alerts,…

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The Imagination Machine: A book review by Bob Morris

June 19, 2021

The Imagination Machine: How to Spark New Ideas and Create Your Company’s Future Martin Reeves and Jack Fuller Harvard Business Review Press (June 2021) How to harness imagination systemically within the workplace to drive your company’s growth According to Martin…

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Courageous Leadership: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

June 18, 2021

In Forged in Crisis, Nancy Koehn focuses on five quite different leaders who exemplify the power of courage in turbulent times: Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson. These are among her comments about Bonhoeffer: “Despite…

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What are the defining characteristics of an agile organization?

June 16, 2021

Many years ago, Jack Welch was asked why he highly admired small organizations. GE’s then chairman and CEO offered this response: “There are several reasons. For one, they communicate better. Without the din and prattle of bureaucracy, people listen as…

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Stop Being So Hard on Yourself

June 15, 2021

  Here is an excerpt from an article written by Melody Wilding for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email…

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Before She Was C.E.O., She Cleaned Toilets. ‘How Wonderful Is That?’

June 14, 2021

Here is another superb article from David Gelles for The New York Times in which he shares his conversation with Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’ Lakes. To read the complete article, check out others, and obtain information about deep-discount…

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Leverage Building: The “alpha dog of bargaining strategies”

June 13, 2021

In Creative Conflict, Bill Sanders and Frank Mobus offer “a practical guide for business negotiations.” Some of the most valuable material is provided in Chapter 5, “Bargaining Strategies.” They explain “how successful negotiating is driven by both competition and cooperation,…

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Three deliciously esoteric facts about food

June 12, 2021

In Decoding Greatness, Ron Friedman explains how the best in the world reverse engineer success. Throughout his lively and eloquent narrative, he inserts hundred of nuggets of information. These three caught my eye: “1. The reason donuts have a hole…

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Identify — and Hire — Lifelong Learners

June 11, 2021

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Marc Zao-Sanders for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email alerts,…

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