Month: December 2011

Willful Blindness: A book review by Bob Morris

December 10, 2011

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril Margaret Heffernan Walker Books (2011) How and why all of us should develop  “fierce determination to see” whatever we need to understand Margaret Heffernan’s background in business is wide as…

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Higher Ambition: A book review by Bob Morris

December 10, 2011

Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value Michael Beer, Russell Eisenstat, Nathaniel Foote, Tobias Fredberg, and Flemming Norrgren Harvard Business School Press (2011) Valuable lessons from 36 CEOs who create simultaneously value that has both economic and…

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Michael Porter and Adrian Slywotzky on how the right strategies and tactics can create demand

December 9, 2011

In her recently published book, Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy, Joan Magretta has much of value to say.  In Chapter 4: Creating Value: The Core  (Part Two), for example, she discusses Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, Zipcar, Southwest Airlines,…

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What Executives Really Need to Know about Employee Engagement

December 9, 2011

In their employee engagement study, Elizabeth Craig of the Accenture Institute for High Performance and Lauren DeSimone of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research, explore this topic in depth. Based on research, they identify the key drivers of engagement,…

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Find Your Next: A book review by Bob Morris

December 9, 2011

Find Your Next: Using the Business Genome Approach to Find Your Company’s Next Competituve Edge Andrea Kates McGraw-Hill (2012) How and why “six key elements are essential to every vision’s success” Andrea Kates and I am among those who agree…

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Ten Things Only Bad Managers Say

December 9, 2011

Here is an excerpt from an article for Bloomberg Businessweek online in which Liz Ryan explains how and why bad managers reveal their thoughtlessness and insensitivity by what they say and how they say it as well as by their…

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Prioritize Before Starting Your Project

December 8, 2011

  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. Launching a project before you have a good sense of all its…

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Harvard Business Review on Rebuilding Your Business Model: A book review by Bob Morris

December 7, 2011

Harvard Business Review on Rebuilding Your Business Model Various Authors Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How to use innovative thinking to create or revise a business model that drives growth and profits This is one of the volumes in a…

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The Enemy of Engagement: A book review by Bob Morris

December 7, 2011

The Enemy of Engagement: Put an End to Workplace Frustration – and Get the Most from Your Employees Mark Royal and Tom Agnew AMACOM (2012) How to “take effective action to promote high levels of employee enablement and unleash the…

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Stop Competing to Be the Best

December 5, 2011

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joan Magretta for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click…

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