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Month: November 2013

Find Your Superpower and Use It

November 30, 2013

Here is a recent Josh Linkner latest blog post in which he suggests that each of us possesses a “superpower” of one kind or another. First, recognize it. Next, understand and appreciate it. Then make more effective use of it,…

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Building the social enterprise

November 30, 2013

Here is a brief excerpt from an article co-authored by Michael Chui, Martin Dewhurst, and Lindsay Pollak for the McKinsey Quarterly in which they explain how, by following a few simple principles, leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies…

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Connected: A book review by Bob Morris

November 30, 2013

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives — How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company (2011) How…

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The New Corporate Facts of Life: A book review by Bob Morris

November 29, 2013

The New Corporate Facts of Life: Rethink Your Business and Transform Today’s Challenges into Tomorrow’s Profits Diana Rivenburgh AMACOM (2013) “What got you here won’t get you there.” Marshall Goldsmith The Goldsmith assertion that serves as the title of this…

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War, Peace, and Listicles: Leo Tolstoy on Money, Fame, and Writing for the Wrong Reasons

November 29, 2013

Here is a brief excerpt from another thought-provoking article by Maria Popova for her website, Brain Pickings, during which she provides a lament on being “self-confident and self-satisfied as only those can be who are quite holy or who do…

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What Jeff Bezos learned from Jim Sinegal, founder of Costco

November 28, 2013

In his superb biography, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone discusses in Chapter 4 a breakfast meeting that Bezos once had with Jim Sinegal, founder and then (2001) CEO of Costco. They met at…

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“This desolate wilderness….”

November 28, 2013

Here is a chronicle of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton (1616-1685). It has been published annually in the Wall Street Journal since 1961. * * * Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of…

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Winning from Within: A book review by Bob Morris

November 27, 2013

Winning from Within: A Breakthough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change Erica Ariel Fox HarperBusiness/Imprint of HarperCollins (2013) Here is “a practical and accessible set of tools that explains how…to broker deals with others [and] make peace with ourselves”…

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Thanksgiving: Did you already know?

November 27, 2013

Bill Bryson is one of my favorite writers. Here is a brief excerpt from Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States (1998). “When a celebration was deemed in order, the Puritans were delighted…

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Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation: A book review by Bob Morris

November 26, 2013

Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation: What They Can’t Teach You at Business or Design School Idris Mootee John Wiley & Sons (2013) How cutting-edge design thinking can help business leaders respond to challenges that transcend specialized disciplines, First of all,…

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