Month: November 2014

A CEO’s guide to reenergizing the senior team

November 26, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Derek Dean for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. In today’s tough and fast-changing environment, CEOs must help their top leaders to work through fear and denial and to…

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What is innovation?

November 25, 2014

There are hundreds (thousands?) of sources that provide complicated, usually stale answers to this question. Long ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes said he didn’t care a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity but would give his life for simplicity…

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The CEO’s role in leading transformation

November 25, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Carolyn B. Aiken and Scott P. Keller for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. As they explain, the CEO helps a transformation succeed by communicating its significance, modeling the…

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David Brooks on “Obama in Winter”

November 25, 2014

Over the years, I have relied on a few journalists to help me navigate my way through the forces and events that resemble a fog in everyday life. David Brooks is one of them. Here is a brief excerpt from…

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Prospects for growth: An interview with Robert Solow

November 24, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Robert Solow by Martin Neil Baily and Frank Comes for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. The economist who won a Nobel Prize for advancing our understanding of technology…

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The next generation of our “best and brightest”….

November 24, 2014

Those who have some concerns about the current state of education in the United States and, more specifically, about how well-prepared the next generation will be to cope with the challenges that await, will find this brief video will be…

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6 Ways to Motivate Yourself at Work

November 24, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Rebecca Borison for Inc. magazine. In it, she suggests that, if you’re feeling less than inspired, you need to take matters into your own hands. To read the complete article, check…

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Karl Ronn: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

November 23, 2014

Karl Ronn is the managing director of Innovation Portfolio Partners. Based in Palo Alto, he helps Fortune 500 companies create new businesses or helps entrepreneurs start category creating new companies. He is a co-founder of VC-backed Butterfly Health that sells…

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Thanksgiving: Did you already know?

November 23, 2014

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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Soul to Soul with Legendary NBA Coach Phil Jackson

November 22, 2014

Phil Jackson played on or coached 13 teams that won a National Basketball Association championship. He is frequently referred to as the “Zen Master” (perhaps you saw the Audi television commercial) because he makes effective use of unconventional tactics to…

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