Month: August 2016

Mark Twain’s advice to politicians, public speakers, “and other scoundrels”

August 21, 2016

Few great writers offer great advice on communication. Mark Twain is one of my favorite sources. Here are a few of his gems. On humor “The humorous story is strictly a work of art — high and delicate art —…

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Bringing Out the Best: A book review by Bob Morris

August 21, 2016

Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement, Third Edition Aubrey C. Daniels McGraw-Hill Education (June 2016) “The best way to run an organization is also the best way to treat people.” Sherman…

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Jim Womack and Dan Jones on the Evolution and Future of Lean

August 20, 2016

Here are brief excerpts from an interview of Jim Womack (on right) and Dan Jones by Roberto Priolo. They discuss the evolution and future of lean. * * * Last month I attended the UK Lean Summit, organized by the…

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What to Say When a Conversation Heats Up

August 20, 2016

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. * * * When a conversation turns negative, it’s helpful to have a…

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Neuroscience for Organizational Change: A book review by Bob Morris

August 19, 2016

Neuroscience for Organizational Change: An Evidence-based Practical Guide to Managing Change Hilary Scarlett KoganPage (2016) How and why an understanding of neuroscience can help transform almost any organization Human beings are effective change agents if driven by an understanding of…

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How enterprise architects can help ensure success with digital transformations

August 19, 2016

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Oliver Bossert and Jürgen Laartz for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out other resources, learn more about the firm, obtain subscription…

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Getting to innovation “on the other side of complexity”

August 18, 2016

Years ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” In his latest book, The Innovation…

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Dan Pontefract on “The Purpose Effect”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

August 17, 2016

Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner at TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company, where he heads the Transformation Office, a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance their corporate cultures and collaboration practices. Previously as Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS,…

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Deconstructing 3 Myths About Employee Motivation

August 17, 2016

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Laurie Ruettimann for Halogen Software’s TalentSpace blog. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm, and sign up for email alerts, please click here. * * *…

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