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Month: October 2016

David Zweig on “Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of the Workforce”

October 31, 2016

In Invisibles (Portfolio/Penguin Group 2015), David Zweig develops in much greater depth several insights introduced earlier in an article that appeared in The Atlantic (March 12, 2012), “What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common?.” He explains why some people…

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The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap: A book review by Bob Morris

October 31, 2016

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy Harbor Singh and Michael Useem, Wharton Digital Press (October 2016) How to master the elements of strategy and leadership both separately and as an integrated whole This is one…

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Geoffrey Colon on “Four Goals for Disruptive Marketers”

October 30, 2016

In Disruptive Marketing (AMACOM August 2016), Geoffrey Colon suggests that that there is a new paradigm in marketing. The best minds (data punks, designers, and creative hybrids) “use social business models and insights instead of hierarchical org charts, while immersing…

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Why Simple Wins: A book review by Bob Morris

October 30, 2016

Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters Lisa Bodell Bibliomotion (October 2016) How and why simplification can “dramatically improve results [whereas] complexity can accelerate a company’s death knell.” In all business operations, simplicity is…

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Clarence Thomas’s Twenty-Five Years without Footprints

October 29, 2016

Clarence Thomas has never been assigned a landmark opinion for the Supreme Court. Why? Here is an excerpt from an article by Jeffrey Tobin for The New Yorker in which he responds to that question. To read the complete article,…

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The Agenda Mover: A book review by Bob Morris

October 29, 2016

The Agenda Mover: When Good Ideas Are Not Enough Samuel B. Bacharach Cornell University Press (August 2016) “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison As I began to read this book, I was again reminded of the fact that, for…

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Age of Discovery: A book review by Bob Morris

October 28, 2016

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna St. Martin’s Press (May 2016) How and why “this new golden age will not simply arrive; we have to achieve it.” As you…

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The Ingredients for Organizational Ambidexterity

October 28, 2016

First of all, what is organizational ambidexterity? In essence, it means that an organization is able to take full advantage of its existing assets and capabilities and apply them in the creation of new ones. This is what Vijay Govindarajan…

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Harbor Singh and Michael Useem on “The Strategic Leader’s Checklist”

October 27, 2016

In The Strategic Leadership Roadmap (October 2016), Harbir Singh and Michael Useem offer a six-step process by which to develop managers who can integrate leadership and strategy. Here is one of the passages that caught my eye: The Strategic Leader’s…

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How to attack what Jim O’Toole characterizes as “the ideology of comfort and the tyranny for custom”

October 27, 2016

In Reorg, Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood introduce and then thoroughly explain a five-step process by which to complete organizational transformation. I agree with them that, in order to get it right, those involved should have a solid business rationale…

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