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Month: April 2017

The power and flexibility of RFID

April 30, 2017

What do you know about radio frequency identification (RFID)? Most decision-makers in business know little (if anything) but they should. Why? Here’s a Wiki briefing: RFID “uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags…

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The Power of Little Ideas: A book review by Bob Morris

April 30, 2017

The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation David Robertson with Kent Lineback Harvard Business Review Press (May 2017) Do innovators have only two choices: innovate small incrementally or innovate big disruptively? “There is another option.” In…

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Victory Through Organization: A book review by Bob Morris

April 30, 2017

Victory Through Organization: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It Dave Ulrich, David Kryscynski, Mike Ulrich, and Wayne Brockbank McGraw-Hill Pearson (April 2017) “If you want to go fast, go alone.…

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The halo effect and other managerial delusions

April 29, 2017

Companies cannot achieve superior and lasting business performance simply by following a specific set of steps. Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Phil Rosenzweig for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the…

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What is your core product?

April 29, 2017

These major businesses (listed in alpha order) no longer sell their original core product(s). o Apple: its core product was a circuit board o Corning: Technical and pharmaceutical glass o DuPont: gunpowder o The Gap: phonograph recordings in a retail…

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William Tecumseh Sherman: A book review by Bob Morris

April 29, 2017

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life James Lee McDonough W.W. Norton & Company (June 2016) “War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be…

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Five Key Questions for Supervisors

April 28, 2017

These are among the questions in the minds of direct reports and other employees that supervisors must be willing and able to answer, NOT by what they say but rather by what they do and how they do it. “What’s…

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David Cancel (C.E.O. of Drift) in “The Corner Office”

April 28, 2017

Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of David Cancel, C.E.O. of Drift,…

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Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

April 27, 2017

Here is an introduction to a superb exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that will continue through August 13. You can purchase museum admission tickets by clicking here. The exhibition was organized by Starr Figura, Curator, Department of Drawings…

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American Ulysses: A book review by Bob Morris

April 27, 2017

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant Ronald C. White Random House (October 2016) A brilliant examination of a U.S. hero “from the inside out” As I often do, I read this book in combination with another, James Lee…

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