Month: August 2017

The Wit and Wisdom of Milton Friedman: Part 2

August 12, 2017

Milton Friedman (1912-2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy. These are among my favorite Friedman observations:…

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One of the Greatest Business Decisions: Tata Steel’s radical approach to downsizing (1993)

August 12, 2017

The material that follows is adapted from The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time: Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business, by Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, and the editors of Fortune,…

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The supervisor as gardener

August 11, 2017

At the obvious risk of extending a metaphor to its breaking point, I think the best supervisors are gardeners who have a “green thumb” for growing other people. These are among their defining characteristics: o They do not over-fertilize with…

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The power of compound interest, for better or worse

August 11, 2017

The title of Alice Schroeder’s biography of Warren Buffett is The Snowball. Why? When he was a child in Omaha, Buffett and other children were sledding down a hill. At one point, he noticed that a snowman had fallen over…

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The Inspiration Code: A book review by Bob Morris

August 10, 2017

The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day Kristi Hedges AMACOM (June 2017) Great leaders help others to become the best they can become so they can then help still others In a previously published book, The…

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What it takes to become a trillion-dollar company

August 10, 2017

In The Four, published by Portfolio/Penguin Random House (October 2017), Scott Galloway examines “four technology giants [that] have inspired more joy, connections, prosperity, and discovery than any [other] entity in history. Along the way, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google have…

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Are you eager to learn what you need to know about business?

August 9, 2017

  In The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, published by Portfolio/Penguin Random House (October 2017), Scott Galloway claims that “it’s never been easier to be a billionaire, but it’s never been harder to be a…

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Let the Story Do the Work: A book review by Bob Morris

August 9, 2017

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success Esther K. Choy AMACOM (July 2017) How and why “Once upon a time” has almost unlimited applications and can have compelling impact As Esther K. Choy realizes…

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Ernest Hemingway: A book review by Bob Morris

August 8, 2017

Ernest Hemingway: A Biography Mary V. Dearborn A Borzoi Book Published by Alfred A. Knopf (May 2017) A brilliant, probably definitive examination of “what formed this remarkably complex and brilliant writer” I have read several dozen previously published books about…

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Howard Gardner on “Beyond Wit and Grit: Rethinking the Keys to Success”

August 8, 2017

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University and senior director of its Harvard Project Zero.…

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