Month: May 2018

Identify and then eliminate your “unknown unknowns”

May 21, 2018

As you may already know, the concept of what Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham aptly characterize (in 1955) as “the unknown unknowns.” That is, ignorance of one’s ignorance. This is is probably what Mark Twain had in mind when observing,…

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Before taking on a new project, evaluate status of current ones

May 21, 2018

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. * * * It’s important to challenge yourself with new projects, but taking…

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The business wisdom of Warren Buffett

May 20, 2018

Here are ten of my favorite Buffett quotations: o It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results. o What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history. o Chains of habit are too…

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Achieving business impact with data

May 20, 2018

The best analytics are worth nothing with bad data. The importance of understanding and working on all components of the insights value chain is mission critical. Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Holger Hürtgen and Niko…

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John D. Rockefeller, Sr: Invaluable business lessons from Ron Chernow’s Biography

May 19, 2018

In 50 Business Classics, Tom Butler-Bowdon includes a discussion of Ron Chernows’s classic biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. These are among the dozens of business lessons that caught my eye: o “John Davis Rockefeller was fortunate in the timing of his…

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3 Ways Senior Leaders Create a Toxic Culture

May 19, 2018

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Ron Carucci for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email alerts,…

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Debiasing the corporation: An interview with Nobel laureate Richard Thaler

May 18, 2018

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Richard Thaler conducted by Bill Javetski and Tim Koller for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company.The University of Chicago professor explains how executives can battle back against biases that…

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Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work

May 18, 2018

Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work Here is an excerpt from an article written by Michael Parke and Justin Weinhardt for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check…

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How to Spot and Overcome Your Hidden Weaknesses

May 17, 2018

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Tim Herrera for The New York Times. To read the complete article, check out others, and obtain subscription information, please click here. * * * One of my favorite story arcs…

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“People don’t want quarter-inch drills. They want quarter-inch holes.” Theodore Levitt

May 17, 2018

In 50 Business Classics series, Tom Butler-Bowdon includes a discussion of Theodore (“Ted”) Levitt and his concept of marketing myopia, introduced in an HBR article (1960) and then featured in Levitt’s The Marketing Imagination (1983). These are among the dozens of…

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