Month: January 2019

Platforming and modularity: smart answers to ever-increasing complexity

January 27, 2019

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Fabian Bannasch, Volker Grüntges, Giorgio Rossi, and Florian Weig for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out other resources, learn more about the firm,…

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Creative Construction: A book review by Bob Morris

January 26, 2019

Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation Gary P. Pisano PublicAffairs (January 2015) How and why human beings can modify their DNA, for better or worse When Charles Darwin discussed his concept of natural selection in his classic work, On the…

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Putting organizational complexity in its place

January 26, 2019

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Julian Birkinshaw and Suzanne Heywood for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out other resources, learn more about the firm, obtain subscription information,…

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Challenging Brain Teasers with Answers

January 25, 2019

Over the years, I have collected hundreds of brain teasers. Here are three examples: Some months have 30 days, some have 31. How many have 28? All of them. Divide 30 by one-half and add 10. What’s the total? 70…

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How to work smarter, not harder, to get more done

January 25, 2019

Over the years, I have reviewed all of Morten Hansen‘s books and articles. There is no business thinker I admire more. Here is a brief excerpt from one of his most recent blog posts. To read the  complete article, check…

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The Power and Impact of Integrative Thinking

January 25, 2019

In Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin suggests that Abraham Lincoln was an integrative thinker. Specifically, that following his election as President in 1860, Lincoln assembled a cabinet whose members included several of his strongest political opponents: Edwin M. Stanton as…

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A book review by Bob Morris

January 24, 2019

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power Shoshana Zuboff PublicAffairs (January 2019) How to contest and interrupt, then contain and vanquish an unprecedented threat to the human race As Shoshana…

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Commercial excellence: Your path to growth

January 24, 2019

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Russell Groves, Kun Lueck, and Stefano Redaelli for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out other resources, learn more about the firm, obtain…

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Bob Woodward: An interview about his latest book

January 23, 2019

Bob Woodward‘s latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, was published on September 11, 2018. Given recent developments since the publication of it, I decided to revisit an interview of him at a Politics and Prose event at George…

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The Legacy of Herb Kelleher, Cofounder of Southwest Airlines

January 23, 2019

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Bill Taylor 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, please…

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