Book Reviews

OUTSMART! A book review by Bob Morris

June 10, 2011

OUTSMART! How to Do What Your Competitors Can’t Jim Champy Financial Times Press/Pearson (2008) Previously, Champy argued in Reengineering the Corporation (1993) that “companies need to change radically and be managed from a process perspective,” in Reengineering Management (1995) he…

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INSPIRE! A book review by Bib Morris

June 10, 2011

Inspire!: Why Customers Come Back Jim Champy Financial Times Press/Pearson (2009) Those who read Champy’s previous book, OUTSMART!, know that in it he drew metaphorically from of Charles Darwin’s observations, “Species always breed beyond available resources,” “Those species with favorable…

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Seeing What’s Next: A book review by Bob Morris

June 9, 2011

Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, and Erik A. Roth Harvard Business School Press (2004) Together with Erik A. Roth and Scott D. Anthony, offers in this volume…

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The Essays of Warren Buffett: A book review by Bob Morris

June 8, 2011

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Second Edition Warren E. Buffett with Lawrence A. Cunningham The Cunningham Group (2008) Note: Cunningham is a contributor as well as editor of the essays that Buffet wrote over the years,…

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The Experience Economy: A book review by Bob Morris

June 6, 2011

The Experience Economy: Work Is Theater & Every Business a Stage B. Joseph Pine and James H. Gilmore Harvard Business Review Press (1999) Note: I read this book when it was first published and recently re-read it, curious to know…

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Informal Learning: A book review by Bob Morris

June 5, 2011

Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance Jay Cross Pfeiffer (2006) In the Introduction, Jay Cross makes a number of crisp assertions, several of which are certain to generate controversy. For example, “Workers learn more in…

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The Entertainment Economy: A book review by Bob Morris

June 4, 2011

The Entertainment Economy: How Mega-Media Forces Are Transforming Our Lives Michael J. Wolf Crown Business (1999) Note: I read this book when it was first published and recently re-read it, curious to know how well its core concepts have held…

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Redesigning Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

June 3, 2011

Redesigning Leadership: Design, Technology, Business, Life John Maeda with Becky Bermont The MIT Press (2011) “Ue ni wa ue ga aru” is a Japanese aphorism that epitomizes the nature of excellence: “Above up, there is something even higher above up.”…

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Flying Without a Net: A book review by Bob Morris

June 2, 2011

Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success Thomas J. DeLong Harvard Business Review Press (2011) A new model for anxiety management by “high-need-for-achievement professionals” In the Preface, Thomas J. DeLong observes, “The old model for…

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Management?: A book review by Bob Morris

May 30, 2011

Management? It’s Not What You Think! Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel AMACOM (2010) If conventional wisdom about management were a piñata…. What we have here is a collection of highly unconventional perspectives, presented within a highly unconventional format,…

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