Book Reviews

Lasting Contribution: A book review by Bob Morris

August 22, 2011

Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work Tad Waddington Agate B2 (2007) Frankly, I did not know what to expect as I began to read this book but soon realized that, accompanied by Tad Waddington,…

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Launch: A book review by Bob Morris

August 19, 2011

Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition Michael A. Stelzner John Wiley & Sons (2011) If your product, service, project, or business were a rocket…. Where to begin?  Unlike Michael Stelzner’s previous book, Writing White Papers, this…

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The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome: A book review by Bob Morris

August 18, 2011

The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome: How Good Managers Cause Great People to Fail Jean-Francois Manzoni  and Jean-Louis Barsoux Harvard Business Press (2002) The Negative Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Note: I recently re-read this book while preparing questions for an interview and was amazed, frankly,…

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The Essential Advantage: A book review by Bob Morris

August 18, 2011

The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi Harvard Business Review Press (2011) The strategic power of coherence According to Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi in the first chapter, in order to achieve…

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The Silver Lining: A book review by Bob Morris

August 17, 2011

The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times Scott D. Anthony Harvard Business Press (2009) According to Scott Anthony, the “Great Disruption” refers to the current time when tumultuous change is “ripping through markets at unprecedented pace. Competitive advantage…

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Reinventing the Wheel: A book review by Bob Morris

August 16, 2011

Reinventing the Wheel: The Science of Creating Lifetime Customers Chris Zane BenBella Books (2011) How to establish and then sustain long-term (if not lifetime) customer relationships What we have in this book is a personal account by the founder and…

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Beyond Performance: A book review by Bob Morris

August 15, 2011

Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage Scott Keller and Colin Price John Wiley & Sons (2011) How to achieve and then sustain both outstanding leadership and management throughout the given enterprise Scott Keller and Colin Price acknowledge…

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The Toyota Way: A book review by Bob Morris

August 13, 2011

The Toyota Way Jeffrey Liker McGraw-Hill (2003) To understand Toyota’s success, first understand its DNA I read this book when it was first published in 2004 and recently re-read it, curious to know how well Jeffrey Liker’s explanation of Toyota’s…

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The Story of American Business: A book review by Bob Morris

August 12, 2011

The Story of American Business: From the Pages of the New York Times Nancy F. Koehn, Editor Harvard Business Press (2009) The Who, What, When, How, and Why of U.S. Free Enterprise Credit Nancy Koehn with skillfully selecting, organizing, and…

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The Innovator’s Manifesto: A book review by Bob Morris

August 10, 2011

The Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth Michael E. Raynor Crown Business (2011) How and why disruption “provides an explanation of creative creation” Frankly, I was unable to fully understand (much less appreciate) the significance of what Joseph A.…

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