Commentaries

Margaret Heffernan on two types of optimism

September 26, 2020

In her Introduction to Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future, Margaret Heffernan points out that optimists aren’t idiots. “They do better in life — live longer, healthier, more successful lives — for the simple reason that they don’t ignore problems…

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The 7 Biggest Political Blunders of All Time

September 25, 2020

Here is an entertaining as well as informative aricle by Craig Ferguson for the Mental Floss website. To check out other articles, please click here. * * * Long before the 24-hour news cycle came along, kings, presidents, and emperors…

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Why Leadership Training Fails—and What to Do About It

September 25, 2020

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Michael Beer, Magnus Finnström, and Derek Schrader for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information,…

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The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store

September 24, 2020

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Brad Stone for Bloomberg Businessweek. He spoke to hundreds of current and former employees, as well as friends and family of founder Jeff Bezos, to discover the poignant story of…

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Three keys to faster, better decisions

September 24, 2020

  Here is an excerpt from an article written by Aaron De Smet, Gregor Jost, and Leigh Weiss for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm,…

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How to support delegation and employee empowerment

September 23, 2020

  Here is an excerpt from an article written by Aaron De Smet, Caitlin Hewes, and Leigh Weiss for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm,…

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The building blocks of behavioral strategy

September 22, 2020

Here is an excerpt from another “classic” article written by Dan Lovallo and Olivier Sibony for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm, and sign up…

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

September 20, 2020

Standing on the shoulders of giants is a metaphor which means “Using the understanding gained by major thinkers who have gone before in order to make intellectual progress.” It is a metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants…

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From there to here: 50 years of thinking on the social responsibility of business

September 18, 2020

  Milton Friedman’s pathbreaking essay on corporate purpose was published on September 13, 1970. How much has management thinking evolved? Check out one response in this excerpt from an article written for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company.…

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Margaret Heffernan on the power of experimentation

September 18, 2020

In Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future, Margaret Hefferman suggests that experiments is how we learn everything.  “We try to stand up, fall over, recalibrate, and next time find we can  teeter for a second or two. Keep at it…

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