The Hard Thing About Hard Things: A book review by Bob Morris

August 13, 2019

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Ben Horowitz HarperBusiness (2014) One man’s thoughts and feelings about making especially difficult decisions and resolving especially difficult situations Up front: I think the word…

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“It don’t cost nuthin’ to be nice.” Paul (Bear) Bryant

August 12, 2019

Here is a reprise of a blog post that offers several valuable reminders at a time when civility remains an endangered species in our society. The way I heard it, Coach Bryant told the following story at a Touchdown Club…

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Keith Sawyer on the eight stages of creativity

August 11, 2019

In Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation, Keith Sawyer suggests that there are eight stages to the creative process. He is convinced by extensive research (including his) that when most organizations conduct brainstorming sessions, it isn’t very effective. Why?…

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Geoffrey Moore on Zone Management: An interview by Bob Morris

August 10, 2019

Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, including most recently Salesforce, Microsoft, Intel, Box, Equinix, Aruba, and Cadence. His life’s work has…

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Business insights of significant value for any decision-maker

August 9, 2019

In Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb “emphasize trade-offs. More data means less privacy. More speed means less accuracy. More autonomy means less control…The best strategy for your company or career or country will…

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How Leaders Build Trust

July 30, 2019

  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. *     *     * To be effective, leaders need their team’s trust.…

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The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation

July 23, 2019

Here is a brief excerpt from a special report — in this instance by Anu Madgavkar, James Manyika, Mekala Krishnan, Kweilin Ellingrud, Lareina Yee, Jonathan Woetzel, Michael Chui, Vivian Hunt, Sruti Balakrishnan — for the McKinsey Global Institute that was…

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EDNA: Exposition

July 15, 2019

Many years ago when I began to teach English at the Kent School in Connecticut, I devised an acronym for my students based on two primary sources: Aristotle’s Rhetoric (4th century BCE) and Modern Rhetoric (1949) co-authored by Cleanth Brooks…

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What every CEO needs to know about “superstar” companies

July 12, 2019

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Sree Ramaswamy, Michael Birshan, James Manyika, Jacques Bughin, and Jonathan Woetzel for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out other resources, learn…

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During this national celebration of independence….

July 2, 2019

During this national celebration of independence, I am especially aware of what brave women as well as men encountered/endured after the Declaration when waging war with what were then (by far) the most powerful military forces in the world. Near…

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