Jim O’Toole

Sense & Respond: A book review by Bob Morris

February 17, 2017

Sense & Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously Jeff Gothelp and Josh Seiden Harvard Business Review Press (February 2017) Engage an organization in a two-way conversation with its market(s) and customers, integrated at all…

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Mission Control: A book review by Bob Morris

January 21, 2017

Mission Control: How Nonprofits and Governments Can Focus, Achieve More, and Change the World Liana Downey Bibliomotion Media (2016) How to develop a powerful strategy that sharpens organizational focus on achieving more to change the world According to Liana Downey,…

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Look: A book review by Bob Morris

January 9, 2017

Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills James H. Gilmore Greenleaf Book Group Press (2016) How and why “what you look at informs what you think about, which [then] influences what you act upon” I share Jim Gilmore’s…

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Delivering on Digital: A book review by Bob Morris

June 13, 2016

Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government William D. Eggers RosettaBooks (June 2016) How to attract, hire, train, and then retain the talent for digital thinking that can transform any organization This book’s title refers to…

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Beyond Competitive Advantage: A book review by Bob Morris

June 4, 2016

Beyond Competitive Advantage: How to Solve the Puzzle of Sustaining Growth While Creating Value Todd Zenger Harvard Business Review Press (June 2016) How and why better corporate theories generate better strategies “with a higher possibility of success” Long ago, Peter…

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Why Culture Still Matters

May 7, 2016

Peter Drucker once suggested that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” There is no denying the power of culture. Indeed, Jim O’Toole suggests that the strongest resistance to change is cultural in nature, the result of what he so aptly characterizes…

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Cultural Transformations: A book review by Bob Morris

February 21, 2016

Cultural Transformations: Lessons of Leadership and Corporate Reinvention John Mattone and Nick Vaidya John Wiley & Sons (2016) How and why organizations that thrive have launched preemptive transformation to dominate their competition Most change initiatives either fail or fall far…

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The Elephant in the Boardroom: A book review by Bob Morris

October 30, 2015

The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success Edgar Papke Career Press (2015) How and why great leaders embrace conflict as an opportunity rather than view it as a peril In…

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The Optimistic Workplace: A book review by Bob Morris

October 29, 2015

The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone Shawn Murphy AMACOM (2015) How and why optimism energizes a workplace culture so that personal growth and professional development can thrive Long ago, Henry Ford suggested, “Whether you think you can…

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Making Human Capital Analytics Work: A book review by Bob Morris

August 3, 2015

Making Human Capital Analytics Work: Measuring the ROI of Human Capital Processes and Outcomes Patricia Pulliam Phillips and Jack J. Phillips McGraw-Hill (2015) How to connect HR to business, predict the value of HR initiatives, and optimize the value of…

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