The Opposable Mind

The Thoughtful Leader: A book review by Bob Morris

September 28, 2016

The Thoughtful Leader: A Model of Integrative Leadership Jim Fisher Rotman/University of Toronto Press (July 2016) How and why integrative thinking is the foundation of great leadership Obviously, leaders have a great deal to think about before making decisions with…

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Integrated Thinking: A book review by Bob Morris

March 17, 2016

Integrated Thinking: The New IT Sue Pearson CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/Amazon (2015) The potential power and impact of a new way of thinking in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous global marketplace Note: My review is of the second edition…

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Team Genius: A book review by Bob Morris

July 22, 2015

Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations Rich Karlgaard and Michael Malone HarperBusiness/An Imprint of HarperCollins (2015) Not all teams can accomplish something great but they can be great One of Rich Karlgaard and Michael Malone’s key insights is…

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Left Brain, Right Stuff: A book review by Bob Morris

January 28, 2014

Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions Phil Rosenzweig PublicAffairs (2014) Why understanding the decision making process as well as the roles of action and analysis “can improve the odds of success” As I began to read this…

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Make Your Brain Smarter: A book review by Bob Morris

April 18, 2013

Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy, and Focus Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland Free Press/A Simon & Schuster Imprint (2013) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle…

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Playing to Win: A book review by Bob Morris

February 17, 2013

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin Harvard Business Review Press (2013) “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” Michael Porter I am pleased that A.G. Lafley has co-authored another book, with…

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The Talent Masters: A book review by Bob Morris

January 22, 2013

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers Bill Conaty and Ram Charan Crown Business (2010) I agree with Conaty and Charan that Steve Jobs is the archetypical “talent master.” Few others possess his combination of intelligence, temperament,…

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The power of allophilia

January 2, 2013

In the Introduction to Crossing the Divide, published by Harvard University Press (2009), Todd L. Pittinsky explains that allophilia is “a term for positive feelings of kinship, comfort, affection, engagement, and enthusiasm concerning members of a group different from one’s…

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Us + Them: A book review by Bob Morris

August 20, 2012

Us + Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference Todd L. Pittinsky Harvard Business Review Press (2012) How and why “the power of difference” can help us to replace negative “Us-and-Them” relations with positive ones As I began to read…

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Mergers & Acquisitions Integration Handbook: A book review by Bob Morris

July 10, 2012

Mergers & Acquisitions Integration Handbook:  Helping Companies Realize the Full Value of Acquisitions Scott C. Whitaker John Wiley & Sons (2012) How to combine, consolidate, and integrate resources effectively Most mergers and acquisitions either fail or fall far short of…

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