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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 8/26/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

(Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Leading the Starbucks Way: 5 Principles for Connecting with Your Customers, Your Products and Your People
Joseph A. Michelli

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
Amanda Ripley

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues
Nicole A. Lipkin

Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic
Bill Jensen

Moment of Battle: The Twenty Clashes That Changed the World
James Lacey and Williamson Murray

 

INTERVIEWS

Glenn Kelman (chief executive of Redfin) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Kevin Allen: Second interview, by Bob Morris
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COMMENTARIES

“Don’t Listen to Customers — Observe Them”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Big Data: HR’s Chance to Matter”
Jason Averbook
Talent Management

“What really (REALLY) motivates people”
Thanks to Dan Pink, Teresa Amabile, and Steven Kramer
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“Open Innovation: Top-Down Meets Bottom-Up”
Geoffrey Moore
LinkedIn

“Employee Retention Is Now a Big Issue: Why the Tide Has Turned”
Josh Bersin
LinkedIn

“City Slickers: 5 Books About The Urban Experience”
Franklyn Cater
NPR

“What To Do When Things Go Wrong”
Scott Berkun
from Making Things Happen

“Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal”
Garson O’Toole
Quote Investigator

“Why Positivity is So Essential in the Workplace
Marla Gottschalk
LinkedIn

“Tom Kelley and David Kelley on the Care and Feeding of an Innovation Team”
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“A Study in Sinatra: There are times when you just do whatever must be done”
Marla Gottschalk
LinkedIn

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 8/19/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

The Business of Belief: How the World’s Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe
Tom Asaker

Leadership Transformed: How Ordinary Managers Become Extraordinary Leaders
Peter Fuda

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential
John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut

 

INTERVIEWS

John Butman: An interview by Bob Morris
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“How Do You Create Innovation in Your Business? Kill the Company”
An interview of Lisa Bodell by Raul Candeloro, Executive Director
Inc. Small Giants Community (ISGC)

Clara Lippert Glenn (C.E.O. of the Oxford Princeton Program) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Hugh Martin (chief executive of Sensity Systems) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

 

COMMENTARIES

“Five Steps for Active Listening”
Nicole Lipkin
Talent Management

“Why I hate Strong Female Characters”
Sophia McDougal
NewStatesman

“The Highest ROI Management Tool in Business”
Jeff Weiner
LinkedIn

“The Aha Moment”
Marty Neumeier
The Liquid Agency

“The Power of Walking-Around Management”
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“The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes”
Maria Popova
Brain Pickings

“Tom Kelley and David Kelley on the Core Principles of Design-Driven Innovation”
BOB

“The 25 Best Coming-of-Age Films”
James Ponsoldt
Huffington Post

“Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture”
Adam Grant
The McKinsey Quarterly

“The Eight Rules of Success to Think About Every Morning”
James Caan
LinkedIn

“How to Handle an Abusive Person”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Top 10 Workplace Movies of All Time”
Dave Kerpen
LinkedIn

“How to Sail Through Creative Uncertainty”
Tim Brown
LinkedIn

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 8/12/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

The Chocolate Conversation: Lead Bittersweet Change, Transform Your Business
Rose Fass

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
Joseph J. Ellis

Change with Confidence: Answers to the 50 Biggest Questions That Keep Change Leaders Up at Night
Phil Buckley

Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry
David C. Robertson with Bill Breen

The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products That Win
Steven Blank

Delegation & Supervision
Brian Tracy

 

INTERVIEWS

Dane Atkinson (chief executive of SumAll) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Jeffrey M. Stibel: An interview by Bob Morris
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All In: What Leadership Can Do to Capture and Utilize the Power of Fully Engaged Employees
An interview of Chester Elton
Raul Candeloro
Inc. Small Giants Community

Daniel Isenberg: An interview by Bob Morris
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COMMENTARIES

“The Architect of School Reform Who Turned Against It: Diane Ravitch’s second revolution”
Sara Mosle
The Atlantic

“How are companies harnessing the value of social business?”
Deloitte/MIT School of Management Report

“How to establish clear accountability”
Adrian Gostick and Chester Felton
The Culture Works

“Annals of Innovation: Social Media & Social Change”
Malcolm Gladwell
The New Yorker

“Tell Your Story”
Jac Fitz-enz
Talent Management

“Millennial Women Aren’t Opting Out; They’re Doubling Down”
Sarah Green and Walter Frick
HBR

“Breaking the Chain: The Benefits of Flat Leadership””
Frank Kalman
Talent Management

“Six Traps That Destroy Collaboration”
Joel Garfinkle
Talent Management

“Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?”
Brad Stone
Bloomberg Businessweek

“Where to think: Inside or Outside the Box?”
BOB

“How to Influence Others by Listening to Them”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Breaking Bad’s Management Lessons”
Ben Wasserstein
Bloomberg Businessweek

“How to Master Joseph Schumpeter’s Concept of “Creative Destruction””
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“What Boeing Has Learned from Used-Car Salesmen”
Julie Johnsson
Bloomberg Businessweek

“Why ‘Reply All’ Is a Risk Worth Taking”
Tim Brown
LinkedIn

“The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In”
Judith Warner
The New York Times

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 7/15/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
Michael Dirda

Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders
David Kantor

Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff

True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business
Ty Montague

Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management
William A. Cohen

INTERVIEWS

The Thought Leader Interview: David Kantor
Rutger von Post
strategy+business

John Mattone: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris
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Chip R. Bell: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris
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Thinking in Network Terms: A Conversation with Albert-László Barabási
John Brockman
Edge.org

COMMENTARIES

“How to Become More Likeable”
Guy Kawasaki
LinkedIn

“The Secret to Putting Together an Insanely Successful Team”
Sallie Krawcheck
LinkedIn

“The Bombmaker’s Burden”
Shirley Streshinsky
The American Scholar

“Wanted: Gurus With Actual Experience”
Melissa Korn
The Wall Street Journal

“How to Deliver Negative Feedback with Care”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“To Follow Checklists, or, To Create Cultures: How Should We lead Creative Talent?”
Lina Echeverría
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“The Importance of Scheduling Nothing”
Jeff Weiner
LinkedIn

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How to Re-Energize Your Tired Brain

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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.

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If you’re stressed out and tired, it’s hard to learn new things. Exercise, sleep, and a good diet are all essential for keeping your brain in peak condition, but you can also do the following to perform at your cognitive and creative best:

o Change perspectives. Improve mental flexibility by rapidly trying on new points of view. This exercises your mind. For example, what would a potential customer think about this idea? Your boss? Your competitors?

o Reboot. Take a break from work every hour, or more often if you’re already frazzled. Get out of your chair, water a plant, or just let your mind wander. These breaks recharge your brain.

o Summon a positive thought. Negative emotions impair thinking, memory, creativity, and strategic thinking. Try to crowd out unconstructive thoughts with positive ones, which improve these capabilities.

Adapted from “Prepare Your Brain for Change” by Margaret Moore, CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation, who explains ways to de-stress and de-clutter your mind so you can perform at your cognitive and creative best.

To watch her video presentation, please click here.

Also, you may wish to check out an anthology, Management Tips from Harvard Business Review, by clicking here.

Listening to classical music is one of my favorite sources for energy renewal. Specific recommendations include Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Sinfonia Concertante, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances I & III, and Arnold’s Dances (English, Scottish, Cornish, Irish, Welch).

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 6/24/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure
Tim Harford

Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and BetterAdam Pash and Gina Trapani

Negotiation
Brian Tracy

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
Malcolm Gladwell

Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning
Chip R. Bell and Marshall Goldsmith

INTERVIEWS

Bill Schley: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris
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Robert Steven Kaplan: An interview by Bob Morris
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Helene D. Gayle (CARE) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

COMMENTARIES<

“How and Why to Use Personal Stories in Your Next Presentation”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Why do some companies achieve exceptional performance while so many others struggle to survive?”
Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed
Deloitte

“The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill”
Peter Bregman
HBR

“How to Make Your Organization Anti-Fragile”
Brad Power
HBR

“New Gallup Study: Most Americans unhappy at work”
Gallup Organization

“The Imperatives of an Organization Built for Speed”
Vijay Govindarajan and Manish Tangri
HBR

“4 signs you’re a slacker”
Suzanne Lucas
CBS MoneyWatch

“The neuroscience of sleep”
Russell Foster
TEDGlobal 2013

“How to Storyboard Your Presentation”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“9 Qualities of Truly Confident People”
Dharmesh Shah
LinkedIn

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 6/3/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
Neil Shubin

Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life
Karen Finerman

Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing and Technology
Bob Lord and Ray Velez

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition
Warren E. Buffett (Author) and Lawrence A. Cunningham (Editor)

12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence: How Leaders Achieve Sustainable High Performance
Brian Tracy and Peter Chee

HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across
HBR Editors and Various Contributors

Results-Based Leadership: How Leaders Build the Business and Improve the Bottom Line
Dave Ulrich, Jack Zenger, and Norman Smallwood

Mind Code: How the Language We Use Influences the Way We Think
Charles E. Bailey

INTERVIEWS

Ray Attiyah: An interview by Bob Morris
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Lewis Schiff: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris
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Jenna Fagnan (Tequila Avión) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

COMMENTARIES

“Suburbs and Sacred Space”
Aaron M. Renn,
NewGeography.com

“Do You Know Your Worth?”
Emily Bennington

“Great leaders manage expectations”
Laura Vanderkam
CBS MoneyWatch

“’Leaning In’ to a New Career”
Elizabeth Bowling
Talent Management

“Queen Victoria and the Pains of Women”
Amanda Foreman
The Wall Street Journal

“How to lead like Phil Jackson”
Dave Logan
CBS MoneyWatch

“The Graduation Advice We Wish We’d Been Given”
Gretchen Gavett
HBR

“Inside Google’s Secret Lab”
Brad Stone
Bloomberg Businessweek

“When You Can’t Get No Respect”
Charles H. Green
Trusted Adviser Associates LLC

“The defining characteristics of a healthy organization”
BOB

“Motivating people: Getting beyond money”
Martin Dewhurst, Matthew Guthridge, and Elizabeth Mohr
The McKinsey Quarterly

“How to Write an Email That People Will Read”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Why You Should Embrace the Business Model That Threatens You”
Leonard Fuld
HBR

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How to Keep Innovation Jams Small and Focused

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Bringing together people from different backgrounds to creatively brainstorm a problem — otherwise known as “jamming” – has become a popular way to unearth new ideas. Although the process is widely hyped, many companies struggle to make it work. Here are three rules of thumb to help:

o Let participants choose. It’s a mistake to assign people to a challenge. You’ll see much more creative energy if you let participants decide which problems to work on.

o Keep the team small. Don’t let everyone get involved. Instead, create teams of no more than four. This size affords diversity but also allows the team to engage quickly.

o Clearly define the problem. Make sure everyone understands the business, technological, and other challenges involved so each team member isn’t trying to solve a different problem.

Adapted from “Make Your Next Innovation Jam Work” by Alessandro Di Fiore. To check out that article and join the discussion, please click here.

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/27/13)

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I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:

BOOK REVIEWS

Organizational Culture and Leadership (Fourth Edition)
Edgar H. Schein

Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Drive Performance and Build Lasting Value
Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood

Leading Firms: How Great Professional Service Firms Succeed & How Your Firm Can Too
David Kuhlman

Culturematic: How Reality TV, John Cheever, a Pie Lab, Julia Child, Fantasy Football…Will Help You Create and Execute Breakthrough Ideas
Grant McCracken

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

Dorie Clark

Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America
Charles H. Ferguson

INTERVIEWS

Lewis Schiff: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris
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David Wethey: An interview by Bob Morris
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J.W. Marriott Jr. (former C.E.O. of Marriott International) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

COMMENTARIES

“Ten Important Things I’ve Learned About Blogging”
Ree Drummond

“Google Is Winning the Innovation War Against Apple”
Larry Popelka
Bloomberg Businessweek

“That Old ‘Design by Committee’ Chestnut”
Gina Trapani
Lifehacker

“Riding the Waves of Change: How to manage change for smoother sailing”
Mark Hordes
Organizational Excellence Journal

“The Creative Twist”
Josh Linker

“IBM — Shades of Yogi Berra”
Aubrey Daniels
Talent Management

“Why Basketball Won’t Leave Phil Jackson Alone”
Sam Anderson
The New York Times

“How to Keep Innovation Jams Small and Focused”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“C.K. Prahalad and Strategy as Boundaryless Aspiration”
Walter Kiechel III
HBR

“Most Likely to Succeed”
Malcolm Gladwell
The New Yorker

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How to Aim for Smart Failure

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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.

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If you want to encourage people to take healthy risks, you need to make sure they’re not afraid to fail.

The first step in doing that is defining what a smart failure — a thoughtful and well-planned project that for some reason didn’t work — looks like. Chances are that everyone in your organization knows what success is. Far fewer know what a smart failure is.

o Specify what guidelines, approaches, or processes characterize smart risk taking.

o Provide clear examples of both smart failures and dumb failures and discuss why they’re different.

o Point out what the smart ones have in common, so people know how to structure their experiments.

If you don’t define it, all failure looks risky and that kind of mindset will kill creativity.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure” by Doug Sundheim.

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