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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 10/14/13)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Lessons from the Sandbox: Rediscovering the Keys to Business Success
Alan Gregerman

Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus
Michael A. Roberto

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Tom Kelley and David Kelley

The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World
Joseph L. Badaracco

Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine
Roger Martin and Karen Christensen, Co-Editors

 

INTERVIEWS

Jeff Fluhr (chief executive of Spreecast) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Gijs van Wulfen: An interview by Bob Morris
BOB

 

COMMENTARIES

“Flow, the secret to happiness”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
TED

“The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store”
Brad Stone
Bloomberg Businessweek

“Four Executives on Succeeding in Business as a Woman”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

“Turning Great Strategy into Great Performance”
Michael C. Mankins
HBR

“Take the Metaskills Quiz 2.0 and discover your talent”
Marty Neumeier
Liquid Brand Agency

“Whatever you’re doing, if it’s work, stop and do something else.”
Ray Bradbury

“Brain Food Nuggets (11-20)”
BOB

“Readers’ Advice for Young Women in the Workplace”
The New York Times

“From Exponential Technologies to Exponential Innovation”
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown (JSB), Tamara Samoylova, & Michael Lui.
Deloitte University Press

“The strategic yardstick you can’t afford to ignore”
Chris Bradley, Angus Dawson, and Sven Smit
McKinsey Quarterly

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 9/2/13)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Sources of Innovation
Eric von Hippel

The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity
Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

Squirrels, Boats and Thoroughbreds: Lessons for Leading Change, in Traditional Businesses
Jamie Gerdsen

The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems
William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan

The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ
David Shenk

 

INTERVIEWS

Ramon Nunez (chief executive of LiveHive) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Interview of Jamie Gerdsen
Raul Candeloro
Inc. Small Giants Community

A Rough Mix: An Edge Conversation with Brian Eno and Jennifer Jacquet
John Brockman
Edge.org

 

COMMENTARIES

“Why you need to know about Edge.org “
BOB

“Hemingway, Thoreau, Jefferson and the Virtues of a Good Long Walk”
Arianna Huffington
LinkedIn

“The Art of Creating a Community”
Guy Kawasaki

“The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership”
Suzy and Jack Welch
LinkedIn

“A Great CEO Is The Chief Experience Officer”
Dharmesh Shah
LinkedIn

“Words of Wisdom: 8 Famous Quotes to Help You Embrace Fear and Achieve Success”
Anthony Scaramucci
LinkedIn

“The Power of Human Energy: Angela Ahrendts at TEDx Hollywood”
TEDx

“French Polymath Henri Poincaré on How Creativity Works”
Maria Popova
Brain Pickings

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/6/13)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die
Eric Siegel

Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get Unstuck to Get Results
Roger Schwarz

Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done
Art Markman

From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom
Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou

Customer CEO: How to Profit from the Power of Your Customers
Chuck Wall

INTERVIEWS


Amy Jen Su
and Muriel Maignan Wilkins
BOB

Steve Case (Revolution) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Peter Gray: Part 2
BOB

COMMENTARIES

“5 signs a workplace is family-friendly”
Amy Levin-Epstein
CBS MoneyWatch

“Why Ken Robinson is so important”
TED

“What great coaches do — and leaders should [comma] too”
Laura Vanderkam
CBS MoneyWatch

“A Tribute to Steve Jobs”
The Charlie Rose Show

“Risk: The story of America’s greatest idea”
John Dickerson
Slate

“Never Embolden the Naysayers”
Josh Linkner

“These Soft Skills Can Go a Long Way”
Paul H. Eccher and Dave Ross
Talent Management

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 1/28/13)

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

BOOK/CD REVIEWS

Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance
Jason Selk

The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well
Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield

Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Selected Writings
Daniel Goleman

a fine line: how design strategies are shaping the future of business
Hartmut Esslinger

Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Others Through Emotional Intelligence (CD)
Richard Boyatzis

INTERVIEWS

Terry Leahy (Tesco) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey‘s advice for entrepreneurs
Rebecca Jarvis
CBS MoneyWatch

THE NORMAL WELL-TEMPERED MIND: A Conversation with Daniel C. Dennett
with John Brockman
Edge

Kevin Cashman: An interview by Bob Morris

Simon Pont: An interview by Bob Morris

COMMENTARIES

“Why the Publishing Industry Isn’t Doomed: Readers’ Control In the Future of Reading”
Baratunde Thurston
Fast Company

“How To Make Your Employees Happier”
Anne Creamer
Fast Company

“Five of Steve Jobs’s Biggest Mistakes”
Peter Sims
HBR

“The Narcissistic Leader: Not as Good as He (Or You) May Think”
Maria Konnokova

“Leadership lessons from the Royal Navy”
Andrew St. George
The McKinsey Quarterly

“10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work”
Susan K. Perry
Psychology Today

“Several of the Major Business Challenges to Be Faced in 2013″
Gerard J. Tellis

“Preparing for a new era of work”
Susan Lund, James Manyika, and Sree Ramaswamy
The McKinsey Quarterly

“My Favorite Quotations About Women: Part 2″
BOB

“This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works”
Maria Popova
Brain Pickings

“Who says it’s a man’s world?”
Emily Bennington
from Who Says It’s a Man’s World?

“The 5 rules of happy employees”
Lydia Dishman
from It’s Always Personal

“How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries”
Adam Savage
TED

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/17/12)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Race
Dennis N.T. Perkins with Jillian B. Murphy

The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow
Michael Macoby

Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age
Marty Neumeier

INTERVIEWS

Karl Heiselman (Wolff Olins) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Charles R. Morris
Bob Morris

Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind
Bob Morris

David Horsager
Bob Morris

Robert J. Murray (iProspect) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times


COMMENTARIES

“Albert Einstein on just about everything that really matters”
BOB

“Cognitive Science: Fifteen Perspectives”
TED

“Two Rules for Keeping Employees Happy and Engaged”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“The 50 Best Companies to Work For”: 2012
Glassdoor

“How can our organization eliminate waste?”
Bob Morris

“The Top 100 Speeches throughout United States history”
American Rhetoric

“Social Media as Change Catalyst”
Elizabeth S. Choo, Walter Gossage and Trinity Martin
Talent Management

“Voltaire on the human race”
BOB

“Searing business insights”
Richard Tedlow
Giants of Enterprise

“Leon Leonwood Bean’s Integrity”
Anna Bernasek
The Economics of Integrity

“Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress”
Heidi Grant Halvorson
HBR

“The Dark Side of Charisma”
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
HBR

“Who is Theodore Dalrymple and why is he important?”
Anthony (A.M.) Daniels
Wall Street Journal

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/10/12)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level
L. David Marquet

The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution
Charles R. Morris

Selling to China: A Guide to Doing Business in China for Small- and Medium-Sized Companies
Stanley Chao

X-teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate and Succeed
Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History
William Safire

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica

Creating the Strategy: Winning and Keeping Customers in B2B Markets
Rennie Gould

INTERVIEWS

Toby Lester
By Bob Morris

Matthew May
By Guy Kawasaki
Google+

Cynthia A. Montgomery
By Bob Morris

Betty Sue Flowers
By Art Kleiner
strategy+business

Paul Smith
By Bob Morris

COMMENTARIES

“12 Jobs on the Brink: Will They Evolve or Go Extinct?”
Heather Dugan
Salary.com

“Where the Jobs Will (and Won’t) Be In 2013″
Susan Adams
Forbes

“How to Be Assertive While Being Yourself”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“The Collected Wisdom of Warren Buffett”
Michael Moritz.

“Where the Jobs Will (and Won’t) Be In 2013″
Susan Adams
Forbes

“How to Capture Your Audience Right Away
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Innovate by Looking for Problem Patterns”
Clayton Christensen
HBR

“Have you heard any good paraprosdokians lately?”
BOB

“Always Question Assumptions about Talent”
John Boudreau
Talent Management magazine

“How great leaders inspire action”
Simon Sinek
TED

“Authentic Leadership”
Scott Weiss
A16Z

“Are you willing to invest about 19 minutes to nourish your brain?
Sir Ken Robinson
TED

“My favorite church marquee messages”
BOB

“Bennett & Vivian Levin Honor America’s Heroes On Special ‘Liberty Limited’ Train to Army Navy Game”
Ronnie Polaneczky
Philadelphia Daily News

“Five Secrets to Business Success”
Sir Richard Branson

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Gabe Zichermann: How games make kids smarter

Do kids these days have short attention spans, or does the world just move too slowly to accommodate their energy and creativity? Gabe Zichermann suggests that today’s video games are making children smarter — and we should all embrace gamification.

Click here to check out a TED program during which he explains how games make kids smarter.

Here is a TEDx Talk that is a follow-up to another event TED had on August about video games. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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Gabe Zicherman was the chair of the Gamification Summit 9/15-16/12 NYC (GSummit) where top thought leaders in this burgeoning industry gather to share knowledge and insight. Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur and author whose work centers on gamification–and the power of games to help engage people and build strong organizations and communities. In 2010, he chaired the Gamification summit, a conference dedicated to gamification and “engagement mechanics.” An avid blogger on the subject, he co-authored two books with Christopher Cunningham: Game-Based Marketing and Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps in which he examines the innovative trend of using game mechanics to engage and build a customer base.

A resident of NYC, Gabe is a board member of StartOut.org, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the Founder Institute in Manhattan. For more information about Gabe and gamification, visit the Gamification Blog at http://gamification.com.

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris: Week of 10/29/12

Here are some recent posts that may be of interest:

REVIEWS

The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation
John C. Bogle

Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics
James Taylor

HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done
Various Contributors

The Leader’s Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation
John Baldoni

Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations: Aligning Culture and Strategy
Daniel Denison, Robert Hooijberg, Nancy Lane, and Colleen Lief

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

INTERVIEWS

John Duff (3C Interactive) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

Linda Sharkey: An interview by Bob Morris

The Thought Leader Interview: Henry Chesbrough
Ron Norton
strategy+business magazine

Leigh Branham: An Interview by Bob Morris

COMMENTARIES

“From Calm Leadership, Lasting Change”
A Profile of Rachel Carson
Nancy F. Koehn
The New York Times

“The Idea That Led to 10 Years of Double-Digit Growth”
Bill George
Harvard Business Review

“World’s 50 Best Business School Professors”
Andrea Carter
Poets & Quants

“Mining Big Data to Find New Markets” (An HBR Webinar Conclusions Paper)
Harvard Business Review

“How to Save Time by Saying No”
Management Tip of the Day
Harvard Business Review

“How to read a business book”
Blogging on Business

“The Management Century”
Walter Kiechel III
Harvard Business Review

“Why You Need Charisma”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Harvard Business Review

“How games make kids smarter”
Gabe Zichermann
TED

“The Productivity Paradox: How to get more out of people by demanding less”
Tony Schwartz
Harvard Business Review

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Never Speak with your Back to the Audience – One of Three Use-of-Powerpoint Suggestions

(First, a confession.  I’m not much of a fan of Powerpoint.  I seldom use it (actually, I prefer Keynote), and when I do, it is mostly images, and mostly to introduce my speech/presentation.  So, take this as criticism from one who is not a fan).

Here is the deal.  You should speak to your audience.  So look your audience members in the eye.  Eyeball to eyeball.  You are not speaking to a projection screen, you are speaking to people.  So look at the people – eyes front at all times!, toward your audience members.  They, and they alone, are your audience.

Have you watched any TED talks?  The speakers always look in the direction of their audience.  Yes, they have a pretty big budget, with multiple monitors in front of the speakers.  But the principle is crystal clear – eyes front!

Never stand facing this direction

Recently, I saw again what I have seen too many times to mention.  A speaker was presenting a report to a room full of folks.  For practically the entire time, he stood facing the screen, with his back to his audience, reading the slides at times almost word for word.

Aaaauuuuugggghhhh!

So – here are your communication tips of the day, for when you speak with PowerPoint or Keynote slides.

#1 — Never speak with your back to the audience.  Not one word.  Look at your audience at all times, and not, not ever!, at the screen.

#2 — Never have a chart or graph on a PowerPoint slide that is too small for the audience to read easily.  If you just have to have it on the screen, even if it is too small to read, make sure your audience members have a copy in their own hands that they can read clearly and easily.

#3 – Darken the screen when you want your audience to pay more attention to you directly.  Do this frequently throughout your presentation.  In other words, be in control of the eyeball direction of your audience members.  When you want them looking at the screen, then have a slide on the screen.  When you want them looking at you, darken the screen.

Instead, stand facing this direction

All of this should remind you that PowerPoint slides are not the presentation.  They are presentation aidsYou are presenting your presentation.  So look your audience members in the eye, speak directly to them, every minute, every word of your presentation.

(And, read my earlier blog post, A Set of PowerPoint Slides is NOT a “presentation” – a rant)

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