Silos are Good, But Need to Cross-Communicate and Cross-Pollinate – (Insight from Team of Teams)

Silo Mentality A mind-set present in some companies when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality will reduce the efficiency of the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture. From BusinessDictionary.com ——————– I had… Read More Silos are Good, But Need to Cross-Communicate and Cross-Pollinate – (Insight from Team of Teams)

For People Who Care Deeply About Racial Justice – Short Readings From The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander

This book is not for everyone. I have a specific audience in mind – people who care deeply about racial justice but who, for any number of reasons, do not yet appreciate the magnitude of the crisis faced by communities of color as a result of mass incarceration… Last, but definitely not least, I am… Read More For People Who Care Deeply About Racial Justice – Short Readings From The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander

“While We are Sleeping,” the World Keeps Changing – Insight from a Decade+ Ago from Thomas Friedman

Professionally, the recognition that the world was flat was unnerving because I realized that this flattening had been taking place while I was sleeping, and I had missed it. I wasn’t really sleeping, but I was otherwise engaged. Before 9/11, I was focused on tracking globalization and exploring the tension between the “Lexus” forces of… Read More “While We are Sleeping,” the World Keeps Changing – Insight from a Decade+ Ago from Thomas Friedman

But Where will the Demand Be? – My Lessons and Takeaways from Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

When there is a legitimate “best book of the year” award, complete with a cash component, then the winning book is worth looking at. Well, this book won the Best Business Book of the Year award from McKinsey and The Financial Times. So I selected this book, presenting my synopsis of Rise of the Robots:… Read More But Where will the Demand Be? – My Lessons and Takeaways from Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

He Didn’t “Leave” Work Early – Maybe The Greatest Strength of the Great Peyton Manning

“You cannot retire from a commitment.” Elton Trueblood ——————– No, Peyton Manning did not have his greatest offensive game at the 2016 Super Bowl. But, he did not lose the game, either, which really is quite something. As the speculation mounts about what’s next for Peyton, let’s marvel at the greatest aspect of his game – his… Read More He Didn’t “Leave” Work Early – Maybe The Greatest Strength of the Great Peyton Manning

“Reading Makes Us Better People” – Wise Counsel from Dallas Cardiologist Dr. John Harper

A while back, one of the business books I read and presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis described this interesting finding: reading books – books of fiction, works of literature – can make people more empathetic, more understanding, more… human. So, I thought of that as I worked through my physical newspaper article stack.… Read More “Reading Makes Us Better People” – Wise Counsel from Dallas Cardiologist Dr. John Harper

Here’s the February, 2016 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers List – The Big Short by Michael Lewis is again at #1

  Here’s the February, 2016 New York Times business books best sellers list. The Big Short by Michael Lewis is again at #1 There are a couple of newcomers to this month’s list. #2, The Power of Broke, is the work of Shark Tank’s Daymond John. He has quite a following. The newcomer that most interests… Read More Here’s the February, 2016 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers List – The Big Short by Michael Lewis is again at #1

Coming for March: Deep Work, and I Know How She Does It – Our Book Selections for the March 4 First Friday Book Synopsis

This morning, we had a wonderful gathering for the February First Friday Book Synopsis. People are spreading the word – we had 100 gather for this morning’s session. Thanks to all who attend, and all who help spread the word. We have selected two good books for our next session on March 4. Karl Krayer… Read More Coming for March: Deep Work, and I Know How She Does It – Our Book Selections for the March 4 First Friday Book Synopsis

George E.L. Barbee: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

George E. L. Barbee is one of the original Batten Fellow faculty members (along with Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell and Jim Gilmore) at top-ranked University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and has been teaching innovation for the past 15 years to over 500 MBA students and senior executives. Barbee’s 45-year business career has taken… Read More George E.L. Barbee: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

When Does Something Become Contagious? – (With some encouraging news about our First Friday Book Synopsis)

But while it’s easy to find examples of social contagion, it’s much harder to actually get something to catch on.

 Jonah Berger, Contagious: Why Things Catch On read my blog post: Here are my Five Takeaways from Jonah Berger’s Contagious (& his 6 STEPPS) – You Want your Endeavor to Become Contagious, Right?  ——————– What… Read More When Does Something Become Contagious? – (With some encouraging news about our First Friday Book Synopsis)