Enduring Racism Comes from Somewhere – Insight from Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time

We read and hear such phrases as “systemic racism,” and “racism is in the very DNA.” Where do such seemingly outlandish claims come from? I have presented synopses of many books dealing with issues of race at the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare. And, the idea of “systemic” racism is about the racism… Read More Enduring Racism Comes from Somewhere – Insight from Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time

“You walk away and feel like you’ve read a book” – What can you gain from an encounter with a good book?

“You walk away and feel like you’ve read a book.” Those were the words of a person who attended my presentation this morning. I presented my synopsis of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone for a group of professionals who work in retail. The woman who said “you… Read More “You walk away and feel like you’ve read a book” – What can you gain from an encounter with a good book?

“In our new world, there’s no second place,” writes Joshua Cooper Ramo – It really is Zero to ONE

In our new world, there’s no second place. “The Great Opportunity” of our age is in the creation and ownership of these winner-take-all platforms… Joshua Cooper Ramo, (author of The Seventh Sense), Fortune, Why ‘Network Power’ Is the Secret of Success for Apple, Facebook and Amazon —————— When I presented my synopsis of Zero to… Read More “In our new world, there’s no second place,” writes Joshua Cooper Ramo – It really is Zero to ONE

Gabriel Allon tackles ISIS in Daniel Silva’s The Black Widow – I can’t wait!

Near the end of 2014, I was a guest on the Krys Boyd Think program (90.1, KERA). The topic – the best books of 2014. I was the “business book” voice. But she asked me what I like to read for fun. Tough question. I read too many books for “work,” though I do enjoy many-to-most of… Read More Gabriel Allon tackles ISIS in Daniel Silva’s The Black Widow – I can’t wait!

A common message of great nobility – Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 and Michelle Obama, 2016

What a common message of great nobility… How we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level -– no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high. Michelle Obama, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, July 25, 2016       But there is something that… Read More A common message of great nobility – Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 and Michelle Obama, 2016

An ordeal is not… ideal – Thoughts on working conditions; workplace morale; plain old fashioned “fun”

ordeal a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one. —————— You remember the old illustration/joke. A couple is talking, and the woman says: “It’s just… there’s all this pressure. My head just won’t start hurting.” The man finally says “You do have a nail in your head.” (Watch the short video, “It’s Not About the… Read More An ordeal is not… ideal – Thoughts on working conditions; workplace morale; plain old fashioned “fun”

Follow the Data – At Work; for your Health – Follow the Data!

Data: facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. Big Data: extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Small Data: Small data is data in a volume and format that makes it accessible, informative and actionable. Small data typically… Read More Follow the Data – At Work; for your Health – Follow the Data!

David Evans and Dick Schmalensee on “The New Economics of Multisided Platforms”: An interview by Bob Morris

David Evans and Dick Schmalensee are among the early pioneers in the research of “multi-sided markets” and the economic principles that inform the unique design of business models, pricing and incentive structures, and product design for these platform-based businesses. David is an economist, business adviser, and entrepreneur. He cofounded, and helps lead, two consulting organizations:… Read More David Evans and Dick Schmalensee on “The New Economics of Multisided Platforms”: An interview by Bob Morris

Does Soft Skill Training Work? Of course it does; for a few – (Remember the bell curve!)

The term ‘management development’ means the same general thing is ‘management training.’ It’s the idea of making managers better at their jobs. We already know from research that this doesn’t happen very much. Ted Bauer, Management development is hot garbage ——————– So, for a Saturday morning, let’s ask again a question that is often asked: “Does… Read More Does Soft Skill Training Work? Of course it does; for a few – (Remember the bell curve!)