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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/3/12)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader
Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, and Shannon O’Donnell

Leapfrogging: Harness the Power of Surprise for Business Breakthroughs
Soren Kaplan

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers
Bill Conaty and Ram Charan

Rework
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want
Rich Horwath

INTERVIEWS

Tony Tjan (Cue Bal) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

William N. Thorndike, Jr.: An interview by Bob Morris

The Thought Leader Interview: William J. O’Rourke
Ann Graham
strategy+business

Michael J. Mauboussin: An interview by Bob Morris, Part 1

Yves Doz and Keeley Wilson: An interview by Bob Morris

COMMENTARIES

“3 words that’ll change your life”
Steve Tobak
CBS MoneyWatch/CBS Interactive Business Network

“How to Keep Your To-Do List Fresh with the 3-Day Rule”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

John Cleese on “5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative”
Maria Popova

“How to resolve the current ‘gridlock’ in the federal government
BOB

“Allies and Acquaintances: Two Key Types of Professional Relationships”
Reid Hoffman

“How to Create a Vision that Motivates Your Team”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“The One-Minute Change That Will Transform Your Company”
Lisa Earle McLeod
Fast Company

“Fighting the Fears That Block Creativity”
Tom Kelley and David Kelley
HBR

“How can we use social media to differentiate our company from our competition?”
BOB

“Lincoln and leadership”
Schumpeter column
The Economist

“Creation Myth: Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation”
Malcolm Gladwell
The New Yorker

“Resilience Quotations: Part 3″
BOB

“Two Routes to Resilience”
Clark G. Gilbert, Matthew J. Eyring, and Richard N. Foster
HBR

“What if I cannot afford a consultant?”
BOB

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 11/26/12)

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

BOOK REVIEWS

The Complete Executive
Karen Wright

Harder Than I Thought
Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, and Shannon O’Donnell

HR Strategic Project Management SPOMP
Leon M. Hielkema

INTERVIEWS

Matthew E. May: Second Interview, Part 1, by Bob Morris

Sandra L. Kurtzig (Kenandy) in “The Corner Office”
Adam Bryant
New York Times

Matthew E. May: Second Interview, Part 2, by Bob Morris

Holly Weeks: A second interview, by Bob Morris

Erika Andersen: An interview by Bob Morris

COMMENTARIES

“Your Most Pressing Management Concerns: What You’ve Told Us”
Andrea Ovans
HBR

“The Indispensable, Unlikely Leadership of Abraham Lincoln”
Gautam Mukunda
HBR

“Best Business Books of 2012″
strategy+business magazine

“Leadership and the art of plate spinning”
Colin Price
The McKinsey Quarterly

“Surviving Disruption”
Maxwell Wessel and Clayton M. Christensen
HBR

“The Essential CIO: Insights from IBM’s Global Chief Information Officer Study (2011)”
IBM Institute for Business Value

“Fighting the Fears that Block Creativity”
Tom Kelley and David Kelley
HBR

“Does Management Really Work?”
Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen
HBR

“Resilience Quotations: Part 2″
BOB

“Innovation lessons from Pixar: A conversation with Oscar-winning director Brad Bird”
Hayagreeva Rao, Robert Sutton, and Allen P. Webb
The McKinsey Quarterly

“Expanding the Use of Assessments”
Mollie Lombardi
Talent Management magazine

“Seth Kahan on getting change and innovation right”
BOB

“What’s your training schedule?”
Josh Linkner

“How Children Succeed: A conversation with author Paul Tough”
Emily Huizenga

“Three Ways to Stop Procrastination”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“Valuable business lessons about talent management to be learned from George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut”
BOB

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris: Week of 11/19/12

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Managing Global Innovation: Frameworks for Integrating Capabilities Around the World
Yves Doz and Keeley Wilson

Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition (Second Edition)
Dennis N. T. Perkins with Margaret P. Holtman and Jillian Murphy

INTERVIEWS

“John Nottingham and John Spirk (Nottingham Spirk) in ‘The Corner Office’”
Adam Bryant
The New York Times

COMMENTARIES

“Resilience Quotations: Part 1″
Blogging on Business

“How and why bowling has become the chameleon of contemporary metaphors”
Blogging on Business

“How to Energize Your Network”
Management Tip of the Day
Harvard Business Review

“Six skills to creating sustainable relationships”
Mark Hordes
Organizational Excellence Journal

“Must-Have Job Skills in 2013″
Ruth Mantell
The Wall Street Journal

“Will our minds also become miniaturized?”
Blogging on Business

“Why character really matters”
Paul Tough
WeAreTeachers

“10 Reasons Why Employees Resign”
Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
Glassdoor

“Restarting the US small-business growth engine”
John Horn and Darren Pleasance
The McKinsey Quarterly

“Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch”
Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
The Culture Works

“How to get the donkey out of the well?”
Beliefnet

“10 TED Talks About Being [More] Creative”

“Yet still another baker’s dozen of memorable quotations”
Blogging on Business

“Thanksgiving Tips: 9 Great Business Skills Entrepreneurs Can Learn from the Pilgrims”
Alan E. Hall
Forbes magazine

“How can I recognize a golden opportunity from fools gold?”
Donald Sull

“Must See” Programs: The Bloomberg Game Changers

“Grow Your Company as Big as Zappos.com: 7 Tips From Tony Hsieh”
Inc. magazine

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris: 11/5/12

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

BOOK REVIEWS

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
Mike Michalowicz

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations
Nancy Duarte

Freedom, Inc.: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth
Brian Carney and Isaac Getz

The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

Michael Mauboussin

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

Enterprise Games: Using Game Mechanics to Build a Better Business
Michael Hugos

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

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

INTERVIEWS

Linda Sharkey
Blogging on Business

Peter B. Vaill
Conducted by Kerry A. Bunker and Laura Curnutt Santana
Extraordinary Leadership: Addressing the Gaps in Senior Executive Development

Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn) in “The Corner Office”
Conducted by Adam Bryant
The New York Times

COMMENTARIES

“Accelerate!”
John P. Kotter
HBR

“On cleaning up messes”
Russell L. Ackoff
From Redesigning the Future: Systems Approach to Societal Problems

“And the winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2012 is….”
Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Press Release

“It Don’t Cost Nuthin’ to be Nice”
Paul (Bear) Bryant

“Designing Products for Value”
Ananth Narayanan, Asutosh Padhi, and Jim Williams
The McKinsey Quarterly

“How To Apply the 80/20 Rule At Work”
Nate Steere
mint.com

“What Women Know about Leadership that Men Don’t”
Tony Schwartz
HBR

“How to Build a Better Innovation Team”
Management Tip of the Day
HBR

“The True Measures of Success”
Michael J. Mauboussin on
HBR

“Business Leadership Lessons from the Military”
Editors of Harvard Business Review

“Ten Ways to Get People to Change”
Morten T. Hansen

HBR

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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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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris: 10/15/12

Here are some recent posts that may be of interest to you:

 

REVIEWS

How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know

Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson

 

INTERVIEWS

Maria K. Mitchell (Amdec) in “The Corner Office”
Interview conducted by Adam Bryant
New York Times

Thomas M. Sterner, Part 2: An interview by Bob Morris

Christopher J. Nassetta (Hilton Worldwide) in “The Corner Office”
Interview conducted by Adam Bryant
New York Times

 

COMMENTARIES

“Valuable Links to Free TED Resources”

“Closing the Great Skills Divide: How to Promote Potential With Success Mapping”
Susan Cantrell, Catherine Farley, and David Smith
Talent Management

“What Really Alienates Top Performers”
Steve Damaio
Harvard Business Review

“Eight essential strategies that successful women in business know”
Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson

“Introverts Can Still Innovate”
Management Tip of the Day
Harvard Business Review

“The Mindset of Great Leader”
Dave Logan
CBS MoneyWatch

“What business should do to restore competitiveness: How companies can get America’s edge back while advancing their own interests”
Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin
Fortune

Michael J. Mauboussin on “Four Steps to Measuring What Matters”
Harvard Business Review

Josh Linkner on “Leadership Lessons from the Honey Badger”
Linkner Blog

“How to Match Your Presentation to Your Audience”
Harvard Management Tip of the Day
Harvard Business Review

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How to Know When to Give Up On a Goal

 

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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Setting goals and sticking to them is important. But you should also occasionally reevaluate your goals.

Quitting isn’t fun, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Here are two warning signs that it might be time to abandon your goal:

•  Your goals have adverse consequences. If you’ve committed to going to the gym every morning but find that you’re too tired to be productive the rest of the day, something needs to give. In these cases, adjust the goal itself or at least how you go about achieving it.

•  Your goals impede other objectives. Most people have several goals — getting healthy, spending time with family, making more sales calls, etc. If one of your goals is preventing you from reaching another one, decide which is more important.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “When to Give Up on Your Goals” by Dorie Clark.

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How to Use the Power of Pause When Speaking

 

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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Whenever effective public speakers end a sentence or phrase, they usually pause.

This gives listeners time to absorb their words.

Nervous presenters often do the opposite: The stress of being in front of an audience causes them to speak faster and faster, rushing past the pauses.

•  Whether you’re speaking to a large group of strangers or a small room full of colleagues, give your audience a moment to take in your information.

•  Create a pause by dropping your voice at the ends of your phrases instead of raising it, which avoids the dreaded “Valley Girl” effect.

•  Concentrate on dropping your voice and you’ll not only sound more authoritative, but you’ll add those essential pauses.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “When Presenting, Remember to Pause” by Jerry Weissman

To read that article and join the discussion, please click here.

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

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How to Prepare “Fast Trackers” for Top Jobs

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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One of the most difficult managerial transitions is moving from functional leader to enterprise leader.

Preparing people for these top jobs needs to start early. Give potential candidates experience on cross-functional projects. If you run a global business, be sure to give them international assignments as well.

•  As their leadership promise becomes evident, give these high potentials positions on a senior management team and exposure to external stakeholders, such as investors, the media, and key customers.

•  Before promoting them to the enterprise level, send them to a substantial executive program that addresses organizational design, business process improvement, transition management, and other capabilities.

•  When these rising stars are finally ready to take the reins, place them in units that are small, distinct, and thriving. Surround them with an experienced and assertive team who they can learn from.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How Managers Become Leaders” by Michael D. Watkins.

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How to Get Into the Zone

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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Everyone aspires to get into “the zone,” or the mental state where you do your best work. Next time you’re trying to achieve peak performance, remember these three things:

• There is no zone for new activities. When you start a new task, you’re not going to find flow. Getting in the zone requires activating the subconscious part of the brain, which is simply inaccessible when you are trying something for the first time.

• You need the right environment. Figure out the settings that facilitate your flow — be it a crowded coffee shop or a quiet library — and work in them whenever possible.

• Emotions are key. Being in the zone requires finding the feelings that allow your subconscious to take over. Music can help activate these emotions. Find songs, albums, or artists that put you in the right mood and block out distractions.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How to Get into Your Zone” by James Allworth.

To read that article and join the discussion, please click here.

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

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To read his other articles, please click here.

James Allworth is the co-author of How Will You Measure Your Life?. He has worked as a Fellow at the Forum for Growth and Innovation (FGI) at Harvard Business School, at Apple, and Booz & Company. Connect with him on Twitter at @jamesallworth.

You may also wish to check out Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, written by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (mee-hy cheek-sent-mah-hy-ee),  a Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University, he is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.

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