Everything Is Obvious: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Antifragile (2013) “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it” “the invisibility of the obvious” Crown Business Douglas J. Watts Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us Fooled by Randomness (2001) Lakota Indians Nassim Nicholas Taleb Phil Rosenzweig The Black Swan (2007) The Halo Effect The Misuse of Common Sense Thinking Is About More Than Thought Voltaire We Don''t Think the Way We Think We Think Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins

Voting ends Sept 1st for Thinkers50 Top Management Thinker Award for 2013

Marshall Goldsmith

Dear Friends, We are nearing the 2013 Thinkers50 biannual awards. Thinkers50 was launched in 2001. Previous winners of the Top Management Thinker Award have included Peter Drucker (2001 & 2003), Michael Porter (2005), CK Prahalad (2007 & 2009), and Clayton Christensen (2011).

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The World’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Thinkers

N2Growth Blog

Every two years since 2001, Thinkers50 has published their ranking of the world’s top 50 management and leadership thinkers. Just today, Thinkers50 announced their shortlist for the 2013 awards. By Mike Myatt , Chief Executive Officer, N2growth .

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Civility: The New Employee Attraction and Retention Strategy

Lead Change Blog

2001). Posted in Leadership Development Light Your World Value Creation Workplace Issues Workplace attractiveness is an optimistic attitude or a positive emotion an individual has towards an organization (Aiman-Smith et al. The attraction process involves a job seeker’s estimate of how well they “feel” their personal needs and values fit the organization’s culture. Gaining an understanding of the factors that can impact the attraction phase of this [.].

Elmore Leonard: Focus On What’s Important, Ignore Everything Else

N2Growth Blog

10 that Elmore Leonard , a gifted storyteller and author of some 46 novels, posited in an essay on writing for the New York Times in 2001. By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth. Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. That is Rule No.

Determining Your Top 5 Priorities for 2014

Michael Lee Stallard

For example, within a matter of hours following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, aircraft carriers, Aegis destroyers and cruisers were in position to protect America’s shores. A mistake many leaders make is they are overly ambitious in setting annual priorities.

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Two Lessons from an Earlier Book by Michael Lewis

First Friday Book Synopsis

I was looking over some of my “earlier” First Friday Book Synopsis handouts (some of them were not as thorough as my current handouts), and I ran across the one on the early Michael Lewis book: NEXT: The Future Just Happened (2001). Here are two excerpts from the book: In the long run the Internet […]. Randy''s blog entries

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A Leadership’s Judgment

Lead from Within

Then in early 2001 came an industry-wide crash, and suddenly Cisco was near death. 2013 Lolly Daskal. In 2000 under the leadership of CEO John Chambers, Cisco was at the top of the game. For a couple of days its market cap was number one in the world.

Achieving the Best by Preparing for the Worst: Lessons Learned from High-Profile Crises, part 1 of 4

Strategy Driven

There have been far-reaching business after-effects from the attacks on September 11, 2001. In the fourth quarter of 2001, there were 408 extended mass layoff events, involving 114,711 workers, directly or indirectly attributed to the attacks.

The Big Picture of Business – Achieving the Best by Preparing for the Worst: Lessons Learned from High-Profile Crises, part 3 of 4

Strategy Driven

Having done so put the city in the position of responding to the unthinkable on September 11, 2001. Effective Crisis Handling, Case Studies. Crises can and will happen to good organizations. Most often (85% of the time), they can be heeded, planned for averted.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 65 – An Interview with Ed Reilly, editor of AMA Business Boot Camp

Strategy Driven

Prior to joining AMA in 2001, he was Presidetn and CEO of Big Flower Holdings, Inc., Prior to joining AMA in 2001, he was Presidetn and CEO of Big Flower Holdings, Inc.,

Read Good To Great

Eric Jacobson

The book, five years in the making, and published in 2001, addresses the all-important question of: Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how? If you haven't read, Good To Great by Jim Collins, do so.

Todd L. Pittinsky: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

In 2001, he launched the Allophilia [.]. Todd L. Pittinsky is Professor of Technology and Society at SUNY Stony Brook and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was previously Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as Research Director for Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

WHE17: The Cost of Medical Errors: Educating Employees about Patient Safety | with Leah Binder from The Leapfrog Group

Engaging Leader

Since 2001, the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey has compared hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. In 2013, 1437 hospitals across the country completed The Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Preview Thursday: No Ego by Cy Wakeman

Lead Change Blog

In 2001, she founded Reality-Based Leadership. The following post is a preview excerpt from the Introduction of No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama in the Workplace, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results by Cy Wakeman. Shut the Conventional Door.

Revealing Leadership Insights From Thinkers50

Tanveer Naseer

Think of Peter Drucker who topped the first Thinkers50 ranking in 2001. And, the winner of the 2013 Thinkers50, Clay Christensen, now sees his ideas of disruptive innovation used and applied by managers in their relentless quest for competitive advantage.

Leaky Tax Systems Plague European Recovery

Harvard Business Review

In Greece alone, $49 billion worth of legal goods and services, about $4,380 per capita , escaped taxation in 2001–2002. European policy makers who are considering raising tax rates as a way to increase revenue in the aftermath of the financial crisis should put greater emphasis on enforcing existing tax laws, says Zoë Kuehn of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.

Would You Rather Have Brazil’s Economic Problems or America’s?

Harvard Business Review

since 2001 — which lends a helpful perspective to the often downbeat discussion over the economic future here: In fact, productivity growth has been outstripping wage growth in the U.S. It’s been a great millennium for Brazil, so far.

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Nonprofits Need to Compete for Top Talent

Harvard Business Review

As the head of Year Up, a social enterprise that has grown rapidly since 2001 (we have a 49% average annual growth rate in students served), I'd like to share what I've learned about going head to head with for-profit enterprises to secure the best talent.

The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

Harvard Business Review

In 2007 AOL and Time Warner finally pulled the plug on the $350 billion 2001 merger that Time Warner chiefs Jeff Bewkes and Gerald Levin later called “ the biggest mistake in corporate history.”. At some point most executive teams will make a bet-the-company decision.

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We Can Now Automate Hiring. Is that Good?

Harvard Business Review

When the economy turned down first in the recession of 2001 and then massively so in the Great Recession starting in 2008, unemployed candidates flooded employers with applications, and companies had no choice but to use software to process and screen them.

The IRS Just Sent Me $160,000. Can I Keep It?

Harvard Business Review

Sure, I could probably contribute to economic growth more directly, by buying a better car (if they actually now make a better car than my 2001 Ford Windstar) and a bigger TV.

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Harvard Business Review

Jim Collins had a lot to say about CEOs he saw demonstrating modesty and leading quietly, not charismatically , in his 2001 bestseller Good to Great. Whether we''re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it''s clear we live in an era of self-celebration.

The Rise of UX Leadership

Harvard Business Review

For example, the now ubiquitous and much beloved Fiat 500 was first unveiled by Sergio Marchionne, no stranger to showmanship, at the Geneva Motorshow in 2004 following the buzz generated by the 2001 re-launch of the Mini-Cooper by BMW.

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It's Not All About Growth for Social Enterprises

Harvard Business Review

One way to tell the story of mothers2mothers' growth is as follows: since 2001, the organization has expanded its operations to nine countries with an approximately $20 million operating budget.

The Rising Tide Lifts One Boat Most of All

Harvard Business Review

Everyone is familiar with the primary methods Gillette used to grow: It innovated via technology (with the Sensor, Mach 3, and Fusion razors), and in 2001 it formally expanded into the women''s leg shaving market with a new brand called Venus. "Kaiea" is Hawaiian for ''rising tide.''

Four Things the Private Sector Must Demand on Cyber Security

Harvard Business Review

Remember the summer of 2001 when CIA Director George Tenet said of the Al-Qaeda threat "the system was blinking red" but few around him seemed to grasp the urgency?

Why Employers Aren't Filling Their Open Jobs

Harvard Business Review

We had jobless recoveries coming out of the last recessions in 2001 and 1992, but this one put the budget squeeze on recruiting and has gone on for a very long time.

To Change the World, Fear Means Go

Harvard Business Review

And after 10 grueling years, he was pardoned by Governor Pataki and released in 2001. It's exactly the advice your mother didn't give you, unless your mom was a rule-breaker like my mine. Fear means go. This was one of my mom's favorite principles.

As Emerging Markets Slow, Firms Search for “New” BRICs

Harvard Business Review

The three main grocery retail chains in Peru grew from 57 stores in 2001 to 155 stores in 2010. Case in point: Ford is planning to introduce at least five new models after seeing a 33% increase in sales in the first half of 2013 in Nigeria. By all measures, emerging markets are having a tough year. The Economist bemoans their “ great deceleration ” and HBR featured a well-researched study on how multinationals are becoming less global.

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Apple Versus the Strategy Professors

Harvard Business Review

Someday, Apple's now 11-year-long run of nearly unbroken triumph (I'm dating it to the launch of the iPod in November 2001) is going to end. That is just the way of the business world. The questions, of course, are when, and how.

How Share-Price Fixation Killed Enron

Harvard Business Review

In December, 2001, just prior to filing for bankruptcy, Enron Corporation had approximately $2 billion in cash and no debt coming due. In a keynote speech , he said Enron went bankrupt because of "decisions" made in October 2001. Despite its infamous financial chicanery, it still appeared to be a viable, profitable firm. So why did Enron go bankrupt? Was it because of the fraud, or was there another reason?

How Chinese Subsidies Changed the World

Harvard Business Review

Since 2001, when China joined the World Trade Organization, subsidies have annually financed over 20% of the expansion of the country''s manufacturing capacity.

What U.S. E-Commerce Can Learn from Its Global Copycats

Harvard Business Review

eBay, for example, rapidly built leading positions in its core marketplace business from acquisitions in Germany ( Alando in 1999 ), much of continental Europe ( iBazar in 2001 ), South Korea ( Internet Auction Co., also in 2001 ) and India ( Bazee in 2004 ).

Don’t Let Them Steal Your Inventions

Harvard Business Review

For instance, Apple filed applications for the original iPhone only four days before it was announced in 2007; for the original iPod in 2001, the filing was one day before release. As part of the AIA, on March 16, 2013, the United States adopted a first-inventor-to-file regime. On March 18, 2010, an Apple engineer left what looked like an iPhone 3 in a German beer garden in Redwood, California. Another patron later picked it up from a barstool.

An Investigation of Online Reviews Uncovers a World of Lies

Harvard Business Review

According to this investigation it can, with overdoses of the drug claiming the lives of more than 1,500 Americans between 2001 and 2010. I Give This Blurb 3 Stars Operation Clean Turf and the War on Fake Yelp Reviews Businessweek Were the 19 companies accused of commissioning fake online reviews the only firms out there engaged in this nefarious practice? Mmm, no. Not likely. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says 15% to 20% of all reader reviews might be fake.

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Scaling: The Problem of More

Harvard Business Review

In a 2001 interview with HBR, UPS’s then CEO Jim Kelly described the growth of the company: “For decades, we’ve been able to grow tremendously simply by expanding our core business geographically. Start talking about the challenge of “scaling” with people, and you’ll find the term gets used to mean a lot of different things. For example, when entrepreneurs talk about it, they are usually struggling with matters of organization.

Do You Really Want to Bet Against China?

Harvard Business Review

And after that, when China and India’s spectacular growth in the first decade of the new millennium proved Rohwer right in spades, he wasn’t around to say I told you so because he’d died (in a sailing accident) in 2001. The book Asia Rising was a prescient 1995 forecast of East and South Asia’s continuing rise to economic power, written by the Economist ’s first Asia editor, Jim Rohwer.

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14 Principles that Made Amazon

Skip Prichard

Failure comes part and parcel with invention” (Bezos 2013 letter). Bezos invited Collins to Amazon a few months before Collin’s book was published in 2001 to teach the senior leadership team the flywheel concept. How You Can Learn from Amazon.

How the U.S. Airline Industry Found Its Edge

Harvard Business Review

Between 2001 and the end of 2008, for example, no less than 15 U.S. Ever since Leonardo Da Vinci started scribbling designs for flying machines in his notebook, aviation has attracted bold, blue-sky thinking. Aviators continue to dream big: see Airbus’ sublimely odd design for a jumbo jet that mimics animal skeletons as a recent example. But since deregulation in 1978, airlines in the U.S. have done everything Da Vinci could have asked of them—except make money.

Hierarchy Is Overrated

Harvard Business Review

It’s achieved impressive results since being founded in 2001, and is run by a committee of about ten people. Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché – if you’ve got “too many chiefs,” your initiative will fail. Every time I hear it, I wonder, “Why can’t everyone be a chief?”. For instance, the Second Chance Programme is a group that raises money to help reduce homelessness among women here in Southeast Queensland.

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Coping with the Emotional Fallout After an Act of Terror

Harvard Business Review

Hyman , who served as the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1996 through 2001. On a map, Harvard Business Review''s offices look far from the site of yesterday''s Boston Marathon bombing, seven miles up the winding Charles River. But in a city that feels more like a town, everyone in the area — as well as in cities and countries far beyond — has been shaken up by the Patriots'' Day explosions.

The CEO Who Led a Turnaround Wearing a Helmet

Harvard Business Review

And in 2001, profits jumped to $2.2 One of the key lessons that Huggy Rao and I learned from studying scaling up excellence is that, to spread new ways of thinking and acting, just talking about the importance of new beliefs and behaviors isn’t enough. You need to live the mindset that you aim to instill in others.