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Dave Ulrich on calculating the market value of leadership: An interview by Bob Morris

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Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Collegiate Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a partner at the RBL Group a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He has been ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as… Read More Dave Ulrich on calculating the market value of leadership: An interview by Bob Morris.

Best Business Books 2010: Biography and History

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Here is another outstanding article from “True Tales of Fortune” series featured by strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Company. James O’Toole is the author of the article. To read the complete article, check out a wealth of other resources, sign up for email updates, and obtain subscription information, please click here. * * * [.].

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Roger Ebert’s “The best feature films of 2010?

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His published works include The Great Movies III, Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2010, and The Pot and How to Use It. [.]. Bob's blog entries Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert David Fincher Inception James Agee Roger Ebert Roger Ebert's "The best feature films of 2010" Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010 The American The Ghost Writer The Great Movies III The Kids Are All Right The Pot and How to Use It.

Best Business Books 2010: Innovation

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In this instance, Kristina “Z&# Holly’s selections and discussion of “Best Business Books 2010: Innovation> Innovation as a Social Act Steven Johnson Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (Riverhead, 2010) John Hagel III, John Seely [.]. Here is one of several annual lists featured by strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Company.

Design Thinking for Social Innovation

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Here is an excerpt from a brilliant article co-authored by Tim Brown and Jocelyn Wyatt for Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2010). To read the complete article, check out other valuable resources, obtain subscription information, and sign up for a free newsletter, please click here. * * * Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the [.].

The best commencement address yet to be delivered: “Students Don’t Know Much About History”

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Bob's blog entries Brian Bolduc David McCullough Department of Education the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress The best commencement address yet to be delivered: "Students Don't Know Much About History" Thomas Edison Wall Street JournalIn an interview conducted by Brian Bolduc , featured in the Wall Street Journal (June 18, 2011), the award-winning historian, David McCullough, says textbooks have become “so politically correct as to be comic.”

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Lead with Purpose: A conversation with John Baldoni

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Marshall George Wasington Harvard Business Review John Baldoni Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself Lead Your Boss Marshall Goldsmith Mike Useem NFI “2010 Leadership Survey” Top Leadership Gurus InternationalJohn Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, author and educator. He has taught what it means to inspire at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

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Joe’s Journal: On Torrid Romance and Government

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Bob's blog entries Affordable Healthcare Act in March 2010 “The Great Society” program Claremont Graduate University Drucker Exchange (DX) Drucker Institute effective delivery and management of government services Horton Professor of Management & Director of Research and Education Joe's Journal: On Torrid Romance and Government Joseph A. Here is the latest post by Joseph A. Maciariello featured in the Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Exchange (DX) sponsored by the Drucker Institute.

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The New HR Analytics: A book review by Bob Morris

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The New HR Analytics: Predicting the Economic Value of Your Company’s Human Capital Investments Jac Fitz-enz AMACOM (2010) A brilliant explanation of “the first holistic, predictive management model and operating system for the HR function” Those who have read one or more of Jac Fitz-enz’s previously published books know that he possesses superior reasoning and [.].

Managing by Reflection

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Here is an excerpt from an interview of Henry Mintzberg by Art Kleiner for strategy+business magazine (March 15, 2010). To read the complete interview, please click here. * * * Managing author Henry Mintzberg believes that to improve business schools, we must first understand the essence of what managers do. One of the most consistently

Resonate: A book review by Bob Morris

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Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences Nancy Duarte John Wiley & Sons (2010) How and why to create significant, sincere, and enlightening moments during presentations that “drive the big idea home” Don’t be deterred by the shape of this book (I was) and incorrectly assume that it is heavy on packaging and light on [.].

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The Truth About Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

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Posner Jossey-Bass (2010) What Kouzes and Posner learned about what leadership is and does after three decades of rigorous study I have read and reviewed most of the books on which Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have [.]. The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know James M. Kouzes and Barry Z.

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The Truth About Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

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Posner Jossey-Bass (2010) What Kouzes and Posner learned about what leadership is and does after three decades of rigorous study I have read and reviewed most of the books on which Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have [.]. The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know James M. Kouzes and Barry Z.

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The 2020 Workplace: A book review by Bob Morris

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Meister and Karie Willyerd Harper Business/An im print of HaroerCollins (2010) How and why the HR function has become so much more important than many (most?) The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies, Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today Jeanne C. C-level executives now realize The reference to “HR function” refers to anyone and anything [.].

Giving Voice to Values: A book review by Bob Morris

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Gentile Yale University Press; First Edition (August 24, 2010) How to express your values more eloquently and act upon them more effectively As I began to read this brilliant book, I was reminded of James O’Toole’s contribution to a [.]. Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right Mary C.

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Succeed: A book review by Bob Morris

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Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals Heidi Grant Halvorson Hudson Street Press/Penguin Group (2010) How and why almost anyone can achieve the goals they set IF…. Others have their own reasons for praising this book. Here are five of mine. The book is very well written. Heidi Grant Halvorson has accumulated, organized, and [.].

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The Dragonfly Effect: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith with Carlye Adler Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Imprint (2010) In this book written with Carlye Adler, Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith explain how to “leverage the power of the new social media to do something that [.].

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One Page Talent Management: A book review by Bob Morris

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One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value Marc Effron and Miriam Ort Harvard Business Press (2010) A comprehensive analysis of “the most powerful, repeatable processes that create successful talent&# The claim by Marc Effron and Miriam Ort that they offer “the most powerful&# processes that create successful talent is, at best, debatable.

The Art of War: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Art of War: The Ancient Classic Sun Tzu, with an Introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon Capstone Publishing (2010) “Every battle is won or lost before it is fought.” – Sun Tzu Those who have read one or more of the volumes that comprise Tom Butler-Bowdon’s “50 Classics” series already know that he possesses superior reasoning [.].

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Why We Make Mistakes: A book review by Bob Morris

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Hallinan Broadway Books, Reprint edition (2010) And why we often make mistakes when trying to understand mistakes Frankly, until reading this book, I assumed that I understood why people make [.]. Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average Joseph T.

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How Women Mean Business: A book review by Bob Morris

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How Women Mean Business: A Step by Step Guide to Profiting from Gender Balanced Business Avivah Wittenberg-Cox John Wiley & Sons (2010) How and why appropriate gender balance is an immensely promising business opportunity This is one of two books written by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox that I have recently read, the other being Why Women Mean Business [.].

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Lead with Purpose: A book review by Bob Morris

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Lead with Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself John Baldoni AMACOM (2012) The multi-dimensional “why” of initiative and fulfillment for organizations as well as for individuals I selected my review’s title because, in his latest book, John Baldoni focuses on how and why having (or not having) a sense of purpose [.].

Global forces: An introduction

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Patrick Viguerie for The McKinsey Quarterly (June 2010). Here is an excerpt from an article written by Peter Bisson, Elizabeth Stephenson, and S. To read the complete article, check out a wealth of resources, and watch a video during which McKinsey director Bisson explains why trends matter, the value of tracking global forces, and how

WordPress 3.0 jQuery: A book review by Bob Morris

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jQuery: Enhance Your Website with the Captivating Effects of jQuery Tessa Blakeley Silver Packt Publishing (2010) This book has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to transform my website into fully-functional, dynamic WordPress website. WordPress 3.0

Leadership Lessons from the Military

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Previously, I posted excerpts from articles that comprise a series sponsored by Harvard Business Review. Now, all of the articles plus other material have been published both in a single volume and as a PDF and the collection is for sale for only $19.95. To learn more about this book, please click here. * * [.]. Bob's blog entries "Powering Down" Leadership in the U.S.

Why Happy Employees Mean Happy Customers

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Bob's blog entries a June 2010 survey of private sector employees in the U.S. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Mike Prokopeak for Talent Management magazine online. To check out all the resources and sign up for a free subscription to TM and Chief Learning Officer magazines published by MedfiaTec, please click here. * * * The customer may always be right, but you better be [.].

Five myths about how to create jobs

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In the article that follows (first published in February, 2010), James Manyika and Byron Auguste identify and then invalidate five myths about how to create jobs that continue to remain remarkably [.]. The website of McKinsey & Company’s McKinsey Quarterly continues to feature some of the most valuable material concerning major issues, such as job creation.

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Smell a Rat – From a Distance

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You may remember my presentation at the First Friday Book Synopsis on the book How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud by Ken Fisher (2010, Wiley). The book was all about distinguishing between scrupulous and unscrupulous financial advisers. Its primary feature was identifying the red flags, such as advisers who have access [.].

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Faster Cheaper Better: A book review by Bob Morris

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Faster Cheaper Better: The 9 Levers for Transforming How Work Gets Done Michael Hammer and Lisa Hershman Crown Business (2010) How to create a more logical and more efficient network of processes for getting work done Michael Hammer’s death two years ago at age 60 was a tragic loss to his family members, friends, and [.].

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Random information for June (Rebuild Your Life Month)

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Over 100 trillion emails were sent in 2010. • The world did not end on May 21, as Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping had predicted. Time to start rebuilding your life. Interesting Facts: • In 1989, there were 1.8 million email accounts. Today, there are more than 3 billion. One in 10 cars on [.].

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WordPress 3 Site Blueprints: A book review by Bob Morris

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Wallace Packt Publishing (2010) This book has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to transform my website into ”fully-functional, dynamic” WordPress website. WordPress 3 Site Blueprints: Ready-Made Plans for 9 Different Professional WordPress Sites Heather R.

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Leadership on the Brain

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Here is an excerpt from an article written by David Rock for the Harvard Business Review blog (April 28, 2010). To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * (Editor’s note: This post is part of [.].

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The Joy of Housework

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She is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, published by Portfolio/Penguin Group (2010). Here is another post at Laura Vanderkam’s “Just a Minute” online newsletter. To check out all the resources that Vanderkam offers, please click here. To read my interview of her, please click here. * * * [.].

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Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: A book review by Bob Morris

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Chan John Wiley & Sons (2010) A chorus of eloquent voices that suggest “a sense of what life is, can be, or should be” Prior to reading this book, I had already read two biographies of Warren Buffett, Roger Lowenstein’s Buffett: [.]. Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Top Business Leaders Ronald W.

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It’s Tough to Speak from Overflow… If You Don’t Have Much Overflow

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Daniel Schorr was a journalist for longer than my entire life, right up until his death in 2010 at age 93. I still miss Daniel Schorr. His last few years were spent at NPR, where I absolutely loved to listen to him. He would make his comments about some news incident of the day, but […]. Randy''s blog entries

A Quote for the Day from Charles Ludlam (via Tony Kushner) – In case you need a little more motivation to aim for constant improvement

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” Quoted by Tony Kushner, in his wonderful Commencement Address at Juilliard, 2010 Filed under: Randy's blog entries. “Repeat to yourself the late great Charles Ludlam’s immortal maxim: You are a living mockery of your own ideals; either that, or your ideals are too low.” Randy's blog entries

Marketing Metrics: A book review by Bob Morris

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Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance, Second Edition Paul Farris, Neil Bendle, Phillip Pfeifer, and David Reibstein Prentice Hall (2010) Note: The review that follows is of the Second Edition (2010), a sequel to Marketing Metrics: 50+ Metrics Every Executive Should Master (2006).

The Prince: A book review by Bob Morris

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2010) How and why a leader needs to be both “a fox to discern snares, and a lion to drive off wolves” Those who have read one or more of the volumes that comprise Tom Butler-Bowdon’s 50 Classics series [.]. The Prince: The Original Classic Niccolò Machiavelli, with an Introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon Capstone Publishing Ltd.

The Right to Win

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Here is an excerpt from an article written by Cesare Mainardi with Art Kleiner for strategy+business magazine (published November 23, 2010/ Winter 2010 / Issue 61), published by Booz & Company. To read the complete article and check out other resources, you must first register (at no cost) by clicking here. * * * Business

Erik Qualman: An interview by Bob Morris

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Socialnomics was a finalist for the “2010 Book of the Year” [.]. Called a “Digital Dale Carnegie,” Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business and, more recently, Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence. Socialnomics made Amazon’s #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany.