0616 | Donald Sull & Kathleen Eisenhardt


Donald Sull is a global expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. He is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kathleen Eisenhardt is the S. Ascherman Professor of Strategy at Stanford, a highly cited author, and the co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. The are the authors of the new book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World.

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Randy’s Six Rules for Selecting Business Books – (with insight from the book Simple Rules by Sull & Eisenhardt)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Mostly plants.” Here is some advice from the helpful book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex… Read More Randy’s Six Rules for Selecting Business Books – (with insight from the book Simple Rules by Sull & Eisenhardt). We all need some rules to follow. Simple rules – easy to remember, easy to follow. Not too complex; not too many. Like this simple rule about healthy eating from Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much.

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The Power of Your Word

Lead Change Blog

Sull HBR integrity Leadership Michael JensenPosted in Leadership Development Barry wasn’t happy that his boss put him through the 360 evaluation process. He was even unhappier after receiving the feedback. In fact, he was shocked, angry and disbelieving. There was no way he was unethical, thoughtless or lacking in credibility and integrity. In following the trail of bread crumbs to the root cause of [.]. Leadership Development Commitment credibility Donald N.

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Common, potentially valuable anomalies that most executives don’t recognize

First Friday Book Synopsis

I agree with Donald Sull that most executives either do not recognize or ignore anomalies and even when they’re pointed out, the same executives underestimate their potential importance. Sull suggests that “the human mind is hardwired to reinforce existing maps [documentation of what is already known], even in the [.].

How and Why Market Anomalies and Incongruities Can Reveal 10 Clues to Business Opportunity

First Friday Book Synopsis

In it, Donald Sull shares his insights concerning how and why market anomalies and incongruities may point the way to the next breakthrough strategy, thence to a wealth of business opportunities. Here is an excerpt from another outstanding article that appears in strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Company.

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Weekly Round-Up: 2020 Culture Champions, Bolster Your Bottom Line, 14 Best Change Management Articles, Leadership Insights & Tips, Ensure Your Employees Feel Valued


Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best leadership and communication blog posts I've seen recently.

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The Upside of Turbulence: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Upside of Turbulence: Seizing Opportunities in an Uncertain World Donald Sull HarperBusiness (2009) How and why “agile absorption” is essential when seizing the upside of turbulence in the global marketplace Donald Sull provides a brilliant analysis of a process that continues throughout the world as I now compose and then you read this brief [.].

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The early-warning signals of active inertia

First Friday Book Synopsis

In one of the most valuable business books written in recent years, The Upside of Turbulence: Seizing Opportunity in an Uncertain World published by HarperBusiness, Donald Sull describes what he characterizes as active inertia: “the tendency of well-established organizations to respond to changes by accelerating activities that succeeded in the past.

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John Donovan (AT&T) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries Adam Bryant AT&T Corner Office column Donald Sull Joan Magretta John Donovan Stuart Cross SundayBusiness section sustain and accelerate profitable growth The CEO’s Strategy Handbook: How to create The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed The New York Times The Upside of Turbulence: Seizing Opportunity in an Uncertain World Times Books Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy

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

First Friday Book Synopsis

Perkins Donald Sull Forbes magazine Glassdoor Harvard Business Review Inc. 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. Perkins with [.].

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Weekly Round-Up: Measuring Culture in Leading Companies, Brand Strategy for Leaders, Improving Employee Engagement & Culture, Communicating with Global Employees, Creating a Culture of Innovation


This Week's Round-Up of Leadership and Communication Blogs: Measuring Culture in Leading Companies By Donald Sull, Charles Sull, and Andrew Chamberlain ( @CultureXInsight , @CharlieCultureX , and @adchamberlain via @mitsmr and @Glassdoor ), MITSloan Management Review and Glassdoor MITSloan teamed up with Glassdoor to quantify, compare and benchmark corporate cultures across organizations in a way that hasn't been done before. “

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Simple Rules and Busking

CEO Blog

I recently listened to a book - Simple Rules - How to Thrive in a Complex World by Donald Sull. I know one of the best geniuses for writers or marketers is to simplify and Sull does that well in this book. It is a great book that explains not only why simple rules work but how you can develop them. Simple rules work because: 1. They save resources, especially time and energy. They can be adjusted the given circumstances. They help to eliminate confusion and consequent hesitation.

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3 Ways To Harness The Power Of Differences

Lead Change Blog

Professor Donald Sull calls it active inertia, an organization’s tendency to follow established patterns of behavior. Being together again after so many years was pure delight. The connection took up as if we were finishing a conversation begun only the day before. Familiarity is so comforting. Until…there’s too much of it, and its dark side surfaces: lack of innovation, narrow-minded thinking, ingrained and unquestioned bias, outdated practices, and failure to grow as a person.

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Simplify Your Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Donald Sull , London Business School professor, poses three questions to break down complex strategies into actionable steps. For more, see the article Simple Rules for a Complex World. Communication Execution Strategy

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How to Solve Complex Problems Fast

Skip Prichard

1] Defined in HBR’s Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It (Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull, MARCH 2015). Simplicity in the Age of Complexity. The answer is simple,” the professor said, then he waited a minute and added the important qualifier, “if you are a mathematical genius.”. He was attempting to explain one of the most complex concepts of the semester. I remember laughing along with the class as we struggled to make sense of it at all.

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Before You Agree to Take on New Work, Ask 3 Questions

Harvard Business

” Donald Sull and Dominic Houlder suggest creating a worksheet with four columns. During the 2009 recession, I took a high-profile job with a marketing agency. On the surface, it looked like a dream opportunity. The clients were big, the pay was excellent, and given the economic climate at the time, I considered myself lucky. No, the work didn’t excite me, but what would people think if I turned it down?

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Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Consider the recent article, “ Why Strategy Execution Unravels — and What to Do About It “ by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull, in the March 2015 issue of HBR. It’s impossible to have a good strategy poorly executed. That’s because execution actually is strategy – trying to separate the two only leads to confusion.

Business Competition Has Not Gotten Fiercer

Harvard Business Review

Puzzling anecdotes abound: Microsoft has missed out on a series of new products in the past decade, yet as Don Sull points out , it continues to be highly profitable. Taking a cue from Don Sull, we can distinguish between two types of competition. It’s become part of the conventional wisdom. The internet and globalization have combined to render almost every company vulnerable to greater competition than ever.

Explain Your New Strategy By Emphasizing What It Isn’t

Harvard Business Review

Yet, according to Donald Sull’s research in the March issue of HBR, almost half of top executives cannot connect the dots between their company’s strategic priorities; and two out of three middle managers say they simply do not understand their strategic direction. It is nearly impossible to translate — let alone execute – a strategy that you don’t understand.

Is It Better to Be Strategic or Opportunistic?

Harvard Business Review

I spoke with contributor Don Sull , who teaches strategy at MIT and the London Business School, about the tension between scholars who put sustainable competitive advantage at the center of strategy and those who argue that some industries are changing too quickly to allow for sustained performance.

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What Is Strategy, Again?

Harvard Business Review

As recently as March 2015, for instance, Rebecca Homkes and Don and Charles Sull said in “ Why Strategy Execution Unravels – and What to Do About it ”: “Since Michael Porter’s seminal work in the 1980s we have had a clear and widely accepted definition of what strategy is.” If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price.