The Art of Change

Over at the Sun Microsystems blog I published an interview about the art of change. It features Ariane de Bonvoisin, the founder and CEO of The First Thirty Days, Inc. She recently published a book called The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change (and Loving Your Life More). Learn about the crucial first [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:05+00:00June 24th, 2008|Categories: Innovation, Management|0 Comments

Power 3.0: Kinder, Gentler, and Better

Choose your weapon: Power 1.0 = muscle and weapons Power 2.0 = money, market share, or brain power Given these choices, most people and companies choose both. However, both Power 1.0 and 2.0 reflect Machievelli's thinking that it's better to be feared than loved. Dacher Keltner, professor at U.C. Berkeley, has defined what I would [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:16:43+00:00February 20th, 2008|Categories: Management|Tags: |0 Comments

The Ten Commandments of Fake Steve Jobs

All hail Carleen Hawn because she has written a fabulously funny analysis of the management style of (Fake) Steve Jobs. It’s called the “Ten Commandments of Fake Steve Jobs” Never let people know where they stand. You don’t have to hire the best people. Only promote stupid people. Never tell people what is expected of [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:17:49+00:00November 14th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|Tags: |6 Comments

“Snooze or Lose”

“Snooze or Lose” is an article that every parent should read because kids need their sleep or their cognitive ability may get set back for years. Here’s the key sentence: “A few scientists theorize that sleep problems during formative years can cause permanent changes in a child’s brain structure: damage that one can’t sleep off [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:34:04+00:00October 28th, 2007|Categories: Management|17 Comments

MBA in a Page

My buddy Ray Schraff from Hyland Software pointed me to this site containing a comprehensive list of management theories. It is an “MBA in a page,” and I mean that in a pejorative way. Here are some examples from the page: GE/McKinsey matrix, Kaizen philosophy, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Business Process Reengineering, and Scenario Planning. [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:35:31+00:00August 13th, 2007|Categories: Management|96 Comments

The Nine Biggest Myths of the Workplace by Penelope Trunk

I liked Penelope Trunk's interview so much that I asked her for more material. Here's her list of the nine biggest workplace myths: You’ll be happier if you have a job you like. The correlation between your happiness and your job is overrated. The most important factors, by far, are your optimism levels and your [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:54+00:00May 18th, 2007|Categories: Human Capital, Management|Tags: |55 Comments

Just in Time For Mother’s Day

According to a story in Reuters, Salary.com released a study that shows that a stay-at-home mom should earn $138,095/year for what she does. Salary.com provides this online tool so that people can calculate how much a particular mom’s work is worth. I hope lots of moms forward this information...

By |2015-03-17T09:38:04+00:00May 3rd, 2007|Categories: Management|41 Comments

LinkedIn and the Art of Avoiding an Asshole Boss

Since blogging about Bob Sutton’s notorious book, The No Asshole Rule, I have received a constant flow of emails from readers sharing their own tales of lecherous bosses and indignities suffered. Mean-spirited morons are still running much of the workplace, and it’s time to take a stand. Most nastiness is directed by superiors to subordinates; [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:29+00:00April 10th, 2007|Categories: Management|68 Comments

More on Professor Carol Dweck and Mindsets

This is a follow-up to the posting of March 14th based on a new book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. It is a video of Professor Carol Dweck explaining fixed and growth mindsets. Also, this diagram explains the differences between the two mindsets. It’s great—but that’s not surprising because Nigel Holmes created it. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:36+00:00April 2nd, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management|20 Comments

Science Daily Week: Which is more effective: bonuses or raises?

I recently learned about Science Daily. It is a treasure chest of interesting studies that has implications on business practices. I’ve collected so much material from it that this is going to be “Science Daily Week” in my blog. For example, have you ever wondered whether giving employees a pay-for-performance bonus or a merit raise [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:38+00:00March 26th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|28 Comments

“The Banality of Heroism”

My Stanford psychology professor, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, and Zeno Franco, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology wrote a terrific article called “The Banality of Heroism.” Dr. Zimbardo ran the (in)famous Stanford Prison Experiment, so he knows how circumstances can make good people do bad things. This article is different—it’s [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:43+00:00March 22nd, 2007|Categories: Management|23 Comments

Interview with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google: “You don’t learn very much when you yourself are talking”

The guys at iInnovate posted a lovely interview with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. Among the topics they covered were: Anti-trust (with a beautiful deke to create “time and space” as we say in hockey) Innovation Competitive advantages Motivation of entrepreneurs Maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit Traditional and non-traditional organization design What Microsoft and Yahoo does [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:45+00:00March 21st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|26 Comments

ArseMail: The ARSE Followup

Bob Sutton’s book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, continues to, well, kick butt. It’s gaining notoriety across the globe and, more importantly, it’s usually in the top twenty sellers of Amazon. Here are some interesting factoids about the introduction of the book. 57,774 people have taken the [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:49+00:00March 19th, 2007|Categories: Management|14 Comments

The Gift of Work

I heard a sermon this morning called “Jesus & Your Job” by Nancy Ortberg of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. This is a wonderful example of a powerful message delivered in a powerful way. It contains an excellent description of what makes good leaders and how to derive the maximum value from one’s work. I doubt [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:40:49+00:00March 4th, 2007|Categories: Management, Pitching and Presenting|63 Comments