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The No Asshole Rule

I recently had the chance to take an entertaining and enlightening class from Bob Sutton, professor of management at Stanford University and author of the book “The No Asshole Rule.” By Professor Sutton’s definition, workplace assholes are employees who deliberately make co-workers feel bad about themselves and who are openly aggressive to others who have…

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First Mover Advantage

During the holidays, I had the chance to re-read one of my favorite marketing books: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Ries and Trout. While many people seem to think that the book is no longer relevant, I was more than a little surprised by how of much of the book I remembered and…

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The Upside of the Downturn

As a sound bite example of the Upside of the Downturn, Geoff Colvin suggested that death rates go down in a recession.  Regardless of the accuracy of the claim, it’s worth remembering that the recession provides new opportunities for companies willing to take risks.  To emphasize this point, Colvin subtitled his book “Ten Management Strategies to…

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Adjacency strategy

Beyond the core blue ocean strategy

Lately I’ve been reading Chris Zook’s Beyond the Core which describes how an organization can continue to grow after its core business has plateaued by finding adjacent oportunities that both leverage and reinforce its core strengths.  Zook recommends a series of small, harmonious adjacent moves to maximize long-term growth.   To quote Dilbert, organizations should “enhance [their] strategy into the…

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Top 10 Books on Performance Management

People frequently ask me which book they should read to learn more about strategy and performance management. While there are many books worth reading, I don’t think there’s a single book that gives you a complete enough view.  Both strategy and performance management come in many flavors, and you have to read several books to appreciate the breadth….

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Management by Baseball

Much to my own surprise, this week’s blog is about another book. But, unlike last week, it’s not about performance management per se but rather what we can learn about aligning an organization from the sport of baseball. Yup, baseball. The book, Management by Baseball by Jeff Angus, purports to provide “The Official Rules For…

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