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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Breaking the Cake of Custom: A Cavalry Charge with Fresh Horses


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Organizations have to do two things to survive in a sustainable fashion: Conserve their core business Innovate to change their business The current term for this ability of organizations to both “exploit” and “explore” is “ambidexterity”, but it has long … Continue reading


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Disrupting the Past: (Channeling David Brooks #2)


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As readers of my blog know from a previous posting, New York Times columnist David Brooks is an alumnus of the University of Chicago. Famously he got his big break when he wrote a satirical parody of William F. Buckley’s memoir Overdrive, just … Continue reading


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Management Without Principles


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Management “principles” have been a prominent feature of the field ever since the 1950s, when a concerted attempt was made to put management on the path to becoming a social science. With economics as their guide and physics as the … Continue reading


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Measuring Buzz: Hunting Dynamics in the 21st Century


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Every manager knows that the “buzz” on a team is an important indicator of their likely success. You can poke your head into a meeting room and, without hearing a word of what is being said, get an instant impression … Continue reading


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Channeling David Brooks #1: Asking the Right Question about America


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New York Times columnist David Brooks is an alumnus of the University of Chicago. Famously he got his big break when he wrote a satirical parody of William F. Buckley’s memoir, Overdrive, just as the conservative pundit was coming to campus to … Continue reading


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