The recent recall of Mattel toys made in China is proof that modern supply chains are complex and require more than mastering work flow and logistics. Here, the authors offer that in a flat world, the world is our factory, and a new focus on networks, a balance between control an
Using Habitat for Humanity as a dynamic example, authors of Forces for Good, Crutchfield and Grant, present this manifesto on what high-impact nonprofits do to achieve wide-scale social change. These methods are insightful for all organizations, including for-profits and individuals. You may just want to pick up a hammer an
Patricia Martin brings her energy and enthusiasm to this inspiring manifesto which celebrates a new cultural trend: a renaissance generation that values creative and intellectual activity which will bring a rebirth to our current beige state of living.
Vaitheeswaran, author of Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future, here asserts that within “the thorny geopolitical, environmental, and economic complications involved with cars and oil, America’s federal energy policies do matter.” He calls for a “market-minded” approach that offers a lev
Arruda and Dixson warn: you are being googled. Internet research is now a no-brainer in the hiring process, whether you are applying for a job or pitching your bid. So, how can you impress recruiters and clients when they perform this kind of reference check? The authors offer steps to making you digitally distinct
Blumenthal believes there is simply no stronger motivation for good performance than strong relationships and hopes to revolutionize leadership with a deceptively simple equation: Relationships = Productivity. He warns of an epidemic of “ineptivity” (motion without reason) has lead to a state of disenfranchisement within b
Using the Slow Food Movement as a metaphor, Derek Cheshire suggests a slow approach to innovation. There is immense pressure to innovate quickly or to rush to market, but does this bargain of speed versus quality really benefit a company? He lauds the goal of creating “an innovative company whose structure and culture are conducive to long-t
Author and psychiatrist, Mark Goulston, reveals the critical warning signs of a potentially violent teenager. Many people can shrug off insults or irritations, but a combination of biological, psychological and social factors work to create a violent young person. Goulston also offers methods to calm down an angry teen (or anybody) and how t
Andy Kanefield is interested in changing how we view organizational behavior based on the principle of cognitive diversity. In other words, each of us is wired differently and sees organizational issues in different ways. Here he fleshes out inter-related questions every leader should ask about his/her organization and
Brenner believes there is a critical flaw in how we communicate. We naturally divide our communications in two approaches: to inform or to persuade. When, according to Brenner, every communication is an opportunity to persuade. Next time you hear someone say, “I just wanted to give you an update…” you’ll know an opportunity to shape opinion was missed.