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  • s+b Blogs
    December 17, 2014

    Automation’s Adverse Effects

    by Theodore Kinni
    In The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr reminds us that almost every business decision involves tradeoffs.
  • December 8, 2014

    How Primal Instincts Influence Office Design

    Witold Rybczynski, author of How Architecture Works, introduces a lesson in how the design of our buildings can bolster employee productivity, from The Best Place to Work, by Ron Friedman.
  • s+b Blogs
    December 2, 2014

    How to Avoid Bad Investments in Good Ideas

    by Theodore Kinni
    Michael Schrage proposes a fast, cheap, experiment-driven approach to boosting the bottom line in The Innovator’s Hypothesis.
  • November 24, 2014

    Capability Bending

    Jason Jennings, author of The Reinventors, introduces a lesson in leveraging existing capabilities from How to Kill a Unicorn, by Mark Payne.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 6, 2014

    Adam Smith’s Other Book

    by Theodore Kinni
    Economist Russ Roberts explores Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a 255- year-old guide to the good life.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 4, 2014

    How to Be Privileged Like Louis XIV

    by Shellie Karabell
    A favored position creates authentic leadership only when it is tempered by accountability.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 29, 2014

    The Virgin chronicles

    by Theodore Kinni
    Richard Branson’s books demonstrate how an entrepreneur’s drive and verve can turn seemingly crazy ideas into reality.
  • October 20, 2014

    When Not to Multitask

    Nicholas Carr, author of The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, introduces a lesson in generating deeper insights from The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, by Daniel J. Levitin.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 16, 2014

    Reframing Sales Effectiveness

    by Theodore Kinni
    Aligning Strategy and Sales is the best sales book of the year — and one that senior executives should read.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 9, 2014

    The Price of Privatizing War

    by Theodore Kinni
    Modern Mercenary is a fascinating look at the free market for force and the companies that profit from it.
  • September 29, 2014

    The Business of Coming Out at Work

    by Christine Bader
    Former BP CEO John Browne argues that self-disclosure is the right course for LGBT employees in The Glass Closet.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 23, 2014

    The Business Approach to Climate Change

    by Theodore Kinni
    John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz’s new book proposes how to achieve the triple bottom line of planet, people, and profits.
  • September 22, 2014

    Trust Me, Trust Me Not

    Barry Nalebuff, coauthor of Co-opetition, introduces a passage on when to—and when not to—believe what others say, from The Power of Noticing, by Max Bazerman.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 10, 2014

    Location, Location, Location

    by Theodore Kinni
    Wharton marketing professor David Bell explores how the real world affects the success of internet companies.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 3, 2014

    Seeking Social Failures

    by Theodore Kinni
    IMD professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski describes three concepts that can help companies craft more effective social strategies.
  • August 25, 2014

    Know Thy Audience

    Nick Morgan, author of Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, introduces a timeless lesson about crafting clear messages from Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand, by Frank J. Pietrucha.
  • August 19, 2014

    Risky Business

    by Theodore Kinni
    A new book argues that the dangers of risk aversion often outweigh the risk of making mistakes.
  • August 1, 2014

    The Downside of Competition

    by Karen Dillon
    In A Bigger Prize, former CEO Margaret Heffernan argues that the corporate world has an unhealthy obsession with winning.
  • August 1, 2014

    Genius Is a Team Effort

    by Michael Schrage
    Michael Schrage reviews two notable books by veteran Silicon Valley journalists that seek to explain collaborative charisma.
  • July 30, 2014

    A New Hat for Negotiators

    by Theodore Kinni
    If you want to become a better deal-maker, start by examining who you are at the table.
  • July 28, 2014

    Tomorrow’s Leaders Need Diverse Challenges Today

    Cynthia D. McCauley, coeditor of Experience-Driven Leader Development: Models, Tools, Best Practices, and Advice for On-the-Job Development, introduces a career development lesson from It’s Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best, by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz.
  • s+b Blogs
    July 23, 2014

    Beach Reading…Boardroom Style

    by Eric J. McNulty
    Your summer vacation is the perfect time to relax, lie back, take in some sun, and learn something new about leadership.
  • July 7, 2014

    Why Marketers Should Be Followers

    by Catharine P. Taylor
    Itamar Simonson and Emanuel Rosen describe new patterns in consumer decision making that are shaking up traditional marketing strategies.
  • June 20, 2014

    Second Thoughts about Bad Bosses

    Susan Cramm, author of 8 Things We Hate about I.T.: How to Move beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with I.T., introduces a lesson in assessing bosses from The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life, by Charles Murray.
  • June 18, 2014

    Understanding China’s Resource Quest

    by Theodore Kinni
    Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi argue that China’s demand for natural resources is unlikely to result in further price shocks.
  • May 28, 2014

    The End of Work, Revisited

    by Theodore Kinni
    Two decades after Jeremy Rifkin predicted that private sector jobs would disappear, his controversial view sounds far more likely, and far less ominous.
  • May 21, 2014

    Does capitalism create social mobility?

    by Theodore Kinni
    In The Son Also Rises, UC Davis economic historian Gregory Clark tracks surnames over hundreds of years to better understand social mobility.
  • May 19, 2014

    How Strikebreaking Hurt Innovation

    Les Leopold, author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America’s Wealth, introduces a passage on the debilitating effects of mass firings from Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek.
  • May 12, 2014

    A Triple Scoop of Social Responsibility

    by John Weir Close
    Journalist Brad Edmondson’s recounting of the Ben & Jerry’s story, Ice Cream Social, focuses on the difficulties of living up to high-minded corporate mission statements after new owners take control.
  • May 12, 2014

    It’s Better to Receive Than to Give

    by Sally Helgesen
    In Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen argue that the smart investment is not teaching managers how to give feedback, but rather teaching employees how to receive it.
  • May 12, 2014

    China’s Strategic Challenge

    by David K. Hurst
    In Can China Lead? a trio of business school professors argue that unless the Chinese Communist Party loosens its grip, the China “miracle” cannot be sustained.
  • May 7, 2014

    A Toast to Industry Disruption

    by Theodore Kinni
    In The Craft Beer Revolution, Steve Hindy traces an industry disruption that gives beer drinkers reason to cheer.
  • April 8, 2014

    Innovation Begins with Three Questions

    by Theodore Kinni
    In A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger says that asking “why, what if, and how” can help companies become more efficient and creative.
  • March 25, 2014

    The Long Road to U.S. Healthcare Reform

    by Theodore Kinni
    In Reinventing American Health Care, professor Ezekiel Emanuel predicts that the benefits of reform are still years away.
  • March 21, 2014

    Mind Your Feedback

    Douglas Stone, coauthor of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It Is Off-Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood), introduces a cautionary lesson in assessing others from Embodied Leadership: A Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership, by Pete Hamill.
  • March 19, 2014

    Alternative Systems for Corporate Survival

    by Theodore Kinni
    John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ.
  • March 17, 2014

    Organize Like a Startup

    by Eric J. McNulty
    Legacy companies looking to increase agility and collaboration can take a few lessons from new firms.
  • March 12, 2014

    The Freaky Friday Management Technique

    by Theodore Kinni
    In The Hard Thing about Hard Things, VC Ben Horowitz offers a creative solution for resolving conflict among organizational silos.
  • March 5, 2014

    Outing Gender Bias

    by Theodore Kinni
    In What Works for Women at Work, Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey identify four, often unrecognized, patterns of discriminatory attitudes toward women.
  • February 26, 2014

    Muckraking Is Alive and Well

    by Theodore Kinni
    In The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark, Dean Starkman rebukes the business press for missing the epic fraud that led to the Great Recession. 
  • February 19, 2014

    A Sucker’s Bet in Sochi

    by Theodore Kinni
    After reading the International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events, it’s hard to see how Russia will benefit from hosting the Winter Olympics.
  • February 14, 2014

    How Do You Compete?

    Roger Martin, coauthor of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, introduces a lesson on the proper foundation for core competencies from Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities through Strategic Thinking, by William Putsis.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 12, 2014

    How’s Your Brand’s Love Life?

    by Theodore Kinni
    Consultant and author Tim Halloran thinks it’s time to inject some romance into brand marketing.
  • February 11, 2014

    The Big Promise of Open Data

    by Nancy Scola
    Nancy Scola reviews Joel Gurin’s Open Data Now, the first book to detail the rich business opportunities in open data and the challenges in capturing them. 
  • February 11, 2014

    Working Together Apart

    by Jon Gertner
    Scott Berkun’s chronicle of his stint as a team leader at offers insights for companies with distributed structures.
  • February 11, 2014

    The Lion versus the Fox

    by David K. Hurst
    David Hurst reviews Professor Lawrence Freedman’s magisterial new history of strategy, which underscores the discipline’s central elements and limits.
  • February 11, 2014

    The Trouble with Sunspots

    by George S. Oldfield
    A personality-driven history of economic forecasting by business historian Walter Friedman points up the limitations of the prediction business, then and now.
  • January 29, 2014

    Improvisational Selling

    by Theodore Kinni
    Steve Yastrow says improvisation is a far more effective sales tool than the hackneyed pitch—but there are limitations.
  • January 22, 2014

    Fiddling at Davos, as Capitalism Burns

    by Theodore Kinni
    If the authors of Does Capitalism Have a Future? are right, this year’s WEF attendees should take a hard look at business as usual.
  • January 17, 2014

    Babes at Work

    Bruce Poon Tip, author of Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business, introduces a passage from Richard Sheridan’s Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love on how to build an employee-centric corporate culture.
  • January 15, 2014

    Beware the “CEO Bubble”

    by Theodore Kinni
    Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski paid an unjustly high price for the crime of losing perspective, according to a new book by Catherine S. Neal.
  • January 3, 2014

    Can Business Find Value in Joy?

    by Susan Cramm
    An IT services firm has developed a business model that it believes delivers joy to both employees and customers.