Category Archives: the business of business

Understanding Corporate Culture: Experience vs Theory

Good judgement is the result of experience, and most of that comes from bad judgement.  ~Cowboy Wisdom There seem to be two schools of thought about how to be an effective leader and business person.  According to the widely accepted approach used … Continue reading

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The Seven Faces of Corporate Culture

John’s Note:  The following is the first draft of the Introduction to a new book I am writing. A book prompted by readers of my last book suggesting I give them more detail, more “how to”, more specifics on corporate culture. I will … Continue reading

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Leadership and the American University of Beirut

In 1968 I spent my junior year of college at the American University of Beirut.  For those of  you who don’t remember, Beirut, Lebanon was once aptly described at the “Paris of the Middle East” and was by far the … Continue reading

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The Reality of Corporate Culture and “Flat World” Thinking

“The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church.” ― Ferdinand Magellan Several hundred years ago, most people believed the world … Continue reading

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“Sensible” in a Charlatan world? Damned Faint Praise?

My business book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture, was (surprisingly!) recently reviewed in that esteemed and venerable world news, political affairs, business and finance magazine, The Economist (January 9, 2014).  Continuous publication of this weekly journal began in September … Continue reading

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Read The Economist review of my new book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture

I spent the last 10 months at a small desk on the third floor of our house in London, sitting in front of a computer screen.  I was committed (and probably should have been committed) to writing a book about … Continue reading

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LEVERAGE Infographic: A New Look at a New Book

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