Monthly Archives: November 2010

MBM’izing Zoolander

In honor of Ben Stiller’s birthday, I offer up this stream-of-consciousness analysis of the fantastic movie Zoolander through the MBM lens (here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it (you should really see it)).  Feel free to contribute HR-appropriate additions, offer critiques, … Continue reading

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Theory to Practice Discussion Schedule

Thanks to those of you who voted in the poll I posted last week. The voter turnout was a little lackluster, but I’m still going to try a group discussion during December.  Folks who want to read/discuss a selection split between three selections, … Continue reading

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The Goal of Business

“What is the goal of a business?” It was 1996 and a dozen of us were seated in a conference room with Jim Barksdale, the CEO of Netscape Communications. It was our new-hire orientation and he had posed this question … Continue reading

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Illusions of (Corporate) Entrepreneurship

This is a guest post by Jeff Proctor. Jeff just joined the MBM Team. He is interested in understanding the drivers of entrepreneurship in both the market and the firm. Seth Priebatsch has been starting companies since he was 12 years … Continue reading

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As In Government, So In Organizations

How does the size of government affect what we typically consider “the American spirit”?  Similarly, how does the size of leadership at an organization affect culture? A favorite radio show of mine–Intelligence Squared–explores the first question. Normally heard on your … Continue reading

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Theory to Practice

I had our awesome marketing team put together this “Theory to Practice” graphic because I want to test the idea of the blog community reading and discussing an MBM source book or article. I want to focus on how to take ideas in a book (theory) and … Continue reading

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Friday Links

Though I missed National Unfriend Day, this post brings up an interesting angle: “National Unfriend Day Can Help Your Business.” The premise of the argument is “…National Unfriend Day might be the perfect time for you to sort and streamline … Continue reading

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Drucker Centennial

“Peter Drucker contributed more to the triumph of freedom and free society over totalitarianism as anyone in the 20th century.” Such is the bold claim of best-selling management consultant Jim Collins in his keynote address celebrating the Drucker Centennial, marking the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Recommended Books

I’ve gotten a ton of book recommendations lately. Below is a list. It’d be great if you could leave thoughts about any of these books in the comments. Even a mini-review or highlights/low-lights would be useful as I pick where to … Continue reading

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Advice to New Managers

  This is a guest post from Carl Oberg.  Carl spent last year studying MBM, economics and the philosophical texts that underpin the Science of Liberty, and recently took on a challenging role as a manager. Back in June, I started … Continue reading

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