Business, Culture, Management, Management Consulting

Corporate Personalities: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I’m often asked to list my favorite books for business leaders. While my list is made up of mostly business books, there are a few titles that come from different disciplines. One such book is Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process by Dr. Nancy McWilliams. In this excellent book for psychiatrists, Dr. McWilliams presents […]

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Business, Economics, Society, Technology

Reconn Reader: March 15, 209

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. Inclusion does not mean endorsement. -CA   World & Politics Can Putin Fix Russia’s Sputtering Economy? The only other option for the Kremlin is to improve the business climate in ways that attract […]

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Recent Read: “Uber Is Headed for a Crash”

Don’t miss Yves Smith’s interesting breakdown of Uber’s prospects in New York Magazine Some highlights:   The fact that this glorified local transportation company continues to be a financial failure should come as no surprise. What should be surprising is that the business press still parrots the fond hope of Uber’s management that the company […]

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Business, Culture, Marketing

Recent Read: “What’s Inside a Brand?”

Don’t miss Will Partin’s piece in The Outline about the company “brandless” and how the concept of banding is changing. An excerpt: If that seems counterintuitive, consider two advertisements for Dove soap separated by about 50 years. In a 1957 television spot, the camera’s near-fetishistic attention on the look and feel of the newly-introduced Dove […]

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Business, Society, Technology

The Reconnomics Weekend Reads

Each week, I share ten of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. Enjoy!   1. How an Apparent Saudi Hit Job Has Shaken the World Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asserted in an interview with Bloomberg that Khashoggi had left the consulate after just a short […]

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Business, Politics

Recent Read: “The Cost of Political Connections”

I recently came across an interesting paper in the Review of Finance by Marianne Bertrand, Francis Kramarz, Antoinette Schoar and David Thesmar that explores the connections between CEOs and politicians in France. Though the analysis is about just one country, the paper raises bigger questions about CEOs and politicians anywhere.  Some highlights:   While previous research has focused on the advantages […]

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