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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Culture, Education, Management, Society

The Myth of the Meritocracy (Part 2)

Last month I wrote a post about the way in which people from privileged backgrounds often receive tremendous advantages, which are invisible to the outside world. Little did I know that my argument was about to get a very public boost by a national cheating scandal that once again shows just how much the rich and powerful […]

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Culture, Labor, Management, Society

The Modern Workspace is a Mirror of Our Changing Conception of Capitalism

It’s not often that I come across great workspace insights in a conservative political journal, but that’s exactly what happened when I read Scott Beauchamp’s outstanding analysis of workspace history in the latest issue of American Affairs. Beauchamp’s well-written piece is an attempt to connect historical developments in workspace design with the changing conceptions of capitalism, and […]

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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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