Monday, November 23, 2009

"Walk the Walk" named one of the best business books of 2009 by Strategy+Business

Thank you, Strategy+Business magazine, for naming "Walk the Walk' as one of the best business books of 2009 (and for publishing the review by Charles Handy, which called it "compelling reading.")

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Podcast interview on "Walk the Walk"

I'm interviewed about "Walk the Walk" on this podcast from Penguin books.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Slideshow on BusinessWeek website about who does and doesn't Walk the Walk

Check out this brief article and slideshow that I did for the BusinessWeek website about who does and doesn't "walk the walk" among prominent figures in business and national politics.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Great Article on Leadership by Swarthmore's Barry Schwartz

Read this terrific article on leadership by Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology of Swarthmore College. The article (published by the National Internet) focuses on the "tyranny of the commons"--how to overcome the tough problem of individuals making everyday small choices that hurt the greater society over the longer run. How do you inspire people to change how their daily behaviors that harm the environment, for example? Schwartz looks at two themes that I write about at length in my new book Walk the Walk. In this passage he writes about the power of leading by example:

"The Obama vegetable garden by itself isn’t going to change how Americans eat. But many social phenomena are susceptible to what Duke economics and political science professor Timur Kuran describes as “informational cascades.” Someone out there who won’t take the lead in using cloth bags is almost ready to do so. Just one example will tip that person’s behavior. And once there are two adherents, other people, whose “tipping threshold” is a bit higher, will come on board. This will make it easier for others, and so on. Before you know it, plastic grocery bags will have gone the way of the rotary phone."

And here Prof. Schwartz underscores another important theme that I discuss in "Walk the Walk": the necessity of leaders sharing the struggle with the rest of us:

"As economist Robert Frank has observed, people, like states, care more about their relative position in a social or economic hierarchy than they do about their absolute position. Better to keep your thermostat at seventy-eight degrees in summer when others are doing the same than to keep it at seventy-four when others have theirs at seventy-two. Knowing that 'we’re all in the same boat' matters to people just as it does to states. And sacrifice must be shared in a way that is publicly verifiable because people, like states, care about fairness. They care enough to punish those who exploit power, even at a cost to themselves..."

There's much more rich detail and fascinating thinking in Prof. Schwartz's article. Check it out!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Profile of Apple's Steve Jobs in London's Sunday Times

Check out this uncommonly well-done profile of Apple's Steve Jobs in London's Sunday Times. The reporter, Bryan Appleyard, interviewed me for the story as well as some of the most insightful journalists who've covered Jobs and executives who worked with him closely over the years.