The Management Thinker We Should Never Have Forgotten

Why have we lost touch with W. Edwards Deming. Through his red bead experiment he showed that we often get a false read on workers because we judge them too narrowly. Deming believed that we can improve worker performance only when we improve the entire system they work within. And he believed that managers wrongly apply incentive pay plans, forced rankings, and all sorts of … [ Read more ]

Henry Ford

Most great figures in American history reveal great contradictions, and Henry Ford is no exception. He championed his workers, offering unprecedented wages, yet crushed their attempts to organize. Virulently anti-Semitic, he never employed fewer than 3,000 Jews. An outspoken pacifist, he made millions producing war materials. He urbanized the modern world, and then tried to drag it back into a romanticized rural past he’d helped … [ Read more ]

Everybody Ought to Be Rich: The Life and Times of John J. Raskob

Today, consumer credit, employee stock options, and citizen investment in the stock market are taken for granted–fundamental facts of American economic life. But few people realize that they were first widely promoted by John Jakob Raskob (1879-1950), the innovative financier and self-made businessman who built the Empire State building, made millions for DuPont and General Motors, and helped shape the contours of modern capitalism.

David Farber’s … [ Read more ]

Joseph Stiglitz on What Business Schools Teach That’s Wrong

The Motley Fool interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in his office at Columbia Business School. In this clip, Stiglitz answers the question, “What is something that is taught in the modern business school that gives a flawed sense of how risk and financial markets work?”

Watch Fortune’s Q&A with Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett sits down with Fortune Magazine’s Pattie Sellers to discuss the changing landscape for women in business.

Mintzberg on Managing

Management expert Henry Mintzberg has played a major role shaping the world’s concept of managing. According to him, CEO bonuses need to disappear and companies should promote “communityship.”

Jim Collins: Be Great Now

The leadership expert sits down with Inc. editor-at-large Bo Burlingham to talk about what makes great companies tick.

Fons Trompenaars Interview

Fons Trompenaars is one of the world’s leading experts on cross-cultural communication and international management. Together with long-time collaborator Charles Hampden-Turner, Trompenaars developed a model of national cultures based on seven dimensions: universalism vs. particularism; individualism vs. collectivism; neutral vs. emotional; specific vs. diffuse; achievement vs. ascription; sequential vs. synchronic; and internal vs. external control.

The model, developed after extensive research across over 60 cultures and … [ Read more ]

The Steve Jobs Way

Leaders can learn a lot from the late Apple CEO, but not all of it should be emulated.

Rules for Leaders

Peter Drucker once dubbed Frances Hesselbein “the greatest leader in the country.” In a recent interview with Chief Executive, Hesselbein shared four of the leadership practices that she found most effective during the course of her career.

Editor’s Note: I have been consistently impressed with the writings and thought leadership of Frances Hesselbein. I encourage you to search for her name on this site to find … [ Read more ]

The Real Life Social Network v2

Paul Adams worked in the UX team at Google and was the user research lead for social. He spend a lot of his time doing research with people on how they use social media, sitting down with people, and having them map out their social network, and looking at how they use tools like email, Facebook, Twitter, their phone, and so on. One of the … [ Read more ]

The Thought Leader Interview: Erik Brynjolfsson

MIT’s theorist of productivity draws a link between innovation in management practice and ongoing prosperity.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

When he died, Vanderbilt was probably the richest man in the U.S., with a fortune that represented US$1 out of every $20 in circulation in the country, including cash and demand deposits (to put that in perspective, Bill Gates’s wealth in 2008 represented $1 out of every $138). But Stiles has much more in mind in this weighty tome than simply documenting the rise of … [ Read more ]

Management by Reflection

Managing author Henry Mintzberg believes that to improve business schools, we must first understand the essence of what managers do.

An Interview with Jim Collins

From Built to Last to Good to Great and now to Why the Mighty Fall, Jim Collins has established himself as the leading management thinker of our time. The former Stanford University Business School professor turned mega-selling author and avid rock climber is the driven researcher and thinker whom many leading companies look to for advice on how to grow, how to improve their … [ Read more ]

Esther Dyson: The Thought Leader Interview

A long-standing champion of high-tech innovation foresees a fundamental shift toward more transparent institutions and a more relationship-driven economy.

On Peter Drucker’s Centennial

Why the impact of this preeminent, farsighted management writer is still so difficult to gauge.

The Thought Leader Interview: Tim Brown

The CEO of Silicon Valley-based design firm IDEO contends that elegant, customer-centric design stems from a simple set of thinking practices.

The Practical Wisdom of Ikujiro Nonaka

To help corporations create knowledge more consciously, the author of Managing Flow draws on Western and Eastern philosophic traditions.

An Offshoring Model to Create Better Value: Interview with Narayana Murthy

Narayana Murthy, cofounder of Infosys, the global IT services company based in India, consistently makes the list of most admired/most respected/most powerful global leaders, being named one of BusinessWeek’s Stars of Asia as well as one of Time’s top 10 global leaders who are helping to shape the future of technology. Here he talks innovation, offshoring and social responsibility with IESE’s Sandra Sieber.