Paradox of the Week

Paradox of the week – Jim Collins (again)

For those of you familiar with my blog, you know that in the past I have not been all that complimentary of texts penned by best-selling management advice guru Jim Collins. These would include Built to Last (1994) and Good to Great (2001), both of which are considered to be among the most popular business books ever written...

Paradox of the week – Bill George (Medtronic)

Judging by the chill in the air tonight here in Philadelphia, winter isn’t as far off as I’d like it to be. It also reminds me of those especially brutal winters I experienced growing up in Minnesota. So this week, some contradictory statements/paradoxical assertions made by the former CEO of Medtronic - a medical device company founded in my home state...

Paradox of the week – Michael Eisner (Disney)

Last month, I was in Anaheim attending the 2016 Academy of Management’s Annual Conference - and the convention center was right across the street from Disneyland. So for this installment of my "Paradox of the Week" series of posts, I thought a couple of contradictions/paradoxical assertions from Michael Eisner, the former CEO of Disney, might be appropriate...

Paradox of the week – No pants (Scott Berkun)

  This July, it’s been hot, hot, hot here in Philadelphia. So for this installment in my ongoing series of posts, the “Paradox of the Week”[*], I thought a look at Scott Berkun’s management book The Year Without Pants (2013) might be appropriate.   According to the...

Paradox of the week – Seth Godin

When it comes to Seth Godin, I must admit to harboring a bit of “blogger envy.” Let me explain: For those of you who haven’t heard of him, Seth Godin is a business writer/blogger like myself who (cough) is just a bit more successful than I am at the moment. To date,...

Paradox of the week – Louis Gerstner, Jr. (IBM)

In previous installments of a series of posts I’m calling the “Paradox of the Week”[*] I pointed out some of the contradictory statements made by Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. This week, I’ve decided to add Louis V. Gerstner Jr.—formerly of IBM—to the mix. He’s the CEO...