Duff McDonald is looking back

Those in positions of primacy are obligated to lead with well-thought out discretion. Duff McDonald is the author of analyses of influential business entities, The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite, Last Man Standing¬†(about Jamie Dimond post financial crisis 2008) and The Firm (about…

Refreshing

Adults have been given permission to enjoy pop for many more years than you imagine. In the soda market space, there’s the old standby, Orangina, a product I have always found equal to my maturity. Its proximate competitor is the very amusing San Pelligrino Aranciata, available in small bottles or cans. While in many ways…

Disruption

Disrupting the disruption Uber, plagued by internal meltdowns in management and human resources, has pressures from without as well. Lyft uses an app to pick up riders and provides competition, as does Via which offers a rideshare twist and a cheap fare. Uber’s problems may have started, however, with the archival grandiosity of their corporate…

In sync

via Daily Prompt: Partner It’s not easy navigating a partnership. Admit it, you and your beloved are not always in sync. Love and marriage are the ultimate alliance, the pinnacle opportunity to cooperate and collaborate. There are other such connections we get to make. Early on, we form friendships which may resemble alliances we will…

Intern

via Daily Prompt: Apprentice Once upon a time, you learned a trade, the one that once upon a time would last you your lifetime, by standing beside a master. Those times are gone, but we still apprentice ourselves. We intern for the summer in the hopes that XSZ Corp. will hire us in the fall…

Reputable

Ethics in business seems quaint in our dystopian moment. Since I have feathers, I still have hope. I am not completely alone. They still teach this old-fashioned concept in B’Schools. Baruch is especially aggressive in pursuit of matters of good governance, particularly at its Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity where programs like Ethics in Entrepreneurship…

Institutions

Institutional memory becomes an issue for organizations as they age, and the successive leadership is further removed from the roots of its establishment. History is there to preserve the mission and maintain a heritage for the group. Your association need not be hamstrung by unwanted fetters of custom. ¬†Groups need to evolve and grow. They…