Michael Raynor: Theory to Practice

Anchors Aweigh!

In the wake of one helluva tumble skiing in Lake Tahoe that left me with a ruptured ACL (knee ligament) and a long road back to my former semi-athletic self, I continue to try to make lemonade by looking for connections between my rehabilitation and the challenges that face managers...

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Most Expensive. Speech. Ever.

When The Three Rules came out last May, I had high hopes for the book I co-authored. I’d like to think my level of expectation was born of the excellence of the work, but in truth, having spent five years on the project, wanting, hoping for (maybe even expecting!) success was inevitable. As you might have heard, we love most those things for which we suffer most...

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“I’ll Manage”

As TCB Review moves to a more online-centric format, I’ve decided to try and go with the flow and shift my musings to that quintessential medium-within-a-medium, the blog. In the spirit of Marshall McLuhan's most famous aphorism, “the medium is the message,” I hope to do more than simply post online what I have...

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A Better Bias

I play tennis. Badly. I’m reasonably athletic and fit, which makes it all the more frustrating when I get my hat handed to me by folks at least a decade older who couldn’t run five kilometers or do a chin-up if their lives depended on it. There I am, wheezing like a two-pack-a-day smoker, while they’ve barely broken a sweat racking up ...

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When Innovation Isn't

When asked, few people will say anything bad about puppies. Similarly, who could possibly have anything bad to say about innovation and the well-intentioned pursuit of it? I have a hard time finding an organization of any type that isn't loud and proud about its dedication to and lionization of innovation. And whether...

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Dangerous Digits

Like most of you, I worked my way through high school and college. The jobs I had covered a wide range of occupations, everything from selling T-shirts with salacious pictures on them in tacky holiday towns to mopping up spilled beer in high-volume breweries. The job I enjoyed most at a visceral level was in construction. I’d start at the beginning...

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Playing the Odds

The application of logic to data in the pursuit of answers can be very effective. Aristotle illustrated this in demonstrating how one would determine whether or not Socrates is mortal. We start with the observations that all men are mortal and that Socrates is a man. The application of deductive reasoning ...

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Corporations Are Not Venture Capitalists

When it comes to innovation in established companies, the rage has long been to try to emulate the behaviors of entrepreneurs and the swashbuckling investors who back them. The explicit belief is that what works in Silicon Valley can be replicated inside companies with similarly efflorescent results....

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Thinking With Emotions

The announcement that the Higgs boson had been observed as expected in the bubble chambers of the Large Hadron Collider created quite a buzz, and understandably so. I felt just that much better knowing that the universe works the way it was thought to. But it wouldn’t have fazed me one bit if the...

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Management by Imitation

Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs has been deservedly widely praised. It does a masterful job of making you feel as though you have had a chance to appreciate the demons and angels of its subject’s character and how those spirits, malicious and...

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