Michael Raynor: Theory to Practice

Science, Philosophy, and Faith

Debates within a management team, wherever they fall on the scale from “by-your-leave” polite to bench-clearing hockey brawl, are often characterized by a remarkable oversight: The discussants neglect to specify precisely what they are quarreling about...

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The Mismeasure of Management

As with so much of the human condition—and perhaps everything of any material moment—wisdom defies a single summarizing bromide and instead finds expression in the collision of two contradictory aphorisms. He who hesitates is lost, but haste makes waste. Out of sight, out of mind, while absence makes the heart grow fonder. So with the question of...

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Advice on Good Advice

Identifying the drivers of superior long-term performance is a sufficiently fundamental question to have spawned a genre of business books. These “success studies” seek to uncover the causes of success by studying companies that have succeeded...

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Relatively Right vs. Wholly Wrong

Recently, over two consecutive days, I had the opportunity to work with the management team of a global multibillion-dollar company that occupies the commanding heights of its industry, and then a six-person startup that has yet to see its first dollar of revenue. These two sets of conversations so close together were for me a powerful reminder of a very...

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Explanations vs. Predictions

If curiosity did, in fact, kill the cat, then felines are likely the only creatures for which that particular psychological trait is a bad thing. Certainly for us, being unable to resist the urge to find out what's over the next hill, down the next river, or in the next galaxy is a big part of why—for better or for worse—we are the planet's dominant species. (Not the most...

Other Voices, Other Views

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