Food for thought(s) gleaned from HBR

A collection of thoughts, ideas, suggestions and calls to action for entrepreneurs and business managers alike.

Harvard Business Review Magazine
Harvard Business Review

After a few months of having too much to do and too little spare time, I grabbed a handful of the monthly Harvard Business Review issues that had been holding down my desk and proceeded to skim through the articles. Typically I would take the time to read each article and spend a fair bit of time reflecting on the topics that are relevant to my current situations, this time was different. Instead of diving in and soaking it up, I just skimmed through three of them and jotted down some nuggets here and there. Below are these nuggets in no particular order. Do what you will with them.

  • Turn challenges into opportunities.
  • Simplicity is power.
  • Management is NOT a profession.
  • People with international experience (travel/life) are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.
  • Failure demands a response, yet the status quo is embraced and, incredibly, protected.
  • Simply stepping back to observe how you work can yield game-changing insights.
  • Good leaders protect their employees from lengthy meetings, meddlesome superiors, and a host of other roadblocks to doing real work.
  • The best leaders orchestrate constructive battles – enabling people to feel safe speaking their minds, even to their leaders.
  • The forgetting curve is sometimes more important than the learning curve.
  • You are what you measure.
  • You are what you do, not what you say. You’re not fooling anyone for long.
  • Experiment relentlessly, yet holistically.
  • A company’s value is just a sum of the decisions it makes and executes.
  • You build a culture of trust by telling the truth, even when its hard.
  • Even successful companies have to shake things up to stay ahead of the competition. Change for change’s sake.
  • High potentials always demonstrate results, master new types of expertise, and recognize that behavior counts. But it’s their intangible X factors that truly distinguish them from the pack.
  • Be clear. Be consistent. Be creative.

I can’t take credit for any of these statements, nor can I say that I do or don’t do them 100% of the time. I can say that I work hard at them 100% of the time and the status quo is NOT embraced or protected.

2 Replies to “Food for thought(s) gleaned from HBR”

  1. Dear Mr. Sayer,

    Very interesting blog input. I definitely do agree and this point really struck me.
    “Good leaders protect their employees from lengthy meetings, meddlesome superiors, and a host of other roadblocks to doing real work.”
    Too often do I see lengthy meetings that have no clear cut framework or timeline which ultimately wastes time.

    I dont mean to be rude but I’ve been trying to get in contact with someone from your company so I can share some of the products we carry. I think maybe you can refer me in the right direction, we do have products that fit your product categories but also some IP Power products as well, that your company may find intersting.
    If you do not mind pleases point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate your help.

    Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Jerry Chan

  2. Mr. Chan,
    Thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it.
    With respect to your products and who to contact, you can feel free to send your information to me and I will get it in the hands of the product management team. We have a standardized process and schedule for adding on new brands and unfortunately this can take some time based on current backlog. If your product is available through US distribution it makes it easier as we don’t typically purchase directly from manufacturers at this time.
    All the best,
    Ben

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