U.S. May Widen Its Syria Role By Bradley Klapper

DeM Banter: tragic situation but without a clear, crisp, concise, strategy this could rapidly escalate to what Friedman mentioned in his article.  Also interesting that The London Telegraph reported the US would not engage until after the election.  Curious where the funding will come from as well...clearly there are no easy answers here...there is risk …

The Number One Killer Of Corporate Innovation by Ken Blanchard, Scott Blanchard

fastcompany.com / view original DeM Banter:  Hopefully you are not the idea killer....but are you an innovator & what kind...it's got me thinking... Innovation is essential to keeping an organization alive--everyone knows that. Then why do so few companies innovate? Part of the answer is that it's very hard for people who are invested in the current …

Do You Really Understand Strategy? by Paul Michelman

Morning Advantage: View Original / HBR Blog Network DeM Banter:  Sounds strangely familiar... 5:00 AM July 25, 2012 Most executives teams are surprisingly weak when it comes to strategy thinking, note Michael Birshan and Jayanti Kar in McKinsey Quarterly. Some leaders reach the C-suite because of functional expertise. Others are stronger on execution than on strategic thinking. …

No More Urban Officers? How An Uneven ROTC May Change Our Military By Colin Daileda

DeM Banter: N/A at this time... TheAtlantic.com July 23, 2012 Big-city campuses once produced superstars like Colin Powell. Today, those programs are dwindling -- which may lead to a whiter, more rural military. When cadet Kevin Poon arrives at St. John's University in the dark of early morning for physical training, he stands among about …

Schwartz: AF Needs Manned Aircraft Despite UAVs By Jeff Schogol

DeM Banter:  Sure, I hear ya... of course... but think 10 years from now...given the budget, the lack of forethought and strategy...there is a good bit said in this very short article, that is perhaps not said... not the least of which is..."However, pilots for manned aircraft won’t necessarily make up the majority of the …

Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees? by Joseph Folkman

view original / blogs.hbr.org You can't make every worker happy, surely, and should a business even try? Evidence from our recent research suggests, actually, that the answer is yes. Or rather, our evidence shows that managers are giving up far too soon on their disgruntled employees, making them less productive than they could be, exposing their companies …