Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

24 July 2020

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

Harvard Business Review May/ June 2020

This issue arrived mid-June or about two months later than normal as Covid19 epidemic slowed down all postal deliveries. Hopefully we are on the way back to something more normal. I found a couple of articles on ‘Sexual Harassment’ in the issue and one on ‘Becoming a genuinely empowering leader’ particularly interesting. Please find a few notes below.   

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- March/April 2020

4 April 2020

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- March/April 2020

The theme for this issue is “Creating a Culture of Experimentation” where one article points out that although an organization says it is tolerant of failure, the individual in charge of failure fears risk of being down-rated, often causing risk-averse behaviour. There is an interesting article called “What’s Holding Women Back?” and one “One Last Chance to Save Capitalism.”  Holding women back is is to a large extent caused by an engrained (erroneous) bias that women are less committed and for saving capitalism the article points out endemic abuse of rules, ethics and decency in the relentless pursuit of profits wealth and power. When we move from the odd rotten apple in the barrel to a rotten barrel there is a serious problem. Business have the power to shape responsibilities for the greater good. They should exercise it. Please find below a few notes from this issue.

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- Jan/Feb 2020

30 January 2020

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson- Jan/Feb 2020

As always, a few interesting articles in this new issue. I found the one on political interference in international trade and business for no other reason than demonstrating raw power interesting and scary. The authors research suggests that American consumers are paying higher prices because of money influence on lobbying and regulation, favouring donors rather than the public and market efficiency. When rules and ethics and fair play go out the door it is time to reflect and be concerned. Another article points out that CFO run reporting and companies often lack the customer focus which is key for long term success. When anyone is buying a company, the customer base is a critical part of what they’re buying. Please find below a few lines from this issue.

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Harvard Business Review March/April summary by Frank Olsson

10 April 2019

Harvard Business Review March/April summary by Frank Olsson

This is the second HBR issue of the year. There are a couple of very interesting articles in there about leadership training, performance management, leading a professional firm, and mid-life crisis. I found the article “The Feedback Fallacy” especially insightful as what it says is so obvious and not well understood or practiced by most organizations. Please find below a few notes from this HBR issue.

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Harvard Business Review 2016 summary by Frank Olsson

12 October 2016

Harvard Business Review 2016 summary by Frank Olsson

Our New President, Frank Olsson, has a new website where he shares his thoughts on Humanising Business and regularly writing notes on the Harvard Business Review.

Here is a brief summary of the whole 2016 year in HBR.

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HBR and it's Contribution to Society by Frank Olsson

3 February 2016

HBR and it's Contribution to Society by Frank Olsson

I have been a keen reader of Harvard Business Review over many years and rate it highly. I find the magazine is trying hard in its choice of articles to act responsibly and contribute to build a better approach to business, and to moderate run-away capitalism.

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

9 October 2015

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

The October 2015 HBR issue comes with the cover message: The new rules for competition; be paranoid, disrupt yourself; go to war for talent. The third point could be changed to ‘finding, recruiting and retaining the best talent’ – or ‘intensify the quest for talent.’ (I think we should avoid war and war analogies - the war on terrorism, the war on drugs and the war on poverty have not been successful. Business is not about war – it is about service and competition – competition originating from Latin competere – to seek together). Please find below a few notes from this issue.

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

21 July 2015

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

This issue is about HR – “It’s time to blow up HR and build something new. Here’s how!” Some interesting observations even if I feel quite hesitant to the idea of strong central HR as I believe that HR should be the main focus of all senior managers. Developing and maximising the energy and competency within your team must be a direct responsibility of all managers and any suggesting that you can be a manager without such focus and skills is mistaken. The debate will no doubt continue. Please find below a few notes from this issue.

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