Robert Morris

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2011 2012 2013 2014
Top Reviewer Ranking: 6
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (1,807 of 1,978)
Location: Dallas, Texas
In My Own Words:
I had been an independent consultant based in Dallas who provided traditional management-support services (e.g. coaching, conducting seminars and workshops) but that market went down the rabbit hole in the fourth quarter of 2008. Since then, I have concentrated on free-lance business writing assignments (e,g, "book to blog" drafts, interviews of thought leaders, and ghost-writing everything except… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 6 - Total Helpful Votes: 1807 of 1978
The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman
What is the "fundamental disconnect" to which Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh refer? They assert that the current employer-employee relationship is based on a dishonest conversation. How so? "Today, few companies offer guaranteed employment with a straight face; such assurances are perceived by employees as naive, disingenuous, or both...Many employees have responded by hedging their bets, jumping ship whenever as new opportunity presents itself, regardless of how much they profess their loyalty during the recruiting process or annual reviews. Both parties act in ways that blatantly contradict their official positions."

I agree with their observations, viewed as… Read more
The Language of Leaders: How Top CEOs Communicate &hellip by Kevin Murray
Kevin Murray shares what he learned during his interviews of 57 business leaders plus contributions by four others. Almost all have UK backgrounds and current affiliations and thus provide perspectives that I found of special interest. It came as no surprise, however, that what has helped them to influence others to achieve high-impact results is essentially no different from what has also proven effective f9r other leaders in the Americas, Europe, and Asia: effective communication.

In Chapter 3, he identifies and examines what he characterizes as "the 12 principles of effective communication" and none is a head-snapping revelation, nor does Murray make any such claim. They range… Read more
Communicate to Inspire: A Guide for Leaders by Kevin Murray
Long ago, after making several mistakes with the best of intentions, I concluded that people cannot be motivated, except perhaps by terror. However, it is possible to inspire or at least ignite their self-motivation.

Kevin Murray is among the most thoughtful and thought-provoking business thinkers now publishing books and articles when not helping corporate clients to improve their communications and expedite leadership development. The nature and extent of how supervisors inspire their direct reports' self-motivation will determine how effective the supervisors are as communicators. He suggests:

"To be successful, leaders must inspire others to achieve great results… Read more