Robert Morris

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2011 2012 2013 2014
Top Reviewer Ranking: 6
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (1,742 of 1,907)
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: 1742 of 1907
Moocs: Opportunities, Impacts, and Challenges: Mas&hellip by Michael Nanfito
Early in his narrative, Michael Nanfito observes, "The question that schools, colleges, and universities face relates the educational institution's reason for being: How will tools like MOOCs [i.e. Massive Open Online Courses] further the mission of the institution?" For institutions that traditionally have large, lecture-hall-based classes, "a MOOC might simply be an extension in scale of these paradigms." For other institutions that traditionally have small classes, however, "the role of the MOOC and its component technologies is less clear." Whatever the case, the mission of the institution must drive the development of strategy and subsequent planning and decision-making. That said, my… Read more
The Age of the Moguls by Stewart Hall Holbrook
The Age of the Moguls by Stewart Hall Holbrook
First, some brief background information about Stewart Hall Holbrook (1893-1964). Throughout his adult years, he was at first a lumberjack and then a writer, journalist, and (his descriptive) "lowbrow historian." The Age of the Moguls (1953) is probably his best-known work but it should be noted that, for more than thirty years, he wrote for The Oregonian, the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the western United States (founded in 1850) and also authored or co-authored dozens of other books whose titles correctly indicate the scope and variety of his interests. For example, Little Annie Oakley & Other Rugged People (1948), Wild Bill Hickok Tames the West (1952) with Ernest… Read more
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
As I began to read this book for the first time, I was again reminded of an Einstein observation - "Make everything as simple as possible but no simpler" -- as well as of Greg Mckeown's previous book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, in which he and co-author Liz Wiseman juxtapose two quite different personas whom they characterize as the "Multiplier" and the "Diminisher." Although they refer to them as leaders, assigning to them supervisory responsibilities, they could also be direct reports at the management level or workers at the "shop floor" level.

Multipliers "extract full capability," their own as well as others', and demonstrate five disciplines:… Read more