Book of the Week: The McKinsey Mind

“The McKinsey Mind” Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm, by Ethan M. Rasiel and Paul N. Friga, 2001 McGraw-Hill. 218 pages Take-Aways McKinsey & Co. relies on a fact-based method of problem solving and management McKinsey’s model for problem solving includes identifi cation of a business need, problem analysis … More Book of the Week: The McKinsey Mind

Book of the Week: Peter Drucker – Shaping the Managerial Mind

“Peter Drucker – Shaping the Managerial Mind”, by John E. Flaherty. Jossey-Bass © 1999. 445 pages Take-Aways Peter Drucker is the father of modern management. Drucker coined the terms “knowledge society” and “knowledge worker.” Drucker developed his insights into “the marketing concept.” Drucker explains that every business exists in three different time zones — traditional, transitional, and transformational. … More Book of the Week: Peter Drucker – Shaping the Managerial Mind

“A Day in the Life of a Manager” as written by John P. Kotter

Sometimes business just feels like a rat race. And of course there are different ways to cope with the situation. All in all for me effectiveness is of great importance when beeing stuck in the business hamster running wheel. And recently a great text from Change Grandmaster John P. Kotter came to my mind… The … More “A Day in the Life of a Manager” as written by John P. Kotter

Change Psychology: Groupthink

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Groupthink Irving Janis developed a study on group decision making called Groupthink Theory. It is based … More Change Psychology: Groupthink

Changy Psychology: Group Attribution Error

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Description Groups tend to behave in many ways like individuals, making decisions in similar ways. However, … More Changy Psychology: Group Attribution Error

Changy Psychology: Extrinsic Motivation

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Description Extrinsic motivation is when I am motivated by external factors, as opposed to the internal … More Changy Psychology: Extrinsic Motivation

Changy Psychology: External Justification

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Description When we do something that causes uncomfortable cognitive dissonance, we will have a greater tendency … More Changy Psychology: External Justification

Change Psychology: Extended Parallel Process Model

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Description People who are threatened will take one of two courses of action: danger control or … More Change Psychology: Extended Parallel Process Model

Change Psychology: Explanatory Coherence

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Description When we are trying to understand something, we will often build several candidate hypotheses as … More Change Psychology: Explanatory Coherence

Change Psychology: Expectancy Violations Theory

I recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here. Description People have expectations about how other people should and will behave. Their reaction to the … More Change Psychology: Expectancy Violations Theory