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EP Features Interviews About Management Guru Peter Drucker and Value of MBA

Posted by HH on June 29, 2011

On the July 4th edition of Economic Perspectives, Jim Champy, Chairman Emeritus, Consulting, Dell Perot Systems and author of the ebook What I Learned from Peter Drucker, and Firdos Vohra, a student in the MBA program at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business will be the guests 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

What I Learned from Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker is universally acknowledged as one of the most influential business thinkers of all time.  His theories on how to effectively manage businesses and organizations of all types have profoundly shaped the way we live and work today.  In this brief eBook, his friend and New York Times bestselling author Jim Champy offers unique insights into Drucker’s legacy.

Jim Champy is recognized as the world’s leading authority on the fundamental redesign of business processes, organization, and culture. His bestseller Reengineering the Corporation, co-authored with the late Michael Hammer, sold more than 3 million copies, and his subsequent books on leadership, change management, and strategy have reached wide audiences around the world. His most recent title is Inspire!

Firdos Vohra: The Value of the MBA

Many experts are questioning the value of the MBA. Vohra, a student in the MBA program at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss what she is learning that makes the cost of an MBA worth the investment.  Vohra begins her second year in the MBA program this fall.

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Emotional Commitment of Managers Focus of Second Segment of Economic Perspectives August 23

Posted by HH on August 23, 2010

Stan Slap, author of Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers, will be the second guest on Economic Perspectives August 23, 5:50 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is about igniting the power of any manager’s emotional commitment to his or her company-worth more than financial, intellectual and physical commitment combined. Sometimes companies get this from their managers in the early garage days or in times of tremendous gain, but it’s almost unheard of to get it on a sustained, self-reinforced basis.

Slap is the president of the international consulting company called, by a remarkable coincidence, “slap.” He has a history of accomplishments as a CEO with as many as 5,000 employees reporting to him and has served as a director of several companies with their CEOs reporting to him, which he prefers a whole lot more.

Since 1985, Stan has focused his hoodlum neurons on creating success for slap clients. He is credited with revolutionizing performance for some of the world’s biggest, smartest and fastest companies — developing explosive growth strategies and the cultural willingness to implement them. He personally coaches CEOs and the executive teams of many of these companies.

Stan has directed the successful expansion for companies ranging from Patagonia to Pennzoil. He designed the plan that helped Oracle sell their strategic intent to 40,000 employees in 167 countries and developed employee re-engagement plans for HSBC, Europe’s largest bank. He has created winning brand strategies for companies from Deloitte to Black Entertainment Television.

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Interview with Co-Author of Taming Change with Portfolio Management from Economic Perspectives Available

Posted by HH on July 12, 2010

I interviewed Pat Durbin, co-author of Taming Change with Portfolio Management on the second segment of the July 12 Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM. To listen to the interview click here: Pat Durbin Interview.

In this book Durbin and co-author Terry Doerscher addressed critical issues, such as:

  • Sharpening the focus of the organization to define and execute strategic decisions
  • Restoring the balance between the demands placed on the organization and the resource capacities needed to meet them
  • Establishing powerful metrics that drives management accountability
  • Improving communications to unify the organization behind common objectives
  • Reducing politics and interdepartmental silos
  • Conducting effective investment analysis
  • Minimizing the inefficiencies inherent in multi-tasking matrix organizations
  • Addressing the changing make up of today’s workforce and how it impacts organizations
  • Defining methods to prove the value created from putting strategies into practice

The authors bring to the readers more than 50 years of combined experience in implementing portfolio management initiatives in a variety of organization types, sizes and industry sectors around the world.

Durbin is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Planview, Inc., a leading developer of portfolio management solutions. Durbin has worked with such companies as Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Farmer’s Insurance to help align work, resources, and business objectives across their enterprise.

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Handling Unexpected Challenges in Business Focus of May 31 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on May 27, 2010

Scott Singer, author of How to Hit a Curve Ball: Confront and Overcome the Unexpected in Business, is the May 31 guest for Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. central time.  Listen live online at

At some point in your life, regardless of what you do or how far up the ladder you’ve climbed, you will be thrown a curveball-an unexpected challenge that comes at you quickly and without warning. The kind that forces you to rethink, well, everything.

As an investment banker  Singer learned this lesson the hard way. But after a series of career challenges and personal setbacks, he started to develop a new approach to dealing with unforeseen problems by adopting a new attitude toward life. He realized that curveballs are a part of the game and the greatest players know how to knock them out of the park.

Singer has spent the past 20 years advising companies on how to adapt to change, to embrace technological advances, and to put the best strategy in place to deal with the next big thing—essentially, teaching them how to hit curveballs.

A noted media industry expert, investment banker, and strategy consultant, Scott serves as Managing Director and Head of Media & Entertainment at The Bank Street Group, a boutique investment banking firm focused on providing sophisticated advice regarding mergers & acquisitions; fairness opinions; private debt, equity, and venture capital raising; as well as bankruptcies, restructurings, and turnarounds to telecommunications, media, technology, aerospace & defense, and healthcare companies.

Prior to Bank Street, Scott held leadership positions at BMO Capital Markets, Deloitte, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and TD Securities.

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History of Corporate Strategy Focus of April 4 KAZI Book Review

Posted by HH on March 31, 2010

Walter Kiechel, author of The Lords of Strategy, is the April 4 guest on KAZI Book Review, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

The concept of corporate strategy developed in the 1960s as a new breed of “business intellectuals”—though they never would have called themselves that—begin to invent the frameworks for pulling together what a company needed to know about its costs, customers, and competitors. In his book Kiechel tells the story of these quirky, rebellious men and women, of the key ideas they pioneered, and the organizations they served (and in some cases created.)

In its final chapters The Lords of Strategy brings the history up to the moment, through ideas like time-based competition and core competency all the way to still-under-construction concepts of strategy as, ultimately—and paradoxically, given the prior neglect—based on people and their skills. The book ends with a look over the horizon, toward strategy’s future.

In recent years Kiechel has combined research on The Lords with occasional part-time jaunts as an editor at large for Harvard Business Publishing (HBP), helping the company in its perpetual quest for new ideas, authors, and business opportunities.

Until January, 2003, Kiechel served as editorial director of HBP and senior vice president in charge of its publishing division, with responsibility for the Harvard Business Review (HBR); Harvard Business School Press, the company’s book-publishing arm; the newsletter unit (which he helped start in 1996) as well as HBP’s video, reprints, and conference businesses. From early 1997 until his appointment as editorial director in March, 1998, he was publisher of HBR.

Kiechel spent most of his early career at Fortune magazine, where generally he had a wonderful time. After beginning at the magazine as a reporter in 1977, he rose to become its managing editor, the top editorial position, in 1994.

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Marketing, Management, and Keeping Job Focus of Economic Pespectives and KAZI Book Review

Posted by HH on March 20, 2010

Economic Perspectives Guests: Jack Trout and Michelle Frith

March 22, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. CST

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Jack Trout, coauthor, Repositioning

Thirty years ago, Jack Trout and Al Ries published their classic bestseller, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind—a book that revolutionized the world of marketing. But times have changed. Competition is fiercer. Consumers are savvier. Communications are faster. And once-successful companies are in crisis mode.

Repositioning shows you how to adapt, compete—and succeed—in today’s overcrowded marketplace. Global marketing expert Jack Trout has retooled his most effective positioning strategies—providing a must-have arsenal of proven marketing techniques specifically redesigned for our current climate. With Repositioning, you can conquer the “3 Cs” of business: Competition, Change, and Crisis . . .

  1. BEAT THE COMPETITION: Challenge your rivals, differentiate your product, increase your value, and stand out in the crowd.
  2. CHANGE WITH THE TIMES: Use the latest technologies, communications, and multimedia resources to connect with your consumers.
  3. MANAGE A CRISIS: Cope with everything from profi t losses and rising costs to bad press and PR nightmares.

Jack Trout is president of Trout & Partners, a worldwide marketing firm with headquarters in Connecticut and offices in 13 countries. With Al Ries, he coauthored the marketing classic Positioning and the bestsellers Marketing Warfare and The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. Trout’s books have been translated into 16 languages, including the BusinessWeek bestseller The New Positioning.

Michelle Frith, City of Austin Small Business Development Program

On the second segment of Economic Perspectives Michelle Frith of the City of Austin Small Business Development Program will discuss Getting Connected, a small business resource Expo being held on March 23, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.  Exhibitors will include non-profit organizations, government programs and agencies, area chambers of commerce, and community development corporations whose mission is to help business owners succeed.

KAZI Book Review Guests (2 segments): David Axson and Larry Myler

March 21, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

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David Axson, author, The Management Mythbuster

A humorous review of current management practice with a very serious message, The Management Mythbuster makes an entertaining case for questioning much of the conventional wisdom that pervades the corporate world today.

Through contrarian and provocative points of view, real world examples and deep analysis, author and management thought leader David Axson offers over a dozen short, pithy commentaries on the important issues in management today:

  • Short chapters on popular management practices, theories, tools and behaviors
  • A humorous review of current management practice, with an underlying serious message
  • The fallacies of conventional management wisdom revealed and refuted
  • Exposes the fallacies of standard management thinking

David A.J. Axson, author of Best Practices in Planning and Performance Management (Wiley), is President of the Sonax Group, a business advisory firm. He is a former head of corporate planning at Bank of America and was a cofounder of The Hackett Group. He is a sought-after speaker and writer on business strategy and management and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the industry.

Larry Myler, author, Indispensible by Monday

When trying to move ahead or even just keep a job, there are actions that would be of great advantage to any employee and there are strategies that are just plain stupid. Interestingly enough, the stupid strategies are used twice as frequently in corporate America. Indispensable By Monday goes beyond conventional wisdom to reveal and impart the skills and behaviors that any employee at any level of any organization can implement to bring substantial dollars to the company.

Author Larry Myler and organizational performance consulting firm VitalSmarts asked 1,800 corporate leaders to identify the bottom-line behaviors that would make employees essential to their organizations. Now, Myler distills what he learned for every employee and employer. Indispensable By Monday outlines the profit-producing behaviors that distinguish workers who add value from those who don’t, such as reducing company costs, increasing income, improving key processes, bringing back lost customers and more.

Larry Myler is the CEO of More or Less, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in profit enhancement through employee engagement. Previously, Larry was president of VitalSmarts, serving from 1992 to 2001. Myler, who holds an MBA (international emphasis), is a serial entrepreneur with six startups under his belt. Over the course of his thirty-year career, he has helped others improve their businesses by consulting and training for leadership teams and employees in the areas of interpersonal communication, profit enhancement, organizational efficiency, survey research, and more. Past clients include companies such as AT&T, Shell Oil, Lockheed Martin, and Ford Motor Company.

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