Author Archives: Harry “The Baldrige Cheermudgeon”

It’s Like Sampling and Buying Jam

Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon This is about strategic thinking. However, I need to preface it with a story. It all started with an NPR broadcast recently that discussed data from a TED talk by Sheena Iyengar. In … Continue reading

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The Emergent Organization, Strategy, and Innovation

Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon According to Beth Comstock, we are in an emergent era, characterized by a constant state of evolution, in which complexity can arise from simplicity and order emerge from chaos. As Vice Chair of … Continue reading

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All Organizations Are Imperfect in Their Own Way

Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon Even the best organizations are imperfect. High-performing organizations strive for six sigma performance, but that is striving for 3.4 defects per million opportunities. So even this holy grail still admits to and even … Continue reading

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A Time for All of Us to “Pardon the Turkey”

Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon Once again this Thanksgiving, the President carried out the ritual of pardoning the White House turkey.  It caused me to wonder about the history behind this annual ritual. As I soon learned, the … Continue reading

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A Systems Perspective to Leadership and Strategy

Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon I recently read a summary of an interview with Wharton Professors Harbir Singh and Mike Useem. The interview relates to their new book, The strategic leaders roadmap. In the book they contend that … Continue reading

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