Author Archives: Jay Morris

Using digital tools to make change stick

Last year, when I was doing research on change management for a book project, I came across a depressing statistic: up to 70 percent of change initiatives fail, usually due to employee resistance or lack of management follow-through. I first … Continue reading

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To subcontract or not to subcontract, that is the question

I’ve been wrestling lately with a question that all self-employed people face at some point: to subcontract or not to subcontract. Is it better to retain the business you have, or should you farm some of it out? It’s a question … Continue reading

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Strunk & White’s little book on style still packs a punch

It’s been 95 years since William Strunk Jr.’s guide to style was first published by Harcourt. In the years prior to its publication, Professor Strunk circulated his “little book” to English students at Cornell University, one of whom was a budding … Continue reading

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Social media’s growing influence with consumers

An article in the latest McKinsey Quarterly by Jacques Bughin, “Getting a sharper picture of social media’s influence,” describes new research involving European consumers and the growing impact of social media on their buying decisions. While these findings are based … Continue reading

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Great leadership, like storytelling, answers ‘why’ not ‘how’

Several years ago, I attended a Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership seminar. Ever since then, Dave (or more likely someone on his staff) has been very good about emailing me with business tips and info on his latest offerings. If anything, he’s … Continue reading

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Are you the Duck tape or Allen wrench of your organization?

Many years ago, when I first moved to Washington and started working in communications, an older and wiser colleague gave me some sage advice: “Jay, you can be a generalist or a specialist, there is no set path to success … Continue reading

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On rereading ‘Walden’ and the seasons of life

Midway through my vacation last week, I opened Thoreau’s “Walden,” the same paperback edition I first read in ninth-grade English class. I still have all of my old notes. (How neat my handwriting was back then!) I remember Mrs. Smith … Continue reading

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‘Attraching’ and other portmanteau words

I’m a big fan of portmanteau words. These made-up words combine elements of two existing words to form a new one with a blended meaning. You might call them verbal mash-ups. A portmanteau is a trunk or suitcase that opens … Continue reading

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‘Blend their sweet music to my ear’

Just before Thanksgiving, I had my last guitar lesson at the Music & Arts store in Springfield, ending a six-and-a-half-year run that had been frustrating, delightful and inspiring. My teacher Matt taught me many things during the time we were … Continue reading

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