I’m deeply interested in addressing the issues facing today’s managers in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. My hope is that my blog posts will stimulate a dialogue to bring about positive change. I invite you to join me in the conversation by leaving your feedback in the comments section of the blog.

Jim Morgan

Court Sense

I’ve always liked Kenny Rogers’ song The Gambler. It tells the story of a chance encounter with a man who he calls “the gambler.” In exchange for a drink of whiskey, the gambler agrees to offer him some advice. The advice? “You’ve…

Management Thoughts and Wildfires

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Sonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa are holding a ceremony tonight in observance of the anniversary of last year’s disastrous Sonoma fires, including a memorial bell ringing for the 24 people who died. Just 60 miles north of San Francisco,…

The Power of Collaboration: A Tribute to John McCain

I first met John McCain in 1987, when he was an Arizona Senator, in the early days of his political career. I had been in the military; it was something that we shared in common. I met with him and his staff on several occasions, both on behalf…

A Crisis at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  In mid-April the Chronicle of Philanthropy published a story by Marc Gunther profiling leadership problem s at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). The story revealed that former staff of the foundation are accusing Mari…
Facebook Crisis

A Crisis at Facebook

A Crisis at Facebook My friend Roger McNamee put it best: “It reads like the plot of a sci-fi novel: a technology celebrated for bringing people together is exploited by a hostile power to drive people apart, undermine democracy, and create…

Sudden Policy Shifts: Nonprofits and Washington Politics

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Every time a federal or state administration shifts, nonprofits are among the most exposed, sometimes negatively (extra work, extra costs, or undoing needed protections) and other times positively (greater opportunities to fulfill their mission).The…

Problems in Washington

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When I was in Washington, I was impressed with the politicians and the bureaucrats. As Majority Leader and later as President, Lyndon Johnson got a lot done. Presidents Reagan, Bush Senior, and Clinton were effective at accomplishing policy…

Respect, Not Harassment

In my May newsletter I considered the stories about sexual harassment at the ride-sharing service Uber. At the time I saw the story in part as a crisis of management, of executives who adopt the posture of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak…

Non-Profits and Giving Fatigue

Non-Profits and Giving Fatigue I’ve noted before that America has always been a country of givers. It was heartening to see five former presidents on the stage together in October calling for donations for hurricane relief. But this gratifying…
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Interview: Dr. Ichack Kalderon Adizes and Jim Morgan

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This blog post was featured in the Huffington Post on November 29, 2017. Dr. Adizes: Jim, you have authored and published a book, Applied Wisdom, (2) in which you summarized your thirty years of leading Applied Material…

Applied Materials Gives

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America has always been a country of givers. As waves of new immigrants came to this land, they built the schools, community centers, hospitals and vibrant arts organizations that now exist. Many people came to this country with very little,…

Applied Materials at 50

Applied Materials will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary on November 10. To be a 50-year-old company in Silicon Valley is quite an achievement. To be growing fast, setting new records and delivering cutting-edge innovation at 50 is almost…