John Richard Bell

About me

Formerlife: CEO of a Fortune 500 company, strategy & branding consultant, two-time winner of the American Marketing Association’s Marketer-of-the-Year award.
Afterlife: Contributor to Forbes and Fortune Magazines. Grey haired wannabe novelist.

My unpublished historical novel chronicles the adventure, oppression and survival of a good man caught on the wrong side of World War II.

Although I have yet to find a publisher for my historical adventure, I have signed a deal with Palgrave Macmillan USA to publish my business book. I expect it out in the fall of 2014.

From my website

Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

There are plenty of generic strategic choices to drive a business forward. Risk-averse CEOs find comfort in the ‘doing more of the same’ strategic mode. Yet, when things get tough, they quickly knee-jerk into ‘doing more of the same, with less.’ Some leaders strive for scale by ‘doing more with…

Charismatic Leadership: Style or Substance?

Have you ever watched a charismatic person “work” a room? At the outset, they assess the collective mood. Then they advance to the gathering with a demeanor that suits the environment and their desired role within it. Moving from one person to the next, they engage each individual, albeit briefly,…

The Moral of Workplace Morale

When it comes to workplace morale, there is no shortage of articles suggesting the ways and means to build and/or enhance cultures that motivate employees to deliver the goods. Beyond their intent to boost morale, the commentaries have one thing in common – the counsel is generic. In other words, the…

 
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