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Michael Roberto
Works at Bryant University
Attended Harvard Business School
Lives in Massachusetts
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I am a professor of management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. I joined the faculty at Bryant after six years as a faculty member at Harvard Business School. I've also spent time as a Visiting Professor at NYU. My research, teaching, and consulting focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams. 

The new edition of my book, Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer, was released in May 2013.  My other book, Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen was published in 2009.  I've also created two audio/video courses on decision-making and leadership for the Teaching Company/Great Courses. 
Education
  • Harvard Business School
    D.B.A., 1996 - 2000
  • Harvard Business School
    M.B.A., 1993 - 1995
  • Harvard University
    B.A., 1987 - 1991
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  • Bryant University
    Trustee Professor of Management, 2006 - present
  • Harvard Business School
    Assistant Professor, 2000 - 2006
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Connecticut
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Cari Room has written an article this week for New York magazine titled, "Icebreakers Are Terrible. They Also, Unfortunately, Work Really Well." She interviews former Rice University Anton Villado in the article. Villado arg...
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Bill Taylor has written a terrific article for Harvard Business Review about what he learned from studying WD-40 and its CEO, Garry Ridge. Taylor explains that many managers at established firms struggle with the "paradox of...
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Bravetta Hassell of Chief Learning Officer magazine has a good article this month titled, "Employees Really Do Leave Managers. Use L&D to Change That." Here is an excerpt: When it comes down to it, having free snacks in t...
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Matthew Jones has written a neat column for Fast Company titled, "5 Ways You Can Improve Your Organization (Without Sacrificing Creativity)." Most importantly, he recommends setting some priorities. He suggests that individua...
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I was asked recently to share my definition of innovation as well as the characteristics of successful innovators. Here is my response. Innovation: the process of creating and implementing an idea that generates significan...
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1. Why did you choose to write this book? Early in the book, I discuss a story where Caesar was able to stop a mutiny of his army - which occurred while he was away from camp - by returning, standing before them, and utte...
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The Nielsen Norman Group has a drafted a terrific blog post titled, "Design Thinking Builds Strong Teams." They argue that design thinking accelerates the process of building common ground for a team, and thereby enhances te...
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We all know that having tons of LinkedIn connections does not make you an effective networker. The quantity of connections does not serve as the primary driver of networking efficacy. The nature of those connections matters...
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The New York Times published the findings of a fascinating new study by LinkedIn regarding the path to becoming a CEO. They examined 459,000 people who had worked as management consultants at one point in their career. The...
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It's that time of year... here's a blog post from several years ago regarding advice for first-year college students. Starting College: Words of Advice 1. Pick your faculty, not just your courses. Ten years from now, ...
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Mollie West and Kate McCoubrey Judson have published a wonderful blog post for the Huffington Post about how to strengthen organizational culture. They focus on the importance of establishing rituals that bring the organiza...
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Rachel Emma Silverman wrote a short piece for the Wall Street Journal last week about the use of "sprints" to solve tough problems at companies such as Alphabet. A sprint is a focused group problem-solving process that unfold...
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