HMB Brewing Company Sept. 6 Brews & Views: Good Boss, Bad Boss


By on Tue, September 4, 2012


Good Boss, Bad Boss: A Discussion with New York Times Bestselling Author Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton spent six years working to uncover how the best leaders and organizations spread excellence, from people and places that have it to those that don’t. At the September 6th Brews and Views, the New York Times best-selling author of “Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn From the Worst,” will weave important psychological and management research together with true stories to reveal the mindset and motives of the best bosses, as well as evidence about how the worst bosses think of themselves and treat their people. Bob will be in discussion with Peter Sims, author of “Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries” and coauthor of “True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership,” which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Cost: Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event. Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

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Speaker Biography:

Bob Sutton
For nearly 20 years, Bob Sutton has been developing a simple core message: that long-term performance depends on having some good ideas and then implementing them. With his research, award-winning books and lectures, Bob has been building an evidence-based management movement that brings together the worlds of management practice and rigorous research in ways that enriches both. Bob Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University; co-leads Stanford’s Center for Work, Technology and Organization, is a faculty member in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and a co-founder and active member of the new “,” a multi-disciplinary program that teaches and spreads “design thinking.” Sutton is also an IDEO Fellow.
In his first book, “The Knowing-Doing Gap,” Bob explains why companies and managers can have good ideas—can know what to do—and still not do it. More importantly, he offers concrete guidance on how to turn this knowledge into effective action.  The book was named “Best Management Book of 2000” by Management General.
In his second book, “Weird Ideas that Work,” Bob focuses on how to get good ideas in the first place. He proposes that the best approaches to innovation are often counterintuitive (like hiring people who either make you feel uncomfortable or whom you dislike), and he provides 12 essential practices that are helping companies like IDEO innovate more effectively. “Weird Ideas That Work” was named one of the best ten business books of the year by Harvard Business Review.
“The No Asshole Rule,” published in 2007, became a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly best-seller. In 2009 Bob was given the privilege of writing the forward to the 40th Anniversary Edition of “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong,” written by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull. Released in September of 2010, Sutton’s latest book, “Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn From the Worst,” explores what it is that distinguishes great bosses from the good or mediocre ones, based upon the latest research in this field, including fascinating case studies, insights, and prescriptive tips.

Moderator Biography:

Peter Sims is an award-winning author and entrepreneur.  His latest book is “Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries,” and he was the coauthor with Bill George of “True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership,” which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller.

Sims has had a long collaboration with faculty at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the, and received an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School. Previously, he worked in venture capital with Summit Partners, including as part of the team that established Summit’s European Office in London.  He is a member of G.E.’s Innovation Advisory Panel, and is a Co-founder and Director of Fuse Corps, a social venture that places entrepreneurial leaders on year-long grassroots projects with mayors and governors to tackle some of America’s most pressing problems.

His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Mashable, strategy+business, Tech Crunch, and as an Expert blogger for Fast Company.  He frequently speaks or advises at corporations, associations, and universities, including Google, Eli Lilly, Pixar, ConAgra, Gap Inc., Cisco Systems, Current TV, Amazon, and Stanford University.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, he lives in San Francisco, and his great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Gundlach, founded Gundlach Bundschu (GunBun) in Sonoma, California’s oldest family-owned winery, which is run today by his cousins who, unlike Peter, actually know a lot about wine.


Brews and Views is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s regular speakers series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from the Coastside of California to Washington, DC. Started in 2009 by Lenny Mendonca, the founder of the Brewing Company and director at McKinsey & Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations (ten percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit after each event). Previous notable guests include renowned forecaster Paul Saffo, managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle’s political reporter; and California State Assemblyman Jerry Hill.

Previous Brews and Views are playing as a series on local television station, PCTV on Channel 27, Monday nights at 7pm. For additional videos, visit HMB Media at