Living in More Than One World,

The Blog of Bruce Rosenstein

When Art and Literature are Cut From the Same Cloth

I’ve been fascinated by Top 10, Top 40, Top 100 etc. lists since childhood, going back to local rock radio stations and their Top 40 lists, and the singles and album charts of Billboard and the late CashboxThe Guardian has a great series of Top 10 lists – all of which are on its website – in which various authors contribute annotated lists usually, but not exclusively, about books. Particularly good is Ian MacKenzie’s top 10 artworks in novels, the June 2 entry by novelist MacKenzie, author of City of Strangers. It makes for a concise, informative and insight-packed read.…

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On the Road Less Traveled to Education and Careers

Current, former or prospective students – and students of life in general — can learn a lot from A cheaper, smarter road to college, and career, a triple book review by novelist Caroline Leavitt, who writes about self-help for The Boston Globe. The piece focuses on three intriguing-sounding books that aim to help people travel down unconventional roads to learning and self-development: The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education (by Maya Frost, founder of Education Design Institute), You Majored in What?: Mapping your Path from Chaos to Career (by Katharine Brooks, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, and Psychology Today blogger) and How to Love (by psychiatrist Gordon Livingston, also a Psychology Today blogger).  Since so many people are looking for new ways of thinking about life,  these titles seem timely and provocative.…

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Jorge Luis Borges and Harvard: Encountering Your Younger Self

I have been a big fan of the Argentine short story writer/essayist/poet Jorge Luis Borges since his fiction was assigned by Professor Charles Larson for an undergrad literature course in the early 1970s at The American University. 2009 marks the 110th year of Borges’ birth. Take a few moments to read a perceptive, thought-provoking essay, Meeting Oneself by the Charles, in The Harvard Crimson on June 2nd by Pierpaolo Barbieri on the occasion of his graduation. Borges’ short story “The Other” is employed as a device by Barbieri to look back at the big picture of what he and his classmates learned and experienced at Harvard, and how that knowledge and awareness can guide them in the future.…

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Edward de Bono in the Telegraph’s Culture Clinic

I’m always fascinated by the ability of British newspapers (and their websites) to come up with brief, clever columns based on Q&As. I’ve just discovered the Telegraph.co.uk’s Culture Clinic feature, written by Kate Weinberg. The celebrity in the clinic on June 8 is creativity guru/consultant Edward de Bono.  He introduced the concept of lateral thinking more than 40 years ago, and it has become a staple of creativity tools in the business world and beyond.  His new book, Think! Before It’s Too Late, comes out in the UK next month. You can discover a bit about his taste in the arts in his Q&A, though he frustratingly answers the question about last book read with “I never remember the titles.” Another surprise is that he replies to the question about his greatest discovery online with “I’m not a great online person.” Maybe some of his answers and non-answers are meant to stimulate the creative, lateral thinking of the column’s readers.…

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Nightly Business Report: 30 Years of TV Financial News

I’ve been a longtime viewer of the Nightly Business Report on PBS, which went on the air 30 years ago. In 1994, I visited the studio in Miami where it is broadcast, saw a show going out live and met some of the people who produced it. Of course, that was before TV programs had websites, and NBR now has an extensive one; with transcripts, special features, lots of video, statistics, investor education and blogs. Susie Gharib, one of the anchors, has an intriguing post on June 4th, The Recovery Alphabet. It’s an unusual take on the nature of the economic recovery (when it comes); in the shapes of the letters it would look like, based on her talks with economists.…

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Finding and Losing Religion Online and in Print

Coverage of religion and spirituality has been downsized or eliminated by many newspapers in recent years. But there still is a lot of writing and reporting about these topics online, on radio and television and in magazines. Some newspapers have shifted more of their coverage away from print into blogs. Cathy Lynn Grossman, who covers this beat for USA TODAY both in the newspaper itself and in her Faith & Reason blog, presents four concise profiles of journalists who currently or have reported on religion, each of whom have personal books on the subject, in A window into the faith of religion reporters.…

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Climbing (and Not Falling) With Jim Collins

Kevin Maney takes an interesting first-person angle in his Fortune profile My death-defying climb with Jim Collins. The latter is now promoting his new book How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In. He is one of the best-selling business authors of recent times, especially for the multi-million selling Good to Great. Although he’s known for his writing, teaching and painstaking, number-crunching research, a major part of his life is rock climbing. For the profile, Maney — who had never climbed before — climbs with Collins the 1,000 foot First Flatiron rock face in Colorado, near Collins’ home.…

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ASTD Expo Wrapup

My second and final day at the ASTD International Conference & Exposition, in Washington, D.C. was a big success. I met more training and development professionals, and a number of people working for vendors/exhibitors who are attempting to sell products and services to this community.  I am including links to a handful of the companies and organizations of booths I visited. Since most people reading this will not have been at the conference, checking out their websites is the next best thing. WildWorks, a Dallas-based facilitation company, is featuring a new product, Drucker Unpacked, that gives organizations the capability to conduct self-facilitated workshops around Peter Drucker’s principles.…

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Ken Blanchard and More: ASTD Expo Part 2

Another brief post today, as I’ll return to the Expo hall of the ASTD International Conference & Exposition, in Washington, D.C. Monday was fun and informative. Besides visiting the booth of my publisher, Berrett-Koehler, I talked to a number of people from a variety of organizations, and learned a lot more about the world of training and development. A big highlight of the day was getting to meet the legendary Ken Blanchard – who publishes some of his books through B-K –at the booth of the Ken Blanchard Companies. Blanchard is known for co-authoring many books, especially the multi-million selling The One Minute Manager.…

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A Day of Learning at the ASTD Expo

A very brief post today, as I will be spending most of the day at the Expo hall of the ASTD International Conference & Exposition, in Washington, D.C. I’ll be there to learn more about the training and development field, especially because I believe people in this profession will be interested in my forthcoming book, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life. The self-development and lifelong learning values in the book seem to fit nicely with the work they do. I’ll also be checking in at the booth of my publisher, Berrett-Koehler.…

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