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The Intellectual Property of Karl Marx

May 5 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. Last year, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Marx’s Capital/Das Kapital, I wrote about Marx’s extensive history with the British Library and speculated about how he would fit in with today’s Gig Economy, including where he would physically work and research (home/library/Starbucks/coworking; or perhaps a combination of all).

We can extend that line of thought to how a 21st century Marx would approach his own intellectual property, and what would go into the creation of its output. In an article in the March 10/11 issue of the Financial Times, Rupert Younger and Frank Partnoy ask a compelling question: “What Would Marx Write Today?” The article describes their highly ambitious edit/rewrite of Marx and Friedrich Engels’ 1848 The Communist Manifesto, as The Activist Manifesto.

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Tom Butler-Bowdon’s Latest Book: 50 Business Classics

One of the featured titles in 50 Business Classics, the newly-released, latest title in the 50 Classics series by Tom Butler-Bowdon, is The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, by Josh Kaufman. Alternately, by carefully reading and absorbing the contents of 50 Business Classics (and perhaps some of the other books in the series, such as the recently-released 50 Economics Classics), you could build a different foundation for your own personal MBA.

Butler-Bowdon, whom I have written about often, was born to write these concise books, which succinctly distill the right amount of wisdom from key works in various disciplines.

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Jennifer Kahnweiler and the Second Edition of The Introverted Leader

Our conception of  leadership has become more inclusive in recent years, and one key area of inclusion is the idea that introverts can be terrific leaders. The stereotypical image has been the larger-than-life extrovert leader, but fortunately this type of thinking is evolving.

One of the major conversation-changers was the first edition of Jennifer Kahnweiler’s The Introverted Leader, published in 2009. Now, her new second edition adds a considerable amount of fresh, updated material and it reflects the fact that we not only understand more about how and why introverts have solid leadership qualities, but also that introversion has become a hot topic inside and outside the workplace.

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29 Handy Resources on Happiness, Mindfulness, Positivity and Emotional Intelligence

We all need reminders, especially during the work week, of the positive and inspirational aspects of life. In that spirit, these 29 quick resources may be just what you need to find the right amount of energy and purpose to strengthen your day:

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Happiness

Shawn Achor

Tal Ben-Shahar: Bringing Happiness to Life

Greater Good Magazine: Nine Scientists Share Their Favorite Happiness Practices

The Harvard Gazette: Good Genes are Nice, But Joy is Better

livehappy: The New Definition of Happiness

Annie McKee: The 3 Things You Need to be Happy at Work

the pursuit of happiness: Our Story

TED: TED Talks on Happiness

 

Mindfulness

Tara Brach: Resources

The Guardian: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds.

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Writing: 9 Key Takeaways From the 2018 AWP Conference in Tampa

It’s taken me several days to collect, curate, and organize my thoughts about my experience at the AWP/Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, held last week at the Tampa Convention Center. I met interesting people, discovered writers I had known nothing about previously, and learned many new things about writing, editing and publishing.

Here are 9 takeaways to get you interested in AWP as an organization, and in learning more about the writers, editors and organizations that made the conference a success:

1. The Bookfair is a world unto itself. There were around 400 booths or tables in the exhibit hall.

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World’s Coolest Position Title: Google Public Policy Fellow

You have exactly two weeks to apply to become one of the 2018 Google Public Policy Fellows. My familiarity with the program is through the Director of Public Policy at the American Library Association D.C. office, Alan Inouye, whom I wrote about in my December 6, 2016 post “ALA, Libraries and the Internet Economy: Partnering for Mutual Success,” about a “policy hackathon” held at Google’s D.C. offices.

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There is a concise overview of the Google Public Policy Fellowship program, and the 10th anniversary of ALA’s involvement in it, in the recent ALA District Dispatch post “2018 Google Policy Fellowship applications now open,” by Emily Wagner.

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Mihir A. Desai and the Wisdom of Finance

The recent New York Times article “Insurance 101: Butler Undergrads Write Coverage for Dogs and Pianos,” about Butler University’s student-run insurance company, brings to mind the 2017 book The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return, by Mihir A. Desai, an economist and professor at both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

Desai’s book is worthy of all the considerable praise it has received, including various best of the year lists, and being long-listed for the coveted Financial Times and McKinsey Best Business Book of the year. He devotes considerable space to insurance, delivered in a style representative of the entire book: thoughtful, subtle and representing more than one point of view on the subjects he covers.

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28 Peter Drucker Quotes to Energize Your Work Week

Every day I post quotes by Peter Drucker on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I’ve curated these quotes over many years, and I find them to be inspirational and useful in my work and life. Here are some of my favorites, grouped by topic:

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Innovation

“Effective innovations start small. They are not grandiose. They try to do one specific thing.”

“The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it won’t survive.”

“Systematic innovation requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity.”

“Innovation is not a technical term. It is an economic and social term.”

“The test of an innovation is whether it creates value.”

 

Self-Development

“Self-development may require learning new skills, new knowledge, and new manners.”

“The first priority for one’s own development is to strive for excellence.”
“Listening for the signal that it is time to change is an essential skill for self-development.”
“Self-development becomes self-renewal when you walk a different path, become aware of a different horizon, move toward a different destination.”
“Just as no one learns as much about a subject as the person who is forced to teach it, no one develops as much as the person who is trying to help others to develop themselves.”

Careers

“The manager of tomorrow will increasingly have more than one career.”
“We will have to learn to develop second careers for accomplished professional and managerial people when they reach their late forties or so.”
“Most of us, if we live long enough, must change careers.

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5 Blank-Slate Beginnings for the Spring 2018 Semester

My teaching semester at the Catholic University Department of Library and Information Science ended last August and I’m not teaching this semester. But I’m revisiting the opportunity to tap into the blank-slate beginnings of the new Spring 2018 semester to revisit/update/revise self-management strategies for teachers and students that I wrote about in 2013 and previously.

These strategies are also applicable beyond the campus, even if you are not teaching or enrolled as a student:

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1. Learn about and practice WOOP. This is a simple way to think differently about goal-setting and positive thinking, developed by NYU Psychology professors (and married couple), Gabriele Oettingen and Peter Gollwitzer.

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17 Books of the Year Lists for 2017

If it’s really the most wonderful time of the year, one reason must be the publication of so many books of the year lists. As in past years, I have collected and curated some of the most informative lists for my year-end post. The amount and quality of these books is breathtaking. And it’s safe to say that many other noteworthy books did not make these lists, but are still worthy of attention. Here are 17 of the top lists, business-focused and otherwise, for 2017:

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Bloomberg: the Best Books of 2017

CNBC: 13 of the best business books of 2017

The Economist: Books of the Year 2017

Financial Times: FT Series: Books of the Year 2017

Financial Times: FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2017

(The winner is Amy Goldstein’s Janesville: An American Story.)

Forbes: Top 10 Business Books for 2017, by Shep Hyken

Fortune: Fortune’s Favorite Business Books of the Year

The Globe and Mail: The Globe 100

Inc.com: 12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School

The Irish Times: The best business books of 2017 and the ones to avoid

Library Journal: Best Books 2017

Los Angeles Times: Best Books of 2017/Best Non-Fiction

The New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2017

Publishers Weekly: Best Books 2017

Strategy + Business: Best Business Books 2017

USA TODAY: 10 books we loved reading in 2017

The Washington Post: Best Books 2017

The Bloomberg list  is particularly intriguing, as it’s a survey of recommendations from major names in the business world, including Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia Business School (the above-mentioned Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein); Marc Andreessen, software pioneer/venture capitalist (Extreme Ownership: How U.S.

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