Living in More Than One World

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Parker J. Palmer: Reinvention and the Inner Life of a Writer, Teacher, and Activist

On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old, is Parker J. Palmer’s bestselling dispatch from the front lines of creative aging. Palmer, who turns 80 on February 28, has developed significant followings in the worlds of education, leadership, and spirituality; and it was included by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat as one of ‘The Best Spiritual Books of 2018.’

Palmer reflects on his unconventional career path in these pages, as well as in previous classics such as Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, and The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life (which had a 20th anniversary edition published in 2017).

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Chip Conley and the Making of a Modern Elder

If anyone can make aging cool, it’s Chip Conley. He is a walking, talking embodiment of disruptive innovation who has made his living, and personal brand, as an entrepreneur and an original thinker.

In 1987, he was in his 20s when he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality, a California-based chain of boutique hotels, and was CEO until selling it in 2010. Several years later, a chain of events caused him to reinvent himself, into what he now calls a “Modern Elder.” He’s written several successful books, but his latest, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, may ultimately become the one with the longest-lasting impact.

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19 Peter Drucker Quotes to Inspire You in 2019

The new year is already more than two weeks old. As I have done periodically, t’s time for another curation of Peter Drucker’s quotes to help you power through the work week, weekend, and return to throughout the year. Whether or not you’ve made new year’s resolutions, Drucker’s words of wisdom will help you get and stay on track in 2019:

1. “You have to make something different out of yourself, rather than just find a new supply of energy.” – Drucker on Asia, 1995
2. “It is futile to try to guess what products and processes the future will want.

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18 Curated Books of the Year Lists For 2018

At the beginning of the year, all things seem possible, especially for authors who will be publishing books during the next 12 months. The fortunate few will see their efforts rewarded by landing on various best-of-the-year lists.

As in several previous years, I have collected and curated some of the most interesting lists. Some, but not all, are focused on the best business/leadership/management books of the year. But even those lists, especially those that reached out to various leaders for their recommendations, were not strictly bound to those genres. In that spirit, enjoy these 18 lists for 2018:

800-CEO-READ: The 2018 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards

Bloomberg: The Best Books of 2018

BookBub: The Best Business Books of 2018

CNBC: Business books recommended by Bill Gates, Barack Obama and other successful people

Esquire: The Best Books of 2018

Financial Times: ‘Bad Blood’ wins the FT and McKinsey Business Book of 2018

Foreign Policy: The Books We Read in 2018

Fortune: The Best Books of 2018, According to CEOs

The Guardian: Best Books of The Year

Inc.com: The 10 Best Business Books of 2018

Kottke.org: The Best Books of 2018

The New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2018

The New Yorker: The Best Books of 2018

NPR: NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018’s Great Reads

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2018

strategy+business: Best Business Books 2018

Thrillist: The 32 Best Books of 2018

Yahoo!

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Peter Drucker and the 25th Anniversary of The Ecological Vision

As 2018 ends, let’s mark the 25th anniversary of one of Peter Drucker’s most significant (though lesser-known) books, The Ecological Vision: Reflections on the American Condition. Although it is in the category of his collections of (mostly) previously published articles and essays rather than all-new material, it is worth reading not only for the content, but also as a way of better getting to know Drucker as a human being and an author.

At 466 pages, it contains a wealth of material, divided into eight parts. And as Drucker provides a new introduction for each part, he opens valuable windows into his thinking and his craft, while placing each chapter in historical and intellectual context.

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Listening. Speaking. Silence. The 2018 Berrett-Koehler Authors Retreat

Berrett-Koehler Authors Retreats are always an oasis in time. This year’s gathering, my seventh, was held October 18-21 at Pendle Hill, one of the major settings of Quaker life in the United States.

The retreats are traditionally held at retreat centers in lovely settings, some in relatively remote areas. Though Pendle Hill is located in suburban Philadelphia, the campus is so large and varied that you do not have a sense that you are in or near a big metropolitan area. BK author Ira Chaleff wrote most of The Courageous Follower, now in its third edition, at Pendle Hill 23 years ago.

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Peter Drucker and Operationalizing Effectiveness

Last year, I wrote about the 50th anniversary edition of Peter Drucker’s classic The Effective Executive. While it is deservedly considered to be one of his greatest books, it does not always provide hands-on advice on what executives must do to become effective.

Many answers were later found in a book I mentioned in the post, The Effective Executive in Action: A Journal for Getting the Right Things Done. Written with his longtime friend and Drucker School teaching colleague Joseph A. Maciariello, the book appeared in early 2006, a couple of months after Drucker’s death at 95.

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16 Assorted Peter Drucker Quotes on Change, Decisions, and Marketing

Following up on my earlier posts about Peter Drucker quotes to energize your work week (and beyond), this new post concentrates on quotes covering a 50-year period on topics that will never lose their importance:

Change

“Business is society’s change agent.” – The Executive in Action, 1996

“An organization must be organized for constant change.” – The Daily Drucker, 2004

“It is therefore a central 21st- century challenge for management that its organization become a change leader.” – Management Challenges for the 21st Century, 1999

“The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it.” – A Functioning Society, 2003

“To survive and succeed, every organization will have to turn itself into a change agent.” – A Functioning Society, 2003

“One cannot manage change.

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Rob Jolles on Why People Don’t Believe You…And What You Can Do About It

In a world where more people are or will be participating in some form of the Gig Economy, it can seem like everyone is spending more time selling and marketing to everyone else. However, few are prepared for how to build consistent credibility and confidence, confront fear and dread, and believably present our ideas to others, whether individuals, groups, or audiences.

Enter Rob Jolles, a master-communicator who builds on his lengthy career in sales, sales training, professional speaking, and coaching in his newly-published, sixth book, Why People Don’t Believe You…Building Credibility from the Inside Out. He honors the fact that for most readers, time is precious and limited.

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Reflections from the Berrett-Koehler 2018 Book Marketing Workshop

There are many differences between marketing a book, and, for instance, an automobile. But perhaps the biggest is that books have an author (or authors) who must be active in marketing not just a physical or digital representation of their work, but a part of their very being as an individual.

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This can lead to ambivalence among authors about the personal tasks in marketing, yet some considered it more doable after the intensive two-day Berrett-Koehler 2018 Marketing Workshop, held July 19-20 in Arlington, Va. The event was open to both BK authors and prospective authors.

It was meaningful for me on many levels, especially because it marked 10 years, almost to the day, since BK accepted my first book, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life.

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