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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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15 Powerful Peter Drucker Quotes on Achievement/Productivity, Teaching, and Time Management

As a follow-up to my January 30, 2018 post “28 Peter Drucker Quotes to Energize Your Work Week,” here are 15 curated Drucker quotes (and the books you can find them in) on topics that are vital to all knowledge workers:

Achievement/Productivity

“Achievement is addictive.” – Management: Revised Edition, 2008

“The beacons of productivity and innovation must be our guideposts.” – The Ecological Vision, 1993

“Finally there is one continuing theme, from my earliest to my latest book: the freedom, the dignity, the status of the person in modern society, the role and function of organization as instrument of human achievement, human growth and human fulfillment, and the need of the individual for both, society and community.” – The Ecological Vision, 1993

“Success always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it.” – Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, 1974

“To get at the new and better, you have to throw out the old, outworn, obsolete, no longer productive, as well as the mistakes, failure and misdirections of effort of the past.” – Managing for the Future, 1992

 

Teaching

“If you want to diagram my work, in the center is writing, then comes consulting, then comes teaching.

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7 Self-Development Strategies for the Fall 2018 Semester

Although I’m not teaching my class at Catholic University Department of Library and Information Science this semester, what follows is a modified post based on one from earlier this year, “5 Blank-Slate Beginnings for the Spring 2018 Semester.” It includes those five areas, plus two new ones, renumbered with some new material.

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These strategies are also applicable beyond the campus, in the workplace and elsewhere, whether or not you are teaching or enrolled as a student:

1. Tap into your inner wisdom. My June 20th post “Sports Psychology And Workplace Performance with Michael Bar-Eli,” is based on my reflections on Bar-Eli’s recent Boost!

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33 Eclectic Books About Jorge Luis Borges

Last week, to honor the August 24, 1899 birth of the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, I wrote about 19 Eclectic Books for 119 Years of Borges. This week I explore 33 books about him, covering many aspects of his life, thinking, and work. The inspiration for the post is the release this May, by The University of Virginia Press, of How Borges Wrote, by Daniel Balderston, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, director of The Borges Center, which is based at the University, and editor of Variaciones Borges.

All of the books are in English (though some are translations from Spanish), with the exception of Borges y La Cábala.

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19 Eclectic Books for 119 Years of Borges

“The fact is that each writer creates his precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.” – Jorge Luis Borges, Kafka and His Precursors, 1951, in Selected Non-Fictions, page 365; 2000, translated by Eliot Weinberger

August 24 will mark the 119th anniversary of the birth of the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. As with last year and in some previous years, I like to honor his life with a post that ideally captures his spirit in some way. This year I call attention to 19 books, all published long after his 1986 death; many containing new translations, added introductions by important writers, or new artwork:

The Aleph and Other Stories, Introduction by Andrew Hurley, 2004
The Book of Imaginary Beings (Classics Deluxe Edition), illustrated by Peter Sis, 2006
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory, 2007
Borges at Eighty: Conversations, 2013
Brodie’s Report, 2005
Collected Fictions, 1999
Everything and Nothing (New Directions Pearls series), 2010
Ficciones (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series), Introduction by John Sturrock, 1993
Jorge Luis Borges: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series), 2013
Labyrinths; With a new introduction by William Gibson, 2007
On Argentina, Introduction by Alfred MacAdam, 2010
On Writing, 2010
Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature, 2013
Selected Non-Fictions, 2000
Selected Poems, 2000
Seven Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, 2010
Seven Nights (From lectures on Buddhism, The Kabbalah, blindness, and more; delivered in Buenos Aires in 1977), 2009
The Sonnets (Dual language edition with parallel texts), introduction by Stephen Kessler, 2010
This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures), 2002

These books have much to offer to both dedicated Borges followers, and new fans of his incomparable work.

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More, More, More: Reflections on the SLA 2018 Baltimore Annual Conference

The 2018 SLA annual conference, held June 9-13 in Baltimore, urged everyone to “Bmore.” SLA provided many opportunities to do just that. There was a similar positive momentum to last year’s Phoenix conference, which I wrote about a year ago. While these are still challenging times for the profession, opportunities for professional advancement, education, and networking were abundant at the conference. And they remain that way, because SLA members have access to presentation slides for a number of sessions. This gives you the chance to relive what you might have experienced, and to virtually learn from sessions you missed.

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Remembering John E. Flaherty and Tony Bonaparte, Friends and Associates of Peter Drucker

Two lesser-known, but important people associated with Peter Drucker, John E. Flaherty and Tony Bonaparte, passed away in recent years. Flaherty died in 2016, and like Drucker, lived to be 95. Bonaparte died in 2014 at the age of 76.

Both men considered Drucker to be a mentor, but their roles in Drucker’s life, and their professional accomplishments, went well beyond that. Both had long and distinguished careers in academia, including, coincidentally, as Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York. Bonaparte also had a lengthy association with St. John’s University.

Flaherty and Bonaparte came into contact with Drucker in the midcentury years when he was a professor at New York University.

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