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Three Questions for Dick Axelrod on Let’s Stop Meeting Like This

Now that summer is over, meeting-season is in full swing. And that’s not good news to most people. Given how much time most people spend in meetings, how can they be made more productive and useful? That’s the subject of a terrific new book, Let’s Stop Meeting Like This, by Dick and Emily Axelrod of The Axelrod Group.

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I’ve gotten to know Dick and Emily during the past five years through the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative, and my conversations with them are always personal highlight at the annual authors retreat. I asked Dick to elaborate on some of the book’s major points:

1.    Can you briefly outline the concept of The Meeting Canoe™, and why it is relevant for all types of organizations?

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Bob Buford’s Drucker & Me

Peter Drucker was notable for drawing high achievers into his orbit; people he could both teach and learn from. High on that list is Bob Buford, who tells both his own fascinating life story and how it intersected over many years with that of Drucker, in his compelling new book Drucker & Me. It’s a tricky balance to get right, but Buford accomplishes it with grace and quiet strength. The relationship between  these two men was one of friendship, mentoring, mutual respect and business.

Hand holding a piece of paper with the word Mentoring on it.

Drucker considered Buford to be a role model for how to lead a meaningful second half of life, given his transition from a successful career leading a Texas-based cable television company to an equally successful second career as a social entrepreneur, forming both the Leadership Network and Halftime.

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Peter Drucker and National Nurses Week

It is National Nurses Week; a time to honor a profession that has become increasingly crucial in a world focused on wellness. This celebration begins each year on May 6, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Peter Drucker occasionally wrote about nursing in his books, and his influence on the profession is reflected in the 2012 blog post “5 Strategies for Managing Yourself,” by Rose Sherman; professor and  director of the Nursing Leadership Institute at Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.


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I included a section in chapter five of my book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way on healing and our sense of the spiritual, featuring Dr.

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William A. Cohen and The Practical Drucker

One of the most admirable aspects of the work of Peter Drucker is its timeless quality. It will be endlessly applied now and in the future to projects, issues and strategies inside and outside the business world. This role-up-your-sleeves component is the focus of a terrific book published late last year, The Practical Drucker: Applying the Wisdom of the World’s Greatest Management Thinker, by William A. Cohen. I wrote about Cohen and his previous Drucker-related book, Drucker on Marketing: Lessons from the World’s Most Influential Business Thinker, in 2012.

Cohen has now written four books based on Drucker, based on both his intense, decades-long study and application of  the master’s thought, and on a long personal friendship, going back to his days as Drucker’s first executive PhD student in the 1970s.

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New Book Demystifies Knowledge Management

Perhaps because it is a relatively young discipline, the concept of knowledge management has seemed somewhat hazy, confusing and ill-defined. Depending on who is talking about it, the term can take on multiple meanings, not all of them helpful or accurate.

That’s why we should welcome the new book Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from Inside, by Ulla de Stricker, and six co-authors, published by IGI Global. Ulla, president of Canada-based de Stricker Associates, is one of the best-known and most visible people in the knowledge/information world, particularly within special libraries. She wrote two chapters and the preface, and co-authored another chapter with Constance Ard, who also wrote about the book in a recent blog post.

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Mindfulness Marches On

Can mindfulness get any hotter? The mainstream spotlight continues to grow on this subject, which I have blogged about several times. In particular, see Time magazine’s seven page February 3, 2014 cover story, “The Art of Being Mindful.” And Mindful magazine continues to do interesting work. The cover story of the February 2014 issue, “No Blueprint, Just Love,” is an eight page interview with one of the best-known figures in the field, Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is also a major presence in the Time article.


Kabat-Zinn, founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, began his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as a small project in 1979, and it has grown to worldwide prominence.

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My 2014 Toronto Drucker Days

Last week I returned to the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where I did a presentation in 2011. This was for the terrific Getting it Done Expert Speakers Series, run by adjunct professor and entrepreneur in residence Brendan Calder. The venue was the school’s spectacular new building, connected by a dramatic staircase to the original (where I spoke last time), which is also a memorable structure. The work of Peter Drucker remains important to the school, especially in Brendan’s course GettingItDone®.

Rotman winter 2012 (016)
The audience was highly engaged, and asked penetrating questions. There were several people from the library/information world, including those from the iSchool across the street (which provided the backdrop to my talk, with the large floor-to-ceiling windows behind me).

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10 Great 2013 Business Books of the Year Lists

As we start 2014, take a few moments to consider some of the best business/management/leadership books of 2013. These ten lists will guide you to many of the top titles of the year, including ones that placed on a variety of lists, such as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead; Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon; Daniel Pink’s To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others; Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism ; and two books from Wharton professors,  Adam Grant’s Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success; and Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

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Stoner, Daskal, Naseer & Eblin: The Power of Connection

During the past month, I have witnessed the power of strong connections within social media to share the message of my new McGraw-Hill book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way. It all started when Jesse Lyn Stoner, whom I became friends with a few years ago at a Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative retreat, and who is interviewed in the book, offered to help network me in to some of her fellow bloggers.



She connected me with, among others, Lolly Daskal, Tanveer Naseer (whom I also interviewed on my blog) and Scott Eblin. Jesse’s personal recommendation led to my eventually co-hosting a Twitter chat with Lolly, writing a guest post for Tanveer and recording a podcast with Scott.…

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Book Launch for Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and excitement around a very special time: the launch of my second book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, published by McGraw-Hill. Although the official publication date was November 22, copies were available online (and also in some stores) before then. And for the first time, I now also have an unabridged audio version, published by Brilliance Audio.


My book signing at Drucker Day, in Claremont, Cal.; Photo by William Vasta, White House Photo Inc.

My book signing at Drucker Day, in Claremont, Cal.; Photo by William Vasta, White House Photo Inc.

You can see the full range of where I have spoken on the ‘speaking engagements’ page of my website.…

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