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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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Learn from the Michael Nesmith Curriculum

Everyone is looking for an edge in today’s uncertain economy. Perhaps a somewhat counterintuitive guide to thriving in this era is Michael Nesmith, who has been a part of pop culture for more than 50 years, since his mid-1960s days as a member of The Monkees. These thoughts are prompted by his book Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, released last year in hardback and recently in paperback.

The book (only partly about his experience in The Monkees) is a candid look at a varied life, one in which he owns up to often being his own worst enemy. His honesty about his personal and professional shortcomings and what he has attempted to learn from them is admirable and not something many authors would easily admit.

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Wilko Johnson and the Ultimate Comeback

There are few real-life stories as inspirational as the unfolding saga of the iconic British rock guitarist Wilko Johnson, who first became known in the ‘70s pub rock band Dr. Feelgood. On July 12th, he turned 71, which not that long ago did not seem like a viable possibility. In early 2013 it was announced that Wilko had terminal cancer, and supposedly had under a year to live.

To broadly recap the Wilko-related output since his initial diagnosis:

January 2013: Johnson announces that he has terminal pancreatic cancer, and that he will forego treatment.

January 2013: Announces farewell tour dates.

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18 Eclectic Book Lists For Summer 2018

One of my  summer highlights is to curate summer/beach reading lists from a variety of sources.

This type of reading has a long and honorable history and can even lead to great things. For instance, Lin-Manuel Miranda read Ron Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton on vacation, providing the inspiration for the Broadway mega-hit Hamilton, as detailed in the Playbill.com article, “Beach Read to Broadway! How Lin-Manuel Miranda Turned a History Book into Hamilton.”

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Here are 18 lists full of suggestions for a wide range of reading tastes and moods; these books are guaranteed to keep you busy this summer and beyond:

Barron’s Summer Reading Advice from JP Morgan Private Bank, By Abby Schultz

Bloomberg The Hedge Fund Summer Reading List, By Ben Bartenstein

BOOK-ish Summer’s Must-Read Books

CNBC These are the 5 books billionaire Mark Cuban is reading this summer, by Ali Montag

CNN This is not your typical summer beach reads list, by Katia Hetter

Financial Planning Kick back, relax, get smart: A financially savvy summer reading list, Jessica Mathews

Forbes The 2018 Summer Reading List For Marketers, by Kimberly A.

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Sports Psychology And Workplace Performance with Michael Bar-Eli

Whether or not you are following soccer’s World Cup this summer, a great book to dip into is Michael Bar-Eli’s Boost! How the Psychology of Sports Can Enhance your Performance in Management and Work. Multiple sides of Bar-Eli’s professional life come into play in the psychologist/professor/consultant’s first book for a general audience.

He combines both the business and organizational aspects of being Professor and Chair of the Business Administration Department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer-Sheva, Israel; and also the Nat Holman Chair in Sports Research, at the school’s Faculty of Business and Management.

Bar-Eli is a genial guide through mastering the psychological aspects of work, based on his own research, and that of his past and present students, colleagues and other academics.

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Living and Working in 30 Different Economies: A Curated Resource List

It’s become fashionable in recent years to decree that we are living in different ‘economies,’: The Gig Economy, The Sharing Economy and many others. In that spirit, what follows is my curated list of 30 different economies, with one selected resource for each. There is overlap on some of these concepts, and if there are ones that I’ve missed, please let me know. Not all of us participate in each economy, but we are all probably affected by each one at different parts of our lives.

The Access Economy

The rise of the access economy,” by Alex Danco

The Attention Economy

The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business, by Thomas H.

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How to Be an Employee the Peter Drucker Way

On May 31, 1964, fifty-four years ago tomorrow, Peter Drucker gave the commencement address at the University of Scranton, in my home town of Scranton, Pa. I was a young boy at the time and was not aware of who Drucker was. Many years later, I wrote about the address in the 2012 blog post “Peter Drucker’s 1964 Commencement Address: The Knowledge Revolution,” and the following year in my book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way.

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I was pleasantly surprised to discover recently that the Drucker Archives has posted an online digital copy of the June 1, 1964 Scranton Times article about Drucker’s commencement address, “410 Given Degrees at U of S: Graduates Termed ‘True Capitalists’ by Professor at NYU.” I’ve long had a photocopy of that article, which includes the text of his address, as well as of how he was introduced.

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The Meaningful Life of Bob Buford: Friend, Associate and Chronicler of Peter Drucker

Almost exactly four years ago, on May 29, 2014, I wrote about Bob Buford’s then-new book, Drucker & Me. Bob died on April 18th, but as you’ll see in some of the tributes I link to below, he led an amazingly full, productive, meaningful, and impactful life. Although I initially knew him through his work and friendship with Peter Drucker, he was well-known and respected in the worlds of business, philanthropy, Christianity, personal development, and publishing.

I first came into contact with Bob years after I read his best-selling books Halftime and Stuck in Halftime, both with Drucker forewords, when I interviewed him by telephone for my first book, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life.

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The Power of Serendipity at the 2018 Washington Writers Conference

There are fewer barriers today to writing and publishing books than ever. But the process can still be daunting and intimidating, especially in finding an agent and then working with a publishing house, as opposed to self-publishing. That’s where there is value in events such as the recent 6th Annual Washington Writers Conference, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, Md. Besides ample opportunities for networking and learning about craft, many people also registered for brief “pitch sessions” with agents.

Spending an entire day learning from and interacting with writers is exhilarating, and an extended serendipity opportunity.

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Virtually Reliving Computers in Libraries 2018

One of the advantages of attending last month’s Computers in Libraries annual conference in Arlington, Va., is that you get to live it twice. First, in person, with all its benefits of session attendance and participation, networking, serendipitous encounters and stimulating conversations. And now online, via presentation slides for sessions I attended and others I would have liked to but could not. The organizers have also provided a complete list of speakers, with social media links.

This year’s theme was Digital Transformation: Next Gen Tools & Strategies for Community Impact. As with any conference, you can’t do everything, and there are always going to be time conflicts on various sessions.

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