Living in More Than One World

The Blog of Bruce Rosenstein

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.

 

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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.

 

You can see the full range of where I have spoken on the ‘speaking engagements’ page of my website. So far I have not done much travel, with a major exception: several days in Claremont, California at the Drucker School, which involved a book signing at Drucker Day, and a small, intimate book talk the day before at an on-campus hangout, Hagelbarger’s.…

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My 2013 Claremont Drucker Days, Part Two

Last week I wrote about initial impressions of my time in Claremont built around Drucker Day 2013, especially about the book signing that day for Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, and my informal book discussion at Hagelbarger’s the day before. This year’s Drucker Day had a slightly different format from last year. In the afternoon after lunch, rather than have breakout sessions in various classrooms at the Drucker School, there was one main panel discussion, from 2:15-4:00. Both the morning keynote and afternoon panel were held in the large Garrison Theater on the Scripps College campus, across the street from the Drucker School.…

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My 2013 Claremont Drucker Days, Part One

I am back home after five whirlwind days in Claremont, California; for the all-day event Drucker Day 2013, held last Saturday November 2nd, and to meet and reconnect with people for my second book: Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward Focused Mindset. Although the official publication date is November 22, the Huntley Bookstore of the Claremont Colleges arranged a book signing for me at Drucker Day, during the outdoor cocktail reception that ended the events.

 

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Drucker Day this year was terrific, as it always is. I wrote about the event last year, and in previous years.…

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5 Retreat Reflections 2013

This year’s Berrrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative Retreat was another compelling event, on both individual and communal levels. It was held October 10-13 at the Riverwood Inn and Conference Center, in Otsego, Mn., not far from Minneapolis. A short walk downhill from the retreat buildings leads to the banks of the Mississippi River, making this an appropriate setting for free-flowing ideas and inspiration. This was my fifth BK retreat, and as I have written previously, all have been terrific, powerful experiences.

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The theme of this year’s retreat was “Going Deeper: A World of Possibilities.” I have also identified the following keywords that particularly resonated with me during those four days:

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Tanveer Naseer Q&A on Leadership, Science, Canada & More

A name you will frequently see on lists of top bloggers is the Montreal-based leadership coach, speaker and writer Tanveer Naseer; principal and founder of Tanveer Naseer Leadership. His work has been featured by major organizations and in a number of publications, including The Globe and Mail (the Toronto-based national newspaper of Canada), Fast Company and elsewhere.

He writes about many different topics on his blog, not surprising given his wide interests and scientific background. I asked him about those and other aspects of his life in the following Q&A:

1. With your work, family obligations, blogging and related writing, you are obviously a busy and productive person.

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Three Questions for Douglas LaBier of the Center for Progressive Development

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the inner life, and what it takes to have a meaningful one. Douglas LaBier is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on this topic. LaBier, whom I also wrote about in 2010, is a Washington, D.C.-based business psychologist and psychotherapist, and the founder and Director of the Center for Progressive Development. The latter is described on its website as “a nonprofit educational, consulting and research organization. Its mission: to promote psychological health in the workplace and in personal lives.”

He writes regularly for The Huffington Post, and indeed his latest piece is “Redefine Success Through Living an ‘Inside-Out’ Life.” Here is my Q&A with him on how he approaches his own super-busy schedule; plus his reading choices and views on how people experience inspiration through social media.…

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Gordon Marino Q&A on the Intersection of Boxing & Philosophy

Only the most imaginative fiction writer could have invented the life of Gordon Marino. As you can see from the terrific profile in Minnesota’s Pioneer Press, “Meet the boxing philosopher of Northfield’s St. Olaf College,” and on his bio page, Marino exemplifies the concept of living in more than one world. His main work is as professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. (I mentioned him and a piece he wrote for The New York Times in my May 21st post about the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Danish philosopher-theologian Søren Kierkegaard.)

But Marino is also a prolific freelance writer and author/editor, and the boxing correspondent of The Wall Street Journal.…

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Peter Drucker’s 5 Existential Questions for the Fall Semester

As we’re all aware, the immediate period after Labor Day is one of transitions, new beginnings and self-examination. Among other things, it is the Jewish New Year, and the start of the school year. Many people are starting or ending jobs, moving to a new residence, or deciding on potential new careers. I wrote about this period last year, in my post “5 Self-Management Tips For the Fall 2012 Semester.”

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Whether or not you are a college or grad student, it’s worth considering questions Peter Drucker posed to this group in a fascinating essay, “The Romantic Generation,” in Harper’s Magazine, May 1966.…

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