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Top 10 Takeaways From Drucker Day 2019

The Drucker School, part of Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, honored its namesake, Peter Drucker, March 9 with Drucker Day 2019. The theme was “A Spotlight on Organizations – and Their Leaders – That Contribute to a Functioning Society.” The concept of (and aspiration for) a functioning society was a longtime touchstone for Drucker, and the focus of his 2003 book, A Functioning Society: Community, Society, and Polity in the Twentieth Century.

Photos courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

As I wrote in 2017, I’ve attended and sometimes participated in this event for more than a decade.

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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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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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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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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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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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