Can schools teach Entrepreneurship? Well, yes they can!
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For the most part I shut down the comment section around the middle of last year. I had aspirations of building a community here when I first fired this site up ten years ago (the first two years it was called Wiz Speak). But to be honest, I didn't do much to cultivate community. It was a bit more vibrant back when I belonged to Rosa Say's Talking Story and later Joyful Jubilant Learning communities because all of the writers interacted with each other at their respective sites.
Sonia Simone articulates here why they are shutting down Copyblogger's comment section. I am relatively sure there isn't another Website in the universe that is clear, coherent and concise as Copyblogger. So I recommend reading why Sonia and her team is going forth with this experiment. I am pretty much doing the same thing with one exception, I'm not experimenting.
One of my intentions in the Pieces of Freedom series is to encourage conversation and build membership for each of my interviewees at their Facebook page. I also have a Pieces of Freedom Facebook page and will post stories there as well. For stories relating to Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness, conversation will be at its Facebook page. Depending upon the piece, I'll use my Google+ account for conversation too.
Finally, the other reason is I'm doing this is I'm tired of dealing with the spam and don't believe in making my readers screw around with Captcha or whatever Typepad is using.
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Bruce Rosenstein researched and studied Peter F. Drucker for twenty-seven years. He has written about him in the media and published one book, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life. Bruce gives speeches and workshops based on Mr. Drucker's philosophy.
Even the mildest of imaginations can conjure the amount of material Bruce accumulated and has within reach for researching and writing Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way. Drucker, the most important management figure in the 20th century, was productive from a public standpoint, for nearly seventy years. By the way, when you were conjuring, did you know that Bruce had and has access to The Drucker Institute and The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University?
Bruce prepares a thorough, meticulous and careful treatment here. How? How within two-hundred and two pages, forty-one of which are devoted to reference, can he possibly cover what needs to be covered from a Library of Congress sized collection of Drucker material?
The student becomes the teacher. Bruce Rosenstein writes Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, the Peter Drucker way. He economizes his words on his march to the Sea of Clarity. Peter would be proud.
In his quest to teach a future-oriented mindset, Bruce calls upon Mr. Drucker's approach to life, business and school. Drucker lived the future-oriented mindset. He also calls upon the wisdom of modern day thought leaders whose outlook on the future parallels his own and Mr. Drucker's. This neon-signs relevancy.
One of my most favorite passages in the book is when Bruce describes what Mr. Drucker spoke about in a commencement speech:
He spoke that day of how people must transform their lives on an ongoing basis, as the world is continually changing, requiring different work and different knowledge as people further their lives and careers. He told the graduates that they had a responsibility to put their knowledge to work for the benefit of others, not just for themselves.
Do you have any doubts that Peter F. Drucker is a rich source from which to cultivate wisdom, knowledge and advice for creating our future? Well think about this: Mr. Drucker gave that speech May 31, 1964.
Bruce organizes Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way around five chapters, a conclusion and a hearty reference section. The chapters are titled:
Bruce Rosenstein's recently published book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way mirrors one of Mr. Drucker's most valuable assets: Clarity. And in a reflection of the reflection it continues on with another one of Mr. Drucker's assets: Economy of words. I've yet to read the writer who could take an often times complex subject, and pack more clarity in so few words. Peter F. Drucker would be proud of how Bruce took his Library of Congress - equivalent body of work and carved out future-oriented lessons, combined them with relevant messages from today's writers and produced this invaluable roadmap.
I created this mind map to provide easy access to the material and resources surrounding Bruce and his Creating Your Future the Peter Drucker Way publication. I will be adding more links within the next week or so.
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The pulsating drumbeat that courses through Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In is equality for women in the workplace. Sitting on the other side of the forest listening to Sheryl's rhythm of reason however, that's not what I hear at first. I'm hearing an unbelievable opportunity to free and unleash production, effectiveness and innovation in the workplace!
Sheryl's book is going on its fourteenth printing and selling like mad. I think it's women reading the book and shouting out, "that's me, that's me, that's me!" But a lot of others, I hope, are buying and reading Lean In and saying, that's an opportunity, that's an opportunity, that's an opportunity!"
Observation: Listen, I know Sheryl comes from a well-to-do background that most of us only dream about. Get over it. She speaks the truth, the truth of what's going on out there; the truth of what most women are enduring in the workplace.
The opportunities that I feel are coming are more like a hurricane than a drumbeat. The vision I see is two 1972 Cutlass's sitting at a red light out in the desert. One has fat tires, is jacked up and breathes fire. The other looks like something your grandma might drive. But under the hood is 2013 tricked out, computerized technology. For Grandma to win the race she only has to step on the gas. And when she does, the muscle car gasps for breath while it eats her dust.
Many women today are your Grandma's 1972 Cutlass. They have what it takes. They need understanding, guidance and care from both women and men who are in a position to give it. They need to hear, "Suze, pound on that accelerator girl! We got your back. Let it out. Let the world see what you got!"
If the status-quo American business society today can get out of its own way and wake up to the fact there are millions of women, who if at least, are accorded the same opportunities as men, but on a more progressive note, are encouraged and guided,the productivity gained and innovation uncovered would reestablish America as the national business power she truly should be, and place all other nations soundly in the second paragraph. Who knows, we might even give Finland, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan a run at their global educational power rankings.
Do you work at Facebook? Wanna know a little secret for how to excel and stand out from your coworkers? Actually you can take the secret advice that I'm about to give and tell it to everyone you know at Facebook. You wanna know what? Somewhere between ninety and ninety-seven percent will totally disregard it.
Now, what sort of advantage do you suppose that gives you?
Ready? Take another chomp on that donut and you'll miss it.
Read Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. Apply what you learn. That's it!
This advice applies to men and women, but especially to women. Of course I am speculating that the culture that Sheryl talks about trickles down more than a few layers of management. In reality, Sheryl would be laughed out of Silcone Valley if it didn't.
Here's one example that screams about what Sheryl and Facebook value. Lori Goler, a marketing director at eBay, called Sheryl up inquiring about work at Facebook. She asked, "what is your biggest problem, and how can I solve it?" Sheryl mentions in hiring thousands of people over a ten year period, no one had ever asked that question. It blew her away. Lori got the job.
If there was a book out in public about a company that lays out in black and white what they value in their workforce and I was a part of that workforce, I'd memorize the doggone thing. Fortunately for you ninety to ninety-seven out of one-hundred of your coworkers will go about their business oblivious to this or think the highway they're already traveling is the right one.
Read the book. Apply what you learn. Stand Out in a Sea of Facebook Sameness!
Special thanks to our good friend Denny Locascio of Impact Fitness in Tampa, Florida for turning us onto Seth's eight-minute talk here!
Seth talks about the importance of the stories we tell ourselves, how they're fused with memories of our past and how to matter to other people. How can we matter to others? By connecting people with a story they care about and one they'll tell others about.
Denny's timing in sending me the link to Seth's video this morning is uncanny. I'm in the process of reading Marci Alboher's book The Encore Career Handbook. I'd just written about how Gen-Y can go into espionage mode in order to enhance their career, by using Marci's book. But as I got up from my reading chair this morning, I grabbed the Encore book with the intention writing a little bit more.
Marci's chapter titled Back to School screams, just screams of the methodology I am attempting to etch out in Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness. Most people will not put to task and do the exploratory work described in the stories Marci weaves into this chapter. These most people, constitute the Sea of Sameness. The first component of Standing Out is to do this work.
So Marci's style of educating us through stories and the importance Seth places on stories compelled me this morning to tell you about both of them. Their stories matter to me and they'll matter to you.
I've been thinking long and hard on who The Encore Career Handbook might not pertain to. I've already mentioned how important it can be to younger folk and it's a no-brainer for those over fifty and considering something more meaningful to do in the encore years of their lives. That only leaves those who are approaching fifty. Let's think about that. Here's a guide that helps you prepare to enrich your encore years. Do you want to be like everyone else when you get older? Or do you want to Stand Out?
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Are you a Gen-Yer looking to stand out, looking for an edge, looking to grow? Then The Encore Career Handbook, designed for older people looking to make a difference in the second half of their lives, is the perfect road map for you!
Are you one of those folks who grew up with What Color is Your Parachute? The Encore Career Handbook is the What Color is Your Parachute for the 21st century. Although I wouldn't replace the Parachute book with it, just use it to supplement your knowledge.
Back to Gen-Y, my most favorite generation. What do you suppose the odds are that sometime in your life you'll work for or with a Baby Boomer (people 49-67)? Do you think it might be to your advantage to get to understand thoughts, beliefs and ideas from this age group have?
To be real, I've moved away from forming hard fast opinions on people because of the generation they belong to. If it weren't for my bald head and the fact I look every bit of my fifty plus years on this planet, I'd say I'm a Gen-Yer - because I feel that way. But generalities are useful, particularly when they come to this subject.
I recommend reading The Encore Career Handbook because it will help you learn about some of the underlying motivations that Boomers take to work everyday. Did you know that Suzy, the fifty-one year old manager of your office, secretly desires to work with wounded animals? No. But engage her in exploratory conversations and you'll probably learn a whole lot more when it comes to your personal development.
I once told Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist, a book on career advice targeted to Gen-X & Y, that I bought and read her book so I could learn more about those generations and be a better manager. I believe the words I used were I was using her intel to go undercover.
This is precisely what I recommend Gen-Yers do. Buy and read The Encore Career Handbook in order to learn more about Baby Boomers.
Update 8/14/2013 - I was a bit hasty in declaring The Encore Career Handbook the new What Color is Your Parachute? Dick Bolles has published a fresh and new copy of Parachute for thirty-nine straight years. And that doesn't include the two editions he published before 1975. That's just crazy man! I believe however, that Marci captures both the spirit and detail of what Mr. Bolles has been providing for nearly four decades.
Check out some really simple and doable time management strategies from my friend Ariane Benefit. I for one really dig adaptive resiliency!