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BOOK REVIEW: “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (2010)

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others DieDid you know that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from space? You did? It’s not true.  It’s what´s known as an urban myth.  These are so stories that are so popular that they have become ingrained in our culture, and become retold throughout the world.  In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath explain why some of these stories ‘stick.’

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “Rising Above Inter-Domain Complexity” by Roger L. Martin

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During the last session of the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Roger Martin, Academic Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute of the Rotman School of Management, began his talk with a Scientific American of 1868 showing the telegraph and railroads, which says that in no other period had there been so much transformation and change.

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “The embarrassment of complexity” by Helga Nowotny

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At the 2013 Peter Drucker Forum, Helga Nowotny looked at the embarrassment of complexity and in particular its positive sides. She argued that complexity can expand human capabilities by the clever use of technology linked to novel organizational forms. It humbles us in view of what can and cannot be predicted.

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PETER DRUCKER FORUM 2013: Welcome Address (Gerard van Schaik)

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I am honoured to have been invited to address this opening session.

The subject that you are going to discuss during the next two days is not an easy one and the Organisers are to be complimented that they have succeeded in putting a program together that has attracted so many participants from different walks of life and of such diverse experience.

Such a varied group of participants should help to ensure that at the end of the conference we will know what we are really talking about and what managers and educators should be aware of when dealing with complexity issues in their organisations.

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PETER DRUCKER FORUM 2013: “Welcome Address” by Richard Straub

Richard Straub

At the welcome address of the 2013 Peter Drucker Forum Richard Straub began by welcoming the participants five years after the beginning of the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

Welcome to all of you to the 5 th Global Peter Drucker Forum  – welcome to you here in the auditorium and welcome to all those on our live stream. In addition to the 350 participants present in the auditorium we have some 1000 participants registered for the live stream.

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BOOK REVIEW: “A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience” by Bob Massie (2012)

A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience“From my earliest moments, my life was marked by deep joy interrupted regularly by searing physical pain.”

Born with hemophilia, Bob Massie’s story is literally stunning. I was fortunate enough to attend one of his talks recently and like some fifty odd colleagues I was spellbound for over an hour as he talked about the struggles he has had to overcome. He is not bitter or filled with regret. He final message is one of this hope and joy. “If I am lucky,” he says  “I have another 10 000 days on this Earth and I intend to enjoy every single one of them.”

A Song in the Night sets out his life story. Read this book and if you ever get the chance, find out where Mr. Massie is speaking and go and listen to him.  Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: “True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership” by Bill George (2007)

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership“There is no such thing as a instant leader.” begins Bill George. Think about the typical CEO of a company.  What made his or her leadership style significant to the livelihood of the company, if it was successful to begin with? One quickly realizes that the definition of being a ‘leader’ is not all black and white as numerous leadership studies and archetypes make it out to be.  In fact, the former CEO of Medtronic  argues that the best leaders are those who do not aim to be leaders, but those who aim to embody leadership throughout the company, called ‘authentic leadership.’ 

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