Sometimes it takes me awhile to get to my library. I hear about a book that interests me and I buy it. I do purchase more than I can consume in a timely manner. Fortunately, I do finally get around to all of them. So, for those of you that are annual attendees at the... Continue Reading →
My Favorite Reads for 2018
Some of these are re-reads. For me they were the most impactful over the last twelve months.
The Art of Being Free–How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us From Ourselves, by James Poulos
Back in April we made our annual sojourn to the Los Angeles Festival of Books. We do our best to support emerging writers and even ones we personally know. Battling the ingress and egress lines in a University of Southern California campus parking garage, we separate off to listen to our respective... Continue Reading →
A Brookings Institution Webcast: ‘The New Localism: How cities can thrive in the age of populism’, by Bruce Katz & Jeremy Nowak– Webcast, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. (est)
No local government professional can ignore the resurgence of "Populism" in their own backyard. This will be an interesting discussion with two icons of metropolitan governance, complimented by the additional insights of Pulitzer Prize winner, Tom Friedman. It should be well worth the time to listen in. "In their new book “The New Localism: How... Continue Reading →
Thank You For Being Late–An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, by Thomas Friedman
This is a must read. Follow the link to watch Tom's presentation at the National Book Festival. Wait until you hear all about the year 2007 and his insights concerning self-motivation and life long learning. //www.c-span.org/video/?432540-15/thank-late via Thank Late, Sep 2 2017 Video C-SPAN.org
The Essential Drucker–Still in the Bookcase
Most of my classroom managerial texts are long gone. They had well outlived their time. But for one reason or another, I've seem to keep the ones that had some sort of impact, something beyond the obvious, something beyond organizational cliches. "The Essential Drucker" is one of them. As stated on the cover, it is... Continue Reading →
Nobody In Charge–Essays on the Future of Leadership, by Harlan Cleveland
Although this collection was written some 15 years ago, it reads like it was published yesterday. Back in my own graduate school days, anything written by Harlan Cleveland was a must read. When anyone is acknowledged by the "Leaders" of a given field, we should know that his or her work is worth more than... Continue Reading →
Another Opportunity to Guest Lecture by Stephen G. Harding, Committee Chair on the Third Edition—Managers as Teachers: A Practitioners Guide to Teaching Public Administration.
https://icma.org/documents/managers-teachers This Thursday will mark my fourteenth time wearing the guest lecturer’s hat. These are always fun to do. In years past, the requests were predicated on my technical expertise. I was asked to lecture about some topical specialization. It could be related to real estate development, fiscal impact, public financing mechanisms, or the latest... Continue Reading →
The Death of Expertise– The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, by Tom Nichols–(Reviewed by Mark Hemingway)
I've had this book for a number of months and finally got down to cracking it open. Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to read and assess its meaning. Somehow, we need to get past the quick quips, the sound bites and the snippets that pass as knowledge. At best, they just make us aware... Continue Reading →
“Notes to Self—What I Should Have Jotted Down Over a 40 Year Career.” by Stephen G. Harding
These books are old. They are full of yellow dog-eared pages. The tell tale trails of over used magic markers highlight notions of what I thought was important at the time. For the most part, I’m still drawn to the same stanzas. This is in spite of the distracting affects of my sporadic application of... Continue Reading →
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