Category: RLF

I have written about Regional Leadership Forum in the past.  This year they are celebrating their 20th anniversary.  As a 2011  NorthWest Forum colleague, Tammy Neeley, and I, both are featured in the video.  My segment starts at about 6:20 minute marker.  In the fast-moving Internet world, Warhol’s dictum of everyone gets their fifteen minutes of fame is now reduced to 15 seconds! 

I don’t recall the whole interview and what I exactly talked about, but it is indeed flaterring to be included in this video. 



RLF Interesting Reads April 2012

This is third in the series of occasional blog entry that highlights interesting reads I have come across that track the original 30+ odd books that were part of the reading list for Regional Leadership Forum in 2011.  (Note: RLF 2012 list is in large part the same as 2011 list).

To start off, two books that explore global theme of financial crisis with its origin on Wallstreet and its ramification across the globe, closer to Zakaria’s The Post American World:

  • Satyajit Das provides an insider’s perspective on global financing and financiers in Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk.  Though, the book sags in the middle and the only real policy recommendation I glean from the book is to bring Glass-Stegall back, overall it is a fantastic read.  Das was one of the few who have been warning about dangers posed by derivatives, long before the 2008-2009 credit crisis.  Real insightful stuff.
  • Michael Lewis does riveting storytelling on the financial crisis, in his latest book – Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, .  Lewis is the author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which got made into oscar nominated movie starring Brad Pitt (book added to  the future read list).  He is also the author of The Big Short, another book on the financial crisis.  Lewis generalizes and  stereotypes whole countries and its people.  But, if you can get past that, Lewis presents a sharp and intriguing account of financial disaster and how it rippled through countries like Iceland, Ireland, Greece.  He then turns his gaze on the role of Americans and Germans in this mess.  Blow them bubbles and welcome to the new third world!

Next on the list is a book and an article about Neuroscience – along the line of Medina’s Brain Rules (with touches of Mackenzie’s Orbiting the Giant Hairball):

  • Jonah Lehrer (a former neuroscience lab assistant and neuroscience writer), in Proust was a Neuroscientist, writes about the intersection of neuroscience and art.  His thesis is that artists and art arrived at many principles that Neuroscience is just now shedding light on.  Lehrer’s treatment of the subject is not as rigorous as Medina, and bit on the speculative side.  He contends that there are certain limits to reductionism and the scientific method and that art can possibly provide insights.  He says the two streams have diverged too far, and implores that they need to continue having the dialogue to push at the edge of human knowledge.
  • Jonah Lehrer writing for the The Guardian examines The neuroscience of Bob Dylan’s genius.  The article starts with these words, “Bob Dylan looks bored” and then goes on to talk about how he wrote Like a Rolling Stone.  It is edited extract from his new book: Imagine: How Creativity Works (another book added to the future read list).
 And lastly, to round the out the list – Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy.  Not sure if there is any resemblance to any particular book on the RLF reading list.  But, the set is ubiquitous and got a boost from the release of The Hunger Games movie.  These are good books, which the entire family can enjoy and discuss.  And something you can finish off during planned time off  (as I did during Spring Break PTO).

What’s on your reading list?

RLF Interesting Reads No. 2

Today’s RLF Interesting Reads is a visual cornucopia in the vein of The Visual Miscellaneum by McCandless:

  • Maira Kalman wrote a monthly blog on New York Times starting with the inauguration of President Obama in 2009.  She uses texts, illustration and pictures to tell a story.  I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door was her August 2009 blog entry.
  • Steve McCurry is a National Geographic photojournalist know for his famous NatGeo photo cover of the Afghan Girl.  On his blog, he tells mini-stories using photographs and short quotes.  His photographs drip of humanity and renders a strong sense of place and theme.  The World in Your Cup: Tea and Coffee, What World drinks is a great example of his art.
  • Daily Infographics’ tribute to Steve Jobs: Farewell to a Genius (and in case you want more Jobs, my post on his retirement is here: blog link).
  • NPR’s top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy books of all time in a flowchart form.  Get your geek on!
  • And finally, a nod to Occupy Wallstreet, Henry Blodget has a post full of charts showing why they have a legitimate gripe.

What’s on your reading list?

RLF Interesting Reads List

This is an occasional blog post to capture interesting articles that directly highlight themes from the 33 or so books, we read as part of 2011 NW Regional Leadership Forum.

  • Like the Indian tribe that loses its cultural artifacts in Theft of the Spirit book by Hammerschlag, a story of the Hmong people and the nocebo effect where intense belief literally kills.  And in case we feel smug that it only happens to tribal people, we should recall that we weave intense beliefs as well.  Like that one guy who at a townhall meeting said, “keep your government hands off of my medicare.”
  • Combination of Brain Rules and Creating a Good Life, Bobby McFerrin anthem – Don’t Worry, Be Happy with a neuropsycholgy read.
  • More, along the Brain Rules line: Why Teenage Brains are “moody, implusive, and maddening”, but if “…we smartened up sooner, we’d end up dumber.”
  • Linchpin and Future of Management type of provocative read: Are Jobs Obsolete?
  • Not sure which book this fits with, closest might be Post-American World.  But it is good writing and good story telling, albeit a sad one.  Success in conservation of rhinos and tigers in India’s Kaziranga park, but at a cost to human life: Number One with a Bullet.

What’s on your reading list?

Here is the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) 2011 Reading List:

Adler  How to Read a Book
Bridges  Managing Transitions
Carr  The Shallows
Catford Lorna and Ray Michael  The Path of the Everyday Hero
DePree  Leadership is an Art
Dotlich  Noel and Wlaker  Leadership Passages
Frankl  Man’s Search for Meaning
George  True North
Godin  Linchpin
Goleman  Working with Emotional Intelligence
Hamel  The Future of Management 
Hammerschlag  The Theft of the Spirit
Heath & Heath  Switch
Huntsman  Winners Never Cheat
Jamison  Nibble Theory
Kouzes and Posner  A Leader’s Legacy
Lencioni  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Machiavelli  The Prince
Mackenzie  Orbiting the Giant Hairball
McCandless  The Visual Miscellaneum
Medina  Brain Rules
O’Toole   Creating the Good Life
Patricia Ryan Madson  Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare- Just Show Up 
Patterson  Crucial Conversations
Patterson Kerry et al  Influencer
Rath Tony and Conche Barry Strengths Based Leadership
Shafir  The Zen of Listening
Steinbeck  The Pearl
The Movie  Gandhi
Useem  Leadership Moment
Wallis  Two Old Women
Whyte  The Heart Aroused
Zakaria  The Post American World


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