|V 7:9 May 24, 2012
"A leader is a dealer of hope."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
|The Book: Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World, second edition
Why Read It? In this second edition, author Bob Johansen is joined by the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership.
This edition has been updated throughout, with a new ten-year forecast and new examples, and incorporates lessons Johansen has learned about applying the new leadership skills in the three years since the first edition appeared. On top of all that, Johansen deals with two new forces that are shaping the future: digital natives and cloud-based computing.
Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off.
Think you're already a future-oriented leader? Use our Future Leadership Skills Indicator to find out.
The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
Why Read It? To discover what leadership models are working now, the prestigious Fetzer Institute, along with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the International Leadership Association, brought together an impressive interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners. The group drew on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, organizational change theory, myths and wisdom traditions, social networking theory, and the experiences of successful leaders to discover how leaders today achieve transformational results. This edited collection by Carol Pearson is the result.
Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off.
For review and media copies, please contact Katie Sheehan.
For academic review copies, please contact Mike Crowley.
In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore the roles and requirements of leaders in the future.
With all the pressure and the countless changes taking place right now, it can be overwhelming for any leader to hammer out an action plan. To help, editor Carol Pearson provides this list of the Five Most Important Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in the Future.
+ The Vatican is threatening to take action against a book of leaked documents about its banking practices.
+ Amazon will start selling ad space on the Kindle Fire Welcome screen starting at $6,000.
+ Houghton Mifflin files for bankruptcy.
+ Self-published authors can now sell their books through Amazon in Europe.
+ A self-published diet book just garnered a seven-figure advance.
+ Oh goody! The Tea Party Coloring Book has a sequel.
+ What are the top ten most read books in the world?
+ So, what do our pals over at John Wiley & Sons do with their cash? The Motley Fool shows us.
+ If you're a member of Amazon's Kindle Owner's Lending Library, you'll get to read all the Harry Potter books for free.
+ The University of Southern California just received a grant to begin work on a video game based on Thoreau's Walden.
+ It's easy to write a bestseller, as long as you write about one of these two guys.
+ Here's a meme that truly deserves to go viral: "These are your kids on books."
+ HuffPost reports that it has a viable candidate for the most offensive book of the year -- and possibly ever.
+ And here are twenty hilarious cartoons about e-books.
+ Can you make a living from blogging? Well, if you're one of the top 2 percent, you can.
+ So what's life like for members of the Millionaire Authors' Club?
+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller: Drift, by Rachel Maddow. Read an excerpt here.
+ Free Stuff: Convert your documents and files between formats here.
+ Free Software: Use the AutoCrit Editing Wizard to proof your writing here.
| You've probably already received something about this big event, so just consider this a reminder. By the way, did you see the clown they got to moderate this thing?
|Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
| For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of our bestselling title (over 750,000 copies sold in twenty-two languages) Leadership and Self-Deception, by the Arbinger Institute, and you can download it here. In thanks for your loyal readership, this e-book will be available as a free download exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on May 25, 2012, you're going to have to plunk down $16.95 like everyone else.
| I'm Bonnie Kaufman, Editorial Associate and Digital Community Builder (and a fan of dogs that sing the blues). I practically live online, and come across some amazing and amusing things. Here are my recent favorites:
1. "You get on the internet, and pretty soon you're drunk." The Awl documents the ultra-Orthodox gathering at Citi Field.
2. Super beautiful: These Atlantic InFocus photos of the 2012 Super Moon taken from around the world.
3. The Art of Protest: An Italian art museum burns pieces in protest of budget cuts.
4. Speaking of Art: Wired profiles a counterfeit master.
5. My favorite new celebrity: Baby Polar Bear Anori!
Communication is a key leadership tool, and email is a key communication tool, but email is hijacked by spammers and commercial ventures every day. Why? Because it's impossible to register or download anything without providing your email address for "confirmation purposes." Of course, once you are confirmed, your email address is shared and used by countless others for marketing. The solution is Spambox
. Spambox allows you to create a temporary email address, valid for anywhere from 30 minutes to one year (you decide), that forwards mail to your regular address. Best of all, the service is free.
Last time, I issued this challenge. Again, no one had the correct answer, so I win...nothing. The answer can be found here.
And your next challenge (which is way easier than the last one) can be found here.
Email me with any comments or rants as well as how successfully you think this approach would speed up work meetings.
And if you weren't completely creeped out by the Midnight Man, you may want to avail yourself of another service to wish it all away.
P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?