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Discussion Topic: ‘Sod 70’: lifelong education and the highly experienced executive

As a big fan of Muir Gray, I was interested by his recent book ‘Sod 70’ about healthy living beyond the seventh decade of life. After all, 70 is the new 50! It also chimes with much recent thinking about the huge value of older people (and leaders) in all societies and fields of endeavour. Take a look at my blog post on this: Discussion Topic: ‘Sod 70’: lifelong education and the highly experienced executive.

Ten traits of intelligent leaders

I’ve been thinking about leadership a lot this year, not least because I have become the leader of my group on the local council. I am sure now that leadership is not about the positions you hold, but about the way you behave. Here are some reflections, enriched by my work at LeaderShape: http://www.ipg.uk.com/blog/4201/leadingfromthefront. Your thoughts would be welcome.

Growth Accelerator

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DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES that meet a need to be transformational or drive change should ideally use coaching skills from a facilitator. They are designed to create ownership and insights that provide the conditions for lasting change for the individuals/ team and organisation.

Unique expertise for high growth businesses

COMPANIES WITH THE POTENTIAL to rapidly increase their turnover and/or number of employees can now apply for the new GrowthAccelerator service designed to help England’s high-growth SMEs achieve their ambitions.  Leadership and Management (L&M) is an integral element of GrowthAccelerator, seeking to develop the capabilities of leaders and their senior teams and to drive business growth.  It offers valuable match funding worth up to £2,000 each to help develop your leadership and management skills and support the growth objectives of your business. Match funding significantly increases the value of senior management development programmes you invest in – so you gain more access to the tools…

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Book Brands for the Future

How would you describe Amazon’s brand identity as a publisher?

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6a0133f3a4072c970b014e89f73270970d-800wiBEHIND EVERY PUBLISHING IMPRINT or brand, carefully managed and curated often through generations, are the lives and careers of thousands of publishers, their hopes and intuition, genius and expertise. The climate set by transpersonal leaders in publishing houses over decades contributes to the culture of the company. Publishers and booksellers have their own strengths and values, and we have pictures in our minds about what to expect from them. I think I know what I might get from Penguin or from Faber; I understand Kogan Page’s strengths as a publisher that is dedicated to certain aspects of business publishing, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s publishing output displays the expertise and approach one would want from such a leading professional body. Blackwell’s is a bookshop where I would find academic insight and Waterstones has a literary feel with a populist slant.

I don’t know what I would expect from a publisher…

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The Arms Race in Journals Publishing Heats Up

I always love Joe Esposito’s thoughts. He is a witty and astute observer with the valuable eye of an experienced and passionate participant in research and scholarly publishing.

This year Joe has done a lot of work looking at society publishing, which is all well worth reading. The extent to which a professional or scientific society relies on publishing as a way of fulfilling its mission can vary greatly; some societies see their journals and books as the very core of their offering, whereas for others they are cash cows to support other member activity. Either way there are a bewildering range of options and new challenges thrown up by the digital shift. Commercial publishers have a lot to offer.

In this article Joe describes neatly what commercial publishers can and do offer societies (in addition to the obvious: sometimes enormous sums of money).

Looking at this from the publisher’s point of view, there are also untapped benefits (as well as the obvious financial return, “bulking up” and niche domination) from associating with societies. These include acquiring credibility, access to domain expertise, the creation or strengthening of communities or networks of authors, and perhaps strategic growth into new geographies and subject areas.

Of course there is also a very human side of this. Staff in publishing companies often come from academic backgrounds and look for the personal validation that comes from rubbing shoulders with society grandees. For a while I was, though a pretty humble physics grad, the publisher of the outstanding Landau and Lifshitz series of textbooks – The Course of Theoretical Physics. It makes me proud still, though all I did was keep them in print for a few years.

Club Elsevier, as mentioned at the end of Joe’s blog post, is much more fun when the disco floor is full of big-name society people and famous authors.

A publisher adds value to a book.

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amazon-alamy_2060041bWHAT DOES AMAZON DO WELL? It catalogues a wide range of knowledge and makes it easier to find. It prices keenly and delivers efficiently. It captures data on what we buy and uses it to target promotional activity online and offline. Readers all over the world can get hold of a wider range of books (and everything else) than ever before, and than was ever possible. Hassled parents can find the toy of choice at birthdays and Christmas and have it delivered within days. Obscure computer parts or connectors can be sourced, and prices are keen across the range. Price is an issue, but for many customers it is secondary to availability. Put simply, Amazon has pretty much everything, and can get most of it to you quickly. That’s an incredible offer.

What Amazon can’t do yet, and has failed to do on several occasions so far, is create the…

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