Remember what Others Say About You
“In Bruce Piasecki’s exceptional 2007 book, World Inc (Sourcebooks), he wrote that ‘this book…identifies a pattern within capitalism that is larger than any specific example of good corporate leadership. It offers lasting concepts on how, within society itself, there are forces that are pushing capitalism into new forms and responsibilities… At the same time, in his management consulting work, Bruce began to expand discussions of corporate social responsibility to embrace the more pressing global problems of business growth and sustainability.’ I was empowered by Mr. Poole’s insight praise, and I will always remember what my Mama told me, well before the above picture was take and the Press Club: “Bruce remember what others say about you. They may know you better than yourself.”
I believe this picture above is from when I first met the legendary insider Darryl Poole at the National Press Club. Boy, I was young then, and man, he was smart and connected. We became instant friends. He goes on:
Bruce’s next three books — Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth (2012), Doing More with Teams: The New Way to Winning (2014), and New World Companies: The Future of Capitalism (2016) — reflected the evolution of his management practice, from tactical planning to team management to the identification and delivery of world-class corporate performance.”
Boy, suddenly, I no longer feel that young. And Darryl Poole is becoming a more intimate fixture in my company’s monthly Web Ex leadership workshops, involving clients like Merck and Walgreens, and about 40 of the largest companies in the world like bp and CAT. Darryl was one, like Steve Percy and Frank Loy, who helped me grow this group and client list by listening to what I was saying in my books, and putting it all into corporate practice. So I paid attention to what Darryl Poole wrote next. This year he wrote:
“ In his new biography series, Bruce explores the realm of leadership by life example. He does so by illuminating the lives of men and women whose influence extends far beyond their own firms — embracing staff, colleagues, customers, governments, and even markets. Thousands have been impacted, not only by what these leaders have done, but by how they have lived. Their example offers a message to all of us: we are often better than we realize. And, should we choose to embrace it, faith in who we are, and faith in others, often carries more weight than the entities we choose to serve.”
You can look to Amazon or www.bokus.com or better at www.bookshop.com for any of these biographies. One is called “The Quiet Genius of Linda Coady”. Another is called “The Social Intelligence of Linda Coady.” I wrote these in time for Women’s International Month, even thought they took me many moons to write. I am saying all this for those who want to study leadership in action. Who, if women, have a big place in the near future. And if men, we need to better understand prejudice and bias, and our selves.
What I love most about Darryl Poole’s talking about me is his insistence that I am really writing, always, incisively, about Business and Society.
If my man Michael Jordan was famous for his double pump fade away, before I fade away, I’d like to know in most my books I make a critical question at Busness (asking to up the ante on their social obligations based labor and executive pay) and Society.
It is never simple conceiving a two sided book, Business and Society, But when someone gets it, boy, pay attention. As a social historian, I punch out at the social needs of the evolving century, looking at questions of mobility, aging, needs for energy and environmental innovation. Darryl Poole underlines that “Bruce is an accomplished advocate of conscious and socially balanced investment within a framework of clarity rather than charity; of sustainable, long-term yields rather than short-term gains. In his view, personal success is not enough: we must lead others to success. And to do that, we must understand why we lead, and what is required of those whom we trust to lead.”
He said that about me before I finished the new biography series last month, available this week on Amazon, “Giants of Social Investments.” I guess he saw into me before I realized it all myself. I write about two living legends, the CEO of Calvert Investments, and the founder of Winslow, Jack Robinson. For Medium.com readers, you can find details on Jack Robinson in my prior posting.
But for now let us end with the kind afterword to these biographies written by Darryl Poole:
“A practitioner and facilitator as well as a close observer of executive behaviors, Bruce Piasecki continues to evolve as a social historian, futurist, and strategist, combining the prescience and narrative skill of Joseph M. Juran, Peter Drucker, Carmen Reihart, Kenneth Rogoff, and John Hope Franklin. Every page resonates with keenly applied and compassionate intelligence.”
Thanks D.V. Poole, Private Executive Advisory! I’d like my new readers to know that is probably a stretch! Wow. Joseph M. Juran and the multi-book consulting legend Peter Drucker? I am not that tall. Yes, they are my soul mate fathers, and much more accomplished. I made it my assignment this day to read the others named — to grow like Mr. Poole suggests in his reference.