George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Confluences

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan discuss a couple of pieces of information that they have recently encountered. The first item is an article from The New Yorker about Clayton Christensen’s explorations into why big businesses fail. The other is the announcement of a new service from ProQuest called Udini. This new service provides consumer access to ProQuest’s huge database of articles.

So what’s the connection between these things and libraries? Listen and find out! Mentioned in this podcast:

George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Bosses

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan talk about bosses. While it’s easy to gripe about bosses, George and Joan take a deeper look and explore the idea that the problem isn’t always just the boss – it can also be the employee and/or the workplace. Are you using your boss to make it easier for you to not take some responsibility for the problems in your organization? As they point out, it takes both parties, the leader and the follower (or the boss and the employee) to make something great happen – or conversely for bad things to happen. Thought-provoking as always!

Mentioned in the podcast: The Courageous Follower by Ira Chaleff.

George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Ideas That Will Change the World

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan discuss (in their own inimitable way) and article that appeared in Time magazine on March 17, 10 Ideas That Will Change the World.

Looking at trends, they agree, makes us look at how we do things and ask good questions and start conversations that we normally wouldn’t have. It helps us step away from the day to day firefighting and take a gander at the bigger picture. It’s a refreshing listen!

This seems like an opportune time for a (mostly) relevant Infopeople plug: George is teaching an online course that starts on April 3, 2012 titled Libraries and Change: Skills for Successful Change Management. Seats are still available!