25. March 2015 · Comments Off on Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek · Categories: Uncategorized


Continuing my trend of allowing a book to speak for itself instead of me presenting a formal book review, I am sharing my favorite quotes from Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.

“When the people have to manage dangers from inside the organization, the organization itself becomes less able to face the dangers from the outside.” (p. 14)

“The strength and endurance of a company does not come from products or services but from how well their people pull together. By creating a Circle of Safety around the people in the organization, leadership reduces the threats people feel inside the group, which frees them up to focus more time and energy to protect the organization from the constant dangers outside and seize big opportunities. Without a Circle of Safety, people are forced to spend too much time and energy protecting themselves from each other.”(p. 22)

“We’re built to work together. We are, at a deeply ingrained and biological level, social machines. And when we work to help each other, our bodies reward us for our effort so that we will continue to do it.”(p. 36)

“The cost of leadership explains Lieutenant General George Flynn of the United States Marine Corps, is “self-interest.” We wouldn’t give them (leaders) all those perks for nothing. That wouldn’t be fair. This is the reason we are so offended by the exorbitant and disproportionate compensation of some of the leaders of the investment banks. If our leaders are to enjoy the trappings of their position in the hierarchy, then we expect them to offer us protection.”(p.65)

“We don’t just trust people to obey the rules, we also trust that they know when to break them.”(p.74)

“Trust is like lubrication. It reduces friction and creates conditions much more conducive to performance.”(p.77)

“When we divorce ourselves from humanity through numerical abstraction, we are, like Milgram’s volunteers, capable of inhuman behavior.”(p.101)

“The goal of the leader is to give no orders,” Captain Marquet explains. “Leaders are to provide direction and intent and allow others to figure out what to do and how to get there.”(p.146)

“Building trust requires nothing more than telling the truth.”(p. 154)

“Cooperation doesn’t mean agreement, it means working together to advance the greater good, to serve those who rely on our protection, not to rack up wins to serve the party or ourselves.”(p. 164)

“There’s a growing body of evidence that the companies that are most successful at maximizing shareholder value over time are those that aim toward goals other than maximizing shareholder value.” (p.171 Justin Fox and Jay Lorsch wrote this in Harvard Business Review in July-August 2012)

“Leadership is about taking responsibility for lives and not numbers. Managers look after our numbers and our results and leaders look after us. All managers of metrics have an opportunity to become leaders of people. Just as every doctor in our country learned the importance of sterilizing their instruments, so too must every leader of every organization do the little things necessary to protect their people.” (p.183)

“It is not the work we remember with fondness, but the camaraderie, how the group came together to get things done.” (p.208)

“Human beings have thrived for fifty thousand years not because we are driven to serve ourselves, but because we are inspired to serve others.” (p. 213)

Readers will also want to pay attention to Next Jump as Sinek points out its lifetime employment policy.

Which major company approved a $1.50 per hour wage increase in April 2009 during the heart of the recession? You’ll have to read the book to find out!



19. March 2015 · Comments Off on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ray Hennessey on Indecision · Categories: Uncategorized

Ray Hennessey has a great article “Decisions, Decisions: What Separates Leaders From the Rest” in Entrepreneur Magazine. His use of the Teddy Roosevelt quote says it all.

To quote President Theodore Roosevelt: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

What is my most helpful insight from Hennessey’s article? “Just make a decision—unambiguously, and without shame or worry.”

14. March 2015 · Comments Off on CoFoundersLab and founder2be: Find a Business/Tech Partner · Categories: Uncategorized

If librarians come across patrons needing to find partners (technical or business) to build a business than librarians should be aware of these two sites which ate CoFoundersLab and founder2be.


What about patrons that just need technical cofounders or technical support?

Jason L. Baptiste (cofounder and CEO of Onswipe) in his book The Ultralight Startup noted the following ways to find tech cofounders on pages 84 and 85:

1) Follow Hacker News at news.ycombinator.com .

2) Look into local tech meetups at www.meetup.com

3) Talk to past or current coworkers who may be knowledgeable

4) Attend Hackathons, for more information see www.StartupDigest.com

5) Check out Startup Weekends at www.startupweekend.org

For other technical assistance, check out sites like the ones listed below:

Elance, odesk, and 99designs 

11. March 2015 · Comments Off on 3D Printer Experience · Categories: Uncategorized


I recently learned from looking at Lynn Haller’s article in Entrepreneur Magazine  about the Chicago based organization called the 3D Printer Experience. Since the American Library Association is also based in Chicago and there is every reason to believe that 3D printing will play a role in the future of libraries, librarians should take notice of the 3D Printer Experience. They do every thing from manufacturing to design to educating to holding events. Their 3D Printing Happy Hour certainly caught my attention!

I love one of the lines in the mission statement, “The 3D Printer Experience exists to foster public awareness of new and emerging technologies, and to help navigate the boundless future.”

Librarians should take a look at the 3D Printer Experience Blog and see what founder Julie Friedman Steele has to say about the organization.

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04. March 2015 · Comments Off on University of Maryland’s iSchool continues to innovate after 50 years · Categories: Uncategorized

As a graduate of the University of Maryland MLS (Master of Library Science) program I received and accepted an invitation to attend the 50th Anniversary of the University’s information school known as the iSchool, which took place last Friday.

While there were tributes to past achievements this event was far from taking a mental trip down memory lane. The vast majority of time was spent focusing on the future and what the iSchool is doing to innovate.

Here are the program updates that caught my attention.

  • The MLS program is going through a process of re-envisioning the role of the degree. Take a look at the events that have been ongoing. Congratulations to my MLS classmate Lindsay Sarin who co-authored an article about this with Dr. John Bertot. The article is featured in American Libraries. This is a three year process in which year one revolves around engagement, year two looks at redesign, and year three tackles implementation. I will be waiting to see what the redesign and implementation phases look at.



  • Dr. Brian Butler gave a sterling presentation on the Master of Information Management degree. This degree is very valuable. It enables students to take courses in such areas as data analytics, user interface/user experience, organizational and process analysis, strategic management of information, and technology development/ deployment. Take a look at the list of employers that the program has sent its graduates to. These include PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Consulting, IBM , Microsoft, Accenture, and many others.


Anything else that I should mention?


1 ) A talk by Professor Jimmy Lin in which he noted his two year sabbatical working at Twitter piqued my interest. I also learned about Hadoop and Spark from his talk.

2) The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Reading Group being led by Dr. Ping Wang would be something I would look into if I was a current student. .

3) Dr. Jennifer Golbeck spoke about privacy issues and showcased the website, “Take This Lollipop”. I’m not enclosing a link here as the video presentation freaked me out. You can search for it yourself.

4) Not part of the iSchool presentation, but advertised as being on campus at the business school is the Pitch Dingman event. You can pitch an idea for a business there.

In closing the mantra at the iSchool was that students learn to ask, “Why not?” instead of accepting the status quo. I am excited to learn of their innovation and to see how the iSchool grows from here.

I should note that if anyone from UMD’s iSchool wants to share any or all of the presentation slides I’d be delighted to get a copy. Given time constraints I was not able to sit in on the talks on the Master of Human Computer Interaction and the PhD program.

02. March 2015 · Comments Off on Learning about Leadership from Library Journal’s Steven Bell · Categories: Uncategorized

Last week I had the opportunity to arrange for Library Journal columnist and Associate Temple University Librarian Steven Bell to speak to the Maryland library community in a webinar format. Steven will be giving a workshop at the Maryland Library Association’s May Conference on Remarkable Leadership. Click here for registration details.

It was wonderful to listen to Steven’s comments. Although time was limited you can see Steven’s responses to participants’ questions..Check out his comments on how he created a maker event at his library. Note the use of partnership and assistance from the engineering students on campus.

The articles Steven wrote which we discussed are listed below,Librarian’s will want to take a look at these to get a glimpse into where the discussion on leadership is going.

“Creativity and Failure Go Hand in Hand”
“Learning to be a Remarkable Leader”
“Learning from the World’s Greatest Leaders”
“Thinking Your Way to a More Leaderly Presence”
“Make It a Place They Want to Work”
“Sell Your Ideas Like A Shark Is Listening”
“What’s Your Personal Mission?”

02. March 2015 · Comments Off on Flipboard: Your Own Personal Magazine · Categories: Uncategorized

I recently learned about Flipboard. This allows users to track the news stories that matter to them based on topic. If anyone wants to comment on their use of this site feel free to do so.