I ALWAYS LOVE veteran author and publisher 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.
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CIPD – People Management Magazine review
THANKS TO the CIPD’s professional journal, People Management, who reviewed John Knights and Tony Wall’s top-rated publication Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, saying:
From nine leading academics and consultants comes a thoroughly modern take on judging leaders, reflecting a world in which “knowledge is increasingly available to everyone.” By necessity there’s an emphasis on broader interpersonal skills rather than strategic (in particular the idea of the “transpersonal leader” gets a great deal of discussion), but this is still an engrossing guide for leaders or the HR directors empowering them, with some excellent analytical digressions on storytelling, coaching and diagnosing executive blind spots.
INVITATION: Tomorrow’s Leadership: Leaders are made, not born with Dame Helen Alexander, Peter Cheese and John Knights, Tuesday 26 NovemberPublished 21/10/2013 LeaderShape News Leave a Comment
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Leaders are Made, not Born!
‘Tomorrow’s Leadership’ series 5.00pm, Tuesday 26 November
Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London, EC1N 2HH
Registration: from 5.00pm for a prompt 5.30pm start and a 7.30pm finish. Event is followed by a drinks reception.
Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Company
Key contributors and panel:
Dame Helen Alexander, Chairman, UBM plc & Chancellor, University of Southampton
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD
John Knights, Chairman, Leadershape
Closing remarks: Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD
During the event we will be tweeting using the following hashtag: #TomorrowsLeadership
We are delighted to invite you to the second event of our new programme Tomorrow’s Leadership, in partnership with the CIPD, where we will be exploring the core theme: leaders are made, not born.
The importance of leadership is well acknowledged. It is often argued that we need to go beyond a top-down and charismatic model of leadership; leadership must be fit for purpose for the new understanding of delivering organisational success, where power is distributed, and trust and authenticity are at a premium. So how in practice do we encourage and enable servant leadership which empowers and harnesses the talent of people inside and beyond the organisation critical to achieving success?
We will be joined at this event by three outstanding speakers, leaders and practitioners alike, to explore this key agenda with us:
Dame Helen Alexander, who has vast experience of business leadership in practice, will be providing the practitioner’s point of view. She is Chairman of the UBM Plc, and of the Port of London Authority, non-executive director at Rolls-Royce and esure plc, Senior Adviser to Bain Capital, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton. She began her publishing career at Gerald Duckworth and Faber & Faber, moving to The Economist in 1985 as Marketing Manager. She became Managing Director of The Economist Intelligence Unit in 1993 and in 1997 became Chief Executive of The Economist Group. Dame Helen was Chief Executive for 11 years until she stepped down in June 2008. In addition to her experience at the helm of an international business, Dame Helen also has extensive board experience across a range of sectors. She was a non-executive director at Northern Foods plc from 1994 to 2002, at BT plc from 1998 to 2002 and at Centrica plc from 2003 to 2011. Helen was President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) 2009-11.
John Knights, Chairman of Leadershape, will reflect on the development of leaders in practice, particularly by drawing on his new book “Leadership Assessment for Talent Development”. John is an experienced senior executive coach and facilitator, and an expert in emotional intelligence, transpersonal leadership and neuro-leadership. He has been a senior executive in major international corporations, a serial entrepreneur and lecturer at Oxford University. He is author of The Invisible Elephant & The Pyramid Treasure and has written for HR Magazine.
Also joining us will be Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD. Peter holds the professional perspective in terms of what this means for the future leadership and HR at all levels of the organisation. Prior to joining CIPD in 2012 he spent 30 years working at Accenture, culminating in a 7 year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s Talent and Organisation Performance Consulting Practice. He also held various executive sponsorship positions for Accenture’s firm-wide skills and capability development programs, and the firm’s global Human Capital and Talent Strategy. He isan Executive Fellow at the London Business School, associated with the faculties of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour.
We look forward to you joining Helen, Peter and John for what promises to be a special event examining what it means to be an exceptional leader.
This event is part of Tomorrow’s Leadership – a high profile programme of events and activities with leading figures from business and other organisations to explore the issues which will shape the agenda for tomorrow’s leaders today – led by CIPD in partnership with Tomorrow’s Company.
In our first event Kevin Murray, Chairman of the Good Relations Group talked about how inspiring communication can make the difference between poor performance and delivering lasting success and resilience and Paul Drecshler, Chief Executive of Wates Group outlined how his company, taking into account the importance of leadership at every level of the organisation, has delivered outstanding business success. This was followed by a lively Q&A with a full and varied audience of people who are leaders in their own organisations.