Thursday, October 4, 2018

What I'm Reading: October, 2018


Because several of the folks who regularly attend my classes and lectures have been asking what I am reading these days, here's an updated list.

Currently Reading

Leadership:  In Turbulent Times
     Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2018

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by [Goodwin, Doris Kearns]Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin demonstrates how leaders are made, not born, as she thoughtfully explores the highs and lows of four U.S. presidents who faced moments of horrific national crisis. Goodwin's clean, assured sentences set the stage as each future president discovers within himself the desire to enter politics, the calamitous blows that knocked each one down, and how they tackled the struggles that tore at the sinews of the country. Most fascinating is Goodwin's revelations about how very differently Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson approached not only their political careers but how they developed the character traits that helped them see—or make—a path toward a critical response that many others disagreed with. Lincoln's delivery of the Emancipation Proclamation, Theodore Roosevelt's handling of labor strikes, FDR's battle against the Great Depression in his first 100 days, and Johnson's prioritization of civil rights while a nation mourned were actions that could have ripped the country further apart but eventually bound it together and strengthened its democratic foundations. The rare weakness within Leadership: In Turbulent Times is the outlining of specific qualities, such as "Take the measure of the man" and "Set a deadline and drive full-bore to meet it," that are meant to distill leadership wisdom into bullet points, like contemporary business books. Goodwin's strength is in the rich context she provides as she shows that great leaders develop in dissimilar ways but ultimately have a vision they reach for and rely on when times are at their most turbulent. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review

Recently Read

Fear
     Bob Woodward, 2018

Grant
     Ron Chernow, 2017

The Murder of the Century: 
     Paul Collins, 2011

     Helen Rappaport, 2018

     Benjamin Carter Hett, 2018

     Madeleine Albright, 2018




Kevin P. Dincher

Kevin has a 40-year track record that includes organization and strategic consulting with non-profits, both big and small, as well as small family-owned business and Fortune 500 global technology companies.  His experience also includes work in education, counseling psychology and crisis management, program and operations management, nonprofit management and consulting, and human resources and education.


Although Kevin currently works primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes him is learning new things and sharing what he learns - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  Kevin creates exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”






Friday, August 31, 2018

What I'm Reading: September 2018


Because several of the folks who regularly attend my classes and lectures have been asking what I am reading these days, here's a list.

Currently Reading

Grant
(Ron Chernow, 2017)

Grant by [Chernow, Ron]Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review, a portrait of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant whose administration is considered the most scandal-ridden and corrupt in American history.  When Grant ran for re-election in 1872, his own Republican Party refused to select him as its candidate - and the Democrats wanted him out of office so badly they backed the Republican candidate rather than select one of their own.  Nonetheless, Grant was so popular that he won by a landslide - and the scandals and corruption continued and intensified during his second term.

Recently Read


(Paul Collins, 2011)

(Helen Rappaport, 2018)

(Benjamin Carter Hett, 2018)

(Madeleine Albright, 2018)




Kevin P. Dincher

Kevin has a 40-year track record that includes organization and strategic consulting with non-profits, both big and small, as well as small family-owned business and Fortune 500 global technology companies.  His experience also includes work in education, counseling psychology and crisis management, program and operations management, nonprofit management and consulting, and human resources and education.



Although Kevin currently works primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes him is learning new things and sharing what he learns - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  Kevin creates exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”







Friday, May 11, 2018

The Devil in the White City



The Devil in the White City:   
America’s Urban Aspirations - 
and Nightmares
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
CSU East Bay, Concord, CA


In his book The Devil in the White City, Eric Larson interweaves the history of Chicago’s epic 1893 World Columbian Exposition with the horrifying story of one of America’s first serial killers, Dr. H. H. Holmes.  Larson’s book forms the backdrop for my lecture on America’s great hopes for its cities—and the nightmares encountered along the way.
The 1893 Columbian Exposition

Join me for this day of exploring:
  • The historical and social context of the 1893 Expositions glamorous and promising While City
  • The scandalous living and working conditions, crime and utter hopelessness that was the lot of the have-nots in America’s cities of the Gilded Age that were exposed by the 1890 photographic work of Jacob Riis (How the Other Half Lives)—and that further shocked the American public when Upton Sinclair published The Jungle in 1906 
    H. H. Holmes
  • The City Beautiful Movement with its beaux arts architecture and principles of landscape architecture proposed by Frederick Law Olmstead embraced by the White City and cities around the country as a cure for urban ills.
  • And of course, the story of  serial killer, H. H. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett) - along with Caleb Carr’s 1984 novel The Alienist, the fictional story of a serial killer roaming New York City when Teddy Roosevelt was chief of police, inspired Larson’s pursuit of Holmes with its philosophy of the nature of evil and poverty.
This lecture is no less epic than the exposition itself!



Kevin P. Dincher

Kevin has a 40-year track record that includes organization and strategic consulting with non-profits, both big and small, as well as small family-owned business and Fortune 500 global technology companies.  His experience also includes work in education, counseling psychology and crisis management, program and operations management, nonprofit management and consulting, and human resources and education.



Although Kevin currently works primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes him is learning new things and sharing what he learns - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  Kevin creates exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”




What I'm Reading: October, 2018

Because several of the folks who regularly attend my classes and lectures have been asking what I am reading these days, here's an up...