Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Upcoming Presentations (01/25/2019) - Nonprofit Management



UNLV
Division of Educational Outreach
Continuing Education

An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

Friday, January 25, 2019  -  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
United Way of Southern Nevada
5830 W. Flamingo Rd  - Las Vegas, NV  89013

Whether you are heading a fledgling nonprofit, have just started a job at a local nonprofit, have accepted a board position, or are investigating the sector for employment or consulting, this introduction will ensure you get off on the right foot.  Discover why the sector exists, how nonprofits focus on their responsibilities to the community, and how they measure success in terms of impact delivered rather than stockholder profits.


Friday, January 25, 2019  -  11 AM to 12:30 PM
United Way of Southern Nevada
5830 W. Flamingo Rd  - Las Vegas, NV  89013

A healthy, effective board is central to achieving your nonprofit's mission.  Attendees will be educated on the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of board members, create a framework for nonprofit leadership, and understand the importance of an engaged and focused board.  This session is a great orientation for any board and its members, but will particularly benefit new board members, new organizations or organizations without paid staff.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What I'm Reading: January, 2019

Famous Women in my Family Tree

Something a little different for the new year.  Many of you know that I have been busy working on my genealogy.  Over the past few years I've enjoyed reading biographies of some of the famous women that I've discovered in my family tree, and I'm starting the year out with a biography of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots (partially because there is a new movie out about her).  Therefore, thought I'd also share a few of the  books on famous women from my family tree that I've read and think worth spending some time with.

Queen of Scots:  The True Life of Mary Stuart  by John Guy

My 3rd cousin 13x removed was Queen of Scots from 1542 (when she was 6 days old) until she was executed in 1567 by Queen Elizabeth I, my 2nd cousin 14x removed.  This is the book that the current film "Mary, Queen of Scots" is based on.  The movie is worth seeing (even though it takes some artistic license with the historical facts.

Marie Antoinette
Queen of Fashion:  What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber (2006)

Not as frivolous as the title sounds.  My 4th cousin 9x removed, Maria Antonia von Habsburg (1755-1793) - better know in history as Marie Antoinette - developed her reputation for fashionable excess, and Weber explains the political controversies that her clothing provoked.  As queen, Marie Antoinette used stunning, often extreme costumes to project an image of power and wage war against her enemies. Gradually, however, she began to lose her hold on the French when she started to adopt "unqueenly" outfits (the provocative chemise) that, surprisingly, would be adopted by the revolutionaries who executed her. 

Joan by Anne R. Bailey (Forgotten Women of History Series)

This is the story of Joan de Geneville (1286-1356), my 21st great grandmother and wife of one of England's most infamous traitor,  Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March.  After the deal of her father in 1292, Joan became one of the greatest English heiresses of her generation.  In a time when eomen were subservient, she was raised by her mother to command and became a formidable women in her own right.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nancy Goldstone

The Winter Queen, Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of King James I, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots, and my 5th cousin 11x removed, reigned as Queen Consort of Bohemia for just one winter and was deposed in events that sparked the Thirty Years War that devastated Europe while turning France into a continental powerhouse.

The Maid and the Queen:  The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone
Joan of Arc
(depicted in a 1505 manuscript)

Yolande of Aragon, my 18th great grandmother and one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages, was a throne claimant and titular queen regnant of Aragon, titular queen consort of Naples, Duchess of Anjou, Countess of Provence, and regent of Provence during the minority of her son.  Joan of Arc (no known relationship) claimed that it was the hand of God that was responsible for her success in battle - but it may also have been the hand of Yolande of Aragon.


The story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici (my 2nd cousin 15x removed and Marguerite de Valois (my 2nd cousin 14x removed), whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and dangerous century.


Four provocative sisters—Marguerite (my 22nd great grandmother), Eleanor (my 22nd great grandmother), Sanchia (my 23rd great aunt), and Beatrice (my 22nd great grandmother) of Provence—rose from near obscurity to become the most coveted and powerful women in Europe, each becoming ruler of  a European power—France, England, Germany and Sicily.  


My 16th great grandmother, Caterina Sforza, was a brilliant and fearless ruler, a strategist to match Machiavelli and a warrior who stood toe to toe with the Borgias.  


About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have 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.  My 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 I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!




Tuesday, December 4, 2018

What I'm Reading: November/December, 2018




November was very busy with travels, celebrating Thanksgiving and kicking off the December holiday season, and I wasn't able to do a November update.  But busy or not, I still read.  Here's the one I read leading up to Thanksgiving and one to kick off the Christmas holiday season.

Mayflower:  A Story of Courage, Community and War
     Nathaniel Philbrick (2007)

Although he glosses over the difference between the Pilgrims and Puritans who colonized New England, Philbrick presents a nuanced history of the complicated relationships between Native Americans and the first English settlers.  That complicated relationship resulted in King Philip's War (1675-78) which is considered by many to be the greatest calamity to occur in seventeenth-century New England.  The economy of the Plymouth and Rhode Island colonies were all but ruined, and both the English and Native American populations were decimated - with captive Native Americans shipped to the Caribbean as slaves.  

The Man Who Invented Christmas:  How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescured His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
     Les Standiford (2008) 

Last year's film "The Man Who Invented Christmas" was enjoyable and worth seeing - but this book is a much more serious biography of Charles Dickens and - part history, part literary analysis - is very different from the film.  Standiford explains Dickens's rise to fame and his declining popularity before A Christmas Carol while giving insights into the 19th century publishing industry.


Recently Read and Recommended

Leadership:  In Turbulent Times
     Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2018

Fear
     Bob Woodward, 2018

Grant
     Ron Chernow, 2017

The Murder of the Century: 
     Paul Collins, 2011

     Helen Rappaport, 2018

     Benjamin Carter Hett, 2018



About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have 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.  My 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 I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!



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




About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have 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.  My 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 I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!






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)




About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have 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.  My 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 I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!







Friday, May 11, 2018

Upcoming Lecture (10/17/2018) - 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!



About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have 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.  My 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 I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!




Upcoming Presentations (01/25/2019) - Nonprofit Management

UNLV Division of Educational Outreach Continuing Education An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector Friday, January 25, 2019  - ...