Working Lunch

Delegates will soon be venturing out into Center City for small group lunches, but
a small (elite?) group of us has been invited to a special members-only lunch.

I was at first flattered to accept the invitation on behalf of Information Today, but when the pre-lunch reading assignment came I was not so sure I had chosen wisely.

The reading assignment?

In advance of the lunch, please read the book “Confronting Reality–Doing What Matters to Get Things Right,” by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, Crown Business, 2004, ISBN 1-4000-5084-7.

At 264 pages, it is considerably longer than most materials I am subjected to reading these days. And in mild protest, I complained to NFAIS HQ, gee, I much prefer books the size of Who Stole My Cheese, a kiddie-sized tome that was on the management reading list a few years back.

But, being a good boy, I did read the book–and I’m talking cover-to-cover and word-for-word. And, okay, I confess, it’s a fairly good read. For those of you in the information industry, you might want to at least check out Chapter 9, which discusses Thomson’s strategy in selling off its newspaper business and getting into digital services aimed at professional markets.

I’m on my way to the lunch right now. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Dick Kaser
ITI VP, Content

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