Saturday, December 03, 2011

Heroic Leadership

Each month CitySquare hosts two sessions of our "Urban Engagement Book Club."  Meeting each month on the first Thursday (Highland Park United Methodist Church) and the third Thursday (First United Methodist Church Dallas) from noon until 1:15 p.m., the groups enjoy a book synopsis and follow on discussion of books relating to urban issues, inner city ministry, public policy, leadership and history.  Randy Mayeux provides an innovative, comprehensive overview of each volume.  Participants receive a couple of pages of key quotes and an outline of the book being considered.  The goal of each session is to make people leave feeling as if they have read the book, whether they have or not!  So, no advanced reading is required. 

Here's a quote from Chris Lowney's great book on leadership drawn from the history of the Jesuits:

…the abilities to innovate, to remain flexible and adapt constantly, to set ambitious goals, to think globally, to move quickly, to take risks. ...I became convinced that their approach to molding innovative, risk-taking, ambitious, flexible global thinkers worked.

Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World
Chicago: Loyola Press (2003)
by Chris Lowney


Anonymous said...

I would enjoy hearing a book report by Randy on Das Kapital.

I hear its a best-seller by one of the Marx brothers:

If he were alive today Karl Heinrich Marx would probably have something to say after learning that AbeBooks had sold a very rare copy of Das Kapital, in three volumes, for $51,739.

By far November’s most expensive sale on AbeBooks, Das Kapital: Kritik der politischen Ökonomie translates as Capital: Critique of Political Economy. The book is a critical analysis of capitalism and helped lay some of the foundations of the socialist economic model. Marx argued that working men and women were exploited, and many of the theories explored in his writing were adopted by labor movements. Of course, the book’s biggest impact came in Russia where the Tsarist regime censored it.

The book was published in three volumes – in 1867, 1885 and 1894. The last two volumes were published after Marx’s death in London in 1883.

What do you say, Randy?

Anonymous said...

I would like to hear that, too. Then maybe the next month we could hear about The Wealth of Nations. It would make an interesting contrast.