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Andrew Doughman: Journalism, Good Writing, and KD/KS Are All Part of the Same Picture

Guy St. Clair

The subject of this post is Andrew Doughman, a young journalist I met recently in Nairobi. Andrew’s work has made quite an impression on me and some of my friends in the community. Andrew is finishing up his studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, and he has been in Kenya to work as an intern for the East African, one of the most important and popular newspapers in the area. He has had several valuable internships, including a three-month reporting internship at the news desk of the Seattle Times and a stint in legislative reporting at the state capitol in Olympia,…
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Strategic Learning: Can We Learn to Love Learning?

Guy St. Clair

It occurs to me – as I read Debbie Schachter’s recent essay about “internalizing the love of learning” – that perhaps one of the barriers to strategic learning is that very thing: some people just have not figured out that learning only happens when one wants to learn. And the desire doesn’t kick in when one thinks of learning as a chore or something to be “got through” as quickly (and usually as painlessly) as possible. For many people, the love of learning is not part of their personality, and when that’s the case, moving to strategic learning is not…
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Drucker Management for Libraries

Guy St. Clair

The management of non-profits was always one of Peter Drucker’s great interests, and he gave much attention to the role of management excellence and its importance for non-profits, particularly later in his work. In The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Nonprofit Organization (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993), Drucker expressed his goals for nonprofit organizations: “Although I don’t know a single for-profit business that is as well managed as a few of the nonprofits, the great majority of the nonprofits can be graded a ‘C’ at best. Not for lack of effort; most of them work very…
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