Think about the Future That Has Already Happened

Have you noticed that all of the talk about the future is really about today?

That's as it should be, according to Peter Drucker, the famed management consultant who coined the term "knowledge worker." The opening keynote speaker at SLA's 2002 Annual Conference and the author of nearly 40 books, Drucker had this to say about preparing for the future: "The purpose of the work on making the future is not to decide what should be done tomorrow, but what should be done today to have a tomorrow."

That comment will serve as the basis for an informative presentation at SLA 2011 by Bruce Rosenstein, an author and librarian who has written extensively about Drucker. Here's a snippet of what he'll be saying in Philadelphia:

You can learn a lot from Peter Drucker about creating your future. To diversify your time and talents to create a better future, consider these Drucker-based tips for your journey:

  • Think about the future that has already happened. Examine current trends and consider possible implications for your life and work.
  • Develop experience, skills and knowledge around your core competencies for second careers and parallel careers in areas such as teaching, writing, art and music.
  • Consider choices and changes for the second half of your life, regardless of whether you are under or over the age of 40.
  • Reinvent your life and career using your desire and ability to change and your willingness to reach out to others.

Make sure you're in Philadelphia on Wednesday, 15 June, to hear more of what Bruce has to say. Register now for SLA 2011.


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