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February 2, 2018 

Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

You can think, hope and dream about it, but you can’t fully plan for the future without a future-focused mindset. The future is not guaranteed for individuals or their organizations. That is why it is critical to develop a systematic, organized approach to how you view the future, and how you will create a better tomorrow.

In this interactive session, Bruce will guide us through his five-point framework for future planning inspired by the life and work of Peter Drucker (1909-2005), “the father of modern management.”  We will learn practical and actionable strategies for developing our own future-focused mindsets. Although much of Drucker’s work was future-focused, he never organized that body of work into a framework, and never wrote a book about his future-focus. Bruce took up a challenge to create the framework, presented in his book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill/Brilliance AudioThis is his second Drucker-oriented book, based on extensive research in the Drucker Archives in Claremont, California; as well as interviews with Drucker, and Drucker’s students, family, professional colleagues and consulting partners.

Working in small groups, we will seek practical, actionable strategies for developing our own future-focused mindsets, and begin a Creating the Future notebook. From this beginning, you can add content in the days, weeks and months ahead as you refine your plan with additional detail and specific goals.

Drucker’s forward-focused mindset was a major factor in his professional success. In a career which spanned 70+ years he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor); sold millions of copies of over 40 books; was a consultant to major corporations, nonprofits and governments; and was a renowned professor at the school named for him in 1987, the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University.

Peter Drucker believed that the future can and must be created - day by day and step by step - rather than be left to chance, fate or the whims of others. The information you take away from this session will be crucial for LBMD participants in continuing their leadership journeys and planning for meaningful futures.

Take-Aways From This Session:

Participants will take-away some practical ideas, such as: 

  • Develop and cultivate a forward-focused mindset

  • Understand and plan for “the future that has already happened”

  • Become your own successor by building individual success factor

  • Help shape the future of your organization

  • Build your future through activities outside of the workplace.

About Our Facilitator: 

Bruce Rosenstein

Bruce Rosenstein is Managing Editor of
Leader to Leader, the award-winning quarterly publication of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum, and Wiley/Jossey-Bass. He is the author of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, published by McGraw-Hill and Brilliance Audio in 2013 and Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009).

He has studied Drucker's work for more than 30 years and interviewed Drucker for both USA TODAY and his books. He wrote extensively about Drucker for more than a decade, for USA TODAY and elsewhere, before the publication of his first book. He conducted one of the last interviews with Drucker, seven months before Drucker’s death, in 2005. He worked for USA TODAY for 21 years, from 1987 to 2008, as a librarian and during the final 12 years, also as a writer about business and management books for the Money section.

Besides USA TODAY, Bruce has written for Leader to LeaderPBS Next AvenueForbes.comLeadership ExcellenceGAMA International JournalAmerican Executive, Information Outlook and many other publications.  He writes the column “The Modern Knowledge Worker” for Management Matters Network

Bruce has presented for the Drucker Authors Festival at the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California; the Drucker Business Forum in Pasadena, California; the Wharton Club of Philadelphia, the London Business School Club of New York, the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto; the Library of Congress and National Press Club in Washington; and in Tokyo, at the Drucker Workshop 7th Annual Conference in 2012, at Waseda University.

Since 1996, he has been an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America. The Special Libraries Association (SLA) named him as one of two recipients of the 2012 Rose L. Vormelker Award for "dedication to mentoring, outstanding instruction in graduate school settings, and their own professional achievements." He received the 2016 Roger Summit Award from the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), and delivered the annual Roger Summit Lecture at the organization’s annual conference in Pittsburgh.

Bruce has a BA from The American University and a MSLS from The Catholic University of America's School of Library and Information Science. He is based in Rockville, MD.

Contact Information:

Bruce Rosenstein



Phone: 240-535-5805



Twitter: @brucerosenstein

January 5, 2018

Leadership or Management?
What's the Difference?
Does Anyone Really Care!

Due to the weather and difficult travel topic for tomorrow's LBMD Meeting (Friday January 5th) has a last minute change. 

The new topic and session will be a highly interactive approach to Leadership Or Management? What's the Difference? Does Anyone Really Care!

Sally Strackbein recently shared an observation with Jack about Leadership and Management - she notes that he says the topics for LBMD sessions are about leadership, but the content of the sessions seems to emphasize management. This session will give us an opportunity to take a look at what is labeled leadership and what is said to be management, as we take on the task of determining what constitutes either function and how they interrelate.

Jack Gates and Lowell Nerenberg are tag-team facilitators for the session, but the 'heavy lifting' will be done in small groups which distill their thoughts about the functions and share the findings with the group. A goal for the session is to develop a better understanding of both functions, and perhaps a catch-phrase or two which captures the difference.

Unfortunately, the program originally scheduled for January 5th must be postponed until the August 3rd LBMD Meeting due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience which may have resulted from the change in program topic.

Take-Away's from This Session

  • Practical functional traits of the terms leadership and management
  • Our collective wisdom about when and how leadership and management contribute to operational success
  • Answers to the question raised with the topic title: Does it really matter if we distinguish between the two terms?
About Our Facilitators:


         Lowell                  Jack
       Nerenberg            Gates

Lowell was the founder and CEO of Computer Graphics Distributing Company, an Inc. 500 (#144) firm.

He went on to roll it up with five other companies, which then went public. He also co-founded a similar New England distribution firm which the public company acquired. 

Since 2005 Lowell has been an executive leadership and management coach, first as a Chair with Vistage, leading and coaching CEO and key executive peer groups.

Lowell now works with individual companies’ CEOs and senior executives through his firm, Coach Lowell. He uses EFT as an effective tool to facilitate sustainable change for his clients.

Contact Information

Lowell Nerenberg

Coach Lowell

(301) 467-6224


Jack founded and leads the Leadership Breakfast of Maryland, a membership group of experienced leaders - meeting monthly since February 2008; led the National Captioning Institute – a $22 M organization – as President & CEO; had senior executive roles with Union Memorial Hospital, Towers Perrin, Watson-Wyatt, and PRC in entertainment, healthcare, and human resources industries; and has hands-on experience in operations, human resources, finance, client development, association governance, and marketing/sales. He served for 10-years on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Smith School and taught business and technology classes as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland for 8 years.

He is actively involved in several organizations providing intergenerational programs – activities bringing together individuals from older and younger generations to learn from each other and to expose each generation to the magnificence and accomplishments of the other generation. Jack served on the Board of Directors of Interages for over a decade, chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, and led its merger into the JCA, another non-profit with intergenerational programs. He is a mentor and Board Advisor to the HOCHA Foundation, a start-up established in June 2014, which works with elderly participants to capture their life stories through reminiscing interviews by college students, creating a legacy memory book for the participant and their family.

Gates is currently focused on mentoring start-ups, and the entrepreneurs that launch them, which have an interesting mission and a unique approach to achieving results. In addition, Jack is COO of Sales Lab and is active in groups, such as DC Tech for start-ups and the Google technical user and developer group which use technology to gain efficiency.

Jack earned a BS from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA (Finance) from Southeastern University in Washington, DC.

He is a native Washingtonian and served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam.

Contact Information:

Jack Gates

Phone: 240-424-0843



Twitter: @jacklgates

Google+ Profile: +JackGates