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Empowerment Conference Kicks Off with Advice from Honest Abe

Why read a self-help book when you can witness the conduct of a true leader

Why read a self-help book when you can witness the conduct of a true leader

Professor of Business Ethics Al Gini (Loyola University, Chicago) kicked off this year’s ALA Empowerment Conference, a special career development program for library support staff, at a breakfast session this morning by ruminating on lessons to be learned from observing the actions of America’s most popular president, (Honest) Abe Lincoln.

Among the ten tips you might pick up from Lincoln, Gini recommended developing a moral compass, thinking logically, getting the politics right, and finding your own (Ulysses S.) Grant.

This year is the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth.  But if you can read only one book about him–of the 14,000 to 15,000 that have been published–Gini recommended “Team of Rivals.”  Lincoln, himself preferred Shakespeare and the Bible.

The Empowerment Conference continues tomorrow and is open to all registered attendees.

Dick Kaser, ITI, VP, Content

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