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Leadership and legacy
“Leadership books are a dime a dozen,” wrote management guru Tom Peters. But two decades ago, Jim Kouzes, executive fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business, and Barry Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business, teamed up to write one with staying power: The Leadership Challenge, one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. With that idea of staying power in mind, in A Leader’s Legacy (Jossey-Bass, 2006, $22.95), Kouzes and Posner pose some hard questions that leaders need to ask themselves if they’re to have a lasting impact.
Essays are grouped into four categories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage. In each essay, the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguous issue with which today’s leaders must grapple—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice; why leaders need loving critics; why leaders should want to be liked; why leaders can’t take trust for granted; why it’s not just the leader’s vision; why failure is always an option; why it takes courage to “make a life;” how to liberate the leader in everyone; and, ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
Legends of the wharf
In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Alessandro Baccari ’49 shared this story from his childhood: “I once went out on a boat ride with one of the fishermen and told him my mother wanted me to wear a life jacket. He looked at me, grabbed his crucifix and said (in Italian), ‘Jesus takes us out and Jesus takes us in.’”
There are endearing stories and photographs by the score in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf (Arcadia, 2006, $24.95), an oversized love letter from a North Beach native to the larger-than-life fishermen and other folks as well. And the book tells a history of the wharf that few tourists know, reaching back to its early days, when it was known as Meigg’s Wharf, and its role as the main port of entry into San Francisco.
Baccari is president of the Fisherman’s Wharf Historical Society. As a photographer, he has had his work appear in books and museums throughout the world. He also served a stint as associate dean of the College of Business and associate director of the Center for the Study of Enterprise at San Francisco State University.
Summoning the wolves
It begins with a stray gust of wind blowing down the chimney—and it leads to a coming-of-age tale where Timothy James, Sarah, and Jessica battle an ancient one-eyed Evil with the help of a mysterious old woman and a magical wolf. Welcome to the world of Wolfproof (Idylls Press, 2006, $24.95), a novel for young adult readers by Maureen Doyle McQuerry ’78. It’s her first work of fiction, though not her first book. In addition to working with gifted teens in eastern Washington state, she’s the author of the classroom guide Student Inquiry and co-editor of Nuclear Legacy, which was jointly written by students in Ukraine and the United States.
From Trent to Vatican II
Vatican II marked a fundamental shift toward the modern Church, and many of the rules and practices established 400 years earlier at the Council of Trent were replaced. Tracing the arc across the centuries between the councils is Trent to Vatican II: Historical and Theological Investigations (Oxford University Press, 2006, $74 hardback, $29.95 paperback). The volume is co-edited by Frederick J. Parrella, associate professor in religious studies at SCU, and Raymond F. Bulman, a scholar at St. John’s University. The first comprehensive overview of the relationship between the two great councils, the collection should prove an invaluable resource for students and scholars of theology and ecclesiastical history, as well as for bishops, priests, and ministers.