Robert L. Dilenschneider

Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World

Less than minute after I received news that Robert L. Dilenschneider was releasing a new book -- Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World -- I decided to invite him to be my guest on the last day of 2019.

One of the reasons for making such a quick decision is that I had enjoyed reading his book, 50 Plus!: Critical Career Decision for the Rest of Your Life. I read it a year after I had made a 'critical' decision in my life -- the decision to start my own radio program although I had no radio experience. In less than three weeks I was on the air and since then I have been living the dream. It was a great decision.

The other reason is that as a screenwriter I was always looking for motivation. Why did someone react in a certain way? Why did they follow a particular path.  With his vast experience in both public relations and helping thousands of people in their careers , I was excited to explore Bob's insights. (He said I could call him Bob, which is easier than typing Dilenschneider over and over...) How people come to decisions is a subject that interests me...and Bob's book will interest you.

I was intrigued to discover the names of the 23 people Bob had selected for the book. Some were expected and others came as a pleasant surprise. A number of them mean something personal to me:

Henry Ford. I was raised in Detroit and many members of my family worked for Ford. We lived just off Woodward Avenue in Highland Park and the plant was a constant presence in our lives.

About the Author

This is a great photo of Robert L. Dilenschneider -- on the phone and working to solve problems for his prestigious list of clients. 

Robert L. Dilenschneider is the founder of The Dilenschneider Group.

He has counseled major corporations, professional groups, trade associations and educational institutions, and has assisted clients in dealings with regulatory agencies, labor unions, consumer groups and minorities, among others.

He has authored fourteen books — all written to help people make their lives a little bit better.  Among his books are Power and InfluenceA Briefing for LeadersOn PowerThe Critical 14 Years of Your Professional LifeMoses: C.E.O — and The Critical 2nd Phase of your Professional Life.

I have invited Bob back to Joy on Paper to discuss 50 Plus!—Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life.  It is a book that will inspire anyone who is thinking of starting a new career and about the importance of taking courage in their convictions.

He has an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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A wonderful collection of 23 people who made a difference...

One of the joys of my life is to discover the threads that create this magical tapestry I call Joy on Paper. Over and over I have discovered  connections from my past that lead to the authors who have been guests on my radio program.

Among the interesting threads is the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. When I lived in my little cottage in Sonning near Reading, I would travel several times a week to Paddington Station. Just around the corner is St. Mary's Hospital, which is home to this little museum that honors the Nobel Prize winning scientist who discovered penicillin in 1928. As a former lab rat, I never got tired imagining what it was like to work in this laboratory. It was one of my favorite off-the-beaten-tracks places to take visitors from the U.S.

One of my favorite choices: Malala Yousafzai

Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World is one of those delightful books that will not only open your mind, but will become a subject of many conversations as you tell your family and friends about the decisions of Pablo Picasso, Elie Wiesel, Hannibal, A. P. Giannini, Malala Yousafzai, and many more.

Great training...the Candy Striper Program

It was such good training to work in the hospital and shadow the registered nurses. We learned discipline and organization, which served us well in our future careers.

I always feel sad to see groups of teenagers sitting around Starbucks or Paneras texting and spending time on social media. Working in a hospital was the best 'social media' in the world -- we helped real people with real problems.



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