Because you can’t read biz books on vacation

Many years ago in the Time Before Kids, my wife and I went to the Florida Keys for a winter vacation. My wife imposed a business book ban. Read something fun, she said. We’re on vacation. I hadn’t read a novel since university and had been on a steady diet of business, political science, culturalContinue reading “Because you can’t read biz books on vacation”

The gift of feedback

It’s officially "Gift of Feedback" month here at work. Which means online 360 degree evaluations. We’re supposed to get a minimum of 5 gifts from supervisors, colleageus and direct reports. 10 gifts is the magic number. We’re ranking each other on 15 attributes like leadership, respect, commitment. Rating each other from strongly agree to stronglyContinue reading “The gift of feedback”

Book review: 30 reasons to hate your boss

30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers: What Your People May Be Thinking And What You Can Do About It By Bruce Katcher Amacom, $27.95 Let me guess. You’re thinking why only 30 reasons? Did the author run out of time or pages in his book? Is he holding back for a sequel? Why, you couldContinue reading “Book review: 30 reasons to hate your boss”

Marching to your own drummer

Great article in yesterday’s Globe and Mail Careers section on mavericks at work. "Organizations love them and hire them because they are self-starting, creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, productive and passionate. Organizations also hate them and fire them because they get restless or don’t toe the line." Sound familiar? Career mavericks are typically rule-breakers, free spirits andContinue reading “Marching to your own drummer”