Book review: The Connect Effect

The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional and Virtual Networks by Michael Dulworth Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. $24.95 Steeltown should do some serious networking with the City of Brotherly Love. Back in 2005, a community affairs group called Leadership Philadelphia hired social networking guru Karen Stephenson. Leadership Philadelphia was looking to recruit a team of well-connectedContinue reading “Book review: The Connect Effect”

Worth a read: Ivory Tower Blues

UWO sociology profs James Cote and Anton Allahar in Ivory Tower Blues warn that Canadian universities are fast turning into credential marts where disengaged students customers, who may or may not have the skills and smarts to graduate, spend more time with Facebook than their textbooks and expect beseiged profs to give higher and higherContinue reading “Worth a read: Ivory Tower Blues”

Task not time: profile of a Gen Y job

Harvard Business Review’s come out with their Breakthrough Ideas for 2008. Redefining work away from the 40-hour week, 8-hour day is one of the ideas. According to author Tamara Erickson, Generation Y workers (born since 1980) prefer jobs defined by task, not time and want to be compensated by what they produce.  They resent beingContinue reading “Task not time: profile of a Gen Y job”

Are you a Hillary or an Obama at work?

Courtesy of Rebecca Dube from today’s Globe and Mail. Office archetypes: experience vs. charisma You’re an Obama if: People admire your charisma, vision and dazzling smile You hate it when people don’t have hope Office reputation: daydream believer Behind your back, supporters remix your speeches into music videos Detractors complain you’re a lightweight You’re aContinue reading “Are you a Hillary or an Obama at work?”

Book review: The Opposable Mind

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking By Roger Martin Harvard Business School Press $29.95 Believe it or not, I can be annoying. Really, really annoying although in an earnest sort of way. I’ve acquired this irrepressible urge to problem-solve and troubleshoot. Life’s turned into one big suggestion box and I’m foreverContinue reading “Book review: The Opposable Mind”