Bring out your best on camera (review of Vern Oakley’s Leadership in Focus)

Your leader is not a robot but he plays one on corporate videos. On camera, your leader looks like he’s been held against his will and injected with a bucket of Botex. And he either talks about maximizing bandwidth to leverage synergies that deliver actionable deliverables or he recites motivational posters. If you can dreamContinue reading “Bring out your best on camera (review of Vern Oakley’s Leadership in Focus)”

Thinking about writing a business book? Six questions to get you started (review of Tanya Hall’s Ideas, Influence and Income)

Rejection can be good for you. It was for me. In the fall of 1999, I pitched an idea for column about public relations to the business editor at the Hamilton Spectator. The editor nixed the idea, predicting there wouldn’t be enough interested readers or interesting topics to sustain it. And in hindsight, posing asContinue reading “Thinking about writing a business book? Six questions to get you started (review of Tanya Hall’s Ideas, Influence and Income)”

7 ways to be a more authentic leader (review of Executive Presence)

Looking for your organization’s next generation of great leaders? They’re already working for you on the frontlines. That homegrown talent has the potential to someday become your strongest leaders. That’s my hypothesis based on a quarter century of watching and working with senior executives at a hospital, steelmaker, college and university. The best of theContinue reading “7 ways to be a more authentic leader (review of Executive Presence)”