Book review: Yes can be the worst word in negotiations

No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home By Jim Camp Crown Business, $29.95 Don’t let your kids read Mo Willems. I did. But then I was desperate. For months on end, my son had insisted on an exclusive bedtime engagement with Thomas the Tank Engine and his really useful friends. EveryContinue reading “Book review: Yes can be the worst word in negotiations”

Book review: When to stick and when to quit

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) By Seth Godin, Portfolio, $16 Winners never quit and quitters never win. The late great Vince Lombardi said it first and we keep saying it at school and work. It’s a quote that’s launched a thousand motivational posters, leadership booksContinue reading “Book review: When to stick and when to quit”

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”