Review: The Power of Why by Amanda Lang

This review first ran in the Nov. 5 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Power of Why By Amanda Lang HarperCollins $29 Nothing’s quite as painful or predictable as the deadly silence that follows the end of a presentation at work. With much enthusiasm and in great detail, a project leader has just pitched aContinue reading “Review: The Power of Why by Amanda Lang”

Review: Rise – 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader and Liking Your Job

This review first ran in the Oct. 22 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Rise: Three Practical Steps For Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader and Liking Your Job By Patty Azzarello Ten Speed Press $18.99 Ask how my day’s going at work and I’ll tell you that I’m living the dream. Now someContinue reading “Review: Rise – 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader and Liking Your Job”

Review: Small Message, Big Impact

This review first ran in the Oct. 9 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Small Message, Big Impact: The Elevator Speech Effect By Terri L. Sjordin Portfolio / Penguin $26.50 Pick a Hamilton hot topic that gets you fired up. Maybe you’re passionate about two-way streets, casinos or the fate and future of the eight youngContinue reading “Review: Small Message, Big Impact”

Review: Year Up by Gerald Chertavian – how to close the opportunity divide & the skills gap

This review first ran in the Sept. 24 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success By Gerald Chertavian Social entrepreneur Gerald Chertavian is singing for his supper in Microsoft’s corporate dining room. The event is being hosted by one of America’sContinue reading “Review: Year Up by Gerald Chertavian – how to close the opportunity divide & the skills gap”

Review: Brand Like A Rock Star by Steve Jones

This review first ran in the Sept. 10 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Brand Like a Rock Star: Lessons From Rock’n’Roll to Make Your Business Rich and Famous By Steve Jones Greenleaf Book Group Press $16.95 We’re headed back for another sermon at the Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll. My wife and I will beContinue reading “Review: Brand Like A Rock Star by Steve Jones”

Review: UnMarketing – Stop Marketing. Start Engaging by Scott Stratten

This review first ran in the August 27th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Unmarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging By Scott Stratten John Wiley & Sons $22.95 I finished reading Scott Stratten’s book while my kids did a craft at a store here in Hamilton. A mom and her preschool daughter arrived after us. They wereContinue reading “Review: UnMarketing – Stop Marketing. Start Engaging by Scott Stratten”

Review: Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit

This review first ran in the Aug.13th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Business, in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg Doubleday Canada $32.95 Looking to change your corporate culture? Follow Paul O’Neill’s lead and set a goal that’s all or nothing. O’Neill was appointed CEO of AlcoaContinue reading “Review: Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit”

Social media at the water’s edge (review of Michael Hyatt’s Platform)

This review first ran in the July 30th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World By Michael Hyatt Thomas Nelson $27.50 A quick look at the books for the Hamilton Waterfront Trust shows there’s a big problem. The Waterfront Trust needs to spend a lot more money on advertising. LastContinue reading “Social media at the water’s edge (review of Michael Hyatt’s Platform)”