Review: Breaking Out – How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas by John Butman

This review first ran in the Sept. 11 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas By John Butman Harvard Business Review Press $30 So here’s an idea. Move the children’s museum into the heart of downtown Hamilton and supersize it. Give kids a place toContinue reading “Review: Breaking Out – How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas by John Butman”

Review: Willing Wisdom: Seven Questions to Ask Before You Die by Thomas Deans

This review first ran in the Aug. 26th edition of The Hamilton Spectator.  The Hamilton Community Foundation is bringing Thomas Deans to the Hamilton Spectator auditorium Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. for a free community event. Register by emailing weale@hcf.on.ca or calling 905-523-5600 ext 234. Willing Wisdom: Seven Questions to Ask Before You Die By ThomasContinue reading “Review: Willing Wisdom: Seven Questions to Ask Before You Die by Thomas Deans”

Review: True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business by Ty Montague

This review first ran in the Aug. 12 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business By Ty Montague Harvard Business Review Press $30 Here’s a true story about a toothpaste salesman who became one of the world’s wealthiest men. And there’s a lesson here forContinue reading “Review: True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business by Ty Montague”

Review: The Metropolitan Revolution – how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy

This review first ran in The Hamilton Spectator on July 12. The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy By Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley Brookings Institution $31.32 Hamilton doesn’t need a hero. We shouldn’t pray for a saviour to rise from our one-way streets. And we shouldn’tContinue reading “Review: The Metropolitan Revolution – how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy”

Review: Youtility – why smart marketing is about help not hype by Jay Baer

This review first ran in the July 2 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. When I tweeted I was reviewing Youtility and giving a shout-out to @Hiltonsuggests, I got a tweet back from Hilton Worldwide within 5 minutes. Give it a try. Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help Not Hype By Jay Baer Portfolio/Penguin $26.50Continue reading “Review: Youtility – why smart marketing is about help not hype by Jay Baer”

Review: Happy Money – The Science of Smarter Spending

This review first ran in the June 17 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending By Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton Simon & Schuster $25 Anyone who says money can’t buy happiness is lying, denying or not being smart in how they spend their disposable income. Money is buying meContinue reading “Review: Happy Money – The Science of Smarter Spending”

Review: Ethical Chic – the inside story of the companies we think we love

This review was first published in the May 21 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love By Fran Hawthorne Beacon Press $19 You shop local and never set foot in a big box store. The only coffee you drink is fair trade, shade grown andContinue reading “Review: Ethical Chic – the inside story of the companies we think we love”

Review: Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance

This review first ran in the May 6 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance By Gary Pisano and Willy Shih Harvard Business Review Press $30 It’s a view of Hamilton that’s launched more than a thousand hours worth of rebranding consults, workshops and roundtables. Drive across the SkywayContinue reading “Review: Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance”

Review: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

  This review first ran in the April 22nd edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Contagious: Why Things Catch On By Jonah Berger Simon and Schuster $29.99 There’s good news if you’re setting up shop or looking to change the world. It’s never been easier or cheaper to get the word out on your own. NowContinue reading “Review: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger”

Review: Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues by Jake Breeden

This review first ran in the April 8 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues By Jake Breeden Jossey-Bass $30.95 You’ve come up with a pretty cool and innovative solution to a money-wasting problem at work. You fly the idea past your boss. Your bossContinue reading “Review: Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues by Jake Breeden”