Racism reeducation book #3: Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race is one of eight books I’ll be reading and reviewing as part of my overdue reeducation on racism. I’ve reviewed more than 500 business books for The Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations for 27 years. I did what Ijeoma Oluo says we shouldn’t do.Continue reading “Racism reeducation book #3: Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race”

Racism reeducation book #2 -Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy is one of eight books I’ll be reading and reviewing as part of my overdue reeducation on racism. I’ve reviewed more than 500 business books for The Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations for 27 years. A colleague disparages a Black coworker behind closed doors. He accuses herContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #2 -Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy”

Losing your job in a global pandemic is a lifequake. Here’s how to recover (review of Life is in the Transitions)

Here’s hoping you don’t personally know anyone who’s lost their life to COVID-19. But you likely know more than a few people who’ve lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. Maybe you’re among the millions of Canadians who’ve been laid off, let go or had to shutter their business over the last five months. “It’s aContinue reading “Losing your job in a global pandemic is a lifequake. Here’s how to recover (review of Life is in the Transitions)”

Master the mute button and other survival strategies for meeting virtually & working remotely (review)

It took nearly 30 years but I finally got to work remotely from an island. It wasn’t quite how I imagined it. The island wasn’t Aruba or in the heart of cottage country. Our kitchen island became my makeshift office when the pandemic hit and we were all sent home to work. The novelty ofContinue reading “Master the mute button and other survival strategies for meeting virtually & working remotely (review)”

Build your brand with a helping hand during the pandemic (review)

The COVID fog rolled in thick and fast at the grocery store and an act of kindness got me home. I was at my car with a week’s worth of groceries but no keys. I rifled through every bag and made sure the keys weren’t locked in my car. I went back inside the groceryContinue reading “Build your brand with a helping hand during the pandemic (review)”

How to be an ally for your Black colleagues (review)

I used to think I was one of the good guys. I’ve never said anything racist about a coworker. Never accused anyone of playing the race card or dismissed someone for being a token minority hire. But I’ve stayed silent and never asked how or why. How was it possible that I never had aContinue reading “How to be an ally for your Black colleagues (review)”

COVID-19’s stripping workplace culture back to its essence: strong leadership

I used to think it was about the Canada Day celebration, family Christmas party, team-building retreat in cottage country and the millions of dollars donated each year to local groups and causes But I now believe the secret sauce for this company’s standout culture was the senior executive team. Over the course of my careerContinue reading “COVID-19’s stripping workplace culture back to its essence: strong leadership”

The secret to being a great leader? Start by being an ambassador of other people’s awesomeness (review of Unleashed)

This isn’t my first time being considered a non-essential employee. I’ve worked with some great leaders during my tours of duty at a provincial association, hospital, steelmaker, college and university. These all-star leaders didn’t want or honestly need much public relations help. It was the less-than-stellar leaders who kept us PR pros busy as anContinue reading “The secret to being a great leader? Start by being an ambassador of other people’s awesomeness (review of Unleashed)”

What are you doing for others? Answering life’s great question (review)

Kids in our neighbourhood know who’s answering life’s great question. Grown-ups working in hospitals and grocery stores, delivering mail and driving garbage trucks are getting shout-outs on homemade signs that kids are taping in windows and staking on front lawns. They’re giving thanks to all the essential workers who are putting their lives on theContinue reading “What are you doing for others? Answering life’s great question (review)”

Digital marketing survival guide for small businesses (review of See You on the Internet)

The internet is the only place we’ll be seeing your small business while we self-isolate and do our part to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. Online is where we’ll get to know you, stay connected and decide whether to spend money with you during the weeks ahead. Yet with every small business ramping up theirContinue reading “Digital marketing survival guide for small businesses (review of See You on the Internet)”