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)”

Don’t follow your passion and know when to call it quits (book review)

The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love and Meaning By Scott Galloway Penguin Random House $28 This review first ran in the July 20 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. A special public service announcement for all freshly minted grads who were told during their convocation ceremonies to pursue their passion andContinue reading “Don’t follow your passion and know when to call it quits (book review)”

Get on the bus when a mandate driven leader’s behind the wheel (review)

Who do you want driving your organization? A leader who won’t start boarding the bus until everyone’s had their say on where to go and reached consensus on what route to take? Or a leader who’s already behind the wheel, revving the engine, telling everyone to buckle up and vowing to toss anyone who triesContinue reading “Get on the bus when a mandate driven leader’s behind the wheel (review)”

What’s the worst that can happen? Imagine it & have a Plan B, C, D & E (review)

What To Do When Things Go Wrong By Frank Supovitz McGraw Hill $34.78 This review first ran in the June 22 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. There are 80,000 souls in the stands. More than a billion people are watching worldwide. You’re doing a media interview. And suddenly the lights go out. This was the crisisContinue reading “What’s the worst that can happen? Imagine it & have a Plan B, C, D & E (review)”

How to speak with more confidence and less fear (review)

This review first ran in the June 15th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice and Inspire Your Audience By Amanda Hennessey Adams Media $21.99 You have five minutes to prepare an impromptu talk on a topic you’ve just been assigned. You’ll then give your talk without notes,Continue reading “How to speak with more confidence and less fear (review)”

The Great Dying – the business case for addressing climate change now (review of The Uninhabitable Earth)

This review first ran in the June 1 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming By David Wallace-Wells Tim Duggan Books $36 If we’re slapping carbon tax stickers on gas pumps, let’s also put posters up in daycare centres and kindergarten classrooms. We can use the posters to start apologizing inContinue reading “The Great Dying – the business case for addressing climate change now (review of The Uninhabitable Earth)”

7 questions that’ll make you a better coach & leader (review of The Coaching Habit)

This review first ran in the May 18th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever By Michael Bungay Stanier Box of Crayons Press $16.95 I’m a good advisor but a pretty lousy coach. Confusing these roles is how I get myself into troubleContinue reading “7 questions that’ll make you a better coach & leader (review of The Coaching Habit)”

Don’t ignore your job’s expiration date (Review of Whitney Johnson’s Build an ‘A’ Team

This review first ran in the April 20th edition of the Hamilton Spectator. Build An “A” Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve By Whitney JohnsonWhitney Johnson Harvard Business Review Press $36.50 Every job has an expiration date. We ignore it at our peril. Yes, the living is easy once we’veContinue reading “Don’t ignore your job’s expiration date (Review of Whitney Johnson’s Build an ‘A’ Team”