Rediscovering our sense of humour at work (review of Humor, Seriously)

I used to have a sense of humour. In university, I drew a daily cartoon strip for the student paper about a sorority sister and fraternity brother. Profs taped the strip to their office doors. A candidate for student council president promised to ban the strip if elected. He lost. Early in my career, IContinue reading “Rediscovering our sense of humour at work (review of Humor, Seriously)”

Millennials were burning out long before COVID hit (review of Anne Helen Petersen’s Can’t Even)

Good on bosses who end Zoom calls by reminding us not to sacrifice our health and wellbeing during the pandemic. But our millennial colleagues could use more than reminders. They’ve been wrestling with burnout long before COVID-19 knocked the world off its axis. And while our leaders’ intentions are good, what ails millennials can’t beContinue reading “Millennials were burning out long before COVID hit (review of Anne Helen Petersen’s Can’t Even)”

27 years in public relations turned into a 30-minute early morning walk & talk

If you’ve reached the end of Netflix, you can watch me talk about public relations while wandering through the woods for 30 minutes. Prof Wayne Aubert asked if I’d offer up some wisdom for Advertising students in an upcoming class. So I turned 27 years of working in PR into a half-hour stream of consciousness (with justContinue reading “27 years in public relations turned into a 30-minute early morning walk & talk”

Racism reeducation book #1: Robin Diangelo’s White Fragility

White Fragility 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 I’ve work in public relations for 27 years. You would’ve been less than impressed. Lucky for me, there’s no video clipsContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #1: Robin Diangelo’s White Fragility”

Wondering if there’s more than this? You’re ready to climb the second mountain (review)

You went to a good school, graduated into a great job and built yourself a rewarding career. You’ve earned serious money, status and power. You’re living the dream and life is good. But what if it could be exponentially better? “Most of the time we aim too low,” says David Brooks, New York Times columnistContinue reading “Wondering if there’s more than this? You’re ready to climb the second mountain (review)”

How to better understand and get along with your coworkers (review of Surrounded by Idiots)

It’s actually easy being green. What’s not so easy is having to work and live with us. At our best, greens are a stabilizing influence on a team. We’re supportive, pleasant, relaxed, respectful and reliable. We’re good listeners, with a genuine ear for human problems. We won’t monopolize meetings for the sake of hearing ourselvesContinue reading “How to better understand and get along with your coworkers (review of Surrounded by Idiots)”

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)”

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)”

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)”