Reclaiming your time and living a happier life (review of Time Smart)

Dreading the return of your daily commute? I’m not. Before the pandemic, I walked to work through a residential neighborhood and sometimes a forest. It took 20 minutes. That walk holds the record for longest commute of my career. Short and stress-free commutes is one of the best perks of working and living in aContinue reading “Reclaiming your time and living a happier life (review of Time Smart)”

The art of being indispensable at work with a post-pandemic caution (review)

There’s a right way and wrong ways to build relationships at work. Playing politics and making it personal would be the wrong ways. These are your colleagues who try to win you over by tearing others down or who are forever lobbying for bigger budgets and more people with promises of returning favours. And thenContinue reading “The art of being indispensable at work with a post-pandemic caution (review)”

The case for building sparks & changing lives (review of Cumulative Impact by Mark Schaefer)

You’ve built a successful career, a thriving business and a good life for your family. What’s left to build? Sparks. Lots and lots of sparks for kids and grown-ups who are starting out, staring over and in need of a helping hand. “A spark can be an open door, an open heart or guidance atContinue reading “The case for building sparks & changing lives (review of Cumulative Impact by Mark Schaefer)”

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)”