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)”

Dear leader: now’s a good time to dial down rather than ratchet up the anxiety levels at work (review of Anxiety at Work)

I worked for a leader who kept count of all the people he’d fired over the years. It was a big number. And he’d say it out loud in front of employees. Why he said it was a mystery. Were we supposed to be impressed? Intimidated? Grateful to still have a job? It left meContinue reading “Dear leader: now’s a good time to dial down rather than ratchet up the anxiety levels at work (review of Anxiety at Work)”

4 ways to send & receive far fewer emails (review of Cal Newport’s A World Without Email)

A world without email seems like an impossible, beautiful dream. But a world with far fewer emails? That’s doable and Cal Newport knows the way. The Georgetown University computer science professor has spent five years studying how email affects us at work. To no one’s surprise, it’s not a pretty picture. Research shows email makesContinue reading “4 ways to send & receive far fewer emails (review of Cal Newport’s A World Without Email)”

How to avoid a climate disaster (review)

My mom put gas in her car for the first time since November and she doesn’t drive a hybrid. The pandemic’s parked cars and planes the world over. Many of us have spent the past year working from home and we’ve gone nowhere beyond the grocery store. Yet it’s estimated that greenhouse gas emissions haveContinue reading “How to avoid a climate disaster (review)”

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)”

Stop sharing and cut to the chase (review of Joel Schwartzberg’s Get to the Point!)

Sharing is caring unless you’re sharing a few thoughts. And then it’s exhausting for us and a wasted opportunity for you. Buried in your thoughts may well be an idea that’ll make our world a better place.  But we’re not waiting around to hear about your big idea if you can’t cut to the chase.Continue reading “Stop sharing and cut to the chase (review of Joel Schwartzberg’s Get to the Point!)”

What’s luck got to do with it? Pretty much everything (review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit)

Three things have yet to happen as I hit the 28-year mark in my career. I’ve never been laid off, fired or had a daily commute beyond 20 minutes. What’s been the secret to my success? Dumb luck and good fortune. I’ve been blessed with patient bosses who’ve believed in second and third chances. I’veContinue reading “What’s luck got to do with it? Pretty much everything (review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit)”

Ditch the presentation & have a conversation (review of Eric Bergman’s One Bucket at a Time)

There’s only one good reason to bring us together for a meeting on Zoom or in a room. Walking us through PowerPoint decks isn’t it. “The only reason for bringing people together, whether in person or remotely, is to listen to someone share something of value,” says Eric Bergman, presentation skills coach and author ofContinue reading “Ditch the presentation & have a conversation (review of Eric Bergman’s One Bucket at a Time)”

Your male colleague says something sexist? It’s your two-second litmus test moment (review of Good Guys)

I failed the test but I’ll be ready for the next one. I was in a meeting with a manager who kept mentioning “his girls”. He wasn’t talking about his preteen daughters. He was referring to his colleagues around the boardroom table.   I shot the women a sympathetic look but didn’t call out the manager.Continue reading “Your male colleague says something sexist? It’s your two-second litmus test moment (review of Good Guys)”