How empathy + connection = engagement on your social media accounts (review)

How you behave during next month’s holiday parties should guide what you post to social media in the new year. You won’t show up at parties looking to put the squeeze on co-workers, friends and neighbours. You won’t pressure them into renting your family cottage on Airbnb, hiring your kids for summer jobs or signingContinue reading “How empathy + connection = engagement on your social media accounts (review)”

What’s love got to do with it? Pretty much everything when it comes to employee engagement (review).

I work for a dean who runs a research lab. She leads a team of high school, undergraduate and grad students who conduct studies that involve people in the community. The dean volunteers to be the first test subject for each and every student. They wire the dean up with electrodes and put her throughContinue reading “What’s love got to do with it? Pretty much everything when it comes to employee engagement (review).”

Regain control of your time & attention – make yourself indistractable

Imagine if everyone in the City of Hamilton was admitted to hospital and given the wrong medications. That’s what happens to roughly the same number of patients in American hospitals every year. Along with harming and killing patients, these preventable medical errors cost an estimated $3.5 billion in extra expenses. A hospital in San FranciscoContinue reading “Regain control of your time & attention – make yourself indistractable”

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)”

3 transitions that dual-career couples must navigate to thrive at work & love

Can you really have it all when it comes to love and work? Yes, but it’s a limited time offer available only to dual-career couples in their 20s. So enjoy it while it lasts. In your 20s, you can focus entirely on your career. You’re free to head into the office early, stay late, workContinue reading “3 transitions that dual-career couples must navigate to thrive at work & love”

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)”