Want your organization to thrive? Bureaucracy needs to die (review of Humanocracy)

Days can drag during the pandemic but the future’s arriving way ahead of schedule. COVID-19 is accelerating changes in how we work, learn, shop and play. Trends that would’ve played out over years are happening within months. While working from home is a hot topic, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini make a convincing argument forContinue reading “Want your organization to thrive? Bureaucracy needs to die (review of Humanocracy)”

5 career and business-boosting New Year’s resolutions

This review first ran in the Dec. 21 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Here are five New Year’s resolutions courtesy of the best business books I reviewed this year for the Hamilton Spectator. 1. Give us something to talk about.  Word of mouth is the least expensive and most effective way to grow your business, sayContinue reading “5 career and business-boosting New Year’s resolutions”

Five ways to tell better stories that win hearts, change minds & get results

This review first ran in the April 14th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results By Rob Biesenbach Eastlawn Media $22.75 A father and son are on vacation. They’re walking on the beach when they find hundreds of stranded starfish baking in the sun. The boyContinue reading “Five ways to tell better stories that win hearts, change minds & get results”

Review – Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking by Jennifer Riel and Roger Martin

This review first ran in the Dec. 4 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking By Jennifer Riel and Roger Martin Harvard Business Review Press $41.99 Do yourself a favour. Don’t tell a team to reach for consensus when they’re trying to solve a problem. Yes, you’ll keepContinue reading “Review – Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking by Jennifer Riel and Roger Martin”

Review: The Inspiration Code – How The Best Leaders Energize People Every Day by Kristi Hedges

This review first ran in the Sept. 11 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Inspiration Code: How The Best Leaders Energize People Every Day By Kristi Hedges American Management Association $35.95 We won’t find inspiration in a corporate video where our leader seems to have been kidnapped to an undisclosed location and forced to readContinue reading “Review: The Inspiration Code – How The Best Leaders Energize People Every Day by Kristi Hedges”

Review: The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

This review first ran in the June 5th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Power of Positive Leadership By Jon Gordon Wiley $30 Average organizations have mission statements. Great organizations have people who are on a mission. The difference comes down to culture and positive leaders. “Your most important job as a leader is toContinue reading “Review: The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon”

Review: Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? Transform Your Business Using the Five Principles of Engagement

This review was first published in the Dec. 4 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? Transform Your Business Using The Five Principles of Engagement By Steven Goldstein Greenleaf Book Group Press $28.95 If I was president of the Niagara Health System, I’d invite Edna out for lunch. Edna was theContinue reading “Review: Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? Transform Your Business Using the Five Principles of Engagement”

Review: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy by Raj Raghunathan

This review first ran in the Nov. 7 edition of The Hamilton Spectator.  If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? By Raj Raghunathan Portfolio / Penguin $37 A Bay Street investment banker from Ancaster is on vacation. The banker is sitting on a dock and drinking a Modelo. She offers a beer to aContinue reading “Review: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy by Raj Raghunathan”

Review – Joel Kotkin’s The Human City: Urbanism For The Rest of Us

This review first ran in the Sept. 12 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us By Joel Kotkin B2Books $36.95 “Sprawl is caused by affluence and population growth, and which of these exactly, do we propose to inhibit?” George Easterbrook, contributing editor of The Atlantic and Washington Monthly,Continue reading “Review – Joel Kotkin’s The Human City: Urbanism For The Rest of Us”

Review: Born for This – How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

This review first ran in the April 25th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Born For This: How to Find The Work You Were Meant to Do By Chris Guillebeau Crown Business $35 One in 28,633,528. Those are your odds for hitting this Friday’s LOTTO MAX jackpot according to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission. ToContinue reading “Review: Born for This – How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau”