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”

Review: Smarter Faster Better – The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

This review first ran in the April 28 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg Doubleday Canada $35 Your dream team gives you nightmares. You recruited your best and brightest employees to work on a mission critical project. You assumed the whole wouldContinue reading “Review: Smarter Faster Better – The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg”

Review: Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock

This review first ran in the Jan. 4th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Work Rules: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead By Laszlo Bock Hachette Book Group $33 Hoping to hire some all-star talent in 2016? Be prepared to spend some serious money on recruitment. And where will you come upContinue reading “Review: Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock”

Review: Leap – Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want

This review first ran in the Sept. 14 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want By Tess Vigeland Harmony Books $26.95 You’re living the dream. You went to school, got a job in your field and built yourself a rewardingContinue reading “Review: Leap – Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want”

Review: The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter

This review first ran in the Aug. 17th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction and Build Recurring Revenue By Robbie Kellman Baxter McGraw Hill $33.95 My wife and I had a perfect meal the other weekend. We went to Culantro Peruvian Cookery on King William StreetContinue reading “Review: The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter”

Review: Bruce Weinstein’s The Good Ones – 10 Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees

This review first ran in the Aug. 4 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees By Bruce Weinstein New World Library $21.95 LinkedIn remains a mystery to me. I get endorsed for skills I don’t have by people I don’t know. And strangers keep sending me invitations. They’dContinue reading “Review: Bruce Weinstein’s The Good Ones – 10 Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees”

Review: Kevin Carey’s The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everything

This review first ran in the March 29 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everything By Kevin Carey Penguin Publishing Group $32.95 Penguin Publishing Group $32.95 So who wants to be a billionaire? You just need to build the Netflix-Amazon-Facebook of higher ed,Continue reading “Review: Kevin Carey’s The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everything”

Review: You First – Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along & Get Stuff Done by Liane Davey

This review first ran in the Feb. 3 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along and Get Stuff Done By Liane Davey Wiley $29.95 My all-time favourite team-building exercise featured a metal trash can, flames and paper. Our team-building facilitator handed us slips of paper.  We wereContinue reading “Review: You First – Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along & Get Stuff Done by Liane Davey”

Review: UnMarketing – Stop Marketing. Start Engaging by Scott Stratten

This review first ran in the August 27th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Unmarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging By Scott Stratten John Wiley & Sons $22.95 I finished reading Scott Stratten’s book while my kids did a craft at a store here in Hamilton. A mom and her preschool daughter arrived after us. They wereContinue reading “Review: UnMarketing – Stop Marketing. Start Engaging by Scott Stratten”