Book review: Boomerang — Travels in the New Third World

This review first ran in The Hamilton Spectator on Oct. 24. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World By Michael Lewis W.W. Norton and Company $30 You walk into a room. The room’s dark. No one else is around. In the middle of the room is a huge pile of someone else’s money. So whatContinue reading “Book review: Boomerang — Travels in the New Third World”

Book review: StandOut — The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution

This review originally ran in the Oct. 11 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. StandOut By Marcus Buckingham Thomas Nelson $16.95 Michael Jordan the basketball player was arguably the best to ever play the game. Jordan the baseball player? Not so much. Air Jordan stunned the sports world when he retired during the 1993-94 season toContinue reading “Book review: StandOut — The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution”

Book review: Pinched: How The Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator. Pinched: How The Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures And What We Can Do About It By Don Peck Crown Publishing ($25) Rejection letters were my postcards from the lost summer of ’92. I’d graduated from the Harvard of the North into the teeth of a recession.Continue reading “Book review: Pinched: How The Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures”

Book review: The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District

The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District By Richard Whitmire Jossey-Bass $29.95 My kids spend a lot of time in the principal’s office. They’re not in trouble. My daughter drops in during recess and lunch to knit. My son swings by to play Monopoly. Every student at this west-end elementaryContinue reading “Book review: The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District”

Book review: Brainsteering — a better approach to breakthrough ideas

This review originally ran in the Hamilton Spectator. Brainsteering: A Better Approach To Breakthrough Ideas By Kevin and Shawn Coynes HarperCollins At some point this year, you’ll find yourself trapped in a conference room with your comrades in arms. With relentless enthusiasm, a “creativity moderator” with little or no knowledge of your organization will facilitateContinue reading “Book review: Brainsteering — a better approach to breakthrough ideas”

Book review: Resonate — Present visual stories that transform audiences

This review originally ran in the Jan. 31 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences By Nancy Duarte Mark your calendars. Say No to PowerPoint Week starts Feb. 7. It’s an annual nationwide event aimed at getting business types to deliver PowerPoint-free presentations. Now, you may be asking why justContinue reading “Book review: Resonate — Present visual stories that transform audiences”

Book review: All marketers tell stories by Seth Godin

This review was first published in the Dec. 3 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. All Marketers Tell Stories By Seth Godin Portfolio ($30) The launch of Hamilton’s Innovation Factory tops my shortlist of local good news stories from 2010. The Innovation Factory will do more than help entrepreneurs bring new ideas to the marketplace. ItContinue reading “Book review: All marketers tell stories by Seth Godin”

Book review: Hard goals

Hard Goals: The Secret To Getting Where You Are to Where You Want To Be By Mark Murphy McGraw-Hill $32.95 Remember all those goals you set back in January? The plans you developed, the projects you started and the teams you joined? So how’d that work out for you? With any luck, some of thoseContinue reading “Book review: Hard goals”

Review: Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator. Bury My Heart At Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers By Stan Slap Portfolio Penguin ($32.95) “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of theirContinue reading “Review: Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers”

Book review: Do More Great Work

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator on Oct. 25. Do More Great Work By Michael Bungay Stanier Workman Publishing Co ($14.95) When coworkers suddenly start leaving to unexpectedly pursue other opportunities, playing it safe can seem like the smart bet. So you stay well within your comfort zone. You make yourself busy andContinue reading “Book review: Do More Great Work”